So I've gone the route of going to bars and clubs and trying to meet the powers that be. I had had some success with this, and got some guest spots. Even landed a residency that lasted a year till I quit last May due to management changes.
Well after being out there, going to these clubs, I think I have hit critical mass. Basically, I have hit every club out there within 30miles of my house. So, this was getting costly. Gas, price of drinks, cover if any, etc. I came up with an idea. I wasn't sure if it will work or not. I started using Facebook.
I have nearly 500 friends on my personal page and 750 on my fan page. So started searching for names of bars I wanted to work at. Drilled down to who worked there. In a way networked to find out who the manager is for that bar. Friending said manager and/or shooting him/her a message. Simply put, 1) I am a DJ 2) If they are looking to put someone in rotation, to give me a call 3) leave my webpage, contact info and soundcloud
I have had a bit of success with this. Since May. I have gotten about 5 inquires about my rates and availability. Out of that I have gotten 2 bars to give me guest spots. One of the bars have had me over 2x already cause their Sat night guy keeps calling in sick. I may have a chance of taking that gig. I've had one refer me to their promoter, but quickly dismissed that as I HATE working with cheap ass promoters that expects to have the DJ do their jobs for them. I have also had no response and of course the, "not looking for a DJ right now, but will keep you in mind" response.
So I think this helps me manage my time better. Still nothing beats going to meet with the GM, owner or club managers though. That gets your name out there way better than a FB message and make a lasting impression.
Hope this helps some of you guys get out there. Specially if you are shy going to bars by yourselves. Now again this has worked with bars, not necessarily large clubs. Most of these bars, I have to play open format: Top40, House, Dance, and bit of hip-hop, maybe some rock and 80's. But its a good paying gig.