Ok, so first post, and it might be a bit heavy (sorry if that makes me look like a prat!)
I've composed (classical) music for like 15 years now (I'm 26) and have a lot of stage experience as a cellist (so I'm not afraid of crowds, and already have "the-show-must-go-on" instincts if there's a botch). I recently (last year or so) switched to composing classical music to composing techno (and other EDM musics, pretty much everything *except* dub step). I realize the only way to get people to listen to my music is to force them. So becoming a DJ seemed a natural progression. After all, my aspirations in orchestral music was to one day be a conductor, and a DJ is sort of an electro-conductor (no pun intended).
SO. I want to get my feet wet. I think it's something I could definitely be good at, I have good instincts on stage (playing classical, folk, metal, or hip hop on cello on stage) but I have no experience going to parties or anything like that (no bars, clubs, house parties, etc. Never really seen a live DJ except the thousand youtube hours I've clocked this year...)
I just got a Maschine and it's fun, but I don't know if I could pull off performing a full hour long set live on a maschine. (and I don't own a laptop.....)
Need advice on where to go/what to do next! I have a friend who used to DJ a lot (he's older now, and slowing down) but he only spins hip-hop and scratches. I want to spin techno/EDM. So I might be able to get some "this is how this gear works" lessons, but I'm technically savvy. Building computers gives me license to set up and break down a DJ rig, I think.
Do I get CDJs and a PA? In a box starter deal? Used gear? I know I don't want to do vinyl (though it's so much fun when I've tried it!) and while laptop seems appropriate, I don't have the scratch to pull that off, not a new mbp or whatever....
So.... help! I need somebody! HELP!
(and I thank you profusely in advance!)