Electronic Dance Music DJs: It’s Not About the Money

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If you’re thinking about becoming a DJ, you might be wondering how much money you can make. But according to some of the world’s top EDM DJs, it’s not all about the money.

The Love of the Music

DJs who perform electronic dance music do so because they love the music. The money they make is a bonus. It’s not about the money for most of them. They just want to share the music they love with as many people as possible.

The feeling you get from playing

For many people who love Electronic Dance Music, it’s not about the money. It’s about the feeling you get from playing. When you see people dancing and having a great time to the music you are playing, it’s a feeling that is hard to describe.

Some people become DJs because they love the music and they want to share it with other people. They may not make a lot of money, but they love doing it. Other DJs become famous and make a lot of money, but they often lose touch with why they started DJing in the first place.

No matter what your reason is for becoming a DJ, always remember that it’s about the music and the feeling you get from playing it. If you can keep that in mind, you’ll always be a success.

The ability to make people happy

There are a lot of people who think that being a DJ is all about the money. But for those of us who love the music, it’s really about the ability to make people happy.

Sure, it’s great to be able to make a living doing something you love. But at the end of the day, it’s the smiles on the faces of the people dancing that make it all worth it.

The Struggle

DJs have it hard. They have to find gigs, promote themselves, make a set, and then perform. And, on top of all of that, they have to do it for very little money. Finding gigs can be difficult, and once you do, you’re not guaranteed to get paid. And, if you don’t get paid, you can’t buy new music to keep your sets fresh. It’s a tough gig, but somebody’s gotta do it.

Not making enough money

For many DJs, the struggle to make a living wage is real. With performances often paying only $100-$200 per set, it’s no wonder that many up-and-coming DJs are feeling the pinch.

In an industry where the top performers can make millions of dollars per year, it’s easy to see how smaller fish in the pond can feel left out in the cold. But for those who are passionate about their craft, the love of music can outweigh the monetary concerns.

For many aspiring DJs, the key is to start out small and work their way up. Playing local clubs and bars is a great way to get your foot in the door, and you never know when you might get your big break. In the meantime, it’s important to keep your day job and focus on honing your skills as a DJ. With perseverance and dedication, you can make your dream of becoming a successful DJ a reality.

Not getting booked

It’s no secret that the music industry is a tough business to break into. But for aspiring DJs, the challenge can be even greater. With so many people competing for a limited number of gigs, it’s easy to get discouraged.

If you’re not getting booked, it’s important to take a step back and assess your situation. Are you promoting yourself enough? Are you networking? Are you playing the right type of gigs? Once you identify the problem, you can start taking steps to rectify it.

There are a number of reasons why you might not be getting booked as a DJ. Here are some of the most common:

You’re Not Playing the Right Type of Gigs
If you want to get booked as a DJ, you need to be playing the right type of gigs. Playing at your local bar or club is not going to get you noticed by promoters or bookers. You need to be playing at larger venues or events where industry professionals will be in attendance.

You’re Not Networking Enough
Networking is essential if you want to get booked as a DJ. You need to build relationships with promoters, bookers, and other industry professionals. Attend industry events, such as conferences and trade shows. Get your music into the hands of people who can help further your career.

You’re Not Promoting Yourself Enough
If you want to get booked as a DJ, you need to promote yourself effectively. Create a strong online presence with a professional website and active social media accounts. Make sure your branding is on point and that your materials are high quality. Get creative with your marketing and think outside the box.

You Don’t Have Enough Experience
If you’re just starting out, it’s going to be difficult to get booked as a DJ without any experience under your belt. The best way to overcome this obstacle is by playing smaller gigs and working your way up. Play for friends, family, and local businesses. Offer your services for free or at reduced rates. Once you have some experience under your belt, start approaching promoters and bookers with confidence.

The Solution

DJs can make a great living without having to worry about money. They can focus on their music and their fans. However, this is not a solution for everyone. Some DJs may have to worry about money in order to keep their careers going. In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of making money as a DJ.

Play for free

Many DJs play for free, either because they love the music or because they’re just starting out and are hoping to get noticed. While it’s true that you won’t make any money doing this, it can be a great way to get your foot in the door and build up your experience. Plus, you never know who might be watching (or listening) and offer you a paying gig later on down the road.

Get creative with your marketing

As an EDM DJ, you’re probably always looking for new ways to market your music and grow your fan base. With the ever-changing landscape of the music industry, it’s more important than ever to get creative with your marketing.

One way to stand out from the crowd is to create a unique brand for yourself. Think about what makes you different from other DJs and use that to your advantage. What are your unique selling points? What can you offer that nobody else can?

Another way to stand out is to get involved with your local music scene. Get involved with promoters, clubs, and other DJs. Go to shows, meet people, and build relationships. The more people you know, the more likely you are to get gigs and grow your fan base.

Finally, don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to marketing. There are endless possibilities when it comes to promoting your music. Get creative and try new things!

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