People come to DJing from different places and for different reasons, but you can split them up into those who love the music, those who want to make money and those who think that DJing is cool and want to be famous. You may fall into one or all three of these categories, but the most important one is loving the music.

If you’re a good DJ and get lucky you may become rich and famous, but when starting off if you don’t love the music you may become bored and impatient with the time and practice you need to invest in your skills, and quit. Even if you do manage to get good at DJing, if you don’t love playing and listening to the music night after night, working in clubs will start to feel too much like work. DJing isn’t work; it’s getting paid to do something you love.

When I started DJing I already loved the music, but the first time I experienced the true skill of a DJ working a crowd (Sasha, Ibiza, 1996) I fell in love with DJing and knew I wanted to be one. The mechanics of it didn’t occur to me until I first stood in front of two turntables and a mixer; all I wanted to do was play other people’s music and have control over a crowd.

About This Book

This book is based on my website, which, since 1996, has given new DJs all over the world the start they needed to become great DJs.

Because beatmatching is a complicated and important skill for DJs who want to play electronic dance music (house, trance, progressive, drum and bass, breakbeat and so ...

Get DJing For Dummies, 3rd Edition now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.