How to become a DJ
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- applying directly
- specialist training courses
You could start by doing a college course. This will give you some of the skills needed to work with sampling equipment, mixers, digital controllers and decks. Courses include:
- Level 2 Certificate in Music Technology
- Level 2 Certificate in Radio
- Level 3 Diploma in Creative and Digital Media
Colleges and community education centres also often run short workshops in DJ-ing and recording skills.
You may need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
Getting experience will help you to develop your skills and make contacts in the industry. You could:
- work on student, community or hospital radio stations
- volunteer to DJ at events like parties, weddings and charity shows
- work as a DJ on an internet radio station
- volunteer to work as a roadie for an experienced DJ
- post mixes to online video and music streaming sites to get noticed
You can also find work experience placements through the BBC Work Experience Scheme, or by contacting broadcasters to ask about opportunities. The Radiocentre can help you find commercial radio stations.
You can apply directly for work as a DJ by contacting bars, clubs and radio stations. You'll need to showcase your mixing and presenting skills, for example through your own online music channel or by posting mixes on music streaming sites.
You can take training courses or attend DJ workshops, which are offered by private music training providers that specialise in DJ skills, music technology and sound recording.
Do your research and make sure that your demo mixes fit in with a venue's music policy or the type of music on a radio station's playlist.
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