Even if your tracks don’t see the same success that Justice, Deadmau5 and other artists do, even if you are relatively well-known or just well know to a few, there are still lots of advantages when you make DJ music.
Don’t be this DJ
Imagine, you sweat for years working your way into clubs as a DJ, competing hard with other guys to get a coveted residency. But you have no remixes or tracks to your name.
Then, on the day of a huge event, you get pushed aside because the promoter and owner want someone else to DJ instead.
They want a producer who’s only ever DJed once in his life to play instead of you! This producer has just made one killer track in his life, but everyone knows it and loves it!
This happens all the time. Regular DJs who don’t make their own tunes are forced to make way for producers whose music is known by everyone.
Don’t be that DJ who gets pushed off the decks! Make your own DJ music instead.
If you need a few reminders why you should start, I’ll give them to you:
1. Better for getting gigs
You can get club gigs a lot easier if you have a few of your own tracks.
Put yourself in the place of the promoter. They get emailed and called all the time by DJs claiming that they’re the next big thing. He or she will be reassured if you’re a DJ with a few tunes to your name.
As well as sending the promoter a link your DJ website and video of you mixing, you’ll throw in the links to your YouTube tracks (where you’ve added some comments!).
Promoters are far more easily swayed by DJs with their own music.
As soon as you start making your first tracks, your status changes.
When you talk about your DJing, you’ll be able to introduce yourself as a DJ Producer. You’ll no longer just be a DJ!
This is better for you in terms of prestige. Add it to your business card, put it on your website tell it to your friends.
The DJ Producer is in town!
3. Chances of massive success
It doesn’t happen to everyone who makes DJ music by themselves, but some get to experience huge success.
Think of one hit wonder kings Stardust and their tune, “Music Sounds Better With You”. This tune went around the world and kept going!
I’m not saying you should aim to make a one hit wonder but you do have the chance of making the same impact that these guys did.
4. Better money
If you manage to sell 40,000 downloads of your cool track by marketing it yourself, you’ll be in for a nice payday.
You can keep the royalties and get as much as 70% of the cash back for yourself!