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How much do most nightclub dj's get paid?

DJ NoNseNse 5:17 AM - 6 June, 2007
I was just wondering whats the average amount dj's get for the night?
allenbina 6:51 AM - 6 June, 2007
i just got bumped to 275/night and ive been at the same place for 16 months! 9-1:30 last call, and im usually in my car by 2. i dont get parking. all equipment is provided by the club. I also have to manage other djs, make sure they're bringing at least their B game, not playing the same shit day in day out. I was making 200 a night for ages, which was better than the occasional school party / house party, even though they paid more. i couldnt go any longer without knowing when i was going to get another gig, and i was tired of working for 10-15 dollars an hour.
allenbina 7:42 AM - 6 June, 2007
oh. in LA 200 is the norm for half a night from what ive heard. some places pay more, but i havent heard of anything more than 400 a night.
Audio1 3:20 PM - 6 June, 2007
I would guess 100-150 an hour at the very list, if you bring your A game... Depends on location, club, promoter, many variables. Ive seen some super wack DJ's on the local level make scrill. Sad!
lvmez 2:25 AM - 7 June, 2007
in nyc, big clubs pay at least $500-$1000
smaller clubs(lounges)$350
djskiggz 7:33 AM - 7 June, 2007
wasnt there a thread like this like yesterday?
Gamble 1:54 PM - 7 June, 2007
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in nyc, big clubs pay at least $500-$1000
smaller clubs(lounges)$350


Smaller clubs/lounges pay a lot less in my experience (talking about LES spots, bar/lounges, etc).
DJ STINKFINGER 2:15 PM - 7 June, 2007
I make $20 an hour. Clubs love me because I'm cheaper than most DJ's. Ever since I got Serato last month, I've been making like $200 a month DJ'ing 4 times a week! Its AWESOME!
poloi3eai2 3:17 PM - 7 June, 2007
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I make $20 an hour. Clubs love me because I'm cheaper than most DJ's. Ever since I got Serato last month, I've been making like $200 a month DJ'ing 4 times a week! Its AWESOME!


$20 an hour!? You're nuts man. That's only about $80 a night! You need to up your price man. The clubs dont love you because you're good but because the bartenders make more money than you! You must be a newbie that's undercutting and taking all the good DJ's spots.
Niro 5:01 PM - 7 June, 2007
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I make $20 an hour. Clubs love me because I'm cheaper than most DJ's. Ever since I got Serato last month, I've been making like $200 a month DJ'ing 4 times a week! Its AWESOME!


That's Awsome, I use to be at $20/hour. But with the influx of Serato/Tracktor/...Ipod. I've had to lower my rates to $15/hour plus drinks. The problem is I don't drink, so I get the drinks and put them in water bottles and sell them to the bums outside after my gigs. What's really cool, is they buy them with food stamps, so I can charge double the price. Than I go and buy muffins at the Cosco, family pack. Comes out to about 25 cents per muffin. I take them home and individual rewrap them and put a fresh sticker on em (get those from the super market fish department) and resell them to the local drive thru espresso stands for 50 cents. I'm starting to understand when DJs talk about "you gotta hustle" shit's getting tired after weeks end, but hey if I wanna sport XXXXXL shirts, it's gonna cost extra.

Niros
dirtbag filthy 5:12 PM - 7 June, 2007
man soon people are gonna be djing for 10 bucks a night
shiestO! 5:16 PM - 7 June, 2007
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I make $20 an hour. Clubs love me because I'm cheaper than most DJ's. Ever since I got Serato last month, I've been making like $200 a month DJ'ing 4 times a week! Its AWESOME!


That's Awsome, I use to be at $20/hour. But with the influx of Serato/Tracktor/...Ipod. I've had to lower my rates to $15/hour plus drinks. The problem is I don't drink, so I get the drinks and put them in water bottles and sell them to the bums outside after my gigs. What's really cool, is they buy them with food stamps, so I can charge double the price. Than I go and buy muffins at the Cosco, family pack. Comes out to about 25 cents per muffin. I take them home and individual rewrap them and put a fresh sticker on em (get those from the super market fish department) and resell them to the local drive thru espresso stands for 50 cents. I'm starting to understand when DJs talk about "you gotta hustle" shit's getting tired after weeks end, but hey if I wanna sport XXXXXL shirts, it's gonna cost extra.

Niros


u serious about the muffin business man? that's just too much work.
shiestO! 5:17 PM - 7 June, 2007
free drinks-water bottle-bum- food stamps- muffins- wrapping- resale- how often?
Bigfourty4 5:22 PM - 7 June, 2007
Im at 10 per hour...been there done that.

Lowest I go is minimum wage.
albuddah 6:00 PM - 7 June, 2007
man. on the real, i did a calculation of how much time i put in during the week for prep, and how much time from setup to teardown a gig took, and it came down to about ten dollars an hour. but i don't see any of it as work, so it still feels like i just found three hundred and got to rock a party.
Niro 6:24 PM - 7 June, 2007
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u serious about the muffin business man? that's just too much work.


Gotta do it for the love, like some would say on this board, if you're doing it to get rich, than you shouldn't be doing it at all.

Actually since summer is approaching, I figure out I can buy water at Cosco for about 17 cent a bottle and sell it at the beach for $1 and cut out the middleman (espresso stands) But, I'll probably go back to muffins in the fall, unless I can find another hustle. What's cool is I can use the dolly I use to use for hauling crates around to haul the cooler full of water.

Man only if I was in Oregon, than I could pick up the bottles afterwards and cop another 5 cents off each one. You Oregon guys (Evil One, Wicked...) are some lucky guys.

Niros
grrillatactics 9:29 PM - 7 June, 2007
Niro, you are a funny dude.
AlexRage 9:46 PM - 7 June, 2007
don't worry about being replaced by a dj that's undercutting you..worry about having enough skills and killer sets that a club would never concider replacing you.
Crickett 9:46 PM - 7 June, 2007
150 an hour plus drinks and parking.
Pretty standard stuff.
CMOS 9:51 PM - 7 June, 2007
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u serious about the muffin business man? that's just too much work.


Gotta do it for the love, like some would say on this board, if you're doing it to get rich, than you shouldn't be doing it at all.

Actually since summer is approaching, I figure out I can buy water at Cosco for about 17 cent a bottle and sell it at the beach for $1 and cut out the middleman (espresso stands) But, I'll probably go back to muffins in the fall, unless I can find another hustle. What's cool is I can use the dolly I use to use for hauling crates around to haul the cooler full of water.

Man only if I was in Oregon, than I could pick up the bottles afterwards and cop another 5 cents off each one. You Oregon guys (Evil One, Wicked...) are some lucky guys.

Niros



I think Michigan gets 10cents a bottle.
J.J. 10:22 PM - 7 June, 2007
OMG Niro, LMAO. You actually had me going at first with the whole pour the drinks in water bottles.
lvmez 1:40 AM - 8 June, 2007
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in nyc, big clubs pay at least $500-$1000
smaller clubs(lounges)$350


Smaller clubs/lounges pay a lot less in my experience (talking about LES spots, bar/lounges, etc).


your about the les. they pay around $200. i was taking about the meat packing district.
Mr. $weetlife 3:03 AM - 8 June, 2007
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I make $20 an hour. Clubs love me because I'm cheaper than most DJ's. Ever since I got Serato last month, I've been making like $200 a month DJ'ing 4 times a week! Its AWESOME!


You are either 15 or you are seriously joking...Right? Right?

web.mac.com
Niro 6:52 AM - 8 June, 2007
I'm moving to Michigan this fall and gonna get rich bitches. I saw a episode of the simson's where Mr. Burns gets rich by recycling. Recycling's going to be the new recycling, just wait and you'll see.

Niros
dj cubicle 6:54 AM - 8 June, 2007
I don't think you understand how competitive the can picking up game is here Niro. You might want to consult your health insurance policy and see if being sliced open with a hanger by a rabid homeless person is covered...
DJ Michael Basic 9:31 AM - 8 June, 2007
Dude, I heard Niro bumping "Now I am the muffin man" in one of his sets the other night.
IAMDJDK 5:19 PM - 8 August, 2013
$10 and $20 per hour? You guys are crazy and killing the game for other DJs. I charge $225 if the club has equipment, $300 if I have to bring my own.
XCAKID 5:38 PM - 8 August, 2013
Depending on the club. Smaller sports bar or lounge maybe $200-250, larger trendier clubs $300.
XCAKID 5:41 PM - 8 August, 2013
Oh, if they want video, add another $50-100
IAMDJDK 5:44 PM - 8 August, 2013
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Depending on the club. Smaller sports bar or lounge maybe $200-250, larger trendier clubs $300.


This sounds way more logical than these other guys charging $10 and $20 per hour. I put in a lot of time and effort to undercut myself like that.
IAMDJDK 5:49 PM - 8 August, 2013
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Oh, if they want video, add another $50-100


Extra $100 for that.
XCAKID 6:21 PM - 8 August, 2013
Telling ya man, you bucks f'ing up the game. They learn their sh*T on youtube, but never bother to learn the business side of things. They pirate everything else, so its no cost to them. Same cats that open for you and burn through all the hot tracks cause they wanna be Tiesto in a weeks time. SMH
XCAKID 6:23 PM - 8 August, 2013
I've actually had to drop my prices to compete. That's barebones low for me.
XCAKID 6:24 PM - 8 August, 2013
I got $150-200 going out to record/video pools a month. So I have to gig out at least once a month just to break even.
IAMDJDK 6:27 PM - 8 August, 2013
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I've actually had to drop my prices to compete. That's barebones low for me.


I know. I went from charging $100 per hour to $75 to compete but I can't go any lower than that if I'm using my own equipment.
 6 6:46 PM - 8 August, 2013
You two cry too much.

nm
XCAKID 7:14 PM - 8 August, 2013
It's that time of the month, I'm a bit emotional.
dougefresh0126 7:25 PM - 8 August, 2013
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I make $20 an hour. Clubs love me because I'm cheaper than most DJ's. Ever since I got Serato last month, I've been making like $200 a month DJ'ing 4 times a week! Its AWESOME!


That's Awsome, I use to be at $20/hour. But with the influx of Serato/Tracktor/...Ipod. I've had to lower my rates to $15/hour plus drinks. The problem is I don't drink, so I get the drinks and put them in water bottles and sell them to the bums outside after my gigs. What's really cool, is they buy them with food stamps, so I can charge double the price. Than I go and buy muffins at the Cosco, family pack. Comes out to about 25 cents per muffin. I take them home and individual rewrap them and put a fresh sticker on em (get those from the super market fish department) and resell them to the local drive thru espresso stands for 50 cents. I'm starting to understand when DJs talk about "you gotta hustle" shit's getting tired after weeks end, but hey if I wanna sport XXXXXL shirts, it's gonna cost extra.

Niros


I dont think thats what they mean by u gotta hustle, most people i know are talking about putting in work as a DJ when they say that, not selling muffins. Damn. And to all the DJ saying they gettin paid $10 or $20 a hour u need to say u aint taking that low a price, it f's it up for everyone else, we trying to get more money not less
CMOS 8:56 PM - 8 August, 2013
Lmao that's 60 bucks for a 6 hour gig.


DA FUCK OUTTA HEA.
CMOS 8:56 PM - 8 August, 2013
Even if its 120 for 6 hours

STILL GET DA FUCK OUTTA HEA
IAMDJDK 11:19 PM - 8 August, 2013
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Lmao that's 60 bucks for a 6 hour gig.


DA FUCK OUTTA HEA.


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Even if its 120 for 6 hours

STILL GET DA FUCK OUTTA HEA


lol they fucking themselves with no vaseline
Rdent 2:25 AM - 9 August, 2013
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Lmao that's 60 bucks for a 6 hour gig.


DA FUCK OUTTA HEA.


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Even if its 120 for 6 hours

STILL GET DA FUCK OUTTA HEA


lol they fucking themselves with no vaseline


maybe they like to fuck themselves?? o_O in the end it all levels out if you are doing it right
4mydawgz 8:04 PM - 9 August, 2013
i don't usually do club gigs. but when i did, the promoter said he pays 75 for openers and 200 for closers. caught me off guard. i didnt know it was so low out there.
IAMDJDK 10:19 PM - 9 August, 2013
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i don't usually do club gigs. but when i did, the promoter said he pays 75 for openers and 200 for closers. caught me off guard. i didnt know it was so low out there.


$75!!!! Damn!!!! How long is the opener spinning?
dj jamalot 5:45 PM - 10 August, 2013
I have a guy that plays for free using you tube ripped music and virtual dj what is this world coming to peeps will do anything to get sum nookie he doesn't even mix SMH.
 6 5:58 PM - 11 August, 2013
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i don't usually do club gigs. but when i did, I chose club Dos Equis
phonze 6:14 PM - 11 August, 2013
Can still find gigs for 100 an hour here, so long as you're willing to sell tickets/promote/bring a big crowd. Otherwise you won't get hired.
 6 5:58 AM - 12 August, 2013
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Can still find gigs for 100 an hour here, so long as you're willing to sell tickets/promote/bring a big crowd. Otherwise you won't get hired.


After doing all that promotion and selling of tickets, I really doubt it's really 100 an hour.

nm
phonze 1:09 PM - 12 August, 2013
Well, a little more depending on the venue. 100 an hour was just a general example.
XCAKID 3:14 PM - 12 August, 2013
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so long as you're willing to sell tickets/promote/bring a big crowd. Otherwise you won't get hired.



Hmmm.....so since you have to do the promoters job for him/her, does the promoter have to DJ so you can just kick back??
phonze 3:57 PM - 12 August, 2013
lol I wish. it's a shitty deal and I'll never do it. but that's the game nowadays, you either become a big name, or you become a DJ/promoter. rarely are nightclub DJ's hired solely on skill anymore. hell, that aspect has probably become the least important.
XCAKID 8:34 PM - 12 August, 2013
Yep, that's why I stick to the bars in the suburbs. Big clubs are not worth it nowadays. I make a decent living. I DJ, promoting is optional. I'll never have the fame local or otherwise, but I play every weekend. :D And for the most part, its open format. So within reason, I get to play whatever I want.
IAMDJDK 8:42 PM - 12 August, 2013
If you really wanna make some money, host/dj your own events. I do 3 sale out boat parties a year in Austin and on each on I profit $1360.
DJ Evil One 12:40 AM - 13 August, 2013
whaaaaat? you guys get paid to DJ? man, i've been paying like $250 a night just to get on and do a one hour set. how do you make the transition from having to pay to DJ to getting paid to do it? help.
eugguy 10:02 AM - 13 August, 2013
Get paid in "Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs." this is the lowest row on the pyramid, the psychological portion. So this means getting paid in sex, food, water (beer, liquor). As you move up in your career and become more self-actualized (creative, aware, accepting) you will probably make the most you can make as a dj. If you are truly aware, you will never do a club gig for less than $500.
XCAKID 1:12 PM - 13 August, 2013
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you will never do a club gig for less than $500.


That was me back in the 90's. But the DJing career path is the only one I know where pay has gone down. I blame it on the ease of becoming a DJ, and every monkey out there with a pirated software and music saturating the market doing gigs for free, bar tabs or just $50
phonze 2:46 PM - 13 August, 2013
I blame it on people like this

toronto.en.craigslist.ca

This is a guy that apparently gets hired by companies, and actually needs someone to sit through and find songs for him because he's too damn lazy to do it himself. Where is the work ethic? Where's the love and desire to actually find and discover and listen to shit yourself? It's DJ's like this that have fucked up the game.
XCAKID 3:17 PM - 13 August, 2013
Well at least he has someone sift through it. Some folks just download the Beatport 100 the morning of their gig. Beatgrid it, arrange by BPM and play out that night. LOL
DJ Benny B NYC 3:22 PM - 13 August, 2013
i will say there are DJs in westchester county NY doing weddings for $250! i just lost a job because of one of these guys...
gian13 2:00 PM - 14 August, 2013
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i will say there are DJs in westchester county NY doing weddings for $250! i just lost a job because of one of these guys...


lmao.... westchester county - the home of the undercutting djs
Dj-M.Bezzle 7:37 PM - 14 August, 2013
So far my best outting has been $600 for a two hour set. But to put it in perspective it was for a big name casino club so it was chump change for them vs some regular bar or club
DJ MDX 11:55 PM - 15 August, 2013
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If you really wanna make some money, host/dj your own events. I do 3 sale out boat parties a year in Austin and on each on I profit $1360.


Let me know next time you have one and I'll come thru - I'm in the ATX.

We do this also from time to time some turn out great and we've had one that was a total bust. That one was one with too many trying to call the shots and overspending on everything.
ral 3:02 PM - 16 August, 2013
$300k for a club dj (just bring sd card) :)

example pricing
mobile dj pricing - Watchwww.youtube.com
DJ MIXX MASTER TIM 12:53 PM - 25 September, 2013
I'm glad I saw this forum because for a long time I was messing up the game and didn't know the business side, but I learned through failures.

BUT NOW, ISH* HAS CHANGED!

Thank you DJs on this post!

Everything must be by contract/agreement or we don't play.

Kobe, Lebron, or Ryan Leaf don't play for crumbs. This is a business. Pros get paid
Soundshop 2:30 PM - 25 September, 2013
pay is a interesting thing. to me it should be and often is relative to the crowd you draw in. If your at some small bar down the street playing in the corner with 15-20 people nightly... yea maybe 10 bucks is about right. and nothing wrong with that type of venue to get experience. If your at a dance club with a $20 cover downtown and 200-300 people rolling in the door in a night, you should be seeing 500-1000 a night and they should be pleased to pay you that.

it should be more about the music and the thrill of making the fans have a good time. find that high and the drive to achieve that at every single show... and the money will follow.
4mydawgz 3:37 PM - 25 September, 2013
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i don't usually do club gigs. but when i did, the promoter said he pays 75 for openers and 200 for closers. caught me off guard. i didnt know it was so low out there.


$75!!!! Damn!!!! How long is the opener spinning?


10 - 12
4mydawgz 3:44 PM - 25 September, 2013
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If you really wanna make some money, host/dj your own events. I do 3 sale out boat parties a year in Austin and on each on I profit $1360.


1360 is kool. But I always thought the profits on those boat rides were much higher. Unless that's just your cut.
IAMDJDK 8:34 PM - 23 December, 2013
Depends on the boat. I usually just get a summer time party barge. It only holds 70 people. Clearing $1360 for a guest list of 70 is a great profit. I have thrown parties on yachts but the initial cost to rent and set everything up gets expensive. I usually do those with a group. Party barges are something you can do with no help.
DJ Irv 9:25 PM - 23 December, 2013
Make a rate for yourself. Try not to undercut other DJs purposely because, it devalues us all. I have spots that say we'll give you (blank) for a Saturday night. If it's under my rate I just say respectfully my rate is (blank) you come up to it or find someone else but, I say it as respectfully as I can.

I know DJ's that will always rock it at a spot and if I owned the bar/lounge I would be giving them what they want (within reason) since they are able to keep people there drinking, dancing and providing good vibes furthering word of mouth advertising but, that is just me.

I live in NYC. The average for smaller venues seems to be $200. That's pretty low if you are killing it every night and I suggest you negotiate the rate but, places don't see it the way a DJ sees it.

I remember covering in a very popular hip-hop spot in the Lower East Side. They called me in desperation because, at the time because the owner hated the fact I spun a competing venue although I hung out at his spot a lot. I came thru in a pinch, killed it all night. At 4am they turned on the lights and nobody wanted leave. Did some of my best dj'ing honestly and I was proud of myself. At the the end of the night I got $150bucks hardly worth lugging 3-4crates of records and dissing my girl to go DJ. I was perplexed. These big name NY DJs are spinning the spot for $150 on Saturday night? The spot was probably pulling in $5000-$7000 a night at the bar, 300-500 at the door and gave their DJs $150bucks? I didn't ask what it paid before agreeing to spin because it was a favor. I never made that mistake again.
IAMDJDK 9:26 PM - 23 December, 2013
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Let me know next time you have one and I'll come thru - I'm in the ATX.


I'll let you know homie.
ninos 12:16 AM - 25 December, 2013
Local club i rock at on saturdays, i dj from 10-2, they have a 57 and 1200's. i get paid 300$
DJTARIQUE 5:18 PM - 26 December, 2013
$250 to $400 opening, $400 to $800 closing..... No Equipment must pay equipment rental prices... On Average you should be making between $400-$600 a night if your a talented seasoned DJ. Anything less is BS
the_black_one 8:00 PM - 26 December, 2013
Depending on the venue and the hours.. My rate is for 4 hours. If need to play longer then price changes to a per hour rate

Nm nh
Unit:E 2:37 AM - 27 December, 2013
$500, no matter how long they want me to play. And a bowl of green skittles in the booth....
DJYoshi 4:36 PM - 30 December, 2013
NYC depending on who you are is anywhere from $500 - 2500 + bottles for your personal party
some venues will even work out payment on a plus list basis.
Normal of $5-10 per paying person on top of your fee.
$30-50 per bottle popper you bring in
above the LES
there are a few spots downtown that have bank to pay.
But if you're coming to NY or are from here, you focus on getting booked by conglomerates
with ownership of venues in
MPD, Chelsea and Midtown spots that can pay your rates

want to break into the NY club scene the fastest way these days?
guarantee any club that you'll book 5 bottles and charge them $600
have the bottles booked before you spin... you'll be booked weekly.
BIGG BEAR 5:54 PM - 30 December, 2013
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guarantee any club that you'll book 5 bottles and charge them $600
have the bottles booked before you spin... you'll be booked weekly.


Hi I'm from the uk don't understand this, whats this about booking bottles?
XCAKID 9:13 PM - 30 December, 2013
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guarantee any club that you'll book 5 bottles and charge them $600
have the bottles booked before you spin... you'll be booked weekly.


Hi I'm from the uk don't understand this, whats this about booking bottles?


Table booked for bottle service.

So if you have groups coming in, they book/reserve a table for bottle service, you guarantee the club XX amount of tables booked for bottle service the night you are spinning.

Clubs love it cause, it cost them maybe $20 for a bottle of Grey Goose for example, and they charge the group $500. Most big clubs will do 2 bottles minimum on a table.
XCAKID 9:14 PM - 30 December, 2013
BIGG BEAR 2:07 AM - 31 December, 2013
Thanks I get it now,you know I'm not aware of this being a regular thing in uk clubs maybe its an American thing,can anyone correct me?
XCAKID 1:31 PM - 31 December, 2013
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Thanks I get it now,you know I'm not aware of this being a regular thing in uk clubs maybe its an American thing,can anyone correct me?


Just a brief google search and I came up with this: www.designmynight.com
DJYoshi 3:38 PM - 2 January, 2014
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Thanks I get it now,you know I'm not aware of this being a regular thing in uk clubs maybe its an American thing,can anyone correct me?


bottle service became the thing in the mid 2000's. every venue that I've spun at since 2003 has pushed bottle service to anyone and everyone.
I've played at a few venues in the UK and they've been bottle service places.

models and bottles was a party that stemmed from France that the promoters eventually made their way into NY.
DJ Neza 5:33 AM - 9 January, 2014
Reading some of these posts on what DJ's charge makes me sad, and its the main reason why I jumped into the private event scene a long time ago. Gentleman, invest In equipment, keep your quality high, and in no time you'll be charging $2000 + per gig. I remember charging more then some of you 10 years ago!! And yes the game changed and clubs are crowded with undercutters which is exactly why I got the f*#k out of that scene!
Unit:E 8:04 AM - 9 January, 2014
There is no way I could charge more than I do without going the wedding route. For Festivals and larger outdoor parties I get what I ask for. This community on this island is very small and can not support a DJ that demands $2000. Now, maybe on O'ahu....

If I lived on the mainland I would definitely charge more.
HighGrade562 5:28 PM - 9 January, 2014
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Reading some of these posts on what DJ's charge makes me sad, and its the main reason why I jumped into the private event scene a long time ago. Gentleman, invest In equipment, keep your quality high, and in no time you'll be charging $2000 + per gig. I remember charging more then some of you 10 years ago!! And yes the game changed and clubs are crowded with undercutters which is exactly why I got the f*#k out of that scene!


This brings up another good question. Do you stay on the club/bar circuit for $200 a night or do you buy thousands of dollars worth of audio and lighting to do private events. A good amount of club DJ's don't have a PA that can properly handle a large room and setting up a PA for an event demands knowledge beyond just mixing, you need to know how to troubleshoot your equipment if something fails. So for a young DJ with just a controller and a laptop the club/bar route seems to be the most practical. There is a lot involved in the mobile game, you have to purchase the gear, this means everything from your DJ gear, Audio Gear, ALL cables plus extras, road cases for everything, Care & maintenance for your gear and your vehicle. Then you have to have a place to store everything. Now on top of all that you need a working knowledge of all genres of music, something a lot of young DJ's don't have.
It requires a substantial initial investment and a commitment to quality to make anywhere near $2000 for an event.
Unit:E 5:48 PM - 9 January, 2014
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Reading some of these posts on what DJ's charge makes me sad, and its the main reason why I jumped into the private event scene a long time ago. Gentleman, invest In equipment, keep your quality high, and in no time you'll be charging $2000 + per gig. I remember charging more then some of you 10 years ago!! And yes the game changed and clubs are crowded with undercutters which is exactly why I got the f*#k out of that scene!


This brings up another good question. Do you stay on the club/bar circuit for $200 a night or do you buy thousands of dollars worth of audio and lighting to do private events. A good amount of club DJ's don't have a PA that can properly handle a large room and setting up a PA for an event demands knowledge beyond just mixing, you need to know how to troubleshoot your equipment if something fails. So for a young DJ with just a controller and a laptop the club/bar route seems to be the most practical. There is a lot involved in the mobile game, you have to purchase the gear, this means everything from your DJ gear, Audio Gear, ALL cables plus extras, road cases for everything, Care & maintenance for your gear and your vehicle. Then you have to have a place to store everything. Now on top of all that you need a working knowledge of all genres of music, something a lot of young DJ's don't have.
It requires a substantial initial investment and a commitment to quality to make anywhere near $2000 for an event.


Agreed.

I got out of the wedding/corporate/mobile DJ side of things about 6 years ago. It cost too much to maintain and there are not enough gigs on this island and too many DJs doing it to support myself. The biggest mobile jock on island is actually ranked in the top 10 in weddings for the nation and I have no desire to compete with him. I now strictly play festivals and the occasional club night. I don't need to look for gigs anymore simply because I have built a good enough rep here to get called and asked to play at parties on a regular basis.
dj_ys 12:25 AM - 10 January, 2014
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This brings up another good question. Do you stay on the club/bar circuit for $200 a night or do you buy thousands of dollars worth of audio and lighting to do private events. A good amount of club DJ's don't have a PA that can properly handle a large room and setting up a PA for an event demands knowledge beyond just mixing, you need to know how to troubleshoot your equipment if something fails. So for a young DJ with just a controller and a laptop the club/bar route seems to be the most practical. There is a lot involved in the mobile game, you have to purchase the gear, this means everything from your DJ gear, Audio Gear, ALL cables plus extras, road cases for everything, Care & maintenance for your gear and your vehicle. Then you have to have a place to store everything. Now on top of all that you need a working knowledge of all genres of music, something a lot of young DJ's don't have.
It requires a substantial initial investment and a commitment to quality to make anywhere near $2000 for an event.


Not everything needs to be outright purchased though. For example, me and my guys rent larger sounds/lights until it makes sense to purchase.

Look at strategies other businesses use to grow.
HighGrade562 1:59 AM - 10 January, 2014
We'll your normal pa and lighting for a large indoor space runs at least $600 a night to rent. Rental rates are about 10% of retail.
DJ VEE 2:02 AM - 10 January, 2014
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We'll your normal pa and lighting for a large indoor space runs at least $600 a night to rent. Rental rates are about 10% of retail.


Plus the deposit which is almost retail, (at least that's what I had to do when I rented). Paid more than 10% too, I think. It made more sense for me to buy.
dj_ys 2:35 AM - 10 January, 2014
This was about $2,000 gigs though, no? I'd rather get the gigs and pay the $600 rental fees while saving up instead of not taking the gigs due to lack of equipment.

Also, renting eliminates the issue of needing a way to transport and store large equipment, lowering the "initial investment and commitment".
dj_ys 2:38 AM - 10 January, 2014
Also, building relationships with rental places can help to lower fees. It's not often that I rent but after working with the same spot for a while, I've been paying closer to 5%. Maybe because their business is kinda slow (it's Pittsburgh after all) but it's an option.
MYZE 2:48 AM - 10 January, 2014
We are 2 DJ´s we take 350€ with 2 DJ´s and with Equipment in the Club and 400€ with our own Equipment. I know that sounds a lot but we are doin a lot promo Jobs for free so people can see what they get, and honestly the most people accept our price after they heard us for the first time.
DJ VEE 11:04 AM - 10 January, 2014
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Also, building relationships with rental places can help to lower fees. It's not often that I rent but after working with the same spot for a while, I've been paying closer to 5%. Maybe because their business is kinda slow (it's Pittsburgh after all) but it's an option.


+1

Completely agree with that and your other post. When I was renting for a while, (same reason, did not want to lose the bigger gigs due to lack of equipment), my fees did not go down that much. The place I use was constantly busy, but the level of service was outstanding. That was really nice.
It got to a point where we forgot to include some speakers. My gig was starting soon. The guys there got them to me and said, " it's you who is using them, we will figure out the details later". No worries about paperwork or anything.
They made my gig the priority for the moment, and showed that there was a level of trust which I did not want to lose. I liked that. I still rent sometimes, it just made more sense to buy.
DJYoshi 9:51 PM - 10 January, 2014
If you establish great relationships with vendors... they'll eventually give you preferred rates.
Work on building the relationships with the same vendors that you'll rent/purchase from over the years if that's the route.
I never leave one area.
I still do private and corporate keeps me busy 50% of my year.
I hardly touch a club once football season starts.
It's just not worth it.
From August until Bowl season is over, there's early call times in stadium, traveling, and weeks where there's bye's, I can be in clubs...but when the team is home, and I have an early call time of 6AM, I'm not doing the club to the stadium weekly anymore.
I'll do the game, nap then do a club where I can take former players turned pro.
But I spend 75% of November and December doing corporate events which include sound, lighting and spinning. corporate $ is real $.
there's time and planning involved...but I'd rather dedicate 15 hours of planning that in a week, than spend 5 hours in a club taking home xxxx and your club night is just that... your club night. corporate events are great places to network to something bigger and better.
flip it to something else because it's a different atmosphere where you can pop in a pre-mix for 30 minutes and sell yourself and your services to the greater powers and obtain a sponsorship or be booked on a retainer.
monstersounddj 5:46 AM - 22 May, 2014
Thank you everybody for their input, I'll decided to charge 200, 250if it get packed, the place it's not that big and it holds about 200-250people tops, there isn't really a dj out here that plays the style of music they require Latin music, I have been doing this for 9 years now and know this crowd like the palm of my hand, have also had to do promotion in the past and since I didn't really know any better was charging 50per night 4years ago this post has made a lot of sense, I go on there and rock the shit out of my parties , just got offered 85dollar and 120 if it get packed by the promoter, not the actual owners, so I'll just deal with the owners directly thanks so much
John McC 7:46 PM - 22 May, 2014
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I make $20 an hour. Clubs love me because I'm cheaper than most DJ's. Ever since I got Serato last month, I've been making like $200 a month DJ'ing 4 times a week! Its AWESOME!


$20 an hour!? You're nuts man. That's only about $80 a night! You need to up your price man. The clubs dont love you because you're good but because the bartenders make more money than you! You must be a newbie that's undercutting and taking all the good DJ's spots.


True... you're hurting yourself and other DJs in the longrun. Up your price and don't be afraid to turn down gigs. Trust in your skill!
recklessmane247 12:28 PM - 24 May, 2014
anybody here ever thought about organizing your own event and taking the door? that's the best way to do it if you ask me.
KayPlaya 7:54 PM - 26 May, 2014
I knew opening this thread was gonna irritate me! Some of these DJs either ned to have more practice, business sense, and/or sense of pride when dealing with pricing. Damn shame at some of the rates I'm reading
Gui Macho 7:25 AM - 5 July, 2014
is 40$ per night, fine?
Demonstr8 1:14 AM - 6 July, 2014
How about working with a record label?

I am talking with a local record label and have an audition set up for next week.

I have an idea about what I would like to make, but I don't know what would be considered too high or too low. Anyone with some experience working with labels?
DjayRage 6:57 PM - 6 July, 2014
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How about working with a record label?

I am talking with a local record label and have an audition set up for next week.

I have an idea about what I would like to make, but I don't know what would be considered too high or too low. Anyone with some experience working with labels?

If you can get a label to pay/sponsor more power to you, but labels these days have almost non-existent budgets.
MYZE 7:22 PM - 22 July, 2014
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anybody here ever thought about organizing your own event and taking the door? that's the best way to do it if you ask me.


We´re doing this, we get the money for entrance and the club is getting the drinks, but you have to rent the club in this scenerio and you need at least 3-4 Persons plus security. In Germany you have to pay taxes, so we need about 250 people min. to get a profit, for a new DJ this could be hard.
DJ_Gold 4:09 AM - 27 July, 2014
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I make $20 an hour. Clubs love me because I'm cheaper than most DJ's. Ever since I got Serato last month, I've been making like $200 a month DJ'ing 4 times a week! Its AWESOME!


NEVER LOWER YOUR STANDARDS!
DJ Remix Detroit 4:13 AM - 27 July, 2014
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I am talking with a local record label


not trying to burst your bubble... but seeing that everyone and their mom has a "record label" now days... not sure if you should even waste your time man. you could probably spend that energy hooking up with a local dj and networking the right way.