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Any tips for a beginning Mexican female DJ who wants to get into the clubs?

DJLatina 6:21 AM - 3 November, 2017
I'm a 25-year-old Mexican female.

I'm still pretty new to deejaying. I just started this year. I landed my first paid gig in April, got my first big festival gig in July, and bought my first controller in August.

I went to school for and work full-time in a completely unrelated field. Because my current job consumes so much of my time and energy, I haven't really had much time to pursue deejaying. Because financial independence & stability are so important to me, I feel like I can't justify spending too much time on it. I know many DJs who are much better & well-known than I am who have to hold down 2nd/3rd jobs to pay their bills.

Anyway, I think I'm good at reading crowds and I have a musical background, but I don't think my mixing or scratching skills would impress other DJs or club promoters. My goal is to land a DJ residency at a fun nightclub within the next year or so, but I know I really have to ramp up my skills to get there. This is something I really want to do and I feel like I need to start working toward this now since I'm already 25 and club DJs are typically young. I don't really care about becoming rich or famous as a DJ (though it would be nice), I just enjoy listening to/making good music and watching people dance to it.

Everything I know is self-taught, mostly through YouTube tutorials. I've also spent a lot of time in bars and nightclubs watching other DJs. I'm wondering if it might be worth it to spend the money on in-person lessons or some sort of DJ academy. It seems that most tutorials/academies are geared towards EDM or house DJs and that's not really my cup of tea.

My favorite genres of music are Latin, hip-hop, and Baltimore and Jersey club music. Most

Any tips are welcome.
GusGomez 12:01 PM - 3 November, 2017
Practice practice practice , Latin music don't play too much of one genre 5 songs max of each latin genre and your Music selection is prob the most important thing when it comes to latin music.
Logisticalstyles 12:40 PM - 3 November, 2017
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Because financial independence & stability are so important to me, I feel like I can't justify spending too much time on it.


You are never going to get better unless you spend more time on it. Just out of curiosity how is that you landed your first paid gig and big festival before you even bought your first controller? What were you using before?
DJLatina 5:16 PM - 3 November, 2017
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Because financial independence & stability are so important to me, I feel like I can't justify spending too much time on it.


You are never going to get better unless you spend more time on it. Just out of curiosity how is that you landed your first paid gig and big festival before you even bought your first controller? What were you using before?


Believe it or not, I was just going off an iTunes playlist on my laptop. My track selection was enough to keep everyone dancing. But I know that's not going to cut it for the clubs, so I'm trying to learn proper mixing techniques on my Denon MCX8000.

I landed my first paid gig on accident. I just started playing music at a non-profit fundraiser and got everyone excited and dancing. They asked me to come back and DJ their banquet and someone there got me a spot at a big festival.
Brooklyn-June 5:23 AM - 14 November, 2017
Hey DJLatina!

I am in the same boat. I recently decided to get into deejaying and I've been learning from YouTube. I came here to seek advice and tips as well being that I'm starting from scratch.

Best of luck!
DJ Irv 12:45 PM - 14 November, 2017
@DJLatina & @Brooklyn-June

Learn how to mix (with your ears). It's important. Focus first on beat matching then move on to counting bars and beats.

Scratching although fun is not really important for rocking crowds although it does let you bang in some records, and add some spice is not all that important.

Record your practice sets at home. Listen to them and be honest with yourself about them.

@Brooklyn-June - NYC is full of great of women DJ's so you are in good company.
The Return of Dj Sparky 2:41 PM - 14 November, 2017
make a porno and you might land a residency in Ibiza