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How to Plan for a DJ Event

Learn how to plan for an event in this Howcast DJ video with Rock and Soul DJ School.

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There are different events out there,there are clubs,private parties,private functions,there's also like city gigs,college parties or there might be like actual dance competitions which I DJ a lot.I start off by locking in my price.Once I lock in my price,I have the address,I know what time I need to be there to setup.So if the event starts at 7.00,I am not gonna be there at 7.00 because I have to give myself time to set up.So I am gonna show up at 6.00 or maybe 5.30.If I need to drive long distance,I also have to take into consideration that there might be traffic,you never know what the weather is gonna be like for that day,so you wanna definitely plan ahead give yourselves enough time.A good friend of mine told me when you show up early you are on time,when your on time you are late,when your late you might as well not show up,Right?So something to keep in mind.Also getting your music together,for that type of an event like B-boeing competition I usually play old school hip-hop,funk,some disco.So I organize those crates, make sure that I have those crates set up.And I also have music for ciphers like when people are dancing and just like warming up and then I have music for the actual competition for the battle.So I don't wanna play anything that I am gonna use for competition and play it in a cipher because i don't like to repeat songs.So depends on what the event is you wanna definitely organize your music and pretty much set it up for that event.Also if there's any promotional material that you would like to bring with you to brand yourself,coz it's all about branding,right? So I go by the name DP one,if you know this I am wearing a DP one shirt.This is done purposely so that I can brand myself.Whenever I am 'DJ'ing and playing outdoors,I also might wanna set up a banner.I wanna bring up some stickers to pass out.I definitely bring my business cards,you never know whom you gonna meet.You wanna make sure that you can generate more business.Also you might want to have customized drops ready,so when you are playing you can let people know who's spinning because you don't want that credit to go to someone else.Doesn't hurt to get on the mic as well and let the people know who you are and if there's any other events that you might be 'DJ'ing,promote those events.And you can also promote whatever event you are about to do,or the events that are up and coming using Facebook or Twitter or like sending out an email blast.So this is how you plan to have a successful event.You want people to come to that event,right? So you definitely have to spread the word as well as the promoter.You have to take all these things into consideration and this is the best way going about a doing something.

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