Not many people get to do what they love for a living. This is especially true with the current economy and how many people are just getting by. But for the past two years, I’ve been a local DJ here in Stoke Poges. Keep reading to learn more about what my average day looks like and how I do it.
If you’re not familiar with Stoke Poges, it’s located in the South, about three miles from Slough and just to the east of Farnham. The population is only about 5,000 people, but we still have a pretty good nightlife. Aside from the bars and clubs, you can always find a party to attend at someone’s flat. It also helps that we have so many larger cities in the area.
I’ve been DJing since I was a teenager. Thanks to influences like The Streets and American hip hop, I began spinning just before high school. Obviously, my mates would volunteer me to handle the music at all our parties.
Over the years, I’ve experimented with all kinds of setups. It used to change with what I was trying to accomplish, musically. Obviously, if you’re trying to spin electro, you’re going to need different hardware than if you’re into the garage sound.
Nowadays, though, I’m glad to say I rely on my laptop and a quality pair of headphones. It’s really pretty amazing that that’s about all it takes to get the job done. So long as the place I’m playing has some nice big speakers for me to connect to, headphones and my laptop are just about all I need. Of course it helps to have some good software too, you can check out some of the best DJ software at TopDJTools.
Transitioning into DJing as a Job
When I first decided to DJ fulltime, I tried just approaching clubs in Stoke Poge, Slough and Farnham. None of them were too interested in hearing from me without a demo though. You need to understand that countless lads have decided they’re now DJs in recent years, so I was far from the only one volunteering for an open spot.
So I set out to make a demo first, but that’s not actually how I broke in. It was playing local parties, just like I did in high school that eventually gave me my break. People would chat me up on social media, sometimes just referencing me as part of the prior evening’s festivities and eventually club owners became interested.
It started slow, of course. After my first gig, it was probably two weeks before I played again. But as time went on and I built a following, club owners and party throwers realized they could use me to market their events. Since then I’ve been able to make a living doing what I love.
The Proper Equipment
One huge difference maker in my story is the right equipment. Nowadays you can get away with just a laptop, but without the headphones you need to properly hear the music you’re playing, you’ll never get the results you want. So it’s worth spending money on quality there.