How to Start a Mobile DJ Business

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Disc jockey business is an ideal venture for someone who wants to have fun listening to music, and who wants to extend that enjoyment to other people. Do you want to become a mobile DJ?

This article will offer you the necessary tips and advice that will help you in becoming a mobile DJ.

seeing people dancing and enjoying music that you are playing and choosing. So how can one become a DJ? Here’s how you can become a Mobile disc-jockey and make a business out of it.

Educate for Mobile DJ Business

Becoming a DJ is not a skill learned overnight. Like all other trades, one needs to learn the ropes first before becoming a disc-jockey. You can learn the tricks of the trade from the DJs themselves, who has learned the necessary things that can make a successful DJ. What does it take to become a DJ? It’s the ability to be able to break the ice when people seem hesitant to take to the dance floor and the skill to recognize from movement patterns of people the music that will next be played.

There are classes intended for those who are aspiring to become disc-jockeys. It could cost you a lot, though. Since experience is the best teacher, you can best learn from watching other mobile DJs do their work. You can volunteer to be mobile DJ’s assistant, the best position from which you can watch him while he does what he is paid for. Being a volunteer assistant will not earn you anything – although some DJs do pay their assistants – but the knowledge that you accumulate will earn you dollars in the future.

Equipment needed for Mobile DJ Business

These are the basic equipment that a mobile DJ would need in functions his services would be extended for:

  • Sound recordings that can either be in compact discs or MP3 format.
  • A playback device in the form of a record, compact disc or MP3 player.
  • Sound systems for sound amplification
  • Mixing device

Other optional devices – which are costly – may include samplers, effects processors as well as computers. Some DJs nowadays forego the individual basic gear and substitute them with a PC or a laptop, and software that can take over the roles of the basic equipment. When you use a PC or laptop for DJ work, it should only be used for DJ functions as other applications will corrupt your computer and affect your business. Last but not the least; you will need a mode of transportation to carry your equipment from your base to the venue.

Since you are just starting the business, you can reduce the required capital by renting the equipment. You can save a bit and can start the business if you just rent the gear on your starting days. Once you have earned enough, you can then buy your own equipment.

12 Comments

  • 1. Arthur Ruiz said on 4/24/2009 1:24:42 PM
    I need some solid numbers I would like to use Serrato scratch, turntables, mixers etc.
  • 2. Michael Bjork said on 5/6/2009 6:06:11 PM
    Arthur, equipment comes in at many price ranges. The only solid figure I can give you is for Serato Scratch (about 500.00 for the SL1 model and 800.00 for SL3 depending on number of inputs needed). Head to www.PSSL.com for an excellent site geared towards mobile DJ sales to get a feel for price ranges. You could start-up for anywhere from about 1500.00 to beyond 10,000. For music libraries, depending on your music style, try these sites - xmix.com and selectmix.com. Hope this helps, and good luck!
  • 3. jimmy said on 5/30/2009 8:31:28 PM
    i am a mobile dj and am tired of caring around mass quantities of cd's to play at my parties whether it's at a club wedding or private party what program would be suggested to use to store all my music that wont break my pockets.
  • 4. curtis abernathy said on 6/10/2009 3:30:59 PM
    Am looking for a DJ complete control lighting systems.
  • 5. DJ Daze-E said on 10/12/2009 2:20:25 PM
    I use Serato Scratch Live for my vinyl but I still don't draw back from the genuine feel and essence of it
  • 6. Jon said on 1/11/2010 1:33:21 PM
    I recently upgraded my system to a laptop about 10 months ago, and I haven't looked back. I noticed the best way to get the first customers is to undercut the competition until your business is known. QUALITY IS A MUST! Demand perfection out of yourself, and never give up on your client. I have been a DJ and self business owner since i was 16, 7 years...
  • 7. freshous said on 2/12/2010 2:53:03 PM
    @jimmy u can search for Serato online and that is what i would recommend to you. its a box that will allow u to connect a computer to ur turntables or cd players. i'm a mobile DJ i still use cds as well as serato, i had a really small capital to start with, so i will make mixed cds to help promote me while i learn to mix @home, with the cds on the road i start to get FREE bookings, or "gas money", take my mixing skills from home in front of a crowd and thats where i learn to be a DJ. accumulate some dollars and save a bit then bought a mixer first, got some average but sturdy cd players, and made a cd mixer to cut my equipment rental cost whenever i get an exclusive booking. portmore, Jamaica
  • 8. Joey said on 7/31/2010 10:28:17 PM
    @Jon you said you have been a dj since you were 16. I am 14 and want to start a dj business.. How did you get customers to trust you at your age? How did you get to your gigs? Btw I have jbls speakers 500 watts rms and lots of lights.
  • 9. Aevry said on 8/12/2010 9:35:50 PM
    Whats the youngest age to become a mobile dj
  • 10. Troy Dube said on 2/19/2012 8:55:13 AM
    Jimmy i use the virtual DJ software and love it you can store all of the songs on the laptop and just bring the laptop with you to the gig instead of caring around cds but there are other softwares you can use
  • 11. Ragunath Doley said on 11/20/2014 10:42:42 PM
    Dear sir/madam I want start my food VEN in Guwahati city so sir/ madam give some idea how to start a mobile food VEN in my city.
  • 12. aaqib said on 12/6/2014 12:48:08 AM
    I would like to open, mobile food van or mobile counter( nonveg. Items) in Jaipur Rajasthan ,is licenses or registration is required for this? If yes than where n how?
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