DJing in the Streaming Era

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During the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns, in-person gigs were impossible and many DJs turned to live streaming their sets through platforms such as Twitch, broadcasting to eager audiences waiting in their homes.

 

Now, restrictions have eased, clubs are open and real-life gigs are back on the menu for music-lovers but the DJ streaming continues to grow in popularity. In this article, we’ll discuss DJing in the streaming era and how to get started if it’s something you’re considering.

How To Stream Online

The first step to DJing online is deciding which platform you’ll be streaming on. There are a range of options to choose from including the obvious ones like YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. However, Twitch and Mixcloud Live are also proving incredibly popular. It’s a good idea to consider where you’ve already built a following as this will help you establish yourself quicker. Or if you’re just starting out then choose the platform that feels most intuitive for you or where you think your target audience are likely spend their time online.

Gear You Need

If you’re already an experienced DJ, you’ll already have the gear you need but if you’re new to the scene, invest in some beginner DJ equipment like 2-channel mixers to perfect the art of mixing tracks.

To record yourself, you can use your smart phone camera but be sure to flip the image if you’re using the front-facing camera, so that your decks spin in the right direction! You should also experiment with different camera angles so the focus is on you and the music and not the messy room behind you! Filming straight-on or from above works well for most people. You’ll also want to consider lighting and a microphone for that added pop and so your audience can see and hear you loud and clear.

Is It Right For You?

Live streaming isn’t for everyone but many DJs new and old are finding it a great way to keep their skills sharp and connect with audiences. To decide if it’s right for you, think about the following:

  • Are you comfortable filming yourself and putting yourself out there?
  • How do you plan to stand out among all the other streams?
  • Do you have the time to broadcast regularly?
  • Are you already on social media and do you have an established following (or are you willing to commit the time and energy to building one?)
  • Are you happy to get involved in the community, support other DJs and build relationships?
    These factors will all increase your chances of success with live streaming. At the end of the day (or night), streaming as a DJ is all about having a great time and taking your audience along with you. If you’re having fun, chances are, they will too. You don’t have to go OTT but keep the energy up right from the start and whatever your strengths are, don’t be afraid to show them off. You should also engage with your audience by doing shout outs and taking requests, as this helps to build a bond with your viewers, making them more likely to follow, subscribe and tune in again in the future.
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