Vinyl discs, headphones, turntables, psychedelic lights and churning bodies if all this, and music, of course, fires your enthusiasm, a career as a DJ is your calling. Deejaying is a performing art that overlaps music production. It involves remixing, music composition, arrangement and production.
“Our country is certainly opening to a new genre of music and it’s good for our profession. There is lot of demand for DJs in the country but what we lack is quality. DJs in India should position themselves better and work hard,” says DJ Aqeel.
A professional DJ entertains revellers at clubs, does private shows for media houses and event management agencies and also performs at radio stations and a few TV channels. Apart from this, India now has a huge market for freelance deejaying.
“Disc jockeying as a profession is witnessing the fastest growth in terms of youth participation. With an explosion of nightlife in urban India, the DJ can be the star of the evening in any Gen Y gathering. One should have a good sense of music, tunes and tempo. Understanding the taste of the crowd is equally important,” says DJ Suketu.
It makes sense, he adds, for newcomers in this profession to train under veteran DJs. This stint is useful not only in terms of technique, but also in terms of experience. A veteran DJ can help a fresher enhance his/her skills. “Anyone can teach you how to learn to use your equipment, but not everyone has the experience to share experiences with you and prepare you for the real thing,” Suketu says.
Established names in the circuit believe that though glamour lures youngsters to the console, without innovation, one will not last long. Producing music or creating a set is all about creativity and the person who is passionate about it can give it his/her unique touch and stand out in the crowd.
About money, DJ Aqeel says, “It all depends on how you have started, from where you have started and how you have positioned yourself in the industry. But if you have the passion for music, then the sky is the limit.”
Spin and win
Apart from playing at parties and clubs, a DJ can diversify into remixing and music production
Rs. I take home
Rs. 10,000 per month
I love my job because...
There is no reason to not love music. If music is your passion you can party while earning money
The demand for DJs has exponentially grown in India today not just for parties and clubs but also music production for originals as well as remixes. One with a passion for music has a great future ahead of him/her