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The 5 most common mistakes as a beginner DJ and how to avoid them

Before my first club gigs, I tried out my DJ skills at private parties and youth clubs for years. There, of course, I made the standard errors that every beginner DJ taps into.

So that you can get a step further faster, I'll show you here which mistakes you don't have to imitate me.

1. Stop the song in progress

As a DJ, you've probably got used to the situation where two songs are playing at the same time, but your audience only hears one of the songs.

While you are preparing the next track, the other song will play live on the music system. Therefore it is important to be very careful and not to stop the song that is running.

Of course you would never stop the wrong song because you always check beforehand which linefader you have pushed up: left or right.

If I describe it that way now, it sounds logical that every DJ is of course always paying attention. Nevertheless, I still occasionally make the mistake of stopping the current song.

You don't have to be to blame for the sudden silence. For example, one of your friends behind the DJ booth could hit the pause button. Does that sound too improbable to you? This happens to me again and again, especially with inexperienced people in the DJ field. Someone doesn’t pay attention where they’re going with their elbow and the music’s over.

2. Accelerate too early, burn hits

The second mistake is related to being nervous as a beginner DJ. At first I didn't realize how many great songs I had with me. Instead, I shuffled from song to song without really being able to predict what will happen on the dance floor. Will the song be well received or will the track turn out to be a flop?

As soon as the first people are on the dance floor, the mental pressure increases not to lose the dancers immediately. This situation is dangerous in that you have to resist the reflex to keep the dance floor happy with super hits.

In no case should you downplay your top 10 best songs in order. Then you'd burn up all the hits if the party didn't even start properly.

Later you might have to play the songs a second time, which can seem like a second infusion or a mild repetition. Or you do it like me and never play songs twice at a party. Then you have a huge problem because you are missing the best songs for prime time.

It is very difficult to find the right time to really go full throttle. It's best to remember not to burn all your hits at once to start with.

3. Disregard the golden rule of three

If nothing is going on on the dance floor or a song does not go down well, it can happen that the dancers lose interest. Faster than you can change something, the dance floor will be empty again.

Now it is important to keep your nerve and not to change the music direction straight away. Try to play at least three songs of the same genre in a row. So three songs from the current pop songs, then for example three hip-hop songs from the nineties and then three rocker songs, then three house classics, etc.

Otherwise, your music compilation would look like a mess to your audience. Especially when you are unsure, you should definitely keep the golden rule of three in the back of your head.

The same goes for music requests, which you shouldn't fulfill in a jumbled manner. Listen to the wishes of your guests and try to structure the songs.

I describe the rule of three in more detail in the e-book "Super Mood Build Up", which you can get here for free. Just enter your email address and click on "I want it"

4. Override the music system

The fourth mistake concerns the volume at a party. Because more volume does not automatically mean more mood.

With other DJs I keep seeing that the level indicator only lights up red. This can have the short-term effect that your guests cheer you on because the music suddenly seems more powerful.

But a red glowing level indicator always means that you are operating the music system in an overdriven area. If you overdrive the music system for a long time, you will damage the speakers because the speakers do not reproduce a clean audio signal. In the worst case, the amplifier generates square wave signals.

Therefore, always keep an eye on the level meter on your mixer. You can find out more about the correct volume and how to properly level the signals here in the article "These lamps should never shine red".

5. Don't know music by heart

The last point is actually not a mistake, but a skill that you will notice very quickly. Some songs are very short or stop abruptly.

When you play these songs, you should think about which song you will play afterwards. A short running time of 2:30 minutes will then stress you less looking for the next song.

The more often you play the songs live, the faster you will remember the structure of the songs. Some songs have a long beginning of 1:30 minutes that is perfect for mixing. With other songs, the singing starts after three seconds.

Do you have any other tips?

These are five mistakes I made as a beginner DJ. I don't want to scare you off or keep you from hanging up with these mistakes. Rather, I want to help you avoid these mistakes.

Hopefully you will think back to this blog post when you stop the song that is running. That is not a problem at all. Then you've found your own example of the bug. If after doing this you can avoid further mistakes, then this article served the purpose.

Can you think of any other mistakes that many novice DJs make? Please write your ideas and tricks as a comment further down this page.

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