How Do Djs Make Music? (a How-to Guide)Posted by Mike Schuck
How do DJs make music?
This article will discuss how DJs make music and some tips you can use to make your own music.
Why do DJs make music?
According to Dave Kendrick, Head of Music Partnerships at Spotify, "DJs create music. They're responsible for telling their audiences something about themselves, about their opinions, about their interests, and about the people in their lives".
Having a few catchy beats that will get people dancing is a great way to attract attention but, beyond a catchy beat, there are some other considerations in determining how you're going to make music.
You want to ensure you've got interesting and original beats to play with.
You'll want to make sure you have something that people will actually want to play on loop.
If you're making music for a video game, a video montage, or a website, you need to ensure you're using sounds that people are able to recognize and connect to, so you'll want to make sure they are appealing and memorable.
How do DJs use software to create music?
There are a number of software programs available to DJs to help create music. The most popular are Ableton Live and FL Studio. Ableton is the official music production software of Ableton Live DJ, a software DJ set up by Paul Oakenfold and Karl Heinz Reiffenstein in 1994.
Once you've downloaded Ableton Live, you'll have access to a number of useful tools such as a drum machine, which allows you to make beats by hitting buttons on the screen, creating melodies, and playing instruments such as guitars or violins.
However, for the best results you'll want to explore a number of other plugins, which extend the range of sounds that Ableton Live can produce.
You'll want to use different plugins for different instruments and effects. For example, you may want to use a pitch shift plugin to shift the pitch of your beat by a single semitone up or down, allowing for more interesting and unique melodies.
Can I get a job as a DJ?
If you've found a passion for DJ'ing and can put together some truly interesting tracks, it may be worth getting a job as a DJ. You can talk to local radio stations, or read up on the websites of all the big brands in the industry.
If you want to start out on the road, but aren't sure where to start, we recommend buying the audio guide that is available in CD and DVD formats for these brands. You can get the CD and DVD versions or listen to the audio guides available online.
The first thing you'll want to do is to talk to local radio stations and music journalists. There will be DJs at these stations who will be happy to talk to you.
Get a business card from someone who works at the station and call them up. Explain to them why you want to DJ, and listen to the conversation for opportunities to pitch your ideas.
You'll want to get yourself to an event where you can meet journalists and DJs. Some people like to go to the gigs themselves, but that can get quite expensive.
If you're unable to go to a show yourself, one way to do it is to write to the head of the venue and ask if you can put on an event for the media and promoters at the end of the night.
Write up an event description and send it to a lot of radio stations and journalists in your area. The best way to do this is to send out a form letter to them.
You can learn about this kind of thing by reading in newspapers or by simply Googling "send a letter to music journalist." After a few weeks, you'll probably start getting a lot of responses.
Send these out to different music media, such as the monthly magazine in your town, the local radio stations and some smaller music blogs. If you do get a response, don't be too greedy.
Just say you'd like to talk to them all and send them to different email addresses.
I read about someone who paid to record a song with someone famous. Can I do that?
If you want to try to get in contact with a famous person, you're going to need to approach them.
This can be done in many ways: in person, on Facebook, or even by writing a letter through the post. You'll want to keep it positive and respectful.
It's also important to be realistic when approaching famous people. Some famous people will flat-out refuse to talk to you and may even make fun of you on Twitter.
So you'll need to be prepared for some rejection. If you're able to get in touch with a famous person, the chances are they'll be happy to do an interview and give you some free gear.
If they do respond, they'll likely tell you to send them an email or shoot you an e-mail.
This is a good way to find out which celebrities are actually down to be interviewed, and which ones have no interest in talking to you.
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