They’re the star of every wedding, the highlight at every banquet, the source of your ear-worm the very next day. Disc Jockeys, otherwise known as DJ’s, have been an integral part of every event for decades.
DJ Core Task and Skills Required
DJ’s are expected to possess a naturally charismatic disposition, be personable, and have unmatched customer service skills. Outside of supplying a great flow of tunes, DJ’s can sometimes anticipate acting as the MC during an event.
- There are a couple of core competencies an aspiring DJ should have:
- Comprehensive knowledge of popular music in every genre. Fan favourites at events generally consist of the current Top 40, 80’s/90’s Hits, Pop, Classic Rock, Disco, Funk and Motown.
- A valid and fully-graduated license in your province; you will also require a vehicle in some cases to move gear to and from event spaces.
- Familiarity with DJ equipment; this includes software, speakers and sound rigs.
In Canada, the average DJ earns approximately $23,00 to $29,000 per year. On the higher end, a successful and experienced DJ can earn upwards of $50,000 per year.
You don’t have to go to school to learn how to become a great DJ, but training definitely helps. Finding a training school or session will help you assess whether you want to become a DJ for hire (and have to invest thousands of dollars into equipment) or work for an event hall where gear will already be supplied. A training program will also help familiarize yourself with different kinds of techniques that will set you apart from everyone else.
Useful Information About Being a DJ
As a DJ, you must have an AVLA license. An AVLA license permits you to make copies of sound recordings and play them publicly for leasing purposes only. This license needs to be renewed annually.