We know that a DJ’s life is not easy. Managing the lifestyle of this profession is sometimes one of the main problems of being a successful DJ: irregular schedules, parties, endless travel, stress, live performances and lots of music are not the best allies to staying healthy and balanced.
Powerful Daily Habits Of Successful DJs
Humans are creatures of habit, both good and bad. But it is better to get into good habits that help us to maintain a certain order. This small list is a sample of what we recommend to all DJs to form good habits to prepare for a show.
Organize your music
In your favourite DJ software, upload your folders to a playlist to make navigation faster. Here are a few tips to organize a large music library collection.
Take the time to organize the detailed information of each song before uploading it to any program (name, group, artist, etc).
Analyze the tracks
This way you will avoid consuming processor resources that may be necessary at the time of a live session, especially if you have a laptop with below or just the required limit.
Try to listen to the tracks directly in the program you are using to make sure they are not corrupted or faulty. Also, take a look at the folders inside the program you are using, so you can find the track faster or find a track you have overlooked.
Read: Tips For Acoustically Treating Your Home Studio
Prepare for your First Gig
You will never know what DJing truly is until you have played your first set in front of an audience. So grab whatever chance you can to land that first gig, and get better from there. It could be a house party, a birthday party, or if you are lucky, a gig in a club or a bar.
But if you don’t get to play live on a regular basis, there’s no excuse not to post your sets and samples online. Sharing you mixes is a great way to get a followers, get feedback, and show the world that you know something about music and mixing.
Read: How to get more bookings on Wavezoo
Taking care of your Health
Irregular schedules, parties, travels, stress, live shows and a lot of music are not the best allies to staying healthy and balanced. If you want to be a successful DJ you should also not forget to have healthy habits.
Take care of your health with the following tips:
- Create a Schedule…, and stick to it:
DJing has a lot to do with the nightlife culture, and it’s easy to get lost in all the fun and chaos that comes with partying. Having a schedule keeps you grounded because it forces you to make compromises and helps you keep yourself in check when you’re considering working on a weeknight, for example.
- Hearing Problems: A DJ’s ears are continuously exposed to high volumes of great intensity, through both speakers and headphones. This is very harmful to the ears, and if you do not take care, it is very possible that you could end up losing your hearing.
Learn about ear protectors for DJs. It should be essential if you are going to dedicate yourself to this. DJ producers also suffer from disorders: the long days of creating a song and mastering can cause headaches and jaw discomfort.
- Back, neck, muscular pains: Being on your feet for so many hours, especially in long sessions, DJs often have a very sore back, the spine at the cervical level (neck) and if the mixing desk is at a very low height, it can also affect the lumbar level (waist).
Stretching, swimming, yoga or pilates is a good solution.
- Bad eating: DJ’s routine is usually linked to fast food or eating anything at any time. This added to the problems such as anxiety and stress mentioned before is a very bad combination, and can lead to diseases such as irritable bowel, ulcers or kidney diseases.
A good diet, healthy and as natural as possible is the key and one of the best habits a DJ can have.
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