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How to become a top DJ like Paul Oakenfold

It might seem like reaching the heights of a top DJ like Paul Oakenfold is a dream just that little bit too far out of reach. But, there was a time when Oakenfold was a bedroom DJ just like you making mixes and struggling to make it. He did, he got to the very top and you can too! You have a huge advantage over Oakenfold, because you live in the year 2015. You don’t have to be encumbered by mounds of equipment, and therefore restricted to the locations you can play. Nothing is slow for you, you don’t have to wait for anything to load, it’s instant. The only equipment you need these days to become a reputable DJ is a laptop and a hard drive. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s going to easy, you might have big dreams but you need to put in the ground work first. You need to concentrate on learning the ropes and perfecting your skills and more importantly your sound. You need to find the thing that makes you unique.

Practise using free DJ software

There is plenty of free DJ software that you can get your hands on out there. This is the best thing you can do if you are just starting out, because realistically you are going to want to have a go to see if you like it and if you are any good at it before you spend your hard earned cash on proper software that can take you to the big time.

Learn Some Basic Skills

Once you’ve got the hang of using the free software and have more of an idea what a DJ does, you can begin to learn some basic skills. Give yourself time to do this, it doesn’t matter if you don’t get the hang of it right away, you will get it in the end. Try to make sure that you have an understanding of as many foundation DJ skills as possible, and you will find it much easier in the future.

Record a Mix

When you feel confident that you know what a DJ does and you know how to do it you can finally take the plunge and record a mix. It’s not enough to just throw a few sounds together that you think people will like. You need to be able to tell a story using the track. Put everything you have into it!