What do they do?
Disc Jockeys, also known as DJs, are artists who play and mix exciting music to live audiences in all kinds of situations and events. They most commonly work in nightclubs, concerts, festivals and on the radio.
Working in a radio setting you’d also have to deliver commentary, do interviews, and ensure adverts, news and other segments run according to schedule.
Passionate about music with a good ear, and enjoy working in the public eye? DJing could be a career worth exploring.
- Select the tracks for each set depending on the audience or theme
- Schedule and arrange the tracks to a strict timeframe
- Ensure the tracks flow together well, either by mixing or segueing into the next track via an introduction or short commentary
- Prepare and conduct interviews
- Liaise with event co-ordinators and sound crews
- Set up and operate kit
- Host and deliver shows
- Detailed knowledge and love of music
- Excellent technological skills and understanding of sound equipment and software
- Productions skills and creativity
- Excellent networking and social media skills
- Confident, clear and professional public speaker
- Willingness to work long and anti-social hours
With the necessary skills, equipment, lots of dedication and practise, you could become a DJ without any formal qualifications.
Work experience, volunteering, taking short courses and entering competitions could help to increase your skills, network and fast track your career.
Completing a Certificate II, III or IV from TAFE or another registered training organisation in Music Industry or a related field could make you more competitive when applying for jobs.
Getting a degree like the Bachelor of Creative Music Technology from Griffith could equip you with all the technical skills and some industry experience and contacts that could be invaluable.
Salary for this career is variable depending on where you work and your experience. Many DJ’s have day jobs and work gigs at night. According to au.indeed.com the average salary for a DJ is $323 per day, www.payscale.com lists average salary as $50 per hour.
Job growth in this area is predicted to be moderate.