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5 Reasons Why Being an Older DJ is Awesome

DJ Experience, News | Mar 29, 2016   

5 Reasons Why Being an Older DJ is Awesome

DJing is not just for the 20 something crowd. Many older DJs in their 30s, 40s, and very well up into their 60s and 70s are filling the dance floors all around the country. No matter what age these DJs are, they all have one thing in common: passion for music.

Here are 5 reasons why you should embrace being an older DJ and why it gives you an edge over your younger counterparts. 

1. You can probably actually afford the equipment

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Alright…we know this won’t apply for everyone, but if you’re in your 30s or older you most likely have a day job or career that pays the rent. You might be an office manager, stockbroker, real estate agent, etc. Whatever it is, you have the funds to invest in better DJ equipment. You’re not a starving college student or a fresh high school grad borrowing money from his parents anymore. You have a solid and consistent salary to invest in better DJ equipment and that means better quality sets.

2. You have more knowledge of music (especially the classics)

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Being older means you have experienced more music in different periods of your life. Right now EDM is the big thing, but for many paid gigs DJs play at, say weddings for instance, they want to hear the classics from the 70s, 80s, 90s or early 00s. A 20-something DJ might have some knowledge, but not as much as an older DJ having grown up appreciating the classics. Older DJs can cite from memory the title, artist, album, and release date of a song just by hearing it.

3. You have more connections in your DJ network

Record spinning men at a 1970s Disco Music Party

Older DJs tend to have made more connections throughout their DJing career. They have more trust through their experience. Word-of-mouth bookings are a big thing in the industry and sets older DJs apart from their younger counterparts struggling to prove themselves.

4. You have more appreciation for the new DJ tech being released

Not saying that 20-somethings are completely unappreciative of what they have, but have they ever tried to mix on one of these things??

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Older DJs know whats up…pre-Serato.

5. Your appreciation for vinyl goes beyond a pastime; it’s a passion.

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Whenever you pass a record store, you can’t resist going in and spending all day digging. 


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6 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why Being an Older DJ is Awesome

  1. I had a lot of fun DJing in my 20’s, things have certainly changed now I’m in my 30’s and all of these points ring true to me, although I don’t buy as much vinyl as I used to.

  2. I totally agree. Back in the 90’s I spent hundreds of dollars per month on vinyl. These days, that money now goes towards equipment and business overhead costs (insurance & etc). All the years of hauling heavy crates of vinyl make me appreciate the new technology. My hat goes out to the DJ’s who still use 100% vinyl.

  3. I started DJ in 1969 with belt driven turntables and vinyls of course. I went through any kind of gears (CD’s, controllers) , still enjoying it although I do it now only for fun, fundraising events or my radio show.

  4. There are a bunch of us still doing our thing weekly in clubs and mobile. I started in 1985 and for sure have more knowledge, experience, style and major appreciation for being able to do much more with much less. Lots of guys still make the argument about vinyl but I think you can do much more than just mix and scratch with digital gear and it takes more skill. I take pride in being able to use any system in front of me and can rock it.

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