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
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)
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
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??
Older DJs know whats up…pre-Serato.
5. Your appreciation for vinyl goes beyond a pastime; it’s a passion.
Whenever you pass a record store, you can’t resist going in and spending all day digging.
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