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Some Common & Ideal Day Jobs for DJs

DJ Experience, News | Mar 04, 2016   

Some Common & Ideal Day Jobs for DJs

Picture this: you DJ and that’s all you do. You make enough money to pay all your bills and have enough to live comfortably. But many DJs aren’t that fortunate. There are jobs you have to take to support your dream career of DJing. You got to suck it up, tie (or snap) on your checkered tie, and head to the office to make copies and file reports.

But there are more than office jobs DJs do when they aren’t DJing. A lot of DJs choose these jobs because they allow them to cater their schedule, help them establish a bigger network and make important contacts. The curious bunch we are, we surveyed some of our DJ friends and asked what they do or where they work when they aren’t DJing. Below are the most common answers we received.


The Office Employee DJ


This one was pretty common; the admin, office assistant, or whatever role in the office may be, the quintessential office employee. They usually try to get all their co-workers out to see them, usually handing out flyers during meetings or sending out Facebook Event invites during lunch.

Pros: Pays well, doesn’t take as much energy
Cons: Usually 40+ hours/week it leaves you little time to practice or network in the industry


The Bartender DJ


This DJ is already in his element. He probably got the DJing residency by being the bartender or vice versa. Whatever it may be, everyone knows him – the regulars, the promoters, the manager, owner, bouncers, etc.

Pros: Tips are awesome, you’re already in the nightlife setting and networking/establishing contacts is easy
Cons: The nightlife can be wearisome and tiring


The Audio Tech DJ


Ah yes, this one’s an ideal job for a DJ. What better position than to work with sound? This DJ could work in radio, television, film, or other media and really excel. His ears are finely tuned to catch any kind of audio artifact. It’s pretty much all audio, all the time for this DJ.

Pros: You’re working with audio, so it’s likely you’re enhancing and fine-tuning your listening skills when it comes to music
Cons: Like working in an office, it might be difficult to take time off if you have a gig out of town


The Stay-at-Home Dad or Mom DJ


This one is becoming pretty common. While their spouse is out at the 9 to 5, they are changing diapers and beat-matching simultaneously. While they burp the baby, they’re adding some finishing touches to their mixes. This DJ is going back and forth from the decks to the cradle.

Pros: Raising your awesome kid, being able to practice (when you get some “quiet” time)
Cons: Not being able to connect with people in your industry since you’re mostly at home


The Retail DJ


Or in other words, the always fashionable, continually wearing the latest trends DJ because of their 40% off discount.

Pros: Flexible schedule allows you to take time off for out-of-town gigs
Cons: Pay may not be that good depending on your level of experience


What’s your day job? Share your experience in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “Some Common & Ideal Day Jobs for DJs

  1. All pretty accurate, but you forgot to mention the “Graphic Designer DJ” which accounts for like 20 of my DJ friends. Pros: You get to meet promoters, club owners…etc.. Cons: the amount of shitty drinks specials that you have to edit in print, which are certainly irrelevant.

    1. Exactly! Dj’s usually start out as designers because they want to create their own flyers, logos, etc and are already creative as it is. I myself have been a DJ since 1985 and am still active. I am a Web Designer / Graphic Designer / Marketing / Admin by day and also a Navy veteran where I got to travel and dj while I was in port.

  2. For a DJ I have the perfect day job. I am a I.T. professional. Now take a look at the pros of having this career.
    1. The pay is good. So for DJing I can charge less, I can buy top of the line DJ gear, lights ans stuff.
    2. I have flex hours. So I can leave work to do gigs very easily.
    3. Since I am working with computers all day and can use computers to listen to music, surf social media site, keep my DJ ads on top, just so many advantages.

    Now the cons.
    1. Doing 15 gigs a month made for sleepy days.
    2. I don’t have any more cons.

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