DISC JOCKEY Spin to win


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CLOCK­WORK 11am: Wake up 11.30am: Sit with playlist for the night. Re­view the pre­vi­ous night’s per­for­mance 1.30pm: Lunch. Spend some­time in mu­sic pro­duc­tion, re­view­ing mu­sic news and catch up with fel­low DJs or friends and fam­ily 7pm: Reach lounge 7.30pm: Start play­ing for the early crowd. In a night club, a DJ nor­mally takes over and drops his/her first track by about 10:30 pm. Not ear­lier 9.30pm: Warm ups. In a night club things start get­ting warmed up by about 11:30pm but if its a club in a five-star prop­erty where they have per­mis­sions till 2.30am, then the place gets go­ing by 12.15am Mid­night: Start wind­ing up 1am: Din­ner 2am: Call it a night

THE PAY­OFF The av­er­age take-home for a disc jockey at the ini­tial level is Vinyl discs, head­phones, turnta­bles, psy­che­delic lights and churn­ing bod­ies — if all that, and mu­sic, of course, fires your en­thu­si­asm, a ca­reer as a DJ is your call­ing. Dee­jay­ing is a per­form­ing art that over­laps mu­sic pro­duc­tion. It in­volves remix­ing, mu­sic com­po­si­tion, ar­range­ment and pro­duc­tion. A pro­fes­sional DJ en­ter­tains rev­ellers at clubs, does pri­vate shows for me­dia houses and event man­age­ment agen­cies and also per­forms at ra­dio sta­tions and a few TV chan­nels. Apart from this, In­dia now has a huge mar­ket for free­lance dee­jay­ing. Such a DJ can get 15 to 20 pri­vate bashes a month in the party sea­son, money be­ing ne­go­tiable. Disc jock­ey­ing as a pro­fes­sion is wit­ness­ing the fastest growth in terms of youth par­tic­i­pa­tion. With an ex­plo­sion of nightlife in ur­ban In­dia, the DJ can be the star of the evening in any Gen Y gath­er­ing. Es­tab­lished names in the cir­cuit be­lieve that glam­our, too, lures young­sters to the con­sole. But with­out in­no­va­tion, one will not last long, they warn R10,000 to R20,000 per month. The hike in the package (as per the mar­ket con­di­tion and la­bel/club/mu­sic com­poser in­volved) de­pends on one’s cal­i­bre SKILLS/TRAITS An ear for good mu­sic, pas­sion for mu­sic Ba­sics of sound/record­ing Cre­ativ­ity with sound and rhythm Noc­tur­nal body clock

GET­TING THERE What you study in high school does not mat­ter as long as you have a keen in­ter­est in mu­sic. While you can en­roll for a ba­sic (beginner) DJ course right af­ter Class X, pros sug­gest tak­ing it head-on only af­ter school. Once through with the ba­sics, you can as­sist a pro­fes­sional DJ or mu­si­cian to learn the tricks of the trade. Grad­u­ate to a pro­fes­sional level course from any of the in­sti­tutes in the Cap­i­tal and

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