7 Great Social Distancing Tips for Pro DJs
Social Distancing Tips for DJs: staying productive during this pandemic and during your downtime. Every day, just about every hour, we’re hearing about this Coronavirus, or Covid – 19. To be completely honest, I was not alarmed, when I first began hearing about this, in late December. I remembered the SARS epidemic, the Swine Flu, Ebola, etc. I thought well, I made it through all of that, and no one I know was affected by any of that.
Now, after reading the numbers on all of those things, I realized that perhaps I should have been more concerned. It’s a scary time for people, worldwide. Other than the health impacts, it’s also taking a devastating toll on the service industry. Literally, in one week, all of our remaining March events and all of April events canceled! Even our early May events have decided to reschedule. I never thought this would happen, but here we are.
Adjusting to the Changes
I couldn’t believe all of the cancelations, but I completely understood. Luckily, all but one decided to reschedule for a later date. I am still slightly worried that this may last longer than expected, though. We’re trying to simply take it one day at a time, at this point. Adjusting to this social distancing has been very new for us.
It’s been several years since I didn’t have any events for 2 whole months. Initially, I wondered what I’d do with all of this time, but it didn’t take long for me to realize there are many things that always need to be done. Here are some social distancing tips and advice on what you can do during this time.
1. Clean Your Equipment
Yes, you should certainly clean your DJ equipment regularly. I know many people don’t, but now, more than ever, you should. Go through and wipe-down all of your DJ equipment that gets touched by people, and even the stuff that doesn’t. It’ll look better and you’ll have peace of mind that it’s clean and ready for your next event!
2. Organize Equipment
I’m a pretty organized person, so this is something I do pretty often. However, I know we’re not all the same. Take the time to go through all of your wires and cords. If you’re like me, you have a backup, for a backup, for a backup, just in case. 🙂
You never know when you’ll need a new cord, so you likely buy extras, every now and then. I do this, but I am guilty of never throwing away cords because you never know! Realistically, do you really need 3 sets of backups? Probably not. So go through and take a look at your cords. Check for frayed cords. If they’re frayed, you can always use electrical tape, or toss it.
3. Test Equipment
If you’re not sure about a cord, or you’ve noticed issues with some equipment, now is the time to test it! Set up your equipment and test things out. Listen for any humming, buzzing, or static. If you hear any of those things, and your home wiring is fine, it’s time to say goodbye to some of your cords.
I know it’s hard to let go of old equipment and wires. I’ve started a “letting go of your DJ equipment support group,” if you’d like to join! 🙂
4. Upgrade or Repair Equipment
Do the same thing with your equipment. You notice small things during your gigs. Now is the time to get it sorted out and fixed. Call or email about your warranty, and get that process going, now that you have time. Take your equipment to get repaired, replaced, etc.
Once you’ve done all of this, now you can reorganize your new box of wires, maybe add labels, etc. If you use velcro, check to see if it needs to be replaced. If you use rubber bands, replace them. If you use neither, what’s wrong with you?? 🙂 haha
Doing all of this is good practice and should be done at least twice per year. The last thing you want is to find out about your cord problem during your gig. If you’re a bar DJ, it’ll happen during the packed dance floor. If you’re an event DJ, it’ll happen at the most important time of the night. Don’t let this happen to you! Organize and test, you’ll be glad you did!
5. Organize Music (Especially Wedding DJs)
Beyond your equipment, your music is equally as important, if not more important. Without your music, your DJ equipment is useless! Now, it’s time to make folders, update your music, get rid of music you don’t need, etc. Yeah, you can probably get rid of that one-hit-wonder that you used to love, but haven’t played in 8 years. 🙂
Now is the perfect time to create folders, crates, etc. The more organized your music is, the easier it is at events. At least for me, this is true. This is especially true for wedding DJs since they are usually open format DJs. This means you have to have a variety of genres. You’ll need a folder for go-to hits of different genres. I know every DJ has his/her own method. Try organizing, it can’t hurt!
6. Backup Music
Backup your music to the cloud, your external drive, or whichever method you choose. I have essential music on my hard drive, an SSD external backup, a regular external backup, and even 1 TB if I need it. I know it’s slightly overkilling, but as I said before, no music, no DJ business! Don’t have a backup? You’re very lucky. Don’t chance it and order one, today!
7. Practice, Practice, Practice
Last, but certainly not least, practice! Yes, practice makes better. You can never practice too much. If you’ve been doing it as long as I have, (over 2 decades), it still doesn’t hurt. Try new things, create remixes, try effects, mashups, etc.
This way, when the time comes, you can test out your new mixes, remixes, or mashups, on the crowd! This is always fun!
Other Social Distancing Tips
Beyond these essentials, there are several other social distancing tips you can implement, today. If you have a website, it’s never a bad idea to update it. Change your photos, content, blogs, etc. Maintaining a website, alone, can be a full-time job in itself.
Learn new things! Remember those classes you were interested in? Now is the time to take a class! Perhaps you want to learn photoshop, a new DJ program, SEO, or basic HTML, etc. Now is the time to do it!
All of these things can keep you very busy during your slow seasons, and now. We hope these social distancing tips have been helpful. Feel free to contact us, or leave a comment if you have feedback or ideas!
-Austin’s Best DJs