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Helpful DJ Books on the Art of DJing

Muxx September 21, 2011 Resources Comments Off
Reading a Book

DJing isn’t exactly one of those things that you just read a book and instantly know everything but DJ books are out there and they can still be a great investment when you’re just starting out (or if you want to have a good read or two).

This post is going to dig through some of those DJ books that explores the world of DJing and may offer you a tip or two about the industry as a whole.

If you’ve got a bit of extra money on hand and want to sit down and read a good book than you might like one of these:

On the Record: The Scratch DJ Academy Guide

Description: With On the Record, Scratch DJ Academy, the premiere institution for DJ education, brings together years of training and expertise to create an authoritative guide to the dynamic art of DJing.  More than just a “how-to,” this is a sonic adventure, guiding you through forty years of music, creativity, and culture.  From beat matching to body tricks, Grandmaster Flash to Fatboy Slim, the Bronx to Ibiza, On the Record is an all-in-one guide.

Find it in Paperback or Kindle Edition


The Mobile DJ Handbook: How to Start & Run a Profitable Mobile Disc Jockey Service

Description: The Mobile DJ Handbook, Second Edition continues to be an excellent guide for novice and experienced DJs looking to build a successful career as the owner-operator of a mobile disc jockey service. Complete with practical tips, expert advice, and creative strategies, this book serves as the perfect guide on how to market and sell your services as well as develop and expand your business.

Find it in Paperback or Kindle Edition


The Laptop DJ Handbook: Setups and Techniques of the Modern Performer

Description: THE LAPTOP DJ HANDBOOK presents the ever-evolving DJ world with a fresh approach to redefining what it means to be a DJ in the digital world. You’ll learn to harness all the hardware, software, and musical options available through helpful explanations, tutorials, and examples.

Find it in Paperback or Kindle Edition



DJ Skills: The essential guide to Mixing and Scratching

Description: From scratching and mixing skills to the latest trends in DVD and video mixing this book gives you access to all the tools, tips and techniques you need. Topics like hand position are taught in a completely new way, and close-up photos of famous DJ’s hands are featured. As well as the step-by-step photos the book includes an audio CD to demonstrate techniques.

Find it in Paperback or Kindle Edition


How to DJ Right: The Art and Science of Playing Records

Description: How to DJ is the perfect guide — from the most basic keys to establishing a music collection and a distinctive sound, to elementary record-spinning, to the complex skills of scratching, hot-mixing, and beat-juggling, as well as the inimitable art of creating an evening of sound that is perfectly timed, balanced, and unforgettable.

Find it in Paperback or Kindle Edition


So, why go with a DJ book when you could just be practicing? Well, like anything – it comes down to education. If you can gain an edge over others through how the big boys got there than I think that’s a good thing especially when you’re competing with others on landing the gig. You may not want to dig through all of these books but it may be worth the investment on your bookshelf.


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