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Helpful DJ Books on the Art of DJing
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 12 Websites That Teach You How To DJ
- The 10 Best Rave Movies of All Time
- The Beginner DJ Equipment Guide: Building Your First DJ Setup
- What Is The Best DJ Laptop? A Simple Buyer's Guide
- The Types of DJs
- How To Beat Match
- Best Online Backup Tools for Musicians and DJs
- Top 5 Digital DJ Controllers under $300
- Best DJ Programs for Beginners
- My Top 10 Favorite Psybient Artists and Songs
BDJ Current Gear Picks
1. Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2
The NI Traktor Kontrol S2 is an incredible digital DJ controller that comes packaged with Traktor PRO. Those that want to get started with DJing should definitely consider the S2.
Learn More: Traktor Kontrol S2 on Amazon
2. Numark Mixtrack Pro DJ Controller
The Mixtrack Pro DJ controller is perfect for those on a tight budget; it has everything you need to get started with digital DJing and continues to drop in price every few months.
Learn More: Mixtrack Pro on Amazon
3. Hercules DJ Console MK4
If you're really itching to start DJing and don't want to spend a whole lot than the MK4 is for you. You'll have complete control over your mixes plus it's packaged with Virtual DJ.
Learn More: Hercules MK4 on Amazon