Protect Your Music
Never forget that your music is one of the most important assets you have in your DJ career. Without music, there’s not a lot of actual DJ-ing you can do, is there? That’s why it’s vital to keep your music safe with thorough backups. All of your music needs to be saved to multiple devices. If at all possible, you should carry redundant copies of your music with you when you’re on the road, just in case one device fails. Keeping duplicates of your music library (and any other essential files) on a reserve hard drive can save you from losing a gig in case your main files are rendered inaccessible.
Keep Your Equipment Safe
For most DJs, the ordinary course of work involves a lot of travel. That means subjecting your equipment to a high level of wear and tear. Take all the steps you can to protect your delicate electronics from potential damage. You can buy cases designed to protect DJ equipment from all sorts of threats, and these make an excellent investment. With the proper protection, you should be able to keep everything you take with you to a gig — computers, sound cards, controllers, etc. — as safe as possible. Don’t neglect security, either; your gear may be a tempting target for thieves.
Carrying your equipment around without any protect whatsoever is simply asking for trouble. It doesn’t matter how short the trip is; traveling with unguarded electronics is simply asking for trouble. It can be a hassle to pack and unpack your gear constantly, but it certainly beats the expense and delay involved in replacing a piece of equipment that was ruined by damage you could have prevented.
DJ Public Liability Insurance
Of course, ensuring that you keep yourself safe and those around you when hosting an event is important too. Having DJ public liability insurance can be a great help here and many venues will require you to do so. Make sure you have it.
Here are some basic guidelines for keeping your vital DJ equipment safe and sound:
* Keep your backups (music and other files) well separated from the rest of your equipment. They should always be packed in a separate bag. This reduces the chance of losing everything to damage or theft in a single stroke.
* Make sure your equipment is always in a safe place when you have to leave it unattended for any length of time.
* When you’re on the road, be wary of the temperature extremes your equipment might be subjected to if you leave it in your car. It’s a good idea to unload your equipment during overnight stopovers.
* When you pack multiple pieces of equipment into a single bag, they should all be protected by their own cases. It’s entirely possible for loose electronics to damage themselves simply by colliding with each other during rough handling.
* Label all of your equipment. This not only makes it easier to keep your gear organized but also prevents mix-ups (innocent or otherwise) at larger events where you might not be the only sound specialist present. Shipping labels and luggage tags are good ways to mark your larger bags. You can use masking tape and a marker to make cheap labels for virtually every piece of equipment you use.