Networking Tips To Get Noticed At Clubs!
Get used to the phrase ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’. Everyone you talk to about your quest to find work eventually says this. Networking can range from a simple meet and greet with a club or bar owner when you hand over your demo, to meeting people who introduce you to more people, and eventually getting work from those connections.
Attitude and presentation can go a long way in this industry. If you can convince a club or bar owner that you’d actually be good to have around, either because you seem like a reliable kind of person or because you’re well dressed and attractive enough to be eye candy for the public, then you’ve already given yourself a step up the ladder. Some genres of music promote and thrive on the aloof ‘too cool for you’ style of DJ, but it’s not something I’d recommend myself.
Going straight to a club owner and asking for work is a ballsy move. If the owner says no, you may have blown your chances of working for the club. However, if you befriend the bar staff and the DJ, who may then recommend you for a small DJing spot, you might get a lot more luck.
How you develop your relationship with people is down to your personality. If you think you’re the type who can strike up a friendship with a DJ in a pub, and use that friendship to get somewhere, by all means go for it. Just realise that the DJ will peg you for a DJ wannabe from the moment you even glance around his or her DJ booth. Don’t pretend that’s not why you’re there, but unless you think it’s worthwhile pushing it, play it cool and hold off the hard sell for a while.
Getting to know bar staff, particularly senior bar staff, can be another good avenue to get into the club, even as a warm-up DJ. Again, you need to take some time, become a regular, get to know the staff and the club well, and when you’re happy that you can start to push your luck, hand over a demo and see what becomes of it.
Getting a foot in the door when you’re already inside is easy! Insider knowl- edge is the best advantage you can have. A bar job in a club or pub you want to work in is an excellent way of selling yourself surreptitiously. You can subtly spread word of your skills and repeatedly let people hear your demo until they realise that they like you and want to put you in the booth. By the time they grasp your true agenda, it’s too late: they’re already happy to have hired you as the DJ!