Being a DJ in the modern sense is living in a world wrapped up in music, people, and the thrill of travel. Of course, there is a new incarnation- the sit at home and make music on the computer DJ; the guy who sets up Facebook pages and watches their play counts and downloads rise and rise on SoundCloud and Bandcamp. There are two dynamics to being a music DJ in 2013- the wsocial and the old school. If you are an aspiring DJ, where do you lie?
The answer should be “with both,” because having an online presence and seeing people in person at shows is paramount to be a successful DJ. Life as a DJ should really incorporate both aspects.
The live shoe relies on a visual quality. People love to actually see and experience the artists they love so much. This is why the touring industry is so massive and profitable for even the most moderately developed act. As a DJ, you do not have to tour the nation or world. You may perform at local venues and establish a really strong local following. This is the world of the DJ at the smallest level.
But the online world offers very few limits in scale. With massively successful music websites and blogs, any artist with some talent can gain a steady and even huge following, without a label or ever playing a live show.
The aspect of the live show should play off the grinding build of the online world. Neither can exist effectively without the other, and the life of a DJ should incorporate the wonderful possibilities of the Internet and the physical love of the live DJ set.