Breaking Into the MC/DJ Business

Becoming an MC / DJ in this modern day and age is not an easy task especially if your equipment is not up to standard (or non-existent). There are some important aspects of the MC / DJ business one has to understand before venturing further. To start off – what the exact difference is between…

Becoming an MC / DJ in this modern day and age is not an easy task especially if your equipment is not up to standard (or non-existent). There are some important aspects of the MC / DJ business one has to understand before venturing further.

To start off – what the exact difference is between MC and a DJ. There used to be a definite line between these two seemingly opposing professions, but as our culture has evolved so have our needs, no longer have we need of stuffy and tight lacced MC's who bring no excitement to our functions and parties, but we also no longer need DJ's who are unrefined or crass. The modern day DJ is no longer thought of as wannabe artist housing in low class clubs – but rather a figure that brings true style and his own unique ability to the best clubs and functions around.

So what modern society really requires from us? well the answer luckily suits us all, You can either be an MC, a DJ or a hybrid of the two. The choice is of course up to personal preference, and as people differ from one another so will their choices – There are people more suited to being a pure DJ -due to their artistic preference- than a hybrid of the two. This is also true for people who unique skill set lends themselves more to Emceeing. But if you're up to the challenge and want to become something that incorporates both these professions – then this is what you need to know.

First of all what to call yourself – certainly not a “hybrid”, we do not live in a comic strip. So for this reason modern day DJ's that also dabble in emceeing are called “New age DJ's”. But many DJ's are not sure enough of themselves to pursue this new age profession, so let's put some concerns to rest.

Equipment you'll need:

  • Headphones
  • Microphone
  • DJ mixer
  • DJ controller
  • Loud Speakers

So this is generally the equipment any self respecting DJ would have. It also all that is required to be an MC. So equipment being more than substantial there is only one thing left that greatly diversifies the DJ from the MC: the ability to talk to the crowd.

This may sound daunting as many DJ's like to be enveloped in their music while playing. But the thing to realize is – a DJ might not be talking to his crowd, but he is communicating with them through his music. So the transition to a New age DJ is really just a formality. It is of course good to study up on manners of speaking and do proper research on what people expect from an MC. There are many courses and tutorials online on emceeing which you would do well to study up on.

So if you're set for the challenge – show the crowd that you can bring more than just your mixes to the game.