What is in a name? Names came about for the purpose of identifying each other, so making names part of our identity – a fact that should not be taken lightly. Even when parents choose names for their unborn children it is a process that takes a lot of research and thought, also as you now are deciding on your DJ name you have probably spent a fair amount of time pondering the various possibilities. The mistake is not to make is to just on impulse decide on a name before thinking it through.
Your various options.
A common thing DJ's do nowdays is use their real name, with perhaps a slight alteration or adjustment, if you are happy with your real name (full name or surname, either way) then there is little reason not to stick with it. The counterargument to this is that it shows your lack of creativity and willingness to explore other avenues. Success is certainly not dependent on whether or not you use your real name – think David Guetta versus Deadmau5 – both very successful DJ's, one using his real name the other a pseudo name.
Chances are you already have a nickname, or sometimes you had a nickname in college or school, if it is something that stuck then it probably stuck for a reason. Nicknames and monikers have often become the names of some of the most successful DJ's out there.
But if You are not keen on your real name or a nickname then generally there are three more ways you can go: descriptive name, abstract name or a reference name. A descriptive name is one which describes you, either what type of DJ you are or what type of personality you have. An abstract name can be anything from a group of jumbled letters coming together to a word from another language. A reference name is not all too common but in essence it is a name referencing something you either like or take interest in, many artists and bands have reference names – either referencing their favorite movies, books or sometimes something more personal from their history.
Being a communication based society, social networking and internet visibility are very important, so there are quite a few important factors to take into consideration when making your choice – the practical side of things – are there any other DJ's with what your name conflicts, if so consider slight alteration or adjustment, a total revamp is not necessary. Also make sure you will have an easily identifiable Facebook and twitter page and any other social networking sites you intend on using.
A few more guidelines .
When performing and getting exposure it is important that people will be able to easily identify your name, if they go back home and can not remember your name because it was too complicated – then you probably lose a fan, even if your name is not that complicated but people have difficulty spelling it, they probably will not be able to find you online losing you once again a possible fan. Many DJ's are very artistic by nature, if you are one of them you might want to consider looking at incorporating your name around a logo that brings a more unique feel to your name compared to the generic standard name. When unsure about your decision ask for advice from friends and family, other peoples perspective can be eye opening and will help you a lot in your search for a suitable DJ name.