A Beginner's Guide to DJing in London: Everything You Need to Know

February 13, 2023
Written by
Buster Bennett
A Beginner's Guide to DJing in London: Everything You Need to Know

A Beginner's Guide to DJing in London

So you want to move to the big smoke and become a DJ in London? It's a dream that many aspiring DJs have and at London Sound Academy we do our best to help new DJs flourish and thrive in London.

In this guide, we will give you a route to DJ success and uncover the path you need to take to make it as a DJ in London. It doesn't matter if you're a seasoned pro or a total beginner, this roadmap will help you achieve your DJ ambition.

Why become a DJ in London?

London is the most populous city in Western Europe and one of the largest cities in the world, therefore the music industry, and the DJ industry specifically, is huge. There are simply so many opportunities for DJs in London for all genres of music. It's one of the biggest hubs for the DJ industry globally so by positioning yourself as a DJ in London you can reach global fame.

London is the capital of DJing in Europe

London has a rich history of music and is often at the forefront of changes in the music industry. People all around the world look to London and London DJs as market leaders. It's a city with its fingers on the pulse of the music business. There's no other city quite like London.

As London is the mecca of Europe's electronic music scene it's only right that it hosts the most renowned DJ academy on the continent, London Sound Academy. Since 2008 we have been on the leading-edge of DJ and production tuition and have built a solid reputation as the best in the industry. Thousands of DJs have passed through our doors and are now flourishing as DJs in London and also all around the globe.

Why choose London Sound Academy

If you want to launch your DJ career in London LSA offers highly-rated DJ courses so you can learn how to DJ professionally. DJ lessons at LSA are flexible so you can choose your DJ tutor and DJ lesson times. Our mentors are considered the best tutors in the London DJ scene and offer private DJ training. If you want to start from zero and graduate a hero this is the place to be!

There are four levels to the DJ course offering at LSA including Beginner DJ Course, Intermediate DJ Course, Advanced DJ Course and the exceptional Elite DJ Course. The Elite DJ Course is Europe's most advanced DJ course specialising in advanced DJ skills.

Elite DJ Course Award

All our DJ courses are taught using the a massive range of DJ equipment from Pioneer DJ. Our curriculum has also been authorised by Pioneer, the leading manufacturer of DJ technology. We also offer free resources to our students helping them further their DJ careers including DJ tips, DJ masterclasses, seminars and DJ networking events.

Graduates of London Sound Academy have exclusive access to DJ gig opportunities, DJ networking events and the London music scene. We organise DJ gigs for all graduates of our DJ and even run our own DJ agency. If you want to become a DJ in London LSA is the best launchpad.

How to do you make it as a DJ in London?

London provides many opportunities for DJs but it's also very competitive. In order to survive and thrive as a DJ in London you need a community to back you up. The LSA alumni community is more than one thousand strong and DJs within the group actively support each other and help each other find DJ gigs.

Many of our DJ graduates run their own DJ events and parties in London and often book other LSA graduates. In our private community group you will have access to all the DJ gigs that LSA organise but also all the gigs that our partners provide. It's a one-stop-shop to find DJ work.

What's the best advice for a DJ in London?

The best advice for DJs who want to make it in London is to network. Most of the DJ gigs in the city are organised by people who know each other. This is why our community is so valuable to its new members.

If you're going it alone then we encourage you to attend events and try and become friendly with the event managers or promoters. You'll want to show your support for their enterprise and then pop the question is you can DJ for them. There are many thousands of events every week in London so you won't struggle to find DJ work if you are persistent.

If you're looking for more ideas on how to find DJ work click here

Step-by-step roadmap to launch your DJ career in London

Follow these steps if you want to become a DJ in London and obtain success in the London music scene.

  1. Learn how to DJ. Join our DJ courses by clicking here.
  2. Graduate and get DJ gigs.
  3. Create your DJ brand and learn how to market yourself as a DJ in London
  4. Reach out to other promoters and ask for DJ work
  5. Build a fan base organically and make sure you document the journey

Overcoming challenges faces by new DJs in London

There are many challenges that a DJs in London need to conquer. The main hurdle is finding your first DJ gigs and keeping your DJ bookings flowing. Our community will help you get a foot in the door and overcome the steepest DJ challenge, getting your first gigs but after that you need to venture out on your own.

DJs are essentially self-employed people and work for themselves. In order to be a DJ in London you have to think like a business person and become a DJ brand. It's essential to have a strong understanding of marketing for DJs in order to achieve independent DJ success. Our case studies show many examples of how our students overcame these challenges and managed to climb the ladder in London's music scene. We hope you take inspiration from their stories and take heed to the advice in this guide.

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