The Importance of Playing Out
I once talked to a club owner who told me that they would rather hire a DJ with less talent, but who has a fun look and demeanor, than a DJ with more talent who keep to themselves. DJing can be sort of a nerdy art and there is no denying that it does take a bit of intelligence to do. Many DJs who land their first gig may be technically sound at what they are doing – but they lack the personality and the presence to control a room full of drunk people. The truth is that there is no substitute for the experience of playing in front of complete strangers. The more you do it, the more you get used to it – but you never full get rid of the fear that comes with it.
Starting out as a child and having to present on stage is a very good experience. Most of us will be nervous, but do it enough and eventually we learn to deal with the butterflies in our stomachs. For a DJ, this is a very important concept. Learning how to perform and keep your cool under pressure and microscopes is part of learning the trade.