5 Tips on What Makes a Good DJ

Apr 6, 2010
5 Tips on What Makes a Good DJ

I often get asked what makes a good DJ; this can be difficult to answer as there are so many variables to consider.

As a general description I would say good DJs are perfectionists; no matter how good they are they thrive to be better. They want to be the best and are prepared to do whatever it takes to become the best!

For the purpose of this post I have tried to break down and list the top five things in no particular order that I consider important to becoming a good DJ.

What makes a good DJ   -    Tip #1

A good DJ is one that looks comfortable behind the decks – they don’t stress about beatmatching, song placement, track selection etc. They know they have put the right amount of time into learning/practice and are completely comfortable.

You should never be able to notice a good DJ thinking behind the decks. Good DJs will look into the crowd and interact with the dance floor opposed to having their head buried in the mixer the entire time.

What makes a good DJ   -    Tip #2

A good DJ enjoys talking to others, meeting new people, networking and making new friends. They are usually first to arrive at parties and last to leave. They understand the importance of building a fan base and staying connected with that fan base.

What makes a good DJ    -   Tip #3

Good DJs understand that no matter how good they are and how much they know there is always more to learn. Put simply good DJs love to learn and practice – they understand that average DJs practice until they get it right and only the very best DJs practice until they can’t get it wrong.

A good DJ understands the importance of mastering the warm up set, so when given the chance they smash it out of the park and the right people take notice.

What makes a good DJ   -    Tip #4

A good DJ is prepared to start at the bottom, learn all they can and practice there butt off to get to the top. Good DJs believe in themselves and are prepared to do whatever it takes to live there dream; they also understand the critical importance of a quality DJ mentor.

What makes a good DJ   -   Tip #5

A good DJ is passionate about music, in fact they are almost obsessive about their music. They look high and low for the next big tune before it becomes the next big tune. They don’t worry about what others are playing and buying they only care about what they are collecting – they believe in their own musical taste and style and are not scared to take calculated risks if and when needed.


There are so many things that make up a good DJ, the most important of all is being prepared to put the time into learning and practice. Before you worry about doing anything else you want your skill level and understanding of the art of DJing itself to be second to none.

I hope this helps you understand what is involved in becoming a good DJ, if you have any thoughts of your own please feel free to share them below in the comments box!

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  1. Pamela-P April 13, 2010 at 3:26 am -

    Charisma is a must and looks are only going to help to :/

    These on top of everything else Bennie says makes a killer combo.

    Cool blog ^^Bookmarked^^

  2. Kareem April 27, 2010 at 6:28 am -

    right on

    especially tip 5

    Having the best(unknown)music is 99% of the work.

    Interaction is nice but certainly not neccesary for me. A smile is more than enough

  3. vj dj March 25, 2011 at 3:53 am -

    im learning a lot in here, and my understading is becoming more vivid than b4, tanx! keep me posted

  4. Javier February 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm -

    Great advice

  5. dj yemzy March 19, 2012 at 2:16 am -

    Pls hw can i diffrentiate types of genres

  6. dj yemzy March 19, 2012 at 2:27 am -

    Pls hw can i get d djmastercourse

  7. Benny March 22, 2012 at 11:51 pm -

    @dj yemzy – the best way to learn how to differentiate the types of genres is by going to an online music store like beatport and click through the different categories…

    You can get the DJ Master Course from here:



  8. DEBRA April 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm -

    My daughter wants to become a DJ. She wants me to spend alot of money on a private DJ school. Shes quiting a 4 year college. She believes there is a solid financial future in the business. I researched and found its the exact opposite.
    Any advicd would be appreciated.
    Desperate mom!

  9. Benny April 20, 2012 at 2:41 am -

    @Debra – you’re daughter is correct, it is a thriving induustry with loads of money and plenty to go around. The only catch is only the best survive, you’re daughter can definitlty live her dream and become a professional DJ living a great lifestyle as long as:

    1) she really believes she can
    2) she is prepared to do what ever it takes
    3) she never stops learning

    Share the link below with her, it’s an article on where to start and how she can start learning now for Free – so no crazy start up equipment costs!



  10. Bam Aviles June 18, 2012 at 10:20 am -

    Hey benny my name is Bam and I am a dwarf, but my whole life i’ve had a dream to become a DJ, whether famous or not, just for the joy of because it’s what i love, but i have nothing close to a set up, what do you recomend for beginners? (consider height limitations) lol

  11. how to dj June 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm -

    Hi Bam,

    I suggest getting started with the Free virtual DJ software, it has everything you need!



  12. gershom kupa March 28, 2013 at 12:42 am -

    hey email me about this dj thing want to be one i need more advice and help

  13. Michael Chabot June 25, 2013 at 9:37 pm -

    So interested in this course if it helps me get one step ahead! I run a mobile dj business and have one of the best mentors in the area who has 35+ yrs expierience!!! The points that Benny has presented to me so far have become very useful and look forward to being more educated thru this course! If this course can gain me that extra knowledge… I will be making the attempt to be better.. even at the age of 37…… where alot have retired by this age!!!