It’s impossible to argue that EDM (Electronic Dance Music) isn’t the fastest growing segment of the music market right now. Industry analysts project that this genre of music has just reached $6.2 billion a year – and it isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
With game changing world-renowned DJs like Calvin Harris commanding $500,000 PER NIGHT to host concerts, more DJs are coming out of the woodwork to grab a piece of the action. There’s just something about the whole festival scene that brings young people out in droves – but EDM has really started to capture a pretty solid segment of the pop audience as well.
Though EDM has been around since the early 80s, it’s really never got to be quite as popular as it has in the last four or five years. Major festivals all over the world public EEM 24/7, and it’s impossible to turn on the radio without hearing at least a handful of these jams.
If you’d love to dive right into the mix and become an EDM top DJ, too, here’s how to get started.
Understand your exit
It’s going to be absolutely impossible to break into this area of the music industry without knowing EXACTLY where you’re headed.
If all you want to do is play local clothes, you really don’t have to set your bar all that high. Grab some starter equipment, start mixing together popular songs with your own little flavor, and get some local advertising out there.
If you’re looking to sell out major venues the way that Calvin Harris does – making more in a single night than most people will in 40 years – you’re going to need a different approach.
Put in the work
The EDM world isn’t something that you’re going to be able to effortlessly break into.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of DJs out there trying to get into EDM (or already there), and if you’re going to have any chance of success you’re going to need to put in the work. Start mixing songs, start looking for the “next big thing”, and for everything you have into your effort.
Use the Internet (especially places like YouTube and Sound Cloud) to spread your music, and always look for new ways to catch fire and grab attention. It’s the only way that you’re going to be able to explode onto the scene.
Who knows, you might be the next Calvin Harris.