Top 5 Books To Learn DJing

Whether you are thinking of learning the art of DJing or just coming back after a break to restart your DJing career. I have shortlisted a Top 5 books for you that covers everything from the very basics of DJing to the history and DJing evolution.

Read these books and learn everything you need to know to start your DJing career, or just simply learn the skill.

Top 5 Books On DJing

Here’s a list of Top 5 Books To Learn DJing:

    1. DJing for Dummies – by John Steventon
    2. Rock The Dancefloor: The Proven Five-Step Formula For Total DJing Success – by Phil Morse
    3. How to DJ Right: The Art and Science of Playing Records – by Frank Broughton & Bill Brewster
    4. Beyond Beatmatching: Take Your DJ Career to the Next Level – by Yakov Vorobyev & Eric Coomes
    5. Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey – Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton

      DJing for Dummies

      DJing for Dummies – by John Steventon is a complete beginner, bestselling guide to spinning and scratching. Whether you're a bedroom DJ looking to improve, or an accomplished amateur making the transition to playing live, DJing For Dummies has the accessible information you need.

      Why Do I Recommend This Book?

      In this book, the author covers the basics of DJing, all the latest DJ technology, required equipment and DJ software to help you start your mixing career as a professional. He shares his insight on the fundamentals of mixing, the tips and tricks to establish your own DJ style and how to make DJing work for you. 

      Reading this book will help you mix tracks like a pro, scratch with vinyl and CD, beat-match seamlessly, market yourself as a DJ and will level up your overall DJing skills. 

      Who Is This Book For?

      Anyone who wants to make a living as a DJ or is interested in learning DJing.

       

      Rock The Dancefloor: The Proven Five-Step Formula For Total DJing Success

      Rock The Dancefloor: The Proven Five-Step Formula For Total DJing Success – by Phil Morse is a comprehensive guide to DJing. Phil Morse is an author, educator and DJ who has played around the world for years.

      Why Do I Recommend This Book?

      In this book, Phil shares his knowledge about gear, techniques, music and the music business as a whole. He shares his years worth of experience that will save you years of trial and error. He gives great advice on the process of choosing your songs and the techniques of mixing.

      Reading this book will help you figure out everything like where to get music, how to organise, how to mix, how to get gigs and more. 

      This book references online videos and blog posts to extend your knowledge even further.

      Who Is This Book For?

      Highly recommended for aspiring DJs or anyone interested in getting an overview of the basics of DJing.

       

      How to DJ Right: The Art and Science of Playing Records

      How to DJ Right: The Art and Science of Playing Records – by Frank Broughton & Bill Brewster is a comprehensive introductory guide for aspiring DJs. Frank Broughton & Bill Brewster are authors of many bestselling books that provide an insight into the history and fundamentals of DJing.

      Why Do I Recommend This Book?

      In this book, the authors share their extensive knowledge of the creative and technical aspects of DJing. They share a good dose of anecdotes with advice from some of the top turntablists. 

      Reading this book will help you learn every aspect of DJing from setting up a music collection to the basics of complex skills like scratching and beat juggling etc. This book provides good diagrams on how the different cuts and mixes work.

      Some of the references shared within may be out of date for modern times but the most valuable information shared about the DJ culture, where to find gigs, how to read a room, how to know your audience, is timeless.

      Who Is This Book For?

      A great book for aspiring DJs willing to level up the art of mixing.

       

      Beyond Beatmatching: Take Your DJ Career to the Next Level 

      Beyond Beatmatching: Take Your DJ Career to the Next Level – by Yakov Vorobyev & Eric Coomes, explores the art of professional DJing to answer one simple question: What can you do to become a better DJ? 

      Why Do I Recommend This Book?

      In this book, the authors share insight on how to build a perfect DJ laptop, look for the most unique tracks, use harmonic mixing in your DJ sets, create your own mashups, mix flawlessly, get gigs and build your brand. It shares great tips on mixing and the structure of songs. They share modern-day strategies to use social media promotions for working DJs. 

      Reading this book will help you discover the advanced technique already known to the world’s best DJs. The book wraps up with in-depth interviews with popular and influential DJs sharing their insights. 

      Who Is This Book For?

      Amateurs and professional DJs, interested in levelling up their DJing skills.

       

      Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey

      Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey – by Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton is a comprehensive history of the disc jockey. Frank Broughton & Bill Brewster are authors of many bestselling books that provide an insight into the history and fundamentals of DJing.

      Why Do I Recommend This Book?

      This book provides the detailed history of the DJ from the very first time a record was played on a radio broadcast (in 1906) through to a century later when the revised edition of this book was released. The authors share professionally compiled knowledge pertaining to multiple genres. 

      The book shows a huge amount of popular names, tracks, labels, clubs and everything.

      It covers everything from the beginning of single-turntable jocks to US and European Big Band spinners. Reading this book will help you understand the multiple stages and evolution of Disc Jockey. 

      Who Is This Book For?

      If you are interested in knowing the history of everything DJ, this would be a great read.

      Make sure you get the latest edition of these books.

       

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