5 Tips To Start Your DJ Journey

DJs are in high demand these days. They are in charge of what songs are played when they spin on the turntables and are the life of any event. That means that they have to be creative with their music selections and know what will work well together. DJs need to know how to read a crowd and know how to keep them engaged throughout the night. They also need to make decisions quickly, which is a skill that most people don’t have naturally.

This is an interesting career path for people who like making decisions, reading crowds, and thinking creatively about what songs will work well together. So, if you’re interested in becoming a DJ, here are five tips to get you started. 

Learn the Basics of Music Theory 

Learning basic music theory can help you become a DJ in many ways. First, it will give you an understanding of how music works and how to construct your own music. Second, it will help you understand the patterns in different genres of music so that you can mix them to create fresh sounds. 

Third, it will teach you how to read charts and understand the structure of songs so that you can find the right beats to mix together. Finally, learning basic music theory will teach you how to read sheet music so that if there is a song that is not on Spotify or YouTube, then you can still play it.

Get The Best DJ Gear and Software

The best DJ gear and software can help you become a DJ. There are many reasons why this is the case, but it is important to know that the best DJ gear and software will not make you a DJ. You need to know how to use it, which takes time and practice. 

The first reason why looking at the best DJ gear and software can help you become a DJ is because it can give you an idea of what equipment to buy. For instance, you’ll be able to find the best cheap audio interfaces and mixing equipment. This may seem like an easy decision, but many people who want to be DJs don’t even know where they should start when looking for equipment.

One of the many reasons to look at what the best DJ equipment and software can offer is because it can provide guidance on which software is best for you, offer tutorials on how to use a program, and show reviews of specific products.

Get Educated On The Equipment Needed for Mixing and Mastering 

There are many reasons why learning about the DJ equipment needed for mixing and mastering can help you become a DJ. One of these reasons is that it will teach you how to mix two songs together, so they sound great. You’ll also learn about different speakers, amplifiers, and other gear that you’ll need in order to master your mixes.

Practice Your Skills by Playing in Public Venues or Online Communities 

Practicing your skills by playing in public venues or online communities can help you become a DJ, since it can help you gain experience, which is essential for the profession. It also helps to build confidence and improve your skills. Playing at public events or through online communities similar to Twitch can help you become a DJ by allowing you to perform on stage and get feedback from an audience. So, the more experience and skill you have, the better your chance of success as a DJ.

Start Producing Your Own Music and Services For Clients 

One of the first steps to becoming a DJ is to produce music. This means that you need to make your own music and not just remix other people’s work. There are a few reasons it is important to produce your own music if you want to become a DJ. First, remixes are seen as cheating by most of the community. Second, they don’t give DJs any room for creativity or originality in their sets, which is what DJs are all about.

In order to be taken seriously in this industry, you must put in the time and effort into creating your own original content, learn about your equipment, and understand the music you want to play. This will help you to pull in more gigs, clients.. and allow you to reach a wider audience. 

Giving Your Car a Longer Life

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When you buy a car, you are going to be making a long-term investment. After all, you don’t buy cars to change them after a few months; you are going to want them to last. The trouble is, cars can and do break down and stop working, and whilst you may not always know when this is likely to happen, the good news is that there are ways that you can try to limit it happening and to stop it having too significant an impact if it still does. 

To help to ensure that your car lasts for as long as possible, we have put together our main tips for what to do and what to avoid too.  

Look after your battery 

There are many essential things in your car, but the battery is up there near the top. This means that one of the best things that you can do to look after your car is to look after your battery. One of the simplest ways to do this is to make sure that you use your car regularly rather than sit for an extended period. If you leave your vehicle without being started, you should think about using a trickle charger to keep the power flowing and stop your battery from degrading. 

Book regular servicing 

You are not an expert in cars, which means that you will not know what to look out for when it comes to picking up signs of your car stopping working. However, there are experts out there who will be able to check your car over properly. This is why it is essential to book in regular servicing – something that can be cheaper if you go with Volvo service plans. This will pick up any current issues that can be fixed and any future problems before they get too major and can’t be fixed.  

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Drive as smoothly as you can 

Another way that you can look after your car is to make sure that you drive the best that you can. Driving with understanding for your vehicle means that you will reduce how much wear and tear you place on your car’s components and keep things such as your gearbox, wheels, and pedals in the best condition possible.  

Replace the leads and spark plugs 

They may be some of the minor parts of your car, but that doesn’t mean that you should overlook them. If you know how to replace them, then this can be an easy enough job to do regularly; however, if you don’t know, then you should definitely make sure that you take your car to be serviced and you ensure that you point out that you need this as part of the service.

At the same time, you want to check the fluids within your car, topping these up and making sure that they are at the right level is really going to help with not on longevity, but also performance too. 

If you have spent a considerable amount of money on your car, you will want to make sure that it lasts as long as possible. This means that you need to make sure that you take proper care of your car each and every day. 

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

How Much Better Can Tech Really Get?

Technology is already pretty amazing. Just think about what a modern smartphone can do compared to twenty years ago. There’s just no comparison. 

But given this incredible progress, many people are asking themselves just how much better things can get. Isn’t there some sort of hard limit imposed by physics? 

Well, yes – technically speaking there is. But we have no real idea where that lies in terms of practical devices. We don’t even fully understand how the universe actually works, with major mysteries remaining at the core of science. So, as far as we can tell, the capacity for technology to progress appears almost limitless. 


Whether it will be practically useful, though, remains another question. Currently, smartphones are in a bit of a lull. For the first few years, they offered consumers tremendous improvements in features and functions. Each new model promised to revolutionize the consumer experience and people lined up outside stores in the middle of the night on launch day to get their hands on products first. 

But those days appear to be behind us. It’s not clear that this year’s iPhone offers people much more than last years. And now commentators are wondering whether progress is stalling. 

It Depends On Where You Look

In technology, nothing ever moves in a straight line for long. Benefits tend to follow an S-shaped curve through time. At the start of any project, technologies are expensive and not particularly good. Just think back to the early mobile phones. They were great hulking things that you needed a sherpa to help you carry around. Then in the early 2000s, the technology started to get good, and we’ve been riding that wave ever since.

In the last few years, however, that pace of progress has begun to taper off, just as it has done in things like washing machines and dishwashers. Like them, smartphones are bumping up against the limits of what’s possible. 

If you take a look at this site, however, you’ll find that it’s a different story in other industries. Drones, for instance, continue to improve at a rapid pace, with new innovations coming on board with each iteration. 


There are also rapid improvements in other areas of note. Machine learning is revolutionizing software in a way that nobody expected. Blockchain is changing the financial world (even though it is still only just getting started). And robots are learning how to be dexterous in a way that nobody thought was possible just ten years ago. 

Technology, therefore, tends to arrive in fits and starts. Things go well for a time, and then they taper off. Then new developments take their place, with some back-compatibility with earlier technologies. Everything builds on everything else, creating a remarkable edifice. 

But What About The Human Element?

Sure, individual technologies are progressing well. But stitching them together seems like a challenge. For instance, we’ve had the technology to do telemedicine for about fifteen years. Yet, it’s only recently that the idea has really begun to take off. 

The same goes for machine learning. We’ve known about its applications in marketing for about ten years, and yet most companies have no plans to use it. 

For consumers, some new technologies are downright undesirable. Google tried to evolve the smartphone into wearable glasses. But, to their surprise, people didn’t want to look like the Borg. The technology exists to do it, but socially-speaking, it’s just not viable. Smartphones are infinitely more acceptable. 

Pushing The Limits

A movement towards a more technological society, therefore, is both cultural and technical. You need the right science and engineering in place to make it happen. But you also need a willing population to allow brands to commercialise solutions. We could quite easily have a well-established smart glasses segment by now if individuals were willing to wear computers on their faces. But it doesn’t look like they are, so that idea is going to have to sit on the back burner for a while. 

Pushing the limits is also going to require rethinking the human body. The vast majority of individuals are not cyborgs, despite arguments to the contrary. But to make our technology more useful, the bandwidth between it and us is going to have to expand. In other words, we need to figure out ways to plug it into our brains. And that’s not going to be easy to do or sell. 

How much better things will get is, therefore, unclear. Perhaps we’ve already harvested all the low-hanging fruit technologically-speaking. Or maybe there’s still a long way to go. We just don’t know. 

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

How Video Games Can Help Build Your Child’s Self Confidence

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Video games tend to get a bit of a bad rap from both parents and the media.

There is the assumption that gaming isn’t healthy and this is partly tied into the ‘screen time’ debate that is often a hot topic of discussion.

While too much screen time can be a bad thing, and while hours spent gaming isn’t healthy, there are reasons to suggest that gaming isn’t a wasted hobby. And for your child, one benefit is the way gaming can build their self-confidence. Here are the reasons why.

#1: Gaming can give your child a sense of control

Children don’t have a lot of control over their lives. Not only do they live under the rules of their teachers and parents, but they might also be subject to the demands of their peers too. This is all part of growing up, of course, but when children can’t make decisions for themselves, their confidence can be knocked. This is where gaming is useful as they can be in charge of making decisions for themselves. From make a country games like Politics & War where they can rule their own nations to The Sims where they can manage the needs of a virtual family, they can finally take charge and be the person in control.

#2: Gaming is a skilled hobby

Many children excel when playing video games. While they might struggle with the game mechanics at first, they can learn as they go along and then master the game in question by becoming much better at it. This is a great way to build confidence, as they will gain a sense of achievement, such as when completing a very difficult level. They can also gain approval from their peers as they will have the opportunity to show their friends how good they are when playing a multiplayer title. The commendations they receive will also give them a boost to their self-confidence. 

#3: Gaming can build social skills

Not every child has good social skills. And because of this, they can receive a knock to their confidence when they struggle to communicate with others. Thankfully, playing video games is a great way to build social skills, and this might make it easier for them when they’re interacting with people in the real world. Children can share their opinion when discussing tactics in a multiplayer game, for example. And they can make friendships with people they regularly play with. For children who struggle to raise their voice or make friends in school, this can help them become more confident when trying to relate to others. Gaming isn’t the isolated hobby that many consider it to be, so multiplayer games shouldn’t always be discouraged. 

And so…

Should you be worried if your children spend all of their time playing video games? Yes, of course. However, in moderation, gaming is a perfectly acceptable hobby. Especially when it can help your children grow in self-confidence, it’s important not to dismiss video games as ‘unhealthy’ or a ‘waste of time.’ You might know this already of course, especially if you’re a gamer yourself, as you may have grown in confidence because of the games you have played.