If you are serious about becoming a DJ, you should probably choose the best DJ name for you.
Assuming you have locked down most of the DJ skills you need and completed your DJ rig, selecting a DJ name would be your next step.
This step is vital because your DJ name cannot be changed if you're already gaining popularity.
Changing your name will confuse people, especially if you already gained followers on social media or gained a decent audience in your area.
There are millions of possibilities for a DJ name, and it can be challenging to come up with one that will stick.
In this article, I will guide you in the process of how to choose a DJ name.
I can assure you that people will ask you what your DJ name is.
If someone finds out that you are a DJ, the next question that will come out is “what is your DJ name?”
If you haven't been playing gigs yet, now is the best time for you to come up with a DJ name.
From there, you can start auditioning for gigs, producing music, and creating social media pages.
Why You Need a DJ Name?
Well, if you are not planning on making a career out of DJing, you can probably live without choosing a name.
However, if you are really serious about becoming a DJ, you should probably choose one now.
Because most DJs without a name are just going to be labeled as DJ plus their first name.
It is a little generic unless you really have a cool name like Skrillex or DeadMau5, but I indeed doubt that.
Plus, choosing a name opens up a lot of opportunities like creating a logo, website, or vlog.
DJs can have tons of options for generating income, and it all starts with choosing the right name.
A DJ name starts your whole brand, and branding is one of the most important aspects of a rising musician aside from talent, of course.
Things to Consider Before Choosing a DJ Name
Before jotting down possible names, here are some things you need to consider:
What Type of DJ Do You Want to Be?
There are different types of DJs, and choosing the name should go with your DJ archetype.
You don't want to choose a name like DJ “Scratch” if you don't scratch on your turntable or DJ controller.
You want something fit for the type of DJing and DJ you are or want to become.
Here are some of the DJ types:
Club DJs are probably the most common DJ type.
If you are a club DJ, make sure you choose a name that is related to the scene you want to be a part of, such as the music genre or the city you live in.
There are tons of name possibilities if you are a club DJ.
Mobile DJs should choose a name that is more relatable to everyone.
Mobile DJs are hired for birthday parties, weddings, and any event that requires a mobile sound system.
If you are planning to be a mobile DJ, you should probably choose something catchy and hirable.
Scratch DJs are part of the hip-hop scene.
Typically, scratch DJs are part of a group or duo that includes a rapper such as NWA or Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff.
If you are a scratch and hip-hop DJ, make sure you choose a name that goes with the group you are a part of, or something related to dropping and scratching beats.
Most producer DJs such as Calvin Harris or Steve Aoki are using their real names.
Because their names are easy to pronounce and spell, they can go with their real names without altering anything.
You can choose to go with your real name if it is easy to pronounce and spell.
Most European DJs changed the spelling of their names to appeal to an American audience.
Some examples of DJs who modified their names are Alessandro Renato Rodolfo Lindblad, who we all know as Alesso, and Kyrre Gorvell Dahll, also known as Kygo.
These people used clever techniques into transforming their real names into a cool DJ name.
You can also try this technique.
Ideas on How to Choose a DJ Name
There are tons of resources where you can get ideas for a DJ name, but before searching for a name, you can start with your name, your nickname, or initials.
Also, consider if you will use DJ in your name.
You can cut the word DJ and change it with something else like Lady or Miss if you are a female.
There are so many possibilities for a prefix instead of DJ.
However, the word DJ works for most DJs, it’s up to you really.
Here are other resources where you can find ideas:
- Greek or Latin root words
- Superhero Names
- Songs and lyrics
- Use a DJ name generator
- Foreign words
- DJ related words
- Baby name websites
There are so many more possibilities and resources.
Some DJs just came up with their names on the spot, while some did in-depth research and spent time thinking of a name.
I hope this article will help you choose a DJ name for you!
Don't forget to share this article with your nameless DJ friends!