The best way to get better at DJing is to practice.
However, there are more ways to improve, such as watching YouTube videos, listen to podcasts, read articles (like this one), and reading books.
If you have a lot of free time on your hands, I have a couple of book suggestions you can read to feed your mind with useful information on various aspects of mastering the craft.
I love reading books such as novels, self-help books, fantasy, biographies, and more.
One day while I was at my favorite bookstore, I came across some interesting books about DJing and bought them for me to read.
These books really helped me expand my knowledge, and I am sure that you will find these books not only helpful but entertaining as well.
In a rush? Here is a quick rundown for you:
Alright, let’s get to the reviews now.
How to DJ Right:
The Art and Science of Playing Records
Author: Bill Brewster
I will start with the first book I read.
This book is pretty old, but it stays utterly relevant in the age of modern DJs.
“How to DJ Right” provides all the information you need to master the art of DJing.
It covers a bunch of essential topics such as mixing, using effects, and beatmatching.
It also includes creating your own remixes and edits, music production, and many more.
This book is your all-around source for information for becoming a better DJ.
I liked the writing style in this book, as it is very cohesive, entertaining, and at the same time beneficial.
It took me a while to read this book, not because it was boring, but I had to absorb all the information.
Some of the examples used in this book is a little outdated, but the techniques and fundamentals make it worth reading.
Author: Laurent Garnier and David Brun-Lambert
This book satisfies my cravings for a good autobiography.
It is not that well-known in the United States, but I happened to pick it up just because I thought it was interesting, and it was.
It is the life story of Laurent Garnier, a French DJ that got a residency in the Hacienda club in Manchester, who later on became a successful Techno DJ and music producer.
It does not only cover the life of this DJ, but it also gives us a story of how the dance music culture evolved in Europe in the late 1980s through the early 90s.
This book inspired me because of how Garnier showed his passion and fascination for music, which is an important factor in doing what we do.
It also tells us about the early challenges of becoming a DJ.
Electrochoc is a great read.
It is both inspiring and educational.
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life:
The History of a Disc Jockey
Author: Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton
Coming from the same author of “How to DJ Right,” this book is fantastic.
It traces the history of DJing and technology from the 19th century up to the 1990s.
Before reading this book, I never thought history books could be this interesting.
It talks about different genres that paved the way for dance music such as Disco, Hip-hop, Reggae, and House.
This book will show you how DJs became a thing with the help of music and technology.
Knowing the history of your craft will help you become a better DJ and inspire you to innovate.
Rock the Dancefloor:
The Proven Formula For Total DJing Success
Author: Phil Morse
Phil Morse, the author, is well-known for his work in shaping aspiring DJs.
This book is aimed for beginner DJs, and it tells you all you need to know to become a successful DJ of today.
It is an easy-to-read book that does a great job of conveying information.
It is a practical guide for aspiring DJs who don’t know where to start.
It does not cover a lot of technical aspects like mixing and other techniques, but it focuses more on DJing as a career.
It has tips on doing your first gig, choosing the right equipment, building a music library, and more.
“Rock the Dance Floor” and “How to DJ Right” is definitely a good pair of books to read to become a well-rounded DJ both on the business/career side and technique side of things.
I believe that it is essential to take some time to invest in knowledge by reading the best DJ books.
Investing in gear and practicing is one thing, but becoming a well-rounded DJ is to know your roots and listen to people with experience.
I hope you try all of my book recommendations and enjoy them as much as I did.
Last update on 2020-12-04 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API