All DJs need to have some vocal ability.
I know that’s going to be controversial and many people will disagree, but hear me out.
I think it’s important for anyone in the music industry to be able to sing. I also think they should be able to play an instrument, but our voice is the one instrument we all have and I think anyone who makes money through music should be able to use that instrument. DJs don’t really use their voice, but they could. I’m not saying you need to sing all the time, but if you produce tracks, it would be nice to do a little bit of your own singing on them. Singing ads a whole new dimension to your DJing and some of the most popular DJs also sing on their tracks, especially the female ones.
But more than adding a new dimension to your DJing, singing helps with your knowledge of music theory. Learning to sing teaches you a lot about music that will help you a lot in your DJ career. If you’re only mixing tracks, it will still help you, but it would be limited. But to be honest, any DJ who only mixes tracks is not really a DJ in today’s sense of the word.
Any good DJ today produces his or her own tracks. It is just part of the business. If you can’t produce music, I don’t think you should really call yourself a DJ. And if you can’t sing, what you can do in producing music is more limited. You can still have a great career, but singing just teaches you so much more that will elevate your music production to the next level.
I’m sure I’ve convinced you with those two paragraphs, right? Well, since that is the case, I can anticipate your next question: how do I learn to sing?
First let’s clear up one myth. Many people believe they are tone deaf and can never learn to sing. This is true for a few people, but very, very few. Almost all people can learn to sing. Tone deafness is very rare. It is more difficult to sing for some people than it is for others, but everyone has the ability to learn the proper vocal technique and to improve their voice.
If you want to be a better singer, you need to practice. You also need to get all the basics down. So to improve your singing, head to Musicaroo.com. It is the best site out there to help you work on your vocal techniques. It will also teach you how to find the right right vocal coach for you, if you decide that voice lessons are the way to go. And if you want to practice your craft at karaoke, Musicaroo can help you find the best songs for your karaoke style.
If you do decide to go with the vocal coach, there so many to choose from. First look around in your area and see if you can find a good one there. You want someone who has the right personality for you and the right teaching style. To get way more options, look online. You can get tons of coaches online, many of them famous. By famous I mean they have taught famous people to sing and they can do the same for you. They are often the same price as regular coaches in your town as well, so this is a pretty good deal.
And if you want to do it on your own, I refer you back to Musicaroo. There are also many YouTube videos that teach you how to sing like this one.
So there you have it. I’ve given you all the tools you need to learn to sing better and I hope it will have as much of an impact on your DJing as it does on mine. I know many of the great DJs of the past, especially those wonderful and great Detroit DJs, did not sing at all. But the craft is evolving and these days, you want to have more skills in your repertoire to really stand out and get ahead.