• Dirty_Nerd86

    real talk this man, Ian Golden, sucks. hes a good rave dj, but lacks the ability to see true talent. I will always laugh at this place due to the fact that I personally heard him say Dubstep will never catch on. Followed by his demise at Fader Fest. He cant look you in the eye unless he feels he has more “power” than you. “The midi fighter is better than tunturbalism” Yea, stfu dood.

  • KD

    KD is my name!

  • WAR10CK

    How does DJ BackBlast sound to ya bros

  • Harry Blotter (Aus)
  • Edgar Rosario

    I’ve had a lot of DJ name suggestions from friends most are already taken or I just don’t like them. It’s difficult being that cater to different genres. I go by Eddie for now.

  • http://twitter.com/Dlectronique D’lectronique

    My DJ name (or alter ego) came to me in an epiphany 7 years ago. D’lectronique. Because my name is Dominique, which is kind of french, and I play electronic music. Musique, Electronique. Do the math ;) I got it tattooed on my lower arm a few months back. How’s that for dedication!

  • Ziad

    I’m a Salsa & Latin DJ, going for a rebrand. Anyone can suggest me a cool DJ name?

  • http://www.sacairconditioning.com/ home

    DJ Zay V.. couldn’t think of a better one! lol

    http://916djs.com/what-makes-a-great-dj/

  • Indy

    My internet nickname was initially “indigo”, then it transformed into “indy”.
    I started DJing not so long time ago and is now playing only for my friends. All of them know me as Indy. So what do you think, is it a good DJ name? : )
    I heard that it can be treated as “individual prostitute” in English.
    btw “Juan Carlos Huidobro” sounds enchanting in Russian, beacuse “Hui” = “d*ck” and “dobro” = “goodness”. Mindblowing combination for russian speaking man)) Sorry)

  • Indy

    My internet nickname was initially “indigo”, then it transformed into “indy”.
    I started DJing not so long time ago and is now playing only for my friends. All of them know me as Indy. So what do you think, is it a good DJ name? : )
    I heard that it can be treated as “individual prostitute” in English.
    btw “Juan Carlos Huidobro” sounds enchanting in Russian, beacuse “Hui” = “d*ck” and “dobro” = “goodness”. Mindblowing combination for russian speaking man)) Sorry)

  • B-Mask

    DJ B-Mask –> follow on twitter @DJ_Bmask

  • Mono

    We call ourself BAMBI.
    Look at your favorite DJ, now back to us, now back to your favorite DJ, now back to us.
    Do you still have our logo in mind, when you hear our name?! Good!
    Hard to find at google, but great for artworks!
    Check soundcloud.com/bambi20359 for some music.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aster-Eben-Scot/562846086 Aster Eben-Scot

    Dj ranal ape

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aster-Eben-Scot/562846086 Aster Eben-Scot

    Brodo Faggins

    • http://twitter.com/Dlectronique D’lectronique

      Yolo Swaggins……

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Agelos-Ntavanagelis/100000504874582 Agelos Ntavanagelis

    Dj Angell

  • Luca Natale

    my name is luca natale, Natale is italian for christmas, i find that unique for a name and possibly for music, any ideas?

    • outcognito

      Lucy Tale

  • luca Natale

    My last name is Natale, which is italian for christmas, i find it unique, help any1 for a name?

  • Luca Natale

    my last name is natale, which is italian for christmas, i find it to be unique and i cant seem to find a gd name for it, ideas any1?

  • http://twitter.com/kris_roc_dj Kris Roc

    Just pick a play on your name. It works best. Like J-Lo or J-Hud, Scar-Jo

  • Chris Bourne

    Hey I’ve asked my family and friends about a good DJ name and these are the ones they suggested maybe you guys could help me to find out which one is best:

    -Chris Bourne (Real Name)
    -Von Bourne
    -Major C
    -Major CB
    -Tackrine

    I read that if you want to be a serious dj for a lifetime (which i do), you should use your real name instead of needing to use a stupid one you chose when u were thirteen..
    I think this is a very good point but I’m still not sure..

    • http://twitter.com/AdrielKlerson Adriel Klerson

      Dude you have a prefect euphonic name. Leave it as is, it sounds really good on a flyer

  • http://twitter.com/djtrend DJ TREND

    It isn’t rocket science but a name does go a long way. I can effectively tell you though if you want to get far in the Electronic scene, stay away from using “DJ” in your name. It will not be as effective for branding and more importantly true electronic musicians are clearly that, musicians, playing live, the DJ moniker is a second thought, its more about the production. As a second concept most of the great DJs had many other names they go by for particular sets, function, styles. I.E. Richie Hawtin, Plasticman scenario. In the end you have to follow your heart and have fun with it, the best names are the ones that are edgy and memorable. I’ve always wanted to be in a DJ group called Five Finger DJ Punch. :)

  • ElvaDo Candary.

    man . what a noncence. except your name and be The Dj not the Name

  • levi

    my real name is levi van overloop and I choose levi’s liquid. what do you think?

    • outcognito

      man you’re blessed with such a music-related surname Overloop, so why not just use that alone instead?

      • Guest

        Levy von Overloop. thats what i’d do if i were you

    • http://twitter.com/Dlectronique D’lectronique

      Levy von Overloop. thats what i’d do if i were you ;)

      • http://www.facebook.com/levi.v.overloop Levi Van Overloop

        I took overloop, simple :) you can check the logo here: http://www.facebook.com/djoverloop

        • http://twitter.com/Dlectronique D’lectronique

          nice one!

  • Dj Dun’kno

    ive tried thinking of a few a came up with Reckzy, Doctor Flex, Rude Taste, Wizard Lust, Combat Wombat any good ones?

  • http://www.facebook.com/DJForti Chris Conforti

    Look, even if you’re about the music, if you intend to make a living from that pursuit then you should definitely think about picking a name that will be easy to promote down the road. You certainly dont want to change your name once people start to notice you. I dont understand why people act like a dj or producer cant be about the music and still have a sophisticated sense of business and marketing. People need to stop acting like everyone who is getting paid is a sell out. It just makes you seem like a hater and the reality is your music might be dope but without the knowledge to promote yourself your going nowhere and if thats the case you can only blame yourself.

  • Joshuajerkins58

    ok I’ve tried many dj names with my last name which is Jerkins (dj jerk). I tried my high school nickname twinkie (dj twink) and also made one up (dj mascre) which one do you all think is the best

  • Dj_addict

    i think its nice to have a story behind your name. ive been called addict since the first time i played at a friends party because the mc didnt know who i was and started calling me that because i had ‘addict’ written on my shirt. blatant brand rip off but its always stuck – not through me pushing it but through people remembering me from that party and friends continually using it. i suppose i owe that mc something!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000277627156 Jefe Cu Lamaie

    hehe..yeah.. “El Jefe” ..in spanish means boss..in german..general..i think..and it has a latin spelling (google translate..english.. “el hafae” and listen it)

  • Rythmrooster64

    Thanks for the info. I am Rythmrooster64 and I produce music for now. But I has thought about shortening it ti RRDJ but now I might think of something else.

  • kashiusfresco

    Hurh Hurh Hurh. I forgot to laugh at that one

  • elevee

    Afrojack sounds like some reggae artist. If he didn’t get all that blog ink I would’ve never thought to listen to his stuff. Its still weird.

  • Dominic Campos

    Names got to be creative in my opinion i picked apart my name and what I like to give me DoCTeC. 

  • Shark Sandwich

    All DJ Names are rubbish. Its a fact.

  • Shark Sandwich

    All DJ Names are rubbish. Its a fact.

  • Vanel

    my djname?…..Vanel

  • Vanel

    my djname?…..Vanel

  • Anonymous

    Nice article Ean.

    I see it this way. Names are just like music. There are no real 100% rights or wrongs in picking a name. A person will either like the name you pick or not or be indifferent to it, but what ever it is, it’s just an opinion. Do DJs/ Producers become big because of their names? Nope. Does a certain name help their popularity? Maybe, some. Should you create your name with the goal of becoming popular, like, loved, or even hated? That is up to you. Since the goal of any DJ should be to become the best at what they do, the name should also match that goal. That would be my simple rule.

    scamo
    (which is a name made out of the initials of my real name)
    of 2manKru
    (which is the name my son and I came up with – two men in a team, together:-))

  • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

    Use your real name, or a variation of it (i.e. Gavin is my middle name). Or use the old trance DJ naming system by using your first name but your middle name as your last name.

    If you are going to be totally fake pick a name that might sound real but really has nothing to do with you. Claude VonStroke is an awesome performance handle IMO, and sounds like it could be his real name, but even if you don’t like it you have to admit it’s better than Deadmau5, Mord Funstang, or anything retarded like that.

    Also remember that there are COUNTLESS clubs and promoters that will NEVER book you if you use one of those ridiculous made up names (unless you are one of the 10% that come up with a good one) unless you somehow do end up being one of the Top 100 deejays on one of the big polls.

  • http://www.facebook.com/miss.sara.simms Sara Simms

    This is a well-written article, I think choosing a great DJ name is an important decision. Brainstorming together with a friend can be a good way to create unique ideas for your new name!

  • Bassik T

    Hi. I’m a relatively new producer and DJ. I go by “Bassik T”. My last name is Tuholski. Anyway, little did I know when I made the name, there is another artist that goes by “BASSIK”. What do you think? Is my name too similar to his, or does the “T” make all the difference that matters?

    • Lee Alpine

      go by Tuholski. thats sick

  • Anonymous

    DJ nitor.. it was also my day job.

  • Sircronusofficial

    Many of the top 100 dj’s are up there because of their production skills. Not for their dj skill set..

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

      I would go so far as to say MOST of them.

    • Dqqjay Dcue

      For Real

    • realist

      or more accurately their connections and fanbase who they can call upon when voting time comes, most of these guys have ghost writers producing their tracks.

      • Chance Shermet

        bull shit!

      • Joe

        Aaaand that’s why I use Resident Advisor. Real music, real DJs.

  • http://twitter.com/DjCh3 DJCh3

    Looking for feedback!!

    I use DJ in front of my name…BUT…do so for a reason. My name is spanish in origin, Juan Carlos Huidobro, and I am named after my father and grandfather, therefore am “the 3rd”.
    So my initials are “JCH3″… But that as a name seemed very confusing to me, so I added the “D” and ended up with “DjCh3″. Then since I was using a 3 channel mixer, I went with “DeeJay Channel 3″ as a dj moniker. When I introduce myself how ever I do not say “DeeJay Channel Three” I simply say “Channel3″ or “C . H. 3″ 
    Any thoughts or opinions on this?? I have struggled with the idea of changing my name many times over the years, but after using the same one for like 6+ years, it’s hard to actually do it. Guess I am scared of “starting fresh”. Please let me know what you all think.
    Thanks

    DjCh3

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

      Carlos Ch3 (maybe pronounce it “che”)?

      Also, Channel3 is kind of rough because 3 Channels have been well known in the techno world for years… http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/3channels

      • http://twitter.com/DjCh3 DJCh3

        Thank you for the response. I am trying to avoid the “Che” due to other DJs using the moniker. As for 3 Channels, at the time I started using the moniker DjCh3 they were not big, I believe they had only even been together a year. . . But this is a perfect example of my dilemma :)

  • Redrolla

    I wanna be called Dj Sellout, train wreck all my tracks and be mass marketed on MTV so i can be popular and loved by the new edm generation.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001353845857 Oliver Baumbach

      I’d just go with DJ Sold

      • Chance Shermet

        You whiney bitches are making dance music like every other genre. If selling records means sellout, I’d love to be one. A lot of great artists are famous.. Instead of saying shit just accept that tehy are popular because people like their music.

    • DR.M81

      Or you could call yourself SKRILLEX

  • http://twitter.com/Lylax_Dubs Lylax

    I am sorry Ean, but alot of your posts lately have been about trying to make he next EDM star out of the bedroom DJ / producer. but your forgetting about the music.

    if your mixes dont suck, and your music does not suck, you will be seen / heard. some of the names listed up there are retarded….and has no bearing on if you “make it”….if you suck….you suck….go back to practicing and making yourself sound better. you cant polish a turd.

    look at some of the other names out there… Mord Fustang, funtcase, borgore, the bolivian marching affair, c’mon….these names are stupid….but they are making tracks and killing it out there. I remember when liquid DNB was huge and every producer / DJ out there was using their 1st name and middle name as their aliases. kinda unoriginal but the tracks are / were bangin.

    your alias shows hints on a DJ’s personality, but the mixing / music speaks for itself.

    • Destiny

      When was Liquid DnB huge?

      • http://twitter.com/Lylax_Dubs Lylax

        all that time u were listening to nickelback….

        • Destiny

          Amazing how full-grown people tend to be nowadays. Very solid statement too! And especially a very helpful answer as well.

        • Destiny

          Amazing how full-grown people tend to be nowadays. Very solid statement too! And especially a very helpful answer as well.

  • Guest

    Mord Fustang was cute at first, but when I started see more car names like Vodge Diper…I just thought that was going overboard.

    I’d better not see names like these:

    Coyota Torolla
    Coyota Tamry
    Coyota Tupra
    Aonda Haccord
    Aonda Hivic
    Bercedes Menz
    WMB
    Mord Fustang GT
    Mord Fobra
    Chavy Chemaro

    • awkwerd

      *Soyota Tupra
      *Conda Hivic
      *Cord Fobra
      *Cavy Chemaro

      Sorry, just had to haha

    • SomeCallMeDagger

      Ford Focus
      …Wait…

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dadblaster69 Will Hart

    I think everyone should take the route I took when I was a sophomore in high school. I was eating Reeses Puffs cereal and on the back of your box it said something along the lines of “Dj Name Remixer.” Basically you just merge the name of your first pet with the street you grew up on. But it may have been different steps depending on your last name, I can’t remember. What I remember is that my girlfriend’s dj name ended up being “dj forest pancake” and mine ended up being “dj dadblast.” I’ve kept that dj name ever since. My girlfriend on the other hand is no dj, but I still call her forest pancake whenever I’m intoxicated.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

      You’ve had the same girlfriend since sophomore year in high school? Impressive (in a way)…

      • http://www.facebook.com/Dadblaster69 Will Hart

        Yea, she’s “chill”

    • Guest

      DJ dadblast is my new favourite DJ name. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/Dadblaster69 Will Hart

        It’s not as good as dj scratchatory rape, but I mean… feel free to google me

        • Chance Shermet

          I hate that name tbh, almost as much as I hate the name Mom & Dad (They are good though)

    • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.a.duncan Joshua Anton Duncan

      Hold up — Did you live on Dad street, with a pet named Blast? … or Blast street, with a pet named Dad?

      • http://www.facebook.com/Dadblaster69 Will Hart

        Yes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/MikeBlades Michael G Blades

      the first pet, street name was how to find your pornstar name as far as i knew…..but i guess a jazzy looking porn name could translate to a classy DJ name :) :) :) my first pet was a labrador called sunshine. and i lived on a main road that went to 5 different suburbs. it was called the five-ways road……………..my porn name……………. SUNSHINE FIVE-WAYS!!!

    • Rob

      Do you think “Smudgy Egmanton” has a nice ring to it? :)

  • iamspencerbaird

    I’ve always wondered about creating a cool way of designing my name, but never  had an idea where to start…
    (I currently just let the venue choose how they wanna put it on the posters but id like to have something constant)  Does anyone know of any websites or programs that are good to get started with? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dadblaster69 Will Hart

     Dj Scratchutory Rape

    • Kingofthejungle

      That guy exists in TN, I know him.

      • kashiusfresco

        Hurh Hurh Hurh. I forgot to laugh at that one

    • http://twitter.com/oneNOisEnough one NO is Enough

      Unbelievable — that someone would use RAPE as part of their identity. I’m disgusted.

  • Audiomontana

    Ive been playing under a Silver Lining ‘moniker’ but might be switching soon to Simulcra.   Reality TV, or ‘something Like it’

  • Gullum

    I got the name from a friend who was reading the Hobit to his little sister and said Gullum instead of Gollum. My nick name from before I can even remember is Gulli so somehow it just clicked. I used to produce music under the name Nanoscopic. I actually wanted to go just as gullum but everytime I was on a poster or some gig anouncement on the net the DJ was put infront of it so I just ended up going as dj gullum

  • Ekoz1337

    ekOz, for the win since 2007.

  • Christopher Sanchez

    some call me (DJ) Dirty Sanchez 
    and Crees(y)
    and 5ickvis pron(sickVis)from[sick-visuals]

    what you think?

  • DJ Internet

    I go by DJ Internet. I really think people can relate to that name since everyone in the world uses the internet. 

    • DJ Success Pills

      I like the internet. I’m will be a great successful disc jock. Buy DJ enhancing pills at Skrillpex website.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001353845857 Oliver Baumbach

        They give you superpowers too. For reference, go watch equinox, first of the year. xD

  • doclvly!

    I roll with DOCLVLY for many reasons. Sound good?

  • iNBiTuiN

    Simple rule. People should be able to chant your name.

    • DJ Eric M

      yeah cause you always hear “BEN NEE BAH NAS EEE” when you see benny bennasi. debunked

      • Chance Shermet

        Great point, this is RUDY this is dance music lol

      • JAMES

        yea but you hear BEN NEE BEN NEE BEN NEE

  • http://twitter.com/NotSoSiniSter NotSoSiniSter

    Hows “NotSoSiniSter” Sound? :) Got it picked up on Twitter, SC, Youtube, and facebook without having to add some bs “music” or “official” at the end. :) It helps that I’ve been using it as a internet name for like 6 years. Kinda like what Skrillex did. :)

    Then on top of that, I have my whole “circle mask” thing. Its a flat piece of foam board basically duct taped to my head. Doesn’t get in the way of headphones, and is super light. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1385727686 Kyle Goodrich

    As someone currently going through this I love this article, I’ve gone through several DJ names throughout my 10 year DJ career and have currently settled on a hybrid of my real name “Kyle_G” the underscore which started as a way to get the pages for certain social media sites has really become a part of the whole brand, it’s part of my name but it still provides enough personality that I don’t feel like it’s a cop out, I wish I was more confident in this name selection but I know that after a while of having the name it has truly grown on me.

  • DJ Skrillpex

    I’m going by DJ Skrillpex. Do you think I will be popular?

  • http://twitter.com/ReggaeDelgado Delgado

    I wish I had read this article 20 years ago…. of course, my name has worked out for me. In retrospect, I would have preferred to use my real name or a more accurate variation of it, but please be aware of the downside: when I first started I was doing a college radio show and they always said “don’t ever use your real name!” One day the DJ before me had a sub who announced my real name. No biggie, I thought, I hadn’t 100% decided on a DJ name yet… and then I got back to my dorm room and there were 3 40 year old meth addicts who loved my show and wanted to hang out! With the advent of the internet I’m sure privacy concerns are even greater. However, it still feels disingenuous to introduce myself with a fake name.
    One thing to keep in mind… pick a name that will still work in 20 years when you are fatter and grayer… I’m not nearly as “Delgado” as I once was!

  • DJGUEST

    THIS IS A STUPID ARTICLE! I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE TECHNICAL SHIT THAN BULLSHIT!

    • Anonymous

       this is a dj site… not just a site that will teach you how to push buttons… and unless your name is billy mays don’t use all caps

      • DJ BILLY MAYS

        BILLY MAYS HERE

        • Anonymous

          BILLY MAYS HERE WITH ANOTHER EPISODE OF OXI CLEAN, YOUR SOURCE IN TRANCE AND PROGRESSIVE…

          • http://www.zhemproductions.com/ DJ Zhem

            I’m thinking of changing my name to DJ Oxi Clean

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001353845857 Oliver Baumbach

            I’m not sure whether they have it in the US, but here in germany it’s always Vanish Oxy Action. Call yourself Vanishing Act or something.

          • DJ DOUCHBAG

            DJ Oxi Clean is too douchbaggy. DJ OXICLEAN is better haha

          • DVJ Rick Kraft

            “douchebag”

    • http://twitter.com/NotSoSiniSter NotSoSiniSter

      there are other website if all you want is to be spoon fed information. idiot.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Foster/1410024062 Brian Foster

    I knew a good house DJ called Simon Houser.  I thought that was too cool.

  • Dj

    I went with “Skotish” – but I too went through this issue “in the beginning.”  It is super hard not to sound cheesy.  I simply used something about me, in this case my heritage, and tweaked it a little (no surprise there).  I wouldn’t have minded using my name, but I wanted to keep my professional life separate from my DJ “life”. I did go through all those searches to make sure my name wasn’t taken – of course the most obvious ones are already taken, which is kind of good, forces you to be more creative.

  • Djhustleman29

    How does Dj Hustleman sound? What about Gohustleman.com for a name?

    • http://twitter.com/protocollie jean luc protocollie

      are you actually looking for feedback?

      gohustleman.com sounds like a web address you’d hear at the end of a cheesy infomercial

  • Lauti

    DJ NAMES ARE STUPID: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1-3ai1Ayyc

    ps: dejavu anybody? I remember a similar article posted some time ago

    • NickleBach

      I really don’t think there is anything funny ab evillincoln. Dj NickelBach tho….

  • Micah Niemeier

    Okay so I am new to djing/producing and I just released a track and thought maybe if some people heard it they could help me chose a name by leaving a comment below the video. Link: http://youtu.be/kuOKrpGRdhA

  • http://www.facebook.com/cody.baumann.96 Cody Baumann

    My name is Cody Baumann and i use just BauManN as my artist name is that bad? Feedback would be awesome as i am just getting started with live production/controllerism with this artist name. . Please let me know. . Also here’s a link to my first mix, let me know what you think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJPHcQohlS0&feature=plcp

    • http://twitter.com/protocollie jean luc protocollie

      really tired of random capitalized letters, it just looks cheesy as hell, it reminds me of kids on forums when i was 18 years old.

      imo Cody Baumann is actually a pretty decent name on its own right. i wouldn’t mess it up by just stuffing random punctuation into it. you’re kinda blessed with a name that sounds good on a flyer.

      my friend won the jackpot being named ‘dan veytia’ which is just about the coolest name i’ve ever heard.

      • Pr1cK

        Chip Pringle? Dusty Rhodes? Hunter Gather?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

      First things first: Kill the capital M and N.

      And if you don’t like using Cody maybe C Baumann? I don’t usually like the initial as a first name but that rolls off the tongue for me for some reason.

    • Orfen

      Bad? I think that’s a terrible idea. Go with dickMauth.
      Dj BigHeartLittlePp

    • outcognito

      Bau Code

  • Chrisseibel

    DickParty – I came up with it while dreaming of forming a DJ crew that would cater to the gay scene. It’s worked marvelously as a branding and is memorable. It’s also a bit funny which helps. Most importantly it’s not quite offensive, but almost.

    • Campark43

      12 inch:) go a head use it.

      Top ten names to not be chosen over dickparty
      10. sausagefest,
      9. The popsicle
      stand
      8. greek salad,
      7 stinky dinks:),
      6. silent fart festival.

      Thats all i got. Reply with yours. Try and beat stinky dinks and silent fart festival.

      • GayRamone

        Knutz deep in butz

        phudge siyckle

      • GayRamone

        Knutz deep in butz

        phudge siyckle

  • awkwerd

    I currently use “KRG” as it’s my initials, but every website / forum / whatever else I use “awkwerd”. I am attempting to switch styles of playing anyway so I may use both names (KRG for DJing and awkwerd for production / live controllerism style) just so I dont waste the 5+ years I’ve been playing. What do you guys think? I just like the sound of having an awkwerd remix.

  • http://twitter.com/digitalnatured D.N.A.

    Cool article, best advice is find something that applies to what you do in a broad sense and expand upon it.

    D.N.A. = Digitally Natured Audio – I made this moniker before everyone was spinning digitally, it was more in reference to all of the music I play is of a Digital Nature….granted not many peeps remember Digitally Natured Audio, but they know it doesn’t stand for Deoxyribonucleic acid.

  • http://www.jonnyscratch.moonfruit.com/ Jonnyscratch

    great article… made me think seriously about my dj / producer name.. i regularly produce and dj with the name jonnyscratch (no space no h lol) its a name i’m sort of stuck with it was a name my friends called me when i learnt to mix. i can scratch but i’m no way a scratch turntablinst.. I don’t really get questioned whether I can or do these things but i sometimes wonder is it the right name.. there are a couple of other similar names accross the world.. but spelt my way i am definitely the most searchable.

    I have had many records released on various labels and I do a fair bit of djing too.. my style is techno and underground house. do i really feel like my dj name fits this sound.. im not sure. i have been considering using my shortend normal name for djing.. and keeping jonnyscratch for production. check out my profile. 
                                     http://www.beatport.com/artist/jonnyscratch/189301

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001138444109 Mutis Mayfield

    Using famous names to make your own is crap.

    Sincerly Yours,
    Mutis Mayfield 
    :}

  • SEBdotDj

    After this article i am still happy with my clear, short and different but international approach. SEBdotDj with http://www.seb.dj as url…

    Seb

  • Djcrun

    I personally got the tip from a dj friend of mine while i had problems finding mine. He said “Look at the stuff around your desk and combine some words and names”. i personally think that’s a creative way of finding your dj name and i had good experience with it. try it out…

    • http://www.zhemproductions.com/ DJ Zhem

      That is creative, I dig it. I chose my name by looking at the pronunciation of my initials and then coming up with a creative way to spell it using the languages I studied in high school and college. It often gets mispronounced, but that’s mostly because most Americans don’t know how to pronounce words anyway :/ oh well.

    • ametheus

       Great. Most notably, there’s coffee, a lamp, an APC40 and percocet on my desk… I shall henceforth be known as DJ Percolampstar40.

  • Mygaffradio

    Thats mad, as I was reading this, the last heading came up as Dig Deep…  Thats our cool collective from 5 years back.  

  • khx

    a) using DJ in front is so passe and even cheesy today.
    b) Some spend too much time figuring out their DJ name rather than spending time learning the craft of DJ:ing
    c) Take one name and stick to it, if you change it year by year or month by month, all the hard work behind branding is gone each time.
    d) Simple is good. Look at computer company brand names.

    • Anonymous

       computer company idea is brilliant :D

  • SPHYNX

    I go by THE SPHYNX…because it was a nickname given to me by one of my friends…cuz I’m hairless and skinny LOL I like it but don’t think people get it and/or could pronounce it. :/ 

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

      Maybe add a first name. Depending on what your first name is maybe that one.

  • DJ Arctic

    My DJ name started as DJ Arctic Soldier, because I was thinking about wearing an outfit that a soldier in a colder climate might wear. Then I just decided to dump the “soldier” part of the name and go with DJ Arctic, and now here I am.

  • Audio Lust

    Actually ran into a bit of a problem with my DJ name. 5 years ago when I started out DJ’ing out of a college dorm room just playing some music for crowds no larger than 15, I almost jokingly used the name “Eargasm.” Not very original but it seemed to really stick. After a few years I started landing residencies around the city at some of the biggest clubs in town. I attempted to switch to the name “Audio Lust” keeping a similar vibe and coming up with something more original. People that had started to follow me still seemed to refer to me as Eargasm. I then said screw it and kept using Eargasm the majority of the time. I’d like to get away from Eargasm, anyone have any suggestions?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547213408 Spencer Graham

      Speak up

    • Filitico

      earlust vs audiogasm sir.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

      Yes. Anything but either of those.

    • http://www.zhemproductions.com/ DJ Zhem

      My suggestion is to “incorporate” in a way and make a “company name” (even if it’s just for a name – a Sole Proprietorship) that you can use interchangeably. My DJ name is Zhem (pronounced “jem”), which I chose for a number of reasons but has pronunciation issues (I don’t get all bent out of shape when people say “zem”). My DJ business is Zhem Productions, but I also have a “blanket” company named ObsidianGrey which I operate my photography and IT businesses under as well. The point here is I can use ObsidianGrey as a DJ name as well, if ever I choose. Why not keep Eargasm but name your ‘company’ Audio Lust? That sounds like a good fit to me.

    • http://twitter.com/AdrielKlerson Adriel Klerson

      Eargasm presents Audio Lust
      And after a while just use Audio Lust exclusively

  • Fow-T

    Hi to all! My real Name is Foti and my artist name is Fow-T , so pretty much the same in pronouncing, but it gives the reader something like a swing. For me it was very important while picking a good artist name that people (or haters ^^) couldn’t easily modify the name to something negative. For Example -> David Guetta -> David Baguetta ^^
    How do you find my artist name ?

    • AIGEE

      I think you should use foti as your dj name, no offense, but fow-T is terrible, i would much rather see a dj named foti… it sounds really unique

      • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

        Yep! This is another case of trying way too hard when you already have something good as your given name.

    • outcognito

      yeah man, Foti is way better than Fow-T, just stick with your lucky real name ;)

  • Emery

    All my friends call me by my last name Emery.. I dont really like the “DJ” Emery, or DJ Matt Emery. I would prefer just Matt Emery.. the DJ, and thats pretty much how I brand myself on my business cards. Matt EMERY – Mobile DJ. Any suggestions on how to make it a little more unique?

    • http://twitter.com/RoundHau5Kick John Diaz

      emer , drop the “y”

    • Guest

      Memery

    • Noelflava

      Matz Emerald 

  • Zak

    ATB doesn’t end with an “E” sound? lol. Great article :)

    • http://twitter.com/Whaatafck Erik Andersson

      I guess it depends on pronunciation, but it sure does when I pronounce it ATB. :P

      • Lee Alpine

        must be british or something.. Ayyy Tee Bay

        • DJ Headfucka

          I dont know anyone who speaks like that..

    • Ruffa

       Aye Tee Bee

    • Agea2313

       Pronounced At-Buh.

  • Mac Digi

    OH NO!!! I have to pick a new DJ name and start all over thanks to this DJTT article. I had no idea having an “E” sound at the end of my name was so detrimental. Well, I guess if you broaden your scope a bit passed Benny Benassi, you will also notice names such as Steve Aoki, Netsky, Vaski, and Doctor P to name a few. I think when that “E” or “Y” sound appears at the end of a name, it only pushes people away if it is an add on, such as “DJ Pauly D” which automatically sounds cornballish because the name “Pauly” is no more than a young child’s moniker for the name Paul. However if the name “naturally” ends with that sound, I feel it’s more legit. Just my opinion though. I’ll be keeping the name Mac Digi, lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Foster/1410024062 Brian Foster

    Synaptic Flow because I prefer music that’s deep and mellow (deep house or intellgent dnb) so I feel like I am making or playing music that stimulates the mind and soul, not just the body.  Synaptic = the mental aspect.  Flow = the smooth vibe of mellower tunes.  That’s how I came up with my name.

  • Anonymous

    Calgar C … what type of music does my name say :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/brikha Emil Beatsnatcher Brikha

    I picked my name, Beatsnatcher about 10 years ago when I first started looping and sampling stuff when DJing and producing. It stuck with me and nobody has had the bad taste of choosing the name either, according to Google (with the exception of a rapper who has it for a nickname, which I of course have already sampled for my DJ performances) :)

  • http://twitter.com/DJdropcap dropcap

    Great post!

    Picking a DJ name is no easy task, and after a year of internal debate and 12 months with the name under my belt I’m still happy I landed on “dropcap” for mine. As a graphic designer/creative by trade, I wanted something that was not only original, but had a personal meaning as well. And having a story when people ask “how did you pick THAT name” is a nice conversation starter. I wish this article was around when I was trying to pick mine, but its comforting to see many of the points I considered (SEO, originality, pronunciation) are listed here.Its amazing how many existing DJ names some people will settle for without doing the right research or just flat out being in a rush to pick a name for themselves. Take your time and do the research to make a name for yourself that will stand out from the pack- its worth the extra effort and time.

    http://www.djdropcap.com

  • Jack Hoesterey

    Hey I don’t mean to be mean, but I THINK there was a typo in this line  ”Whether you are picking your DJ identity for the first time, or re-branding an older moniker” The typo being moniker instead of monitor.

    • Grammar Nazi

       FAIL

    • http://darylfritz.com Daryl Fritz

      moniker, monicker [?m?n?k?]nounSlang a person’s name or nickname

    • Evolakim

      Grammar Nazi FAIL!!!!! 

    • cokeisdope

       ”Hey I don’t mean to be mean”
      meanception ?

    • Jack Hoesterey

      Thanks guys. All you had to say was what daryl fritz said.

  • WIllIam

    I remember at first I thought the name Skrillex was a bit random, but after listening to his music and constantly hearing more about him, it grew on me. I now think it’s pretty awesome and badass. ^_^ 

  • nxtonic

    Personally when I heard of DJ Pauly D I thought, “wow, sounds like a bit of a tosser,” and I think this was because of that ‘y’ sound. It’s just an opinion by the way…

    • http://twitter.com/protocollie jean luc protocollie

      i really think the name exudes a huge amount of douche and it has nothing to do with the ‘e’ sound at the end.

      i think there’s a certain je ne sais quoi of association with other things we’ve heard about before that impacts our perception of names like that. i have a feeling that we’ve all encountered that d-bag, self important DJ at a local club whose ego far outstrips their ability to perform and their name sounded very much like ‘dj pauly d.’ he is very much a walking stereotype of that kind of dj.

  • http://twitter.com/FutureDollars $Future

    $Future all day

    • Adam

      So what is your name? Dollar future, money future or just future?

    • Thesis

      Dollar Sign Future?

    • oneend

      Would be a good name if I knew how to say it…….

    • Mdebernardini

      its future dollars! lol heard your tagrm (the al gore rhythm method) remix 

      • http://twitter.com/FutureDollars $Future

        this guy has got it right. its pronounced future dollars. like if you had ten dollars. but you have a future amount