• Zac

    http://www.djfindrr.com can help you find a gig!

  • Dr. U. Phoric

    I once played the opening of a new designer’s clothing line. The crowd wasn’t big, but everyone got really into the music

  • Dj Richi AC

    i think noone can beat this place… the bathroom of a disco! . I was playing there some deep house and lounge music (elevator music) until i got tired of that and started to play actually like in the party outside. When i did so more people were coming in, even girls (it was a boys restroom). When the promoter saw what was going on came to me and told me “i didn’t told you to make this kind of music but keep going, people is loving it!”. After that , he gave me a spot to the main floor for the next party.

  • Simone Phoenix

    I’m pretty excited about an opportunity a cousin of mine presented for me to handing audio production and be his go-to person spinning live events with his business. I DEFINITELY have to big up this article. There are MANY doors out there just waiting to be opened and new niches to be created. If an ol’ broad like me can get her chance, just think of the possibilities for you young gentlemen and ladies! Wishing EVERY new dj/producer out here the BEST. Go get ‘em, ya’ll, YOU CAN DO IT! Peace, blessings and KEEP RISING.

  • Raffeal DjDoc Holiday Parker

    This was definitely helpful as I’ve already had some of these ideas,but great nevertheless.
    DJ DOC

  • DJ EDTRIX

    How can I get noticed by a dj producer at this young of age

  • JakBandiFan

    I’m responsible for the track selection for a jewellery store. Yes, a jewellery store. :)
    Although I can only play jazz and chillout stuff (which I have plenty of) and it is unpaid, it’s great!

  • Cosmo

    You guys are trying to get into everything while those of us who sweat over trying to make art (that you may eventually rip off and “busk” for) have fewer and fewr options. Leave the art galleries to artiest who use sound as their medium. Not people who hack others sound and mix it up and call it art. Yea, finger painting is an art form to. But any kid can do it.

  • DJ JESSE

    I did a hair salon grand opening

  • io!

    i’m Djing for a mascot in a botanical garden for kids

  • http://www.facebook.com/juan.f.rojas.3597 Juan F. Rojas

    I played two Mardi Gras Gigs in Nursing homes. And yes, I didn’t give out Beads.

  • elev8d

    Pool parties are always a blast, but usually not paid :)

  • Robert Chung

    Always work with a tight-knit group for the public transit situation. theft is super plausible especially in particular cities

  • KashiusFresco

    DJed a training camp/combine for college bound football players. It was a lot of fun and saw a few ppl go D-1 that day.

  • KIO

    Organising your own silent disco on a metro seems like a good opportunity of getting many of the headphones you’re handing out getting nicked.

    Most of the other events listed here seem places where you’re likely to be playing pop music. I mean, I don’t think that most museums won’t appreciate me playing Zedd and Mord Fustang all evening. So while the above might work for pop-music oriented DJ’s, most of the above venues won’t be the place if you specialize in a certain or a few genre’s.

    KIO

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ricky-Ricardo/1168906048 Ricky Ricardo

    ive played in retail women’s clothing stores its awesome practice and cash! concerts of different genres is also good for me, and small bars and lounges have been good to me, restaurants, and public events at parks, etc etc all great ideas forget the club get out there!

  • Tarekith

    Here in Seattle there’s a huge beer culture, and that means lots of breweries and other events where some of the downtempo I play goes over well with the tastings and festivals they put on. I get to attend some great beer tastings I’d probably be at any way, get in free, plenty of excellent beer not available to the public, and most likely I’m getting paid decently too. Could be worse!

  • The_Rad

    I’m from the Midwest and we’ve got plenty of farms to get dirty at for a Barnyard Boogie.

  • dj special sauce

    i once djed at a pizza parlor, the mixer didnt have headphones, and i had to spin the “records” in the air, i had to take lots of requests, i got fired for playing too much cheese…

    dough! selecta!

  • NIKK-C

    United emirates have on board djs in their VIP Lounge. Literal mile high “club”

  • Mike C

    I DJ at a bakery in NYC.

    • Jeremybastard

      Which one?

  • mariomiguel

    I’ve djed a yogurt shop lol

  • Ludwig von Breakhoven

    I almost only play at illegal raves, organised by a couple of friends and myself. Break down the door of an abandoned warehouse building, round up as many people as you can, drive in a soundsystem and experience what it is like to be free from rules and regulations.

    • shootdaj

      Serious question: when you say break down an abandoned warehouse.. does this ever cause any issues? Legally or otherwise? How do you know if a building is abandoned? Can this be done legally somehow? Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/djbusiness David Solomon

    I have played many fashion shows and local cruise ships the past few years, very lucrative!

  • http://www.facebook.com/LeeZerUK Lee Grace

    i’ve played in a hotel, a forest a swimming pool (not literally in the pool of course). as for more common gig’s. i’ve played on a boat party and a strip club as well as clubs and bars. done many house parties and even played on a market stall in Glastonbury which was great fun.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jere.doljanin Jere Doljanin

    I’ve recently played at Nissan’s car presentation at a local mall… It was actually a great gig, well payed too.

  • http://twitter.com/mighty_souljah k1

    i did a couple of public transit parties but not with headphones…
    We rented the whole train + 4 speakers + 1000 bottles of beer!
    it went like this: http://vimeo.com/54768846 :)

    • https://soundcloud.com/joe_0 Joe Hayes

      Sikkkkk… I saw those Typhoons in there!!!

    • Dj Richi AC

      wich citY?

  • http://www.facebook.com/thislink Alan Daniel Camarena

    I played everywhere I could, coffee shops, bars, clubs, downtown, clothing stores, fashion competitions, raves, skate parks…. Learned a bit from each side, didn’t really get paid much, but the most important thing was the experience I earned and the music database that I built during all that time. Playing in different places always called for different tunes for different moods that ended up being included in the set. I stopped gigging for the past 6 months, and now I’m back! And all those tunes that I got have definitely spiced up every step of my mixing, all the way from the warmup selection with that chill trip hop I played at the coffee shop and slow transition to the nu-disco I got for the clothing store to the progressive house I played at the fashion shows, then the really hardcore track selection I got from raving during the climax of the night and even the closing stage when I play the strangest avant-garde things I got just to let everyone know it’s time to go home… Followed up by killing the sound and letting people resolve their night talking.

  • Orig The DJ

    I play anywhere from off-road parks to art galleries and everything in between. I think it’s ok to go outside of your ort zone as a DJ. Getting to experience different types of groups of people will give you a good perspective of what people enjoy musically. I’m also a music producer, so this comes in handy when trying to tap into different styles of music. Or, to just bring in a bit of flavor into a record that needs that “something”
    I’ve noticed many DJs tend to stick to only a few genres of music. They get great at it but will reach a ceiling in there skills. It’s most likely that the inspiration is fading away for a while. So, I challenge you guys to do something different every now and then. If anything, it will help rekindle your passion for what you’ve been spinning and let you see what you don’t like.

    • http://www.facebook.com/thislink Alan Daniel Camarena

      yeah, I DJ’d for the past 5 years, and I agree, having a certain preference (or specialization) for a genre only limits your skills to certain places. The more open you are to playing with different types of people the better you’ll get at throwing an enjoyable set anywhere. As a producer it has lead me to a much wider path where I can pick a concept for a track today and a totally different one tomorrow if I feel like it. It sure as hell will take more time to master more genres but on the long run it’ll be much more gratifying.

  • Ryan Supak

    Car shows are fun. I do a classic car show every year in a rural Texas town. The average attendee is of retirement age, so it’s a good opportunity to brush up on 50′s-early 60′s music. It’s 5-6 hours also, which isn’t as long as some gigs but still an endurance test.

    rs

  • JFlashE

    All great advice. When you live in Tulsa, Oklahoma some of the suggestions seem so funny :) But there is still lots to be learned from this article and I am as always grateful for this website.

  • bob

    I’ve DJed at a hookah bar, that was pretty fun. Nice to play head nodding music instead of necessarily dance music.

  • DJ NINE VOLT

    First person to report playing a 100% chiptune set inside of a video game store wins a gold star

    CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

    • Ate Bitten

      challenge completed…. about 6 years ago.

  • tony

    Years ago I used to do regular gigs at a mental hospital,I’m not joking.

  • Anonymous

    Somone mentioned corporate parties, and I think there’s lots of opportunity there. First, there are your typical company parties, and these can be on-site or at a catering space. Second, I’d suggest business conferences. These events usually have networking receptions every night…all need bands or DJs. Also, it might be worth it to see if you can get a “residence” playing at a corporate cafeteria once a week. Some of the younger, tech-oriented companies are doing this occasionally.

  • DJ Anski

    Top deck! My last fun out-of-the-ordinary gig was on the roof of a yacht. We had a different DJ on each floor of the ship, which made it’s way up the river through downtown Portland and back. It was a crazy party! My strangest gig was DJing for a crawfish feed in the middle of the woods… I definitely got paid in crawfish.

  • Anonymous

    the licensed art I hang out at has a decent sized garage, which I have access to for small raves :) there was also a theater nights thing that goes on every month (forgot the new location) I used to hit up to see/perform shows.

    I also do full moon parties with friends. We pick a location and a charity. Then we book various artists, everything from guitarists to DJs. The shows are donation based and proceeds go to the charity we selected that month

    • Christian

      The full moon parties sound awesome!!! I’m going to try that in my town!

  • Owen

    Recently played in a hotel that hasn’t been updated since probably the 1930s. They normally have bands during the holiday season when they open. I played while the band would go for fag / bathroom breaks. Then we had a little improvised set and I finished the night off after.

    In regard to retail stores they are interesting venues especially on Friday and Saturday afternoons when people are shopping for something to wear out that night and getting in the mood for going out. Image is important at these sorts of gigs though. You must look the part, Gear set up neatly, wires organized etc… I would suggest asking the management for the lend of something to wear while playing those sorts of gigs because if you don’t dress in the style the shop caters to you will stick out compared to all the other staff.

  • django

    I took a gig as a resort DJ under contract for 3 months (similar to what you suggest as cruise ship), I quit after 3 weeks – you have to play all day and night 6 days a week at the pool and ocean and there is nowhere to go on your day off and you are discouraged from mingling too much with guests. You play the same music over and over – you really need to be in the headspace for this because it is a torture test. You are better off doing weddings or corporate parties: you rock the house, you get paid well and then you leave.

    • http://profiles.google.com/alexanderbitt Alejandro Suarez

      i would take the challenge :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/thislink Alan Daniel Camarena

      Yeah I’d pass… I definitely can’t stand to listen to the same repetitive beat/mood for a long time, specially after a point where my ears are fatigued… and being limited to just talking to the staff kinda sucks.

  • izzywise

    I have been rocking dj sets as Izzy Wise with the bicycle powered sound system crew Rock the Bike here in SF. They have a giant double decker tree bike called the El Arbol with a built in sound system. Audience members get on the bikes and power the performance!

    You can check them at http://www.rockthebike.com
    Me: http://www.izzywise.com

  • http://twitter.com/djbloo djbloo

    here’s a pretty unique scenario: i found myself DJing an anniversary party for an EYELASH EXTENSION BOUTIQUE who held the party at a POLE DANCING STUDIO. we were treated to performances by two of their top instructors!

    http://www.b-lushimages.ca/2012/10/flirt-custom-lash-anniversary-party-brass-bombshells/

  • antifmradio

    ill leave the full comment later but some of the places were
    A) Store front Fashion show ( The Gap clothing store)
    B) Full on fashion show at the Willowbrook Mall in NJ.
    C) College Campus all day event for senior day.
    D) HAY RIDE farm area
    E) biggest one of all was the New Jersey State Fair, in northern NJ. over 10,000 people a day went through there and all i had to do was reserve a table, get a tent over me, and ask for power. Done deal

  • djpinecone

    I have djed on top of a bouldering wall for a climbing competition and because of that was able to help create a blacklight bouldering party. We brought in 8 moving lights and about 24 leds. I get “paid” with climbing passes. This allows the gym to barter and make it worth both our time.

    • Spacecamp

      Hey, I DJ’d in a climbing gym once myself, for a competition they were having there! Totally forgot about it until your comment, but it was tons of fun. People in gyms always seem to enjoy driving music that gets them up the wall.

      Good deal on trading passes, that’s valuable!

  • zales

    I DJ A FASHION SHOW AT THE LOCAL MALL THIS WKND. I ALSO DJ AT POOLS WHICH IS A LOT OF FUN. CHECK ME OUT OFFICIAL.FM/ZALES

    • shouty

      OKAY

  • YVSNV

    I’m a high school senior from Seattle and I’ve been lucky enough to connect with the local mountain biking organization, whenever they have some kind of competition or festival they call me up. They’re a non-profit so they dont pay me, but I’ve played some pretty cool gigs with them in the national or state forests where they do their races. Once, I had by turntables running off my friends generator under a canopy in the rain. It was pretty great to see all the racers come in covered in mud and start getting down, probably one of the more unique gigs. From the same connection I was recommended to a Red Bull representative who now calls me up whenever he does a mountain bike movie premiere, competition or other Red Bull promotional event. Playing for somebody like Red Bull at 18 is a bit of a dream for me and it’s not a bad connection to have. Plus, Red Bull pays! So take those free events, meet some good people, make good connections and have fun! Soon you’ll find yourself exactly where you want to be!

    • Tarekith

      Were you the guys DJing at the Duthie opening?

  • http://twitter.com/RobertWulfman Robert Wulfman

    during my softmore year of high school I set up some speakers in the hallway at lunch and played an acid house set using korg DS-10. Later I performed a recording of the set which you can find here http://www.mixcloud.com/robertwulfman/hyperspace-bringn-da-noize-2009/

    • Spacecamp

      Must be an understanding principal – I remember getting busted for trying to have hallway dance parties using a device similar to one of these on the lockers: http://amzn.to/TPppu5

      • http://www.facebook.com/thislink Alan Daniel Camarena

        those seem fun, are they loud? I’m guessing lockers should work specially great lol.

      • http://twitter.com/RobertWulfman Robert Wulfman

        actually I got shut down half way through by a teacher

  • http://www.facebook.com/samshuffleshrd Sam Moore

    I have played during live painting lessons at a local “hip” bar and restaurant It was still during dinner at this restaurant so i had to play mellow sets, but it was fun, the people eating dinner got to watch a small group of people make paintings, while I provided atmosphere for the whole venue.

  • Leyton Smith

    I learnt to beat mix in a coffee shop, a long time ago. Also played at a party for deaf people, where we set up a dancefloor with the bass bins underneath.

    • Spacecamp

      Beans and beats! Brilliant.

    • Anonymous

      the iconic coffee shop :)

    • elev8d

      Same here actually. Started with small independent coffee shops and charity events before I got into bars and clubs. It easier to get into clubs, but bar pay has always been better and more consistent.

    • http://www.facebook.com/alisan.cavdarli Alisan Cavdarli

      that’s nice :o

  • Mr_So_Special

    Never heard of the silent disco. That’s hot!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/xdubbaxbubbax Stephen Dub Bub Almada

      silent disco in boston. they setup downtown alot.

    • dillinger23

      Big on the festival circuit here in Europe, always a laugh. Last one I went to they had 2 seperate streams playing with 2 channel selectable headphones, so half the people dancing to one DJ, and the others to the other half! Funny as heel to watch, people dancing to 2 different beats.

    • Megowan

      Yea I run ZEROdB. We just did another party on the bart. Next one’s gonna be on a ferry in SF in March. It’s fun stuff, really lets you have a rocking party where you normally can’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/piopro James ‘Pioneer’ Burkill

    love the idea of the dirtybird renegade discos. ;) just in the UK it won’t work due to the in the 90′s the raves around the M25 (highway that surrounds London for our state-side friends). but because the parties were so big and caused so much damage the UK government passed laws that basically say if you play music to a group of people which i think it is no more that 5 people in a in public place the police can seize your gear unless it’s a venue with a with a ents licence or a private party as to which the music can not be on after 11pm so no renegades any time soon. ;(

    • antifmradio

      yes it was called the R.A.V.E. act. It passed here too in the US

      • http://www.facebook.com/piopro James ‘Pioneer’ Burkill

        When did it pass in the us?

        • http://www.facebook.com/randall.kludt Randall Kludt

          Biden slipped it into the end of the amber alert act… but he changed the name to the the Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act.

          • jorsh

            dang, that is messed up yo. the government is messed up.

        • http://www.antifmradio.com/ antifm

          good god the first time i heard of it here was id say 7 years ago? im ruffing the years but i think thats it

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ricey88 Anthony Rice

    quite an easy one this one. But my nearest record/dj equipment store always has a set up there and you can bust out some tunes if you ask even a set.

  • richi

    bullshit

  • SynthEtiX

    Great ideas. This is why it’s important to tell everyone that you ARE a DJ, not that you work at (Insert Job here) and that you also DJ. One thing that has worked for me is, if you’re attending school, DJ for Sorority events. ..Lots of girls, lots of exposure.