9 Things You Need In Your DJ Bag - EDM Culture

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9 Things You Need In Your DJ Bag - EDM Culture

While technology has definitely lightened the load of what a DJ needs to carry to gigs, one of the annoyances is the new ‘little things’ that can potentially ruin or even end a performance.

In the olden days, records, needles and headphones were the essentials. Today, you may be able drop all the bulk of vinyl, but if a laptop crashes or you forget one cable, you can wind up in a tight situation.

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However, if you religiously carry these items in your DJ bag, you should be able to Macgyver your way through most common DJ booth dilemmas.

1. RCA Cables


While RCA connections aren't always ideal, most audio components have these audio ins/outs. Plugs you right in if the other connections aren't matching up for whatever reason.

9 Things You Need In Your DJ Bag - EDM Culture

2. RCA To Line(1/8”) Cable


Ever had a computer ever freeze in a middle of a set? Don’t panic, just connect your phone and play a track from there while you restart (Also good to have with that pesky "laptop switch")

9 Things You Need In Your DJ Bag - EDM Culture

3. Small Flash Light


From set up to take down, a flashlight makes everything easier in a dark club.

9 Things You Need In Your DJ Bag - EDM Culture

4. USB Thumb Drive


You can never anticipate what might go wrong. A thumb drive loaded with music can easily be plugged into most new CDJs or another DJ’s laptop if in a jam. Plus, save some room on it if you want to trade tracks at the end.

9 Things You Need In Your DJ Bag - EDM Culture

5. ¼” Headphone Adaptor


Ever plug your DJ headphones into your laptop and then loose the ¼” Adaptor? Whoops. Having a spare helps prevent you having to go commando like Steve Angello.

9 Things You Need In Your DJ Bag - EDM Culture

6. USB Cable


Easily forgotten and everybody else always seems to forget it too. Be the hero, not ‘that guy”.

9 Things You Need In Your DJ Bag - EDM Culture

7. Spare Laptop Charger


I’m sure you can visualize right where you left your charger– on the desk of your hotel or plugged into your home DJ set-up. Carry a spare and that way you won’t have to spend your set watching your battery approach zero.

9 Things You Need In Your DJ Bag - EDM Culture

8. EQ and Fader Knobs

9 Things You Need In Your DJ Bag - EDM Culture
9 Things You Need In Your DJ Bag - EDM Culture

Nothing is worse than showing up to a booth only to find all the knobs have been pulled off by the previous night’s hipster vampire electro DJ. Carry a few spares of fader and EQ knobs for different mixers and you’ll be good to go.

9. Sunglasses


After a show, it’s the after party and if it’s a good one chances are it’s going ‘til dawn. Sunglasses are must for late nights to early mornings, especially if you have a 6 am flight out the next day. Clutch.

9 Things You Need In Your DJ Bag - EDM Culture

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