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.
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")
3. Small Flash Light
From set up to take down, a flashlight makes everything easier in a dark club. If something goes wrong with the equipment, this can help figure it out faster in a dark club.
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. Have two of these in case one gets wiped or corrupted.
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.
6. USB Cable
Easily forgotten and everybody else always seems to forget it too. Be the hero, not ‘that guy.”
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.
8. EQ and Fader Knobs
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.
After a show, it’s the after party and if it’s a good one, chances are it’s going until dawn. Sunglasses are must for late nights to early mornings, especially if you have a 6 am flight out the next day. Clutch.
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