Tiesto, David Guetta and Calvin Harris make between $350,000 and $400,000 per gig. Some say it takes hard work and mastering complicated machinery to reach that level. Others point to photos of celebrities like Joe Jonas DJing popular clubs claiming all it takes is pressing play on a laptop and fiddling with the volume. So, how hard is it?
What is DJing
"A DJ is someone who plays other people’s music, so even making a playlist is DJing,” says David Maurice, co-founder of Manhattan's newly opened DJ school, The Foxgrove, where students learn things like how to create mashups, speed up and slow down slongs, and add drumbeats using a computer and Serato controller.
“There’s a myth that you have to be a professional musician to make music for yourself. You absolutely don’t. … What Instagram has done for photography, [modern equipment] has done for DJing,” Maurice says.