Interview Questions for DJ

DJs play a continuous mix of music via turntables, software or CDJs at parties, clubs, bars, concert venues, raves, and music festivals. Most popular DJs also write and produce their own tracks, which is a great way to showcase expertise and position differently.

Most DJs worldwide are self-employed therefore it becomes essential for DJs to focus on personal branding to stand out from the crowd. You will get many interviews opportunities while building and growing your personal brand, and trust me; interviews are the best way to tell the world about yourself.

The world needs to know who you are and how are you different from everyone else, and one of the best ways to overcome this challenge is through media interviews. So if you ever get the opportunity to get featured by media, news media, magazines or bloggers, SAY YES!!

Once you say YES to a media interview, it is a time to prepare yourself for the same. Below are the interview questions for DJs, I hope these questions will help you prepare better.

  1. Hi DJ XYZ, please tell us about yourself.
  2. Hey, ABC, thanks for joining us. Tell us about your journey and how did you start DJing?
  3. Hey DJ XYZ, for many people who don’t know who are you behind the DJ XYZ name, who are you? 
  4. Describe a typical DJ ABC performance in three words.
  5. Hi there. Good to see you. I’d like to ask, how easy is it for you DJing when you’re wearing a mask?
  6. Why did you want to work as a DJ?
  7. What kind of things are inspiring your stuff at the moment, those external influences?
  8. What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic career?
  9. What’s your creation process in the studio?
  10. Do you break and does it help you with DJing for battles?
  11. Regarding photos, you prefer images where you’re DJing with the mask on? Is there a reason why?
  12. What was your introduction to electronic music when you were in Italy?
  13. How did you spend your lockdown/pandemic time? What did you accomplish before the entertainment world began to open up again?
  14. How important is building a real relationship with the music you’re playing for your own approach? There’s so much music out there, is it even possible to build meaningful long-term relationships with a particular track or album? 
  15. What’s your main DJ set-up and why do you use that? Anything you’ve added recently?
  16. How long have you been DJing and how did you start?
  17. What was the scene like in the north of the country where you grew up?
  18. What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during the lockdown period?
  19. How did you learn to DJ?
  20. What do you have planned, musically, for the near future?
  21. I heard about this story with you playing electro in hard clubs in Detroit. When was this, and what was the club called?
  22. What’s it like where you’re living? How did you spend most of your time?
  23. Are there any unwritten rules among DJs?
  24. You’re 30 years old, a young DJ on the scene. A lot of the younger generation of breakers are into music like trap and grime – is this something you take into account when DJing?
  25. What’s your main studio set-up? Any secret weapons that contribute to your sound?
  26. How have you found the streaming experience compared to playing in front of live audiences?
  27. What are currently your main challenges as a DJ? What is it about DJing, compared to, say, producing your own music, that makes it interesting for you?
  28. How do you stay up to date with the latest music trends?
  29. What techniques do you use to engage listeners?
  30. You’re a producer and a DJ, where do you feel most comfortable? In the studio or on stage?
  31. What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?
  32. Do you have any studio rituals or essential items?
  33. What would you say is the most rewarding part of being a DJ?
  34. Name a record you can listen to five times in a row without getting bored and explain why.
  35. Ultimately, how will club culture be affected by the pandemic?
  36. Any new releases?
  37. In the studio, what’s your set-up?
  38. What’s your creation process in the studio?
  39. How much time does the DJ need to setup and take down?
  40. What’s your DJ set-up? 
  41. How do you feel when you’re DJing?
  42. Steve Aoki, Moby, Fatboy, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Tiesto… How do you feel being a woman in a man’s world? Pros and cons?
  43. What have you learnt since you started out as a DJ?
  44.  Name three records that have influenced your life musically, and tell us why.
  45. Have you seen any DJ video streams that impressed you?
  46. What skills do you think DJs need to be successful?
  47. Are there any DJs on or off the scene that you look up to or who inspire you?
  48. What would you say is one of the most important skills someone must have to be a good DJ?
  49. What’s the hardest thing about being a battle DJ?
  50. Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to be a battle DJ?
  51. You have been DJing for a number of years now and I wanted to know where your journey in the music industry began. 
  52. Where do you see yourself heading next with your music? 
  53. What are your plans for the future? 
  54. Why should someone who doesn’t know you listen to your music and not someone else’s?
  55. What music have you listened to today?
  56. How do you prepare your sets?
  57. How did people react to these sets?
  58. Is there anything new on the scene that’s a must-have for DJs in UK?
  59. What’s the latest music trend in India and Australia?
  60. What advice would you give to your past self?
  61. If you could collaborate with any artist from any genre – past or present – who would it be and why?
  62. Many people may not know this, but you have a degree in computer operations as well as anger management. Have you applied these skills to your music career in any way?
  63. What has been the greatest or the most memorable experience for you so far?
  64. How is it like to be a DJ in London?
  65. When not making music, where can we find you?
  66. Your take on the future?
  67. What made you decide to pursue a route in creating electro-melodic music like the ones you are creating?
  68. What is next in terms of tours and performances for you?
  69. What is your personal hope for this year?
  70. When did you start DJing – and what or who were your early passions and influences?
  71. What is your greatest strength As DJ?
  72. Do you think that the deejay world is a men’s world? In your opinion is it harder for a girl to become a famous DJ?
  73. Your coolest place where you worked?
  74. What style of music you are playing?
  75. Have you ever been to Mumbai in past? Or you maybe have planned to come?
  76. What makes you different from other DJs?