Performing at a set is what pays you as a DJ, but it is also what exposes your equipment to the risk of damage. This doesn’t mean that you stop performing, as it would defeat the whole essence of you being a DJ in the first place. What you need is a way to keep your equipment protected at all times, when you are on set. Make equipment safety your top priority and they will serve you for longer. To help you get the most value from your investment, here are 4 tips to keeping your DJ equipment clean and in working order.
1. Keep them elevated at all times when performing
One of the best ways to keep your equipment clean is to place it in a raised position at all times. This avoids a number of problems that may, otherwise, ruin your equipment. The first one is that of drinks spilling on your set. When your equipment is placed elevated, there is little chance of a drunk person pouring alcohol all over them. Secondly, they are less likely to collect dust as compared to having them in contact with the floor. Elevating your work tools will ensure that they remain clean and serve you for longer.
2. Strictly perform from the DJ booth
There is a reason why most DJs lock themselves up in a booth, or perform from a more isolated location, from where the crowd is. When you perform from a booth, you eliminate the possibility of someone spilling something on your stuff. You also ensure that it is protected from the natural elements. For instance, when in a fully enclosed booth, a sudden downpour during an outdoor performance would not affect your equipment. You are guaranteed that it is clean and in working order at all times.
3. Make use of protective casings
This mostly applies to travel-DJs, those who are always on the road, with their tools-of-trade in tow. Without protection, this equipment would get dirty quickly, and that would be the beginning of their depreciation. To keep them clean and functional, always use protective casing. For instance, you can invest in a good laptop bag, and also a good plastic casing for the speakers. This may set you back a few bucks, but it is worth it. That’s because, if they are ruined, it can be a major setback to your career.
4. Invest in easy to move speakers
The speaker is one of the biggest items in a DJing set. It is also one of the most susceptible both to the elements, and from people’s carelessness. To keep your speakers clean and in working order, it would be best to go for portable ones. Such speakers are easy to move to safer positions in the course of performance without interfering with the flow. Here is a review of some of the most portable speakers that a DJ can use. They don’t come cheap, but they are worth the money, and most professional DJs value them.