Where Does a DJ’s Music Come From?

Finding the best songs is one of a DJ’s most difficult tasks. It can get costly if you download a number of single tracks or various versions of the same track!


It depends on the genre, but SoundCloud has a huge number of producers and emerging producers who share their music there. They want to sell their music, and you want to add unique music to the dance floor – it’s a genuine win-win arrangement. The best thing about this is that there are many original tracks available for free, as well as bootlegs.

Free downloads are often only offered after you leave a comment and / or like a SoundCloud song via an external platform. Some DJs rip music from SoundCloud: an online service converts your selected songs to MP3 for you to download. Be careful though: except that it is not allowed, these are often rips at 192kbps. This can be disappointing on a fine audio system on a good audio system.

Subscription to a streaming service and integration with your DJ software
A number of DJ software suppliers are integrating streaming services, such as Spotify and Tidal. Serato and Djay Pro 2 are examples of this. It is currently still a controversial development, but one that shows a lot of potential. Currently the drawback is that you must have an active internet connection to use these services. You also need a premium subscription to the streaming service to be able to link to your DJ software. In addition, it is doubtful whether this way of spinning is allowed in clubs.

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Music from your own network
If you have people around you who are also producing, you can of course ask them if they want to share their latest tracks with you. This way you can bring new music to the dance floor or mix that few people know about.

Subscription to a DJ record pool
DJ pools allow you to download songs with an intro edit to give you more time to mix a song. There are many different types of DJ pools, some specific to genre, others to get songs two months before release. Many allow both the clean(explicit words are then replaced or removed) as the dirty version to download. You must indicate that you are a DJ and use the DJ pool for this.

Buy single numbers
You can buy individual songs from parties such as iTunes, Beatport, Qobuz, etc. Depending on the quality of the song, for example MP3 320kbps, FLAC or WAV, you pay an amount and you can to download. Beatport shows extra data that is useful for DJs, such as the key and bpm. Sometimes you get discount coupons , with which you can get several songs with a nice percentage discount like using ‘sfweekly’,  this offer discounts and coupons that will help you to get free big discounts in your purchase.