Popular Dance Music Books For The Aspiring DJ

Who doesn’t love beep and bop noises blasting in your face at full volume? If you love electronic music and want to enter the visionary world of making your own, continue reading and discover some useful DJ books to help kickstart your DJ career!

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I will say it once, and I will say it again, electronic music is not for everyone. I know people who are EDM die-hard fans and refuse to listen to anything but their beeps and bops, and I also know people who will do almost anything to avoid EDM at all costs. I have no hate for any EDM isolators, I completely understand why some people may not enjoy the heaviness of EDM. But this article is for those who love it as much as I do! EDM is a modern and extremely unique form of music Ranging from future bass and dubstep, there are vast amounts of EDM types, and over the recent years, EDM has skyrocketed in popularity.

You may be wondering, how do I get involved in EDM? I am curious about EDM itself, how can I learn more? What if I want to make my own music, how do I even start? Not to worry, as an EDM bookworm, I got you covered! In this article, I will be discussing various books on EDM and how these recommendations will help you deep dive into its tumultuous fascinations. If you don’t consider yourself an EDM hound, no problem! But I do hope one of these books will change your mind!

The Secret DJ by Unknown

Front cover of The Secret DJ by Unknown, showing black headphones with a yellow background.

Ever wonder what the true DJ experience is like? The Secret DJ is a page-turning must-read that will open your eyes to the incredibly fascinating experience of what a successful DJ might indulge in. From glamorous all-night raves to the darker undergoes of the DJ life, this novel will transform your entire perspective of the EDM world. Though I consider this book to be quite comically useful in learning more about DJ’s experiences, it does have sudden changes in tone from hysterical to disheartening. The story is emotionally raw and you will be unable to put it down.

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life by Bill Brewster

Front cover of Last Night a DJ Saved My Life by Bill Brewster, showing a red record with a positive symbol on the front.

Following the historical background of the Disc Jockey, Bill Brewster gives his readers an in-depth context of the DJ definition. Learn more about factual dates in DJ history that have stood out in the music world as the most life-changing music moments. Read further into clubs that molded music into what it is now, and the drastic changes of the dance club life. I recommend this book for those who are specifically trying to research the cultural aspects of being a DJ and the overall historical importance that this ‘party’ life has brought to our world.

The Record Players by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton

Front cover of The Record Players by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton, showing a red record being held up by a red colored hang with a blue background.

Written by the same author of Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, this fact-filled read will be the perfect novel for more personable DJ research. This book, similar to the previous one, will give you a well-researched point of view of DJ history. Though this book is similar to Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, this book stands out because of its deep inception on real-life DJs. The book will take you from the beginning stages of previously famous DJs to more modernly known DJ perspectives such as Tiesto. The book is quite absorbing and I am sure it will have you curious to discover the drastic modern changes in a DJ’s life.

Destination Dancefloor by MixMag

Front cover of Destination Dancefloor by MixMag, showing a black and white crowd dancing with arms up.

Destination Dancefloor is the perfect recommendation for all you die-hard electronic dance fans. This masterpiece is stuffed with insanely well-developed photography and engrossing articles that will help guide you to your next rave city. Filled with the best city recommendations for dance music, the book will also expose you to fantastic DJs for you to newly discover. This book is perfect to immerse yourself in the electronic music culture, or it could be the newest coffee table decor for all you dance-floor lovers!

FutureDj’s: How to DJ by Scott Smart

Are you looking to become a DJ yourself and do not know where to start? FutureDj’s: How to DJ is my best recommendation to those who are seeking to learn how to DJ successfully. As someone who knows nothing about how to create music, this is the best book to start with. The book is for absolute beginners and it helps you learn the basic skills of creating music and using proper DJ equipment.

Front cover of FutureDj’s: How to DJ by Scott Smart, showing a black and white turntable with an orange record playing.

It has a lot of visual imagery to help you step-by-step make beats, and it is filled with must-know information on becoming a music performer. If you are hoping to become a DJ yourself, get this book! The information is helpfully clear, and soon you will be making your own beats in no time. You don’t need any experience, just a love for music and an urge to create something great!

What are you waiting for? There is a whole world of music that is eagerly waiting for you! Even if electronic dance is not your thing, the world of a DJ is something you may not expect. I encourage you to dive into this mysterious land of thunderous raves and uncontrollable beats and I have no doubt it will change your entire perspective on the dance music life.

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