Top 10 European Cities to Be a DJ
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1. Berlin, Germany
One of the top music and DJ cities in the world, Berlin is the perfect place to grow your name as a DJ. Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has been a large part of Berlin’s culture since the late 1980’s. Berlin has the more EDM clubs than any other city in Europe, the most popular being Golden Gate, Tresor, and Berghain. Many DJ’s move to Berlin to develop their careers, and with the large number of music festivals in and around Berlin, there are many opportunities for up and coming DJ’s to try their hand at professional DJ’ing. Well-known DJ’s from Berlin include Paul van Dyk, andhim, and Pan-Pot.
2. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is one of the most underestimated cities in Europe. The cost of living is relatively inexpensive, and it has a wide variety of bars and clubs where DJ’s can show off their skills. One of Europe’s most popular clubs, Karlovy Lázně, is located in Prague, and is open 7 days a week. It features music from almost every genre; making it the perfect place for DJ’s to demonstrate their abilities. If you would prefer to DJ at an EDM only venue, Club Roxy is ideal to get the dance floor moving with the best EDM tracks.
3. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Another one of the top music and DJ cities in the world, Amsterdam has some of the best electronic music festivals in Europe. Amsterdam has shared a rich history with electronic, dance, and techno music since the 1980’s. Amsterdam’s clubs are truly special, with many of them having been abandoned buildings before being transformed into clubs, the most popular being Paradiso and Melkweg. A lot of DJ’s love to work in Amsterdam, because of the countless number of music festivals to choose from. There are lots opportunities for new DJ’s who will often open for famous DJ’s. Well-known DJ’s from the Netherlands include Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, and Martin Garrix.
4. Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen is Denmark’s capital city, and it dominated by electronic music, making it a great choice for DJ’s. Not only is the city small enough that you can easily find your way around, but there are plenty of clubs available to try out your skills. Most of Copenhagen’s clubs are located in the Meatpacking District, and typically the music doesn’t start until midnight, making it something unique. One of the most popular clubs in Copenhagen is Culture Box, which features almost every type of electronic music, perfect for a wide variety of DJ’s to give great shows. Some of Denmark’s most well-known DJ’s include Blue Foundation and Pegboard Nerds.
5. Glasgow, Scotland
Although Edinburgh was originally regarded as Scotland’s top music scene city, Glasgow has taken over as the musical capital of Scotland, featuring some of the most exhilarating clubs in the United Kingdom. The Sub Club, founded in 1987, is one of Scotland’s most iconic clubs, and is the longest running underground club in the world. Because of this growth in electronic music popularity, DJ’s in the front line of electronic music can play sets at a wide range of clubs in and around Glasgow. Famous DJ’s from Scotland include Calvin Harris and Franz Ferdinand.
6. Ibiza, Spanish Island
While Copenhagen and Prague are underestimated, and Amsterdam and Berlin are popular; Ibiza is famous specifically for their EDM clubs and events. Ultra Music Festival and the International Music Summit are both held in Ibiza, which is the perfect place for music and parties, making it ideal for DJ’s. One of Ibiza’s top clubs, Space Nightclub, is a DJ-driven nightclub, and has seen some of the best DJ’s in the world on their stage. You will also be able to hear the tracks of rising talents. Well-known DJ’s from Ibiza include Jose Padilla and DJ Alfredo.
7. Leipzig, Germany
Leipzig is known as the city of music, although that is with reference to classical music. However, any good DJ knows that all music originates from classical music, making Leipzig the perfect location for experimental electronic music. With awesome festivals, like the Highfield Festival, where acts like Alligatoah and Milky Chance show off their skills; and amazing clubs that experiment with genres including juke, dancehall, and bass music, DJ’s will love the vibe where they can explore different fusions of music.
8. Oslo, Norway
Famous for their techno, underground tech house, and EDM music, Oslo is the ideal place to launch your career if you are a new act; or build up a bigger fan base if you are already a more popular name. The Villa is one of the most popular clubs in Oslo, and is located in a basement that extends beneath several buildings. The low ceilings and fairly unknown location make it a highly sought after location for DJ’s to spin their decks. Oslo is ideal for well-known DJ’s and up-and-coming acts too, especially if you have something new to offer in the tech and techno genres.
9. Zagreb, Croatia
Croatia is typically known for its classical and jazz music, beautiful yachts, and uptown nightlife. But Croatia’s capital city, Zagreb, offers gritty clubs and bars where DJ’s can show off their skills to tourists and locals alike. There are plenty of colorful clubs and bars in the city where many genres of music can be heard. But true EDM DJ’s love performing at Sirup, a small venue outside of the city centre, where fans can enjoy intimate sets by well-known, as well as up-and-coming DJ’s.
10. Paris, France
Paris is famous for its nightlife and club scene, where EDM and underground music has recently become more popular, making it the IT place for DJ’s to be. Unique clubs such as Concrete feature an impressive DJ booth that is located in the middle of the crowd; and Yoyo which has music from the top techno, deep house, electro, and indie dance DJ’s around. In clubs such as Badabaum, both international DJ’s and small local talents have the chance to get the crowd going with their mixed of techno and underground EDM.