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The Best Live Streaming Platforms for DJs in 2024

Terran

6 min read

Jan 10

DJs today aren’t just spinning tracks in clubs and festivals — they’re also captivating global audiences right from their own homes, thanks to live streaming.


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You might feel overwhelmed by options or uncertain about technical requirements. But don’t give up yet!


WHY LIVESTREAM YOUR DJ MIX?


Choosing the ‘right’ livestream platform for you depends on your goal. To give you an idea, here are a few example reasons to stream:


  1. Build a fanbase on a new platform

  2. Create a space to record short content

  3. Network and collaborate with other creators

  4. Stay on a schedule to practice

  5. Market a new release simultaneously


Whether you’re a pro DJ or just starting, live streaming can be a great addition to your online presence.


Did you know that nearly 24% of global social media users watch live content? That’s a lot of potential fans!


With a click of a button (or two) you can share your DJ style with enthusiasts from around the world. As you tap into this growing audience, you can build a personalized platform to showcase your DJ skills.


Live streaming is not just about long sessions and unintentional practice. It’s a fantastic way to host events when in-person gatherings aren’t an option. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to create engaging short-form content.


 

This clip is from FredAgain's boiler room livestream that went viral on social media:



Not only did he entertain the crowd that night, he got in front of 3.3 million additional potential fans online.

 

HOW TO LIVESTREAM A DJ SET


Setting up a successful live stream is easier than you think. You’ll need a solid internet connection, a camera, and your DJ setup. Some platforms also require specific settings or software.


But most importantly, you need to know the best platform.


The 5 Best Live Streaming Platforms for DJs


  1. Twitch

  2. YouTube Live

  3. MixCloud

  4. Instagram

  5. Facebook


PROS AND CONS OF STREAMING ON TWITCH


Twitch has a vibrant community of DJs and musicians despite its gaming roots. Check the music category any time and you’ll find a variety of entertainers. Including well-known brands like Insomniac and talented creators like Eliminate.


Screenshot of the website Twitch Tracker showing twitch viewership over time.

Whether you’re using your phone or computer, live streaming on Twitch is a breeze. For desktop streaming, you’ll require software. You can either use Twitch’s in-house software, Twitch Studio, or connect through another service like OBS.


Take advantage of the platform’s engagement features to create immersive music experiences. You’ll find a plethora of Twitch Extensions and third-party apps to help along the way. 


Plus, Twitch won’t interrupt your livestream when you play copyrighted music. However, be aware they might take down your video (VOD) or mute sections of your stream once it’s finished.

PROS

CONS

Dedicated live streaming platform

Primarily focused on gaming & conversation

Strong interactive features

Competitive & populated landscape

Monetization through ads & subscriptions

Twitch takes 50% of revenue

Decent analytics dashboard

Limited music licensing options

PROS AND CONS OF STREAMING ON YOUTUBE


YouTube Live has become a close competitor in the livestream industry. In fact, over 368 million users access YouTube daily.


Like Twitch, users have the option to stream from desktop, or from a mobile device. What sets YouTube apart is that it provides excellent organic search visibility. As well as a detailed analytics dashboard with valuable insights into viewer behavior.


Moreover, YouTube offers a monetization option similar to Twitch Subs, known as Memberships. Viewers can subscribe to a channel for a monthly fee, earning perks and exclusive content.

PROS

CONS

Large user base

Strict copyright policies

Search engine discoverability

Limited interactive features

Integration with analytic tools

Competing with static content

Monetization through ads & memberships

Monetization & stream eligibility requirements

In this video, streaming connoisseur StreamSceme explains some benefits YouTube has over Twitch



PROS AND CONS OF STREAMING ON MIXCLOUD


Mixcloud is one of the few platforms that allows DJs to stream without copyright restrictions. Additionally, it is one of the best platforms to upload and share DJ mixes on.


Unlike the other livestream services, it was specifically designed for DJs and musicians. You can go live on desktop using the MixCloud Live Studio or connect through a third-party software. There is also a mobile app listeners can use to browse live and static content from the site.


Despite the lower number of users, there is an engaged community of listeners and DJs ready to hear your style.

PROS

CONS

Platform designed specifically for DJs

Requires MixCloud Pro subscription

Engaged community of listeners & DJs

Limited discoverability beyond Mixcloud

Easy track listing & copyright compliance

Limited monetization options

THE BEST SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS FOR DJS


In our opinion, the best social platforms for DJs are:


Instagram and Facebook


PROS AND CONS OF STREAMING ON INSTAGRAM


Instagram has evolved from its origins as a square image sharing platform. It now offers a wide array of features for creators, including the ability to livestream.


The easiest way to go live is directly from your smartphone. Alternatively, you can connect from a desktop using a stream key from the Instagram Live Producer.


While there is no organic reach for Instagram livestreams, it’s worth noting that your stream will be given priority. When live, your stream will appear in the front of the ‘stories’ section for everyone who is following you.

PROS

CONS

Large user base

Limited stream duration (max 60 min)

No follower requirement

Audio quality limitations

Integration with Instagram Stories and IGTV

Less discoverable long-term

Easily shareable across platforms

Limited monetization options

PROS AND CONS OF STREAMING ON FACEBOOK


Facebook Live is another social media live streaming option. Facebook pages and groups often allow live video, and you can track account metrics in the Meta Business Suite.


Like Instagram, you are able to go live on Facebook from a mobile device or desktop using a stream key. However, streamers have access to Facebook features such as tagging a friend, checking in to a location, or adding a feeling or activity.


There are nearly 3 billion monthly active users on Facebook, yet the organic reach of content is limited.

PROS

CONS

Massive user base

Declining organic reach

Integration with Facebook Pages & Groups

Harsh copyright policies

Integration with Instagram

Poor customer support

Monetization options through ads

Increased focus on paid promotion


Animated DJ mixing on Pioneer decks in a neon-lit urban environment.

COMMON MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN LIVE STREAMING


Poor Audio or Video Quality: Nothing turns off viewers faster than bad sound or fuzzy visuals. Make sure your equipment is up to par and your internet connection is stable. A crisp, clear stream will keep your audience hooked.


Insufficient Promotion: Even the best DJ set won’t get views if people don’t know a livestream is happening. Use your social networks, email list, and even personal contacts to spread the word about your live stream. Remember, the more the merrier!


Neglecting Interaction: Live streams are not just about the music. They’re about connecting with your audience. Take time to interact with comments, answer questions, and give shout-outs. This will keep viewers engaged and coming back for more.


Lack of Planning: Jumping into a live stream without a plan can lead to awkward pauses or technical glitches. Always test your setup beforehand and have a rough setlist or script ready. This will help keep your stream smooth and professional.


BEHIND THE SCENES OF A DJ LIVE STREAM EVENT


"It was about 3 years ago when I decided to dip my toes into the world of livestreaming. I had just finished my DJ mix titled ‘Terraform’ and wanted it to be something special. Along the way I thought, why not host my own live Twitch event to promote it?


For two weeks leading up to the event, I pulled out all the stops to advertise it. I shared it across my social media, texted friends and family, and even handed out stickers at local shows.


The day finally arrived, and to my surprise, I got a much larger turnout than I had expected. About 20 to 30 of my friends and family showed up, which was fantastic. But even better, their presence boosted me higher in the music category and suggestions on Twitch. This led to even more viewers – I eventually topped out at around 70! For a channel with under 100 followers at the time, this was a huge win.


I won’t lie, I didn’t completely nail the transition from viewer to listener of the mix on SoundCloud. Yet, I still managed to convert around 20 viewers, thanks to the various links I had shared. More importantly, I had a blast performing my mix live and entertaining an audience. That experience alone made it all worth it."



"Above is one of my first DJ related posts on social media, which I edited using the Twitch VOD from the Terraform live stream. Now, I save it as my first post on Instagram to remind myself how far I have come."


via TERRAN


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HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST PLATFORM TO LIVESTREAM YOUR DJ SET ON


Choosing the best DJ live stream platform isn’t a one-size-fits-all decision. Whether you lean towards Facebook live or join the DJ community on Twitch, each platform has its own advantages and challenges.


Remember, the most effective way to livestream aligns with your unique goals and skills.


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