Just ask Afrojack: just because you can buy an expensive car, doesn’t mean you’re an expert driver from the jump. Same goes for DJ gear. While knowing how to operate industry-standard gear like Pioneer CDJs and recognizing the subtle differences between Pioneer and Allen & Heath mixers are useful skills all DJs should acquire, don’t get it confused with just having the gear for status reasons. If you know the mechanics of DJing on any equipment, it will easily translate when you get the opportunity to use nicer equipment—and trust, there’s nothing more grating to the skint DJ than to see someone who owns nice equipment having no clue how to use it. Prioritize skills before equipment as a golden rule and you’ll never go wrong.