THE DJ DISCLOSURE
Is an online training platform to help all aspiring bedroom DJ/Producers get more DJ gigs, exposure and success.
WHAT WE DO
Offer strategic information and a framework that can help DJs and music producers get more gigs and success in their careers. Highlighting the grey areas that the modern bedroom DJ needs to know to get more DJ gigs. This includes DJ performance advice, marketing, branding, and networking information in blogs, videos and online training courses.
Mike wants to share with you his 9 years of DJing experience in Melbourne's music industry, that took him from being an average bedroom DJ to supporting over 30 international acts.
Is to inspire bedroom DJ/Producers to overcome limitations and achieve more success.
About The Founder
I want to tell you a bit about my background and how I got started in the music industry, going back eight years when I first began my journey to become a DJ. I hope my insights can help others on their own journey into the music world, which isn’t just about reaching goals or making dreams come true, but more about the type of people we become along the way.
If you have a dream, big or small, never lose sight of it. Never give up until you reach your goals and fulfill your dreams. I went from a bedroom DJ with a dream of one day sharing the stage with some of the DJ's that inspired me. I kept at it and am so grateful now to have had the honor of performing with: Paul Van Dyk, Markus Schulz, Gareth Emery, Andrew Rayel, Marlo, W&W and Simon Patterson, just to name a few.
I’ve always had a strong passion for music, which has given me an outlet for expressing my uniqueness to the world. I dreamed of being part of the music scene one way or another. In my early teens I was obsessed with rock music, playing the drums and some guitar. In 2007 I became fascinated with dance music and especially the electronic dance music scene. I went out clubbing week after week and before long, realized I wanted to take up DJing as a career.
I yearned to be up on the main stage, playing music and performing. I wanted to do this more than anything I had ever wanted in my life. It was the local Melbourne DJ legends, like John Course, Grant Smillie, Jason Midro and trance legend Papa Smurf, and owner of Majik Entertainment that gave me the inspiration to actually do this.
The first outdoor music festival I ever attended was Kiss My Grass, which took place in Melbourne in 2007. This ignited my passion, watching Papa Smurf playing a classic trance set to an audience of 15,000, sending the crowd into a frenzy. I stood on top of the hill looking straight down at the main stage thinking, “This is what I want more than anything and somehow I’m going to find a way to get into this.” Now, eight years later I’m playing along side him, and am a resident DJ for Majik Entertainment.
It’s crazy, looking back today and seeing how things evolved…
At The Start Of My Journey
I was a shy introverted person with absolutely no self-confidence, always very critical of my abilities and of what I could accomplish. I would mentally beat myself up and lived in utter fear of socializing and meeting new people. I wondered how I would ever stand up in front of an audience and DJ to a crowd. How would I ever do the things I needed to do in order to be successful in music?
Being so introverted, it was always a struggle for me to fit in and make friends. I knew that if I wanted to reach my goals I would have to become a totally different person. I needed to create a better self-image and because I had such a strong burning desire to fulfill my dream and pursue a career in music; nothing was going to stand in my way, no matter how long or hard the road was ahead.
After practicing for the better part of 2 years as a bedroom DJ, in 2009 I decided it was time to take the plunge and get myself some nightclub gigs. Serendipitously, at the same time I spotted a headline on an Internet forum on how you could “get your first DJ gig.” A course was being offered with an opportunity for participants to actually play their first DJ gig. I jumped at the chance and signed up. This course changed my life because it gave me some invaluable insights as to what I needed to do to make a breakthrough in the industry, how to promote myself correctly and how to put myself in the right kind of situations to get gigs.
After taking the course I got my first gig, which was very nerve racking because I accidentally bumped the volume fader down, completely killing the music for several seconds. Nevertheless I mustered enough nerve to enter the 2009 Godskitchen Boombox DJ Competition, which was one of the biggest DJ competitions in Australia at the time, offering the winner a chance to play on the main stage of the event. I really had no hope of winning since I was in such a negative frame of mind at the time. I was totally shocked when an email arrived congratulating me on making the top four as a finalist! Although I didn’t win, it provided a massive buzz for me at the time.
Shortly thereafter, I started being contacted by some trance event organizers who’d recognized me from the competition. Opportunities were offered for me to play a few nightclub gigs here and there. It felt awesome to be finally playing gigs with various groups for different event organizers. It became easier for me now that I was being recognized from the Godskitchen DJ competition.
But once the buzz died down the opportunities faded. Some of the clubs ended up closing, and because the trance scene is small to begin with, there were few options out there for me. The only way this was going to happen for me is if I got myself out there and earned more opportunities. I wanted the big gigs but I was still shy and timid even though I did have more confidence. I knew I would have to push myself hard if I was going to make it.
What I Had To Do
I had no choice, if I was going to get where I wanted to go I had to do things I did not want to do. You could say this is the formula for most, if not all success in life. I had to force myself to build relationships with the right people, and with people in general. I had to start believing in myself enough to put myself in the right situations. I had to eliminate the negative self-talk that focused on what I couldn’t do and to start focusing on what I could do. I began stepping out of my comfort zone one small step at a time. I started promoting myself, asking for help, supporting others, and most importantly, proving my loyalty by offering good value to club owners and event organizers.
I continue working on myself daily to become more confident. I find that self-improvement is an ongoing process that never stops if you want to grow and reach your greatest potential. This, along with being persistent, loyal, respectful of others, and making a valuable contribution with everyone I encounter is what gets me the gigs I have today. Growth is always a challenge and there will be setbacks, but if you stick with it, continue to be persistent and never give up you will get there.
Where I Am Now
Today I am a resident trance DJ at Majik Entertainment and as I said earlier, been very fortunate having shared the stage with some of the biggest names in trance. Eight years ago I was a bedroom DJ with just a dream of being on the same stage with them. I’ve now achieved my dream and continue to evolve and grow as a DJ/Producer. I still aim higher and do not plan on stopping anytime soon. I love what I do and am very grateful for the experiences I’ve had so far.
My hope is that my story will inspire you and that my personal journey will give you some insights that you can draw upon. You can possibly learn from some of my mistakes and avoid making them along your journey. I’ve found that it is all about the journey, where we start and where we end up. It’s about who we are and who we become along the way.