In this detailed article, I will talk about how you can become a successful producer in edm and in your own means. Success has a broad meaning; as a producer, it can be as little as finishing your first track, getting a record deal, or building a large online following through having your own unique sound as an artist. I will go through what I believe will get you where you want to be and what I find universal for the fundamentals of music production success.
Is there a fast way to become a successful DJ? Well, I can say, over a 9-year career as a Melbourne based DJ, there most definitely is a faster way. It will still take time, but as I look back on my career, I can suggest what I know will help you get better results in a shorter period of time.
In this blog, I wanted to write about an experience I had two weeks ago playing a six-hour set and what I learned about controlling and educating a very commercial, predictable crowd, with music that was very uncommercial at times. I felt I made a big breakthrough, so I wanted to share my experience and how you can benefit from it, when you are playing to a commercial crowd at your next DJ gig in the clubs.
This may come across as a little bit of a biased blog, seeing I was a DJ before I was a music producer. But, what I have realised is that over my nine year period as a Melbourne-based DJ/Producer, I have had many people come to me to first see if their music they have made will work in nightclubs, so I believe this is a very important blog for any upcoming producer who wants to eventually get booked for DJ gigs.
Getting DJ gigs in a flooded music industry is tough, especially if you want to showcase your latest productions to a live audience for the first time, it can be quite a nerve-racking experience. However, how do you get to that stage when you know no one in the music industry, and you've got no connections or solid relationships with the right people? Where do you start as an upcoming producer? When you’ve perhaps been a hermit for so long, trying to perfect your music for years locked away in your studio? All for that one moment to finally get the chance to get your first DJ gig and cement a residency position at your local nightclub.
Success is a very broad topic, however, for the sake of this blog, I want to really talk about progress towards your own goal as a music producer, whatever that may be. One thing I think we can all agree on is that no matter what our goal is, we must finish plenty of music to achieve it. My research and experience are based on many years of working with mentors/music producers that were far better than me, and a lot of harsh learning curves that really stopped my progress along the way.
These six habits are not the ultimate guide to success, but what I have implemented in my music writing to get over the frustrating hurdles that myself and many other producers I come across have faced. So, I hope you cannot only understand it, but also use it to your benefit.
Writer’s block can without a doubt be one of the most frustrating things to overcome as a music producer. I can tell you this first-hand because I have witnessed many producers including myself getting stuck in a rut and not being able to finish anything. As a matter of fact, it took me 18 months to finally finish something that I was remotely happy with, and even then as I look back it was not worth the wait. So, how can a music producer overcome this problem? Well, I can tell you what I have continually had to do to beat this bad habit. Here are five habits/techniques you can use.
Do you ever feel like you have a major distraction or perhaps a concentration problem? I certainly did and sometimes I still feel like this; I have just learned to manage it in order to finish more music. If you feel like you have lost your creative mojo and lack some drive, motivation and discipline like I did, then this blog will most definitely serve you well.
All I ask is that you give at least a couple of these activities a go.
Everybody makes mistakes, it’s a given, but these mistakes cost me so much learning time in a big way, so in me writing this blog my purpose is for you to not make the same. As a music producer, it can be hard to get the outcomes you want, it's hard to articulate an idea from your head onto your D.A.W, especially when you are a less experienced producer. What I have learnt after 6 years of music production is that to learn faster and get the feeling of job satisfaction, some certain practices should be avoided, or at least be noted. These are the 5 mistakes that cost me time.
In this blog, I want to identify what helped me over my 9 years as a Melbourne based DJ and how it can help you achieve big things in a shorter time. This is for the bedroom DJ/Producer, deciding to make a career out of DJing, who can see a fulfilling future for him or herself in the music industry.
There are many things a DJ/Producer can do to stand out for branding. There are the obvious things like different photos or press shots, and a unique style/sound of music in a DJ’s set. But, the one and most important thing I find most DJ’s don’t touch on enough is their story. STORY? Sounds simple right? Well, I will explain how big a role it plays with your music/DJ career, and how it can help you grow your brand.
In this blog, I want to talk about what promoters look for when booking a DJ. Having been behind the scenes for a Melbourne premier trance promoter, Majik Entertainment, for three years, I learned many valuable things. This will help give you the perspective of what goes through the mind of a promoter. Here is how you to get DJ gigs at clubs
Social media as a DJ/producer can be a frustrating game for some. It’s more important now than ever before to grow your DJ following in order to grow your brand, become known, and get the gigs. Our success can really depend on the numbers we have on our Facebook, SoundCloud, and Instagram accounts. Although, I feel our success is determined by how we grow on the inside to become the person we were meant to be, on the outside as a musician being popular or not determines just how far one can go. In this blog, I will talk about why we struggle to get followers/likes, and what we can do to overcome this challenge.
Networking is an essential skill for all DJ’s that want to know to how to get booked for DJ gigs. It is all about connecting with other people when it's time to grow a DJ following, your brand and getting more success in nightclubs and the music industry. When I started my journey as a Melbourne DJ, I had no clue about networking and how it would affect my career.
Being the introvert I was, I felt uncomfortable meeting new people, but if you want to get the gigs, you must go all in. Here is what I have learnt and hope you gain some benefit from.
There can be many reasons why a DJ can leave the music industry, but in this blog, I want to touch on two of them. These are core fundamental reasons why people can give up on success in the music industry and any goals or dreams in life. We have all been guilty of thinking like this occasionally, and it is a natural thing to do, but if we are not aware of how to control our thoughts, we can give up in pursuit of our dreams.
The best 7 ways to make sure you never play a DJ gig again at your favourite nightclub. I have personally seen all of these scenarios happen first hand after 9 years working in the music industry in Melbourne as a promoter/DJ. This is your route to failure as a DJ.
Networking as a DJ is a massive fundamental ingredient to success; we all need to do it, as nobody succeeds on their own. The thing is we can tend to avoid it, but we underestimate its importance to our music careers. Networking is a learnable skill and no matter how good we think we may be at it, I believe we could all be much better at it. In this blog, I want to highlight how I struggled to network in the music industry, how I overcame it, how you can too, and also the common mistakes I see time and time again from many DJs and Music Producers in Melbourne music industry.
Do you ever find yourself running out of ideas for posts on Facebook or Instagram? Perhaps you don’t know what to post that will catch the attention of people to grow your following as a DJ. I can tell you, I sometimes get stuck for ideas and ways to add value; I think we all do. In this blog, I want to talk about how you can create valuable posts for your followers that are going to be more engaging, and it doesn't always have to revolve around your music.
Instagram for DJs and music producers is such an awesome social media tool. It allows you to get straight to the point and spread your message and personality. In this blog, I reveal key take away tips to build your Instagram following fast, and I point out some of the not so obvious traps many DJs and music producers fall into when trying to build a following.
In today’s flooded DJ market, one must ask, just how important are your DJ skills for getting DJ gigs? With the rise of the dance music industry, we have seen marketing more important than ever before, music production taking over as the new norm, as another saturated market, and creative lucrative branding like we have never seen before. So, to get DJ gigs, where should we put our attention the most to get the quickest results?
It all started in 2014 for Your Shot finalist Aaron Pantazis, otherwise known as Excavator, a Melbourne Hardstyle DJ and producer. Since the competition, Aaron has gone from strength to strength, becoming a resident DJ for Sanctuary Saturdays run by Evolution Events, Teknoman Events, PHD, Hard Kandy and Paradox Fridays. In this interview, Aaron tells us about his journey so far and his secret to becoming a full-time DJ, getting DJ gigs and living the dream of a music lifestyle.
Whether you are an experienced DJ or a first timer, for getting DJ gigs, the future of our involvement in the music industry depends on getting those raving DJ fans into the nightclub. All DJ’s can struggle to get fans, followers, and friends in the door to come watch our DJ set. In this blog, I will identify what we can do to change that.
Before you go spending your pennies to invest in any D.A.W’s and studio equipment, there are some little things that can help reassure your buying decisions, to make sure that music production is right for you. The first thing I would suggest is to….
It can be both a big and daunting decision to make going from DJ to music producer. Maybe you are deciding whether or not to make the jump into music production. If you are anything like I was five years ago, you might sit on that decision; perhaps you may need to know a few more things that can help you make up your mind before making the choice.
In this blog, I want to talk about what separates a passionate DJ from your ordinary DJ, when it comes to sustainability in the music industry. If you are reading this, you may think all DJ’s are passionate DJ’s, however, I think differently on this subject. And here are some reasons why.
I am sure if you are reading this you already have a goal or a vision by now as a DJ. No matter what type of success you are striving for, whether it is your first DJ gig or you are striving to support an international DJ or become a big-name DJ yourself, what does it take to be successful at it? Here are just some of the key points I will mention.
In this blog I want to go through the important must-have features of your DJ brand’s website. In order to achieve a professional appearance online and communicate our music and message to our audience, we must have the features I will suggest to you.
Creating a website is essential for brand development; it is a personal storehouse for all your information and what you represent as a DJ/producer. It is a “must-have” for a professional appearance online. In this blog, I will point out your options for creating a website.
In this final blog of the three-part series, I am going to talk about adding value to get DJ gigs. And more in-depth ways to contribute towards the nightclubs you want to be a part of. The music industry needs continued contribution in order for it to survive and grow. And as DJs, we must add value in order to get DJ gigs.
In this blog I continue to identify some simple key areas that all DJs need to address to achieve gigs. You may or may not know where to start, but it really comes down to understanding and then applying some effort in the following areas I will cover. In part 2 here I will talk about the importance of networking, what can stop us from networking and how to approach it from the ground up.
We can all go through these stages at times, feeling flat or uninspired on our DJing journey. Perhaps we are all looking for that extra spark we felt when we first started out DJing. In this blog, I will go over some ways that have helped me get out of a rut to stay motivated in pursuit of a goal, and hope they can help you if you have been in a similar situation.
Being able to pull off a successful DJ gig comes down to knowing how to read a crowd. This is one of the main factors when it comes to learning how to DJ at a high level. As a DJ, we must have great musical intuition and an inner knowledge of how we can engage the crowd with our music to keep people moving on the dance floor. In this blog I will identify some key takeaway points to expand your knowledge in this area.
I am sure we have all asked the question, “How can I become a better DJ at some point in time?” The fact is, there can be perhaps over twenty areas in which to become a better DJ. In this blog I want to identify six key areas which I feel are most beneficial to make you stand out and master the art of DJing faster.