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.
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.
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.
Finding the time to DJ can be difficult, especially if you’re a university student or a work full-time worker with a hectic social life. We also have the distraction of social media, which takes away so much of your time in the blink of an eye.
However, how much time do we need and how can we be more efficient so we can be a more productive DJ? I am going to touch on time management for DJ's in this blog.
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.