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.
I remember when I started recording my first DJ mix; it was a very frustrating and cringe-worthy experience. I wanted to create great DJ mixes first time, every time. If there was one little error, I would stop the entire recording and do it all again. Does this sound familiar to you? Are you a perfectionist when it comes DJing? In this blog, I will explain what I have learnt in overcoming perfectionism and how you can do the same.
Getting people on the dance floor can be a frustrating thing if you are an impatient DJ like me. No matter what some DJs and people think, DJing is an art form. It involves you creating your own unique formula that works and getting a crowd dancing to your DJ set. It comes down to playing the right music at the right time and knowing what makes people dance. In this blog, I will reveal what I have learnt during my experience as a Melbourne DJ.
DJ competitions, lets face it we all get excited when we hear about them, it’s a chance for a DJ to make a breakthrough in the music industry and potentially play more DJ gigs. I have had the pleasure of attending many and I have also been involved in DJ competitions in Melbourne as a youngster myself. In this blog, I want to help you with some of my personal experiences, some tips and what I believe judges and music industry experts look for when selecting a winner.
As you're reading this, I am sure there has been a time where you wanted to prove to a promoter and the patrons you are the real deal at your first DJ gig. Your first DJ gig with any new promoter or event is vital to make a great first impression, and first impressions always last. It determines whether there will be a future for you with that promoter or event. This blog is all about your performance in a DJ set, and why we all need to play to our time slots.
DJ mixes are like an employee’s resume for a job interview; they show experience, your style, sound, genre and give you an insight into who you are as a DJ. They have to be great to get the attention and keep the attention of people to rack up the plays, likes, gain fans and to get DJ gigs. In this blog, I will suggest ways that can help you create great DJ mixes. This is the way I do my mixes and has worked for me over the last 9 years of DJing, so I think this will benefit you.
If you're a beginner DJ looking to get your first DJ gig, or more for that matter, this one’s for you. I will suggest why you should take just about any DJ gig that comes your way, and I will also suggest the impact it will have on your DJ skills later down the track.
Many DJ’s can overlook the importance of a warm up set. Whether you are the first DJ at the beginning of the night or warming up for a pro international, here are some important key points to remember when warming up for a DJ, or playing an opening set.