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Modern DJ Musings
If you want to make a living as a dj, it’s very hard to do this solely in your hometown. If you do, you’re likely playing 3-4 nights a week, just barely making it by on little-paying gigs and residencies. Realistically, to get paid better in your hometown you have to...read more
Djs, you can do whatever you want, but… Great way to start a post, right? So you can do whatever you want, djs, but if I may make a recommendation, as an event organizer… Make sure you don’t restrict the ability for people to tag you in posts. Of course people abuse...read more
In between trips to the airport consecutive weekends, I am reminded of this travel tip When I fly out of Los Angeles, so long as the trip does not include a Weds night (rarely does), I leave my car on Bellanca Street, across from Enterprise Car Rental. Then I take...read more
▶️ There are many different approaches to music organization - what do you do to organize your music? Last week I finished reorganizing my entire digital music collection, for the second time in about 12 years. The goal of this project was to listen to every track and...read more
What does it mean to become a resident dj somewhere? I feel like there’s a big gap in understanding between promoters and djs on this one. I’m equally invested in both, so here’s my take: As a dj, I think a residency is a pretty big deal and I’m not trying to be a...read more
Didn’t know what to write about this week so figure just write about what I’m working on, which right now is Soundcloud Playlists Playlists are an underused feature on Soundcloud -they allow you some advantages like grouping all your sets from one genre, or from a...read more
One of my best habits in 2 decades DJing has been to record every time I mix, whether at home, at a great gig or a so-so one. Recording your practice allows you to listen back and see what worked and didn’t work as well as really hear what your tracks sound like at...read more
I see a lot of djs waving their arms. I hear a lot of djs playing short choppy transitions, filtering over the mix. Is that what it's about? For me the trick is not to find 'solid' tracks and then filter the crap out of them. The trick is to find tracks that are...read more
I took djs to task a bit on last week's DJ Musing so for balance here's a PROmoter Tip: Time Slots discussed with Djs, not assigned Always have a personal conversation with each dj you book about time slot before posting. The best time to do this is right when you...read more
Nowadays promoters expect djs to participate heavily in promo unless they are headliners. And djs are complaining a lot. If you are one of them then ask yourself a couple questions: #1 - Are you a headliner? I’m guessing not, if you are expressing frustration at...read more