People who perceive me as mellow are sometimes surprised that I care about my DJ billing. The truth is, I’ve worked hard and consistently hard for 23 years to get to where I am, and I do care about being represented properly.
Like anyone who has put in the work, I want my experience to be acknowledged and respected.
Also I think a lot of people have been DJing for 23 years, but I don’t think a lot have been DJing regularly out at parties and getting p[aid for that as my job nationally and internationally for 21 of those . So just because someone says they’ve been playing that long doesn’t mean they have been playing professionally that long, and it’s a big difference.
So a lot of times some new hotshot dj with a ditybird release will get billed above me and yea, I take a a little exception to that because it does not represent the full picture. And yes I get that it’s all what you’ve done in the past two years but even there my resume is not that easy to beat, hosting two now legendary parties in Hawaii and touring extensively all over.
Speaking of resume, as we all know everyone uses a bio for DJing, as part of their electronic press kit or epk. But as an exercise I have just created a real DJ resume. Let me know what you think.
So anyway, I hate being put in a spot about it and I do feel like a D to have to bring up billing when I am not happy with it – I don’t want to come off as ungrateful for the booking or difficult to deal with. But fair is fair right, and a lot of DJing professionally is choosing your battles and how you fight them. Always try to bring things up gently and gracefully because it’s not that big a deal in the big picture.