How To Confidently DJ At Any Party

The art the of being a DJ can seem like a daunting task, especially to those people who are of the introverted breeds. Knowing the type of music that the guests will enjoy the most is one major part of a  party, another trait that really helps is to be a confident and outgoing person while behind all the equipment. What can you do to be more confident during your gigs?

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Like I said, knowing what kind of music to play at any event is essential to creating the right DJ experience. Take into account what the gig is for, what is the age range of the people there, what are popular songs that everyone there would know, and what kind of songs always get people hyped. I will spend extensive time planning this, but I can also be a person to change on the go. At my last wedding event, I paid a valet parking kid to write down the types of songs that guests were listening to as they rolled up in their cars and bring it to me whenever he got the chance. Now, I knew for certain what kind of vibers were at this gig.  (more…)

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DJ Endurance

If you haven’t noticed, being a DJ for hours is a grueling experience believe it or not. Don’t get me wrong, being a DJ is the most fun I ever had with anything in my life. Doing a show requires a lot of energy, and can take a toll on your body for many years. Depending on the shows you actively do, if your a popular DJ you will be getting very little sleep, tons of stress (getting from one show to the next), shocks of massive adrenaline, and plenty of drugs.  (more…)

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Being a DJ assistant

For the past ten years I’ve been an assistant to one of the most in demand DJ’s in the entertainment game.  Without a doubt every week this DJ, who shall remain nameless, has been on a constant tour all over country.  If you consider yourself to be a big time raver, chances are you have seen this DJ in person.  I have learned a lot from being an assistant to a celebrity.  Some of what I have learned has been good and other things haven’t been my favorite.  Overall, I have enjoyed my experience and wouldn’t exchange it for anything.  There is no other job I’ve had in the past that has allowed to travel the world having a blast.  I’ve worked many jobs in my life, but being a DJ assistant has brought me great pleasure.  I’ve had so much fun during my time with the team.  If anyone is unsure what they want to do after college, my advice would be to look for jobs in the entertainment industry.  I have friends that are film assistants, having similar experiences.  Every experience depends on what you put in.  

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Club DJ

Being a nightclub DJ is a lot different than going to private parties and being the DJ.  So many things make life more fun at the club, than being a DJ in some random house in the middle of nowhere.  If you were like me when I was young, I used to love watching the DJ’s at the club turn the music up and create a crazy atmosphere.  Not everyone knows how crazy it is to be a DJ until you’ve been inside one of the hottest nightclubs in NYC.  NYC is known for the night club scene it hosts.  Everyone in the right mind who is in NYC at night should take the opportunity to head down to Manhattan and siege the night with all the nightclubs.  I don’t have a favorite nightclub there all special, to be completely honest.  When it comes to nightclubs NYC is the Mecca of all.  It’s hard to find another city that has better events and DJ’s.  All the money in nightclubs is in NYC.  Take a flight to NYC for NYE and your life will change forever.  Even though you may not know where to go exactly you’ll find out once you see crowds and crowds of people outside clubs.  

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DJ Lifestyle

The DJ lifestyle is just as spectacular as you would imagine.  Spending long nights on tour buses, drinking a lot, and going crazy on a live stage in front of a crowd of amazing people.  When I look back on my DJ career I think of all the great people, places, and experiences I was fortunate to live through.  It may be hard for some people to imagine how powerful and amazing your life can truly be when put in a lot of work, but it became possible for me.  Growing up as a poor, troubled kid in Seattle all I needed was something to put effort into in.  It was tough to separate myself from the rest of the crowd growing up.  All I ever wanted in life was being the best, and becoming a success in whatever passion I had.  It is difficult for people to find their passion in life.  I was lucky in life to find my passion sooner than later.  Some people never find their true destiny in life, and it’s truly sad.  

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Bay Area Bangers

Being a DJ is a pretty awesome lifestyle to live. You basically party for a living, there is a ton of great people watching to do throughout the night, you get the chance to meet a ton of interesting like minded people, and every gig is an opportunity to get an upcoming gig. Personally I think it is one of the best ways to make connections.

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Recently, I have been doing a ton of gigs in the California Bay Area. Of the gigs and parties that I have been to around the United States, the bay area may top the list in the liveliness of the spirit at each event that I do. Even the type of nights that seem to go negatively to start with almost always end with everyone gigging.  This one instance, there were wasps in a corner of a venue and we had an Berkeley pest control company that put us on pause for about 15 minutes while they sprayed all the insects. After the intermission, the second wind from the guests came back even stronger. Knowing the bay area, I threw on some “Feelin’ Myself” by Mac Dre, and everyone came back into the party more wild than ever. The bay knows how to get down.

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Evolution of Techno

European Dj’s are never really talked about when it comes to American music and culture.  Any groups that associate with futuristic or electronic music will know how influential the Europeans were to the rave world in the west.  Any teenagers or adults that love to listen to tiesto, dj mustard, basehunter, diplo, odesza, etc. all may share the same admiration for much of the underground techno music scene all throughout western European countries.  Many individuals that are obsessed with raves and music festivals are all influenced by European style artists that took society’s attention by storm.  Many young adults feel the body sensations that these artist are compelling to create.  There’s only one real purpose as to why these artists create what they create.  Music creation is an art form to the ears.  If your body naturally feels a certain way due to the musical aesthetics than something special is unfolding.

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Rave

For most people when they go to the club there’s normally only one type of music genre running through the speakers, house music.  Call it what you want, others describe it as techno music, electronic music, etc.  To me it’s the best, because your whole body is felt through the experience.  Regardless of what you think, it’s easy to know what’s the best music to listen to because your body will start to dance by itself.  I’ll never forget the Dj’s in the club, being a DJ at a club in a big city might just be the best night time job. The house/trance music scene was not created here in California, it initially came from Europe.  Europe for years has been known for it’s nightclub type of music.  When the music started to take storm all throughout the countries in Europe, the US took notice and eventually more people started to pay attention.  

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LA DJ Life

When I was twenty five I was give the the opportunity of a lifetime.  After I got off my flight to LA from New York I got a text message from my agent asking me to DJ for a private party Kobe Bryant was hosting.  Never in my life would I even imagine my DJ skills used for Kobe Bryant’s parties at all.  His wife was turning thirty five and he needed a Latino DJ for the party.  Not to sound cocky or anything, but my name was heavily talked about in LA when it came to Latino DJs.  I started to DJ was in my early teens big time in the Latino community all throughout LA.  I always wondered what it would be like if became a DJ for a big time celebrity in LA.  Not only did my dream come true, but the event was such a success, I had so many bookings after that one event. 

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Young DJ

When I was a broke, college student growing up in the the 1990’s around the Bay Area the best job I had was being DJ on the weekends.  There was so much money at the time and still is, when it came to private parties like weddings, charity events, birthday parties, fundraisers, etc.  At first the money was appealing, and eventually when more money started to come in I really started to question school in general.  At the time I was in my second year in college and I needed money to pay for rent and food.  It was a tough life, because I was living in my own and had no source of income.  I hated going to school, because it didn’t produce any income, and was merely wasting my time.   (more…)

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