Check out this Kelly Clarkson Remix I did with my good friend DJ Reidiculous. Stay tuned for more collabos with Reidiculous.
Since I get asked many questions on a variety of topics ranging from DJing, Radio, to Production, I’m going to try and answer them each and every Tuesday. So feel free to send me your questions at email@example.com
This week’s question comes from Wilma Qiu (19) who is a sophomore at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
Q: I was just wondering, in a time where music is so heavily geared toward top 40, how do you innovate your DJ sets? And what can I do to stand out from the crowd? I feel like anybody can move the crossfader from left to right but there’s so much more to DJ-ing (producing? remixing?).
A: For better or worse, DJing as a profession has changed over the years. Back in the day, beat matching along with mixing in key, was a big deal but today with technology, most DJ Software already does all the beat matching for you. So it’s even more important than ever to be able to be creative with your selection and sets. Just mixing songs back to back isn’t enough anymore. Create your own edits or remixes of Popular or Top 40 songs. We are in the digital age of DJing where you have many tools to make regular songs sound completely different. Take advantage of that.
A good stage presence won’t hurt you either when you are performing. Connect with your audience musically and vocally. Get on the mic, talk to your crowd, and let them know your personality. Once you have that connection with the crowd it will make things easier to play for them.
Becoming a Producer/Remixer is a whole other subject. While they go hand in hand with many DJ’s, Not every Producer can become a DJ nor not every DJ can become a Producer. If you have a musical background (playing/reading instruments) that will get you ahead of many. As easy as it may sound, all it takes is to produce that ONE hit record and you have that instant notoriety. However, to truly last in the game, you have to be able to do it over and over again which also requires re-inventing yourself many times over. Just like in any business or opportunity, there really is no short cuts. You have to be willing to put the time, dedication, blood, sweat, and tears.
That’s it for this week. Again, feel free to send me your questions, comments, or whatever you’d like.