Everyone’s a DJ
With technology today, although it is pretty damn cool, has made everyone into a DJ and from the looks of it, you can’t be mad. Everything in time changes. It is up to us to change with it, or go extinct. We must become the shamans of our own worlds. We must constantly be evolving ourselves to a smarter self. Rule #6 in my last employee hand book was “Find a way”. So if everyone is a DJ, find a way to be a better DJ than them. I got stuck when I upgraded to a new piece of equipment. Although it was made by the same computer software company that I was currently using to DJ now, it no longer allowed me to record and edit he way I used to. I could no longer integrate another piece of software and equipment. WTF?!? I thought then I realized I had rule number 6 in back pocket still. So because I also practice the 7 P’s of life, Previous proper planning, prevents, piss poor performance, and packed a wire that would utilize that handy rule and i found a way to get what I need to get done, done. And if I could not figure it out… well shit, there is always a way some way or it was just not meant to be. And with that said, if you are better than the rest, it just wasn’t meant to be for them and now your the one on top, or on your way to the top. But for some reason it fun back in the days of scraping up all your money you made that week, put aside what you need for rent and electricity, and the rest goes to vinyl. You had to drive, get a ride, or take the bus/subway to get your tunes. There was no downloading. Then with the money you had left over, if any, went to food. You know you have to eat when your bobbing your head to the beat of all your hot new tunes you use picked up. Finding an album and then realizing you now have that one song you have been looking for for a while now. Or spending 2 hours in a record store and finding a rare classic that every DJ should have, or the last copy of a new cut is always was always a good feeling. You knew after you, no one else was going to be able to play this song, and it now put you in the top rankings for having the hot shit first, or so you liked to think. The days of sitting in your room copying 30 minutes a side of a TDK Mix Tape, where you then had to think of what to write on both sides, how to write it, and not screw it up. It was an art making a mix tape. Your handwriting mattered almost as much as the music selected within the plastic tape running through your artistic selection. You were a DJ, you were a selector, you were an artist. You spent hours in the basement listening to music. no drugs, no alcohol. The music was your alcohol, and the needle of the turntable supplied your drugs to your your ears organically. The same thing can happen today yes, but there are a lot of distractions and music is just not what it used to be. But it is okay because people have A.D.D and if you play a song for longer than a minute and a half, your boring. So wise up, get to know your music history, your tunes, when, where, and how to play them, and you should be golden. Promote the hell out of your self or not, just get a gig, and do what you love and try to get paid doing it. And the minute you start to draw a crowd or a following, start asking for more money. They are there because of you.