Second, that’s right kids….it’s question of the day time!
Today’s questions is from my homie Ryan Aguirre (Scratch DJ Academy Alum)
His question was this…
whats up stylewise! i need some help on this here… i scheduled a interview tomorrow for a dj company, he went ahead & said bring whatever i want to share at the interview, now ive done many gigs but dont really have any thing to show him,, what should i do? & what can i do to make a good impression?
Here’z my answer…
Homie Ryan, thanks for asking the question. You can really improve your dj career by working for a dj company.
I would do this:
Use their website to learn everything you can about what they do and really understand their unique advantage.
What do they do (or try to do) better then the other djs companies?
What’s are they known for?
If you use the internet you can find these things out easily, in just a few minutes. Try sites like www.yelp.com, google them and check their website and facebook page.
So thing 1 is: know your shit better than they expect you to
They will never expect you to come in knowing everything you can about their operation.
Thing 2: Evaluate them
After they are done asking you questions you’ll have the chance to ask them some. Ask them 2 or 3 specific questions about their operation. stuff like…
How do they go about bringing in gigs?
What is their current process for getting bookings from the people who contact them?
They are expecting you to just sit there and passively be evaluated. So you can make SERIOUS impact by doing some evaluating of them.
Thing 3: Utilize The Power Of Mix Magnets
The demo you have might not be what they are looking for. So instead bring a mix magnet. A mix magnet is a mix you create specifically for getting a certain gig or certain type of gig.
In your case, you want to have a mix magnet that shows you have what I call “range” meaning the ability to rock the party with multiple music styles. This is because most DJs don’t. Even ones with real DJ careers.
Your typical DJ is a 1 trick pony who can only get the crowd going with only 1 style of music. Just EDM or just hip hop or just old skool. And to a dj company this sucks, because it limits their income and yours.
Wider range = more gigs, and more gigs = more money.
So show them you can integrate different formats into your sets. And if you can’t yet, then show them your at least willing to learn.
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Achieving a high level of success as a DJ is one thing…
But being successful CONSISTENTLY as a DJ is another.
This is the difference between just getting DJ jobs and having a DJ career.
I am grateful that I have been able to enjoy lasting success throughout the last 13 years I’ve been in this DJ game.
And now, I deeply believe it is my mission in life to help other DJs achieve that success for themselves.
But what does it take?
One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned is this…
Success leaves clues.
If you want Dj jobs, look at what you need to do in order to get them. Look at what the djs who are getting more dj jobs are doing.
If you want a dj career, look at what you need to do in order to have one. Look at what the djs with dj careers are doing.
It’s not a secret.
Surround yourself with people who are achieving the kind of success you want, learn from them and then model what they do.
And don’t let yourself get fooled by HOW to do it – that’s not that important. WHAT to do is the key.
It goes like this:
1) Identify what specific actions will lead to getting the kinds of dj jobs and opportunities that you want.
2) Put your own twist on them.
3) Do them.
That’s a wise way to achieve success, with style. And it’s exactly what I’ve done since day 1.
Now let’s talk more about the difference between a dj job and a dj career.
The biggest difference between the two is as I’ve said: CONSISTENCY.
With the right amount of hustle and some decent skills getting a quick hit of dj success is really not that difficult. But having that success last 5, 10, or 15 years is where most other DJs fail.
The difference between a dj job and a dj career is like the difference between a sprint and a marathon.
Sweat and hard work. Over months and years. (when was the last time you actually sweat HARD?)
And to be able to do this you MUST have one incredibly important thing:
Not 97% belief, not 98% belief, not even 99%.
ONE HUNDRED PERCENT BELIEF.
Just like Diddy said…
A lot of people have asked me, how did I get to where I’m at: it’s my belief. I believe so strong, so crazy. To believe, there’s power in belief…I’ve never doubted myself. I go into it knowing I’m one of the badest motherfuckers to ever live. And that’s just how I am.
Having 100% belief means NOT doubting yourself. And believing that you can and you will reach you’re DJ goals no matter what.
Not because you should, and not because it sounds good, but simply because you must.
If you want to achieve true greatness anything less than 100% belief is not even a choice. It’s mandatory.
Because it’s the only way you will ever have the energy to continue working so hard, for so long.
So believe YOU CAN have all the success you want as a dj.
And believe YOU WILL.
The more you do, the more dj success you will have.
It’s that simple.
Your homie Stylewise.
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I just did another successful DJ interview with one of the most in-demand DJs in San Francisco. His name is DJ Tony Tone and he’s awesome.
Just some of DJ Tony Tone’s accomplishments:
Practically running the club scene in San Francisco and booked solid every single weekend.
DJ’d all over from SF, to Hollywood to Las Vegas.
DJs on 997 now for 100s of thousands of listeners every Friday Night (997 Now is one of the biggest number 1 rated radio station in Northern Cali)
He’s a multi talented and holds a diverse set of skills. He’s also a producer in addition to being just an incredible party rocker PLUS a true turntablist at heart with a deep respect for DJing as an artform.
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