Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.
If you love DJing, that’s reason enough to go for it – Or putting it another way, if you don’t love doing what you choose for yourself in life, you should try not to do it. (You certainly shouldn’t do anything for money alone.) While money is essential to get on in life, this quickly becomes a soul-crushing existence.
- Dennis Parrott
One of the five things Dennis wish he’d known at the age of 18.
Just because somebody Likes your Facebook page doesn’t mean they’re a fan. As one marketer put it, clicking like is more like a “grunt of acknowledgement” in a conversation. Take it as an invitation to engage but recognize that focusing on one’s Like count is the opposite of building a deep affinity with one’s fans.
- Clyde Smith
From Clyde’s notes on the documentary titled “FanCulture: The Evolution of Influence” — created by Amplify, a London-based agency specializing in “brand strategy, experiences, and amplification.”
So it’s not just a matter of making good music, whatever the heck that really means, but of being discoverable via the multiple channels that music supervisors employ. For an unsigned indie artist, that includes being on YouTube and other web outlets as well as utilizing the increasing range of companies that exist to get your music in front of music supervisors.
- Clyde Smith
In conclusion to his blog post: ‘Music Supervisors Explain How They Find Indie Music For Movies And TV’
Learn to produce. Unless you have some exemplary skill you can showcase (DMC-style scratching, controllerism tricks, amazing audio/visual presentation), then producing your own music in conjunction with DJing is the best way to make a name for yourself.
Please note, when we talk about a large or small aperture, we’re not referring to a literal size comparison between different lenses. If this were the case, you’d say, “That NASA telescope has a much bigger aperture than my smartphone camera,” simply because it’s physically larger, which isn’t an accurate definition of aperture in photography. We are referring to the ratio of the focal length of the lens divided by the diameter of the aperture – a mathematical equation that determines the f-stop number.
From an Engadget article about aperture and how it affects your photos.
How you mix is not as important as what you play. If you can get cleanly and simply from the current tune into the best possible tune to play next, that’s better than playing the wrong tune but mixing it in well.
- Phil Morse
Good advice on the discussion of whether to pursue a distinctive style of DJing or play it safe.
Indeed, it isn’t unheard of to find major technology companies complaining to Congress that they can’t find Americans capable of programming, all while defending themselves in age-discrimination lawsuits from older programmers with stellar résumés and degrees from top universities.
Some of this may suggest that education doesn’t have the same value it used to hold. Older workers with degrees that used to be valuable are saying companies want only young, unfettered bodies that will work long hours. It leaves you to wonder whether it’s the age and implied lower pay expectations, not the knowledge that makes fresh college graduates so desirable.
- Peter Wayner
A college graduate’s willingness to work seems to be a common perception. However, it’s important for that young, unfettered body to not work long hours to avoid burnout. This may be contrary to what companies want but I think it’s vital for both the graduate’s well-being and the company in the long run.