The life of a DJ is much different than that of a musician. I know because that’s where I started… I remember picking up a guitar back in the early 90s. Not sure why I did. Maybe it was to get chicks. Maybe it was the little creative world I could crawl into at the time. To revel in my teen angst. That seemed to be the trend. Maybe I thought I could rise up to the heights of artists like U2, REM, Pearl Jam to mention a few. I’m not sure what it was, but I do know I have always loved music and that’s why I love DJing.
DJing has brought me a different level of appreciation of music. Some say there’s no creative effort in mixing other people’s work. The truth is the art exists in making others enjoy the moment you’re channeling those tunes on the dance floor. The reality is I could sit here and over analyze everything I do, but at the end of the day the music is about us and the way we connect with one another. I think that’s what I lost when I was playing live.
At the age of 16 I was already working in a professional studio with a buddy of mine. We never planned to get to that point. We just wanted to play, have fun and write music. The great thing we shared was the chemistry, the music, the lyrics, the production. It’s hard to describe – but there was a true ebb and flow to it. I can honestly say that dream isn’t dead. I think we will have the opportunity to work on new material down the road!
The reason I say DJing is so different to me is because I don’t want the glory. I don’t want the attention – a bit contradictory writing this in a blog – seeing that blogs are somewhat of a self-propelled soap box – but anyway… I want the attention drawn to the quality of music that is constantly produced by artists that are unlikely to ever have their music played. I too hope to produce a level of quality that can be equally matched by the producers I currently support. That is the echelon of this industry. I used to think that DJs were the cream… but the reality is and after a good conversation with Chris Fortier one day – he said to make it in this business you have to be able to produce tracks to get noticed. It’s evident… you can see it in people like DeadMau5, BT, Sasha and Charlie May.
No one wants to hear crap. I do hope anyone who ever catches a set of mine can have the decency of telling me I’m having an off night or it’s simply crap. I owe it to you all to make sure that I never do that.
Can’t wait to see you all out on the dance floor soon!