DJ Name(s): Just my real name.
Age:32 now finished djing at 27
Style(s) of music (if you play different styles – please list them) Deep House
Method of DJ’ing (Vinyl, Cd, Laptop etc) Vinyl and CD's
What made you choose your method of DJ’ing? What is it about your chosen medium that appeals to you? I got hooked on dance music when my brother
took me to a club when I was 16, fell in love with the music and the "scene"
Mixing style(s) employed: Are you a beat matcher, scratch, any other techniques. Pretty boring beatmatching, although i tried to mix tracks in key.
Norman Jay, Danny Rampling, Daft Punk, Masters at Work, Marshall Jefferson, Todd Terry, Todd Edwards.
How did you get into DJ’ing? My brother bought decks that I used to use then when he left I bought my own.
How long had you been practising prior to your first gig? over a year.
Do you prepare a set or do you simply run off intuition, or mixture of both? Intuition, especially if warming up. .
Do you include any of your OWN music (i.e recordings, production, remixes) into your mixes? My brother still DJ's and we produce together, he plays
our tracks out.
What is the worst mistake you have made and how did you recover? Did it affect your performance?
taking the needle off the wrong record the one playing mid set. No because i was probably drunk at the time.
How do you promote yourself?
I used to do my own night with friends, then you meet people, send off cds to promoters, make friends with people involved in clubs.
How do you book your gigs?
It was normally just through contacts at certain clubs.
From your experience, is there an average payment, or do your prices vary (you don’t need to state your wages, this question is simply to gauge an
average) The money was never great I was normally getting about £100 - 600
but rarely £600.
In your own opinion how do you define as your own ‘character’ of Dj’ing, what makes you ... you? I liked to think I wasn't too arrogant not to
play the party tunes, people go to clubs to dance not for an education.
What are your biggest challenges as a DJ? Playing to empty rooms or playing to people who keep requesting tracks. especially when they are requesting
pop and r' n'b
What can be done to make your life easier (if anything?) I think DJ's have it pretty easy. They are just playing other peoples records most of the
time, I think DJ technology now has made things even easier.
What changes do you predict (if any) in the world of Dj’ing in the next ten years? Anyone can mix 2 records together now , so I guess maybe more
performance and visuals will be required to stand out from the crowd
Do you think evolving technology is changing the way we listen to music? Give an example.
technology is having a huge effect on how we hear music. The record shop is almost a thing of the past. Why spend 50 quid on vinyl when you can get
all that and more downloaded of the internet.
Its a shame as vinyl still seems to sound better than the digital releases.
What was the best gig you’ve ever done? Why? What defined your experience? I did a gig at The Cross in London, which was a pretty big club at the
time, the biggest I'd played at, the place was rammed and I just played a great set. There really is no greater feeling than seeing people cheering
and punching the air, at the time it just seemed as though this had been the moment i'd been waiting for. (Lots of beautiful women too).
What was the worst gig you’ve ever done? Why? What defined your experience?
Probably playing at one of my own nights. The place was dead and the only person dancing was some really old bloke, it was the end of an era.
edit on 8-2-2011 by woodwardjnr because: (no reason given)