It turns out that DJs are pretty good at giving advice. While most “How to Become a DJ” articles would give you advice like: “Make sure to always bring your own equipment,” and “Always have a backup of your music,” the DJs from the 90s electronic music scene have some more colorful tips for aspiring DJs.
Most of the advice is what you’d expect, like “Be open to other people’s ideas, and then close your mouth and just do it.” But there are some gems in here, like this one from Crystal Method’s Ken Jordan: “Whatever you do, don’t let them put you on TV.”
It seems that these guys are all pretty much in agreement that the best way to learn how to DJ is by just doing it. They also note that you should never become complacent, because once you stop progressing as a musician/DJ, it’s all over.
The 90’s were a time of exploration and creativity for electronic music. The music was still evolving, there was a lot to be discovered and it was exciting!
The internet had not arrived yet, so you could only get information about new artists and new music via TV and magazines or by talking to friends.
I remember being in the record store looking at the album covers, reading the liner notes and just trying to figure out what these artists were all about.
A lot of times there was not much information on the album cover except for a list of who played what instrument or did what production work. I would sit there and read every word over and over again trying to get inspiration from those words.
I have always been fascinated with how people get started making their first recordings, starting their own bands, writing their own songs…
You can read interviews all day long about how people got started in music but it’s hard to find real advice on how to do it yourself. So I thought it might be fun to ask some 90’s electronic artists what advice they would give to someone who wants to get started making their first recordings today.
My advice to any aspiring DJ is:
– Get a good pair of headphones.
– Listen to good music; – it makes you more interesting as a person, and people will want to talk to you.
– Try everything, and don’t be scared of making mistakes – they are the best way you will learn.
– Keep an open mind. Music is everywhere!
– The best thing about being a DJ is…
the music, the people and traveling around the world. It’s amazing how one song can make so many people happy at once. Also, if you like music then being able to play anything you want and get paid for it is pretty awesome.
– The worst thing about being a DJ is…
it’s hard work! Especially if you’re on tour, as you have to travel from show to show, which means constantly changing time zones and getting jetlagged – that can be tough! Also, not everyone likes what I do so I have to put up with the occasional heckler or rude comment from time to time.
I always tell people that the most important thing when you want to be a DJ is just to do it. Just play records. And then, if you want to learn more, there’s tons of ways to learn how to mix and how to do certain things. But the most important thing is to just start playing.
I feel like the best DJs are really knowledgeable about music but also have a really strong vision for what they like. So I think that’s something that’s really crucial to being great at DJing. It’s not just about what’s cool; it’s about knowing enough about music that you can make your own decisions about what you’re going to play and what sounds good together or what doesn’t sound good together, or whatever it may be.
So I feel like that kind of combination of having a strong musical knowledge as well as a strong taste in music is what makes a great DJ, and then just learning the proper techniques and putting on shows. It all kind of comes from there..
The scene at the time, it was a lot of fun. It was very underground, but it was also very inclusive. You didn’t have to be a part of any scene or clique to be a part of it and you were accepted by all of the other people in the scene.
At the time there were no rules, no one really knew what they were doing, everyone just kind of had fun with it and did whatever they felt like. That’s what made it so great. The only thing that mattered was that you had a good time and had an awesome night out with your friends and danced until the sun came up!
I think for me personally, I always wanted to be in this scene since I was young because I loved it so much and felt so strongly about what it stood for. And now that I’m older, I can look back on those days as some of my best memories ever! It’s crazy how fast time flies by when you’re having fun – especially when you’re living life on your own terms!
When you’re making music, what’s your favorite piece of gear?
I have a Juno-106 that I’ve had for about twelve years. I use it in everything I do. It’s one of those things where you can still get sounds out of it that no one has ever heard before because there are so many knobs and sliders. You can still make new sounds out of it.
What do you think is the most overrated piece of gear?
A lot of people have this idea about getting a laptop and software and being able to make music. That’s not true at all. You have to be able to play an instrument or sing or something like that. You can’t just buy a laptop and make good music – but people think they can.
Ableton Live is one of the most popular DJ software packages on the market today. Ableton Live is a digital audio workstation (DAW), and this is what makes it so special. It is a great way to get started with EDM as a beginner, or even if you are an experienced producer and DJ.
This review will cover the basics of using Ableton Live and give you some tips on how to use it effectively and efficiently.
One of the biggest reasons that people choose Ableton Live over other DAWs is that they can use it without having to be an expert. If you have ever worked in a studio, you probably know how hard it can be to figure out how to do something and then do it again in your own home studio. Ableton Live allows you to make simple changes quickly, which will help you get things done faster and more efficiently than ever before.
Another reason that people choose Ableton Live over other DAWs is because of its user-friendly interface. This makes learning how to use a DAW much easier than trying to learn how to use something like Pro Tools or Logic Pro X. You will find that once you get used to using the controls of Ableton Live, you will be able to create