You’d think that being a professional DJ would be pretty straight forward, right? Mix tunes, get the dancefloor moving, have a bit of fun and get paid! Well it can be that simple! However, it may just be that there are some other things that you can be doing in order to lift that mixing game. Let’s check out four of them.
Healthy body - healthy mind and all that. Exercise can help to improve mental clarity, focus and memory – all of which can come in handy as a pro DJ! Mental clarity - to keep fresh during those marathon sets, focus - to make sure that you’re always selecting the choicest beats and drops and memory - to help you pluck out the perfect song at the perfect time. Also, balance in life is good in general and exercise may get you feeling better due to the release of endorphins. After all, we’re in the business of dance music and feeling good!
2. Listen To Different Sorts of Music
When you’re a DJ it can be tempting to immerse yourself in the realm of dance music – where all that you listen to is techno, house, trap and the rest. However, if you do this you are shutting out a whole world of music that could directly inform your mixing. Listen to some Derrick May sets and check out the variety of influences present there – jazz and world music touches abound. Casting your listening net a bit wider may be an unusual way to boost your mixing game.
3. Have Periods of Silence
Again, this may seem to be counter-intuitive for those that earn a crust from mixing different sounds together. However periods of silence can be a gift – because it’s the spaces between the sounds that can make us really appreciate the music. Try going a day, or even two – without any music whatsoever. You may be surprised what happens the next time you hit the decks!
It can be tempting to get stuck in the bedroom or the studio, tweaking knobs and mixing tunes. However you have friends and family out there, who would probably love to spend some time with you! Humans are social creatures, and we benefit from social interaction. Also, there’s another level to this for a professional DJ. The more people that you know and who enjoy your company – the more potential people you have to come along and support you at your gigs! So get out there and have a few drinks or a coffee with your friends!
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