You know, everyone thinks that being a DJ is the best job in the world – you get to travel a lot, play music for a living and hang out in the coolest clubs in the world. People seem to think of my job as clubbing and nothing more than that. I’m not trying to say I dislike what I do. In fact, I love it and wouldn’t trade it for anything but being a DJ is not as easy as most people think it is. I want to make you feel like you are next to me, from the moment I wake up to the moment after I finish with my gig. If you’re interested in that, please keep reading.
A Day In The Life of A DJ
Most days, I wake up around 11 AM. This might be a bit late by some peoples’ standards, but I need to get a good night of sleep and I fall asleep really late, sometimes even around 5-6 AM, especially if I DJ at a club that works until the sun comes up. My morning routine consists of a few simple things: first, I drink my coffee, eat breakfast and then I work out. You need to be in shape if you want to DJ, but not a lot of people would assume that.
My favorite part of the day starts when I come home from the gym. I shower again and feel fresh and pumped and then I just start playing around with my equipment. I have an amazing sound system and a little home studio, like most DJs: turntables, keyboards, computers, speakers, earphones, vinyl records, mixers – it’s all right there in my little studio. I sit down (sometimes even stand up, especially if I’m playing something energetic) and completely immerse myself into music. Different sound patterns, samples, vibrations, effects, colors, feelings and moods – that is what my reality consists of when I am making and mixing my music. I lose myself in that ocean of sound, completely and sometimes, I feel like I have left my own body and transcended into a different dimension – I know, I know, this sounds like such a cliche, but I’m just being honest. That moment when I feel like I’ve completely lost myself is when I know I’ve done something right. I know I’ve tapped into the infinite well of music and created a whole new sound out of nothing. However, these moments are rare. Most of the time I just play around with my equipment and try to come up with something. Sometimes I surprise myself and sometimes I come up with nothing.
After hanging around at home and making music I get ready if I have a gig that night. My equipment takes up a lot of room so it’s hard to carry it all around. But sometimes I just have to, because some clubs don’t have everything I need. When this happens I make sure the organizers provide transportation (most often a van) and a driver, so I get to the club on time and set up my equipment. After I get there and set it up, I start warming up and playing a little bit of music. I try to feel the mood and the energy of the club – all clubs are different and people are different, yet similar wherever you go, in a way. What I try to do is feel the pulse of a certain place and go with it. When I sense that I’ve done that I start mixing and playing. I like to animate people a lot too, so I ask for their support and try to energize them as much as I can. I always give my best and try to let them have the best time of their life, even if I sometimes fail.
I DJ for a few hours at least, but this depends on club owners more than anything and whether or not there are other DJs playing after or before me. Sometimes I stay at a club until 6 AM and sometimes I’m done by 1-2 AM. After I finish I go to the backstage area and try to rest there for a little while. I have a cold drink and usually talk to the club promoter or the owner. Then we arrange things, in detail, about how much I will get payed and what not. Most people are easy-going and pleasant, but there are exceptions. That’s usually when I involve my manager and try to smooth things out.
After all that I leave the venue and come home. My head usually feels a little heavy, for want of a better word and my ears are always ringing, even though I use earplugs to preserve my hearing. I take a shower and play some smooth jazz or ambient electronica to relax myself, until I fall asleep.
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