With daily life never taking a break (ie. day job, bills, family/friend events, random errands to keep your life in order, etc), staying focused and motivated on DJn and music production is sometimes easier said than done. Below are 5 things I do daily, that help me stay on top of my game:
1. Study one, or more people that are currently in the position you’d like to be.
Today’s technology makes it easy for you to study on the go. Your phone can be your best friend, considering your network isn’t crap *ahem Sprint*. The people I’m currently interested in are DJ A-Trak, Carnage, Afrojack, MakJ, Steve Aoki, and Avicii. During my free time, I relentlessly search Google for written interviews and articles on these particular artists. I like to read about how they got started, what motivates them, their thinking process, what they think their strong and weak points are, what they like to eat, how they like their pizza, how they start a beat, what music programs they use, etc… I want to know anything, and everything about them. Reading stuff like that motivates me. I also follow their social networks (ie instagram, Twitter, etc…). The trick to truly make this tip effective is to consciously identify when you actually have free time, and utilize every single second of it. The next time you’re on that porcelain throne, whip out your phone and get to studying!
2. Practice your craft whether you feel like it, or not.
During the period of laziness is when practicing matters the most! The next time you’re too lazy to do something, just start doing it for 2 minutes and see what happens. More than likely, you’ll end up getting the job done. Like Isaac Newton says, “An object in motion, tends to stay in motion”.
3. Visualize in your mind, that you already have it.
Within the right context, “fake it ’til u make it”. When you think you already have it, the universe will mysteriously line the stars up for you. You just have to be patient, and persistent in attaining your long term goals. Before going to sleep, while I lay in bed, I close my eyes and visualize myself on stage at a festival in front of hundreds of thousands of people. I make it a goal to be the last thing I consciously think about before I go to sleep. I also make sure it’s the first thing I think about when I wake up.
4. Never think it is too late.
It is absolutely absurd to think you cannot do something based on your age. Period.
5. Surround yourself with like-minded people.
Surrounding yourself with people that have similar goals and drive like you is the ultimate motivator. Energy is contagious whether you believe it or not. When good energy exists in your circle, greatness is the only outcome. Choose who you hang around wisely. Stay away from the “Negative Nancy’s”. They are the most contagious ones.
Me and my TastyLBC family are starting up a “PreGame Mix” series to help in all your PreGaming needs! A new mix from one of your favorite TastyLBC DJs will be released every Wednesday. I kicked it off last week. All mixes will be posted on Soundcloud.com/TastyLBC! In the meantime, check it out right chyeaaaah!
Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii (ah-vee-chee), is a highly ranked DJ and producer from Sweden (most known for his hits “Levels” and “Wake Me Up”). I was VERY fortunate to come across this YouTube video of him explaining, in detail, his process of remixing a track. It’s an hour long, and to see him start from scratch and discuss his thought process is priceless!! Videos like this are essential to igniting ideas. Hopefully, you enjoy it as much as I did!
I recently read an article that simply said something along the lines of, “If you want to be successful, study 3 people who are currently in the position you’d like to be.” Right now, those 3 people are A-Trak, DJ Vice, and Steve Aoki. I’m definitely learning a lot from these dudes. They each posses different qualities that are vital to who, and where I want to be as a DJ.
DJ A Trak
A Trak has been in the scene for a while and has accomplished a lot. From winning the DMC championship at 15 years old, to being Kanye West’s personal tour DJ. He is a DJ, turntablist, record producer, and a music label executive to Fools Gold. He has traveled the world purely based off of his talent. These are things I expect to accomplish in my life, and he is definitely the perfect role model to my career after.
He got his big break while spinning live, on-air, for millions of people listening to Power 106, a hip-hop radio station in Los Angeles. That is not an easy task. It’s difficult because there is no rewind, there is no do over, there is none of that. People could hear his mixing loud and clear, and if he messed up, he would definitely get an ear full. Since then, he has graduated from that stage in his life and has transitioned to DJing at mega clubs in Vegas. I like his open-format style and the creativity he creates when he mixes. Similar to A-Trak, he is also a record producer.
One of the things that stands out about Steve Aoki is, his energy!!! His energy is NUUUUUUUUUUUUTS!!! It’s one thing to DJ at a club and make people dance. It’s another to put on a show that involves dancing human robots, fireworks, inflatable boat-crowd surfing, cake throwing, and champagne spraying. People go to his shows to see him perform. He’s a rock star in every sense of the term. His shows take a lot of planning, and his team is amazing for it. Eventually, I am going to be on his level, where people buy tickets to see me perform.
The 3 DJs listed here are not my only influences. There are too many to name. However, these 3 DJs are the ones that I am currently inspired by. I’ve been DJing for a while now, and I’m learning from mistakes I’ve made in the past. Studying these guys will definitely catapult me in the direction of success. It’s only a matter of time.
Who inspires you?
- AL Rocc One
What’s good folks!
I hope this message finds you well. Today marks the release date for my latest mixtape titled, The Fly Love.
Fly Love is that feeling you have toward your ride or die, your down ass chick, that person you got it bad for, the one who holds you down, your number 1, your bonnie, your clyde, wifey, hubby, side chick, side dude, your go-to stripper, etc…lol. It’s just that fly ass feeling you get when you’re with this person, or thinking about this person. That was the inspiration behind this mixtape. I hope you all enjoy the mix!
1. Janai: Again
2. Aaliyah: Rock the Boat
3. Omarion: Let’s Talk
4. The Dream: Dope B*tch
5. Chris Brown: Strip
6. Tyga f. Drake: Still Got It
7. Andre 3000: She Lives in My Lap
8. Common f. Erykah Badu: Come Close (Remix)
9. Mayer Hawthorne f. Kendrick Lamar: Crime
10. Nas f. Amy Winehouse: Cherry Wine
11. August Alsina: I Luv This Sh*t
12. The Dream: IV Play
13. Chris Brown f. Aaliyah: Don’t Think They Know
14. Kelly Rowland: Kisses Down Low
15. Drake: Furthest Thing
16. Jay Sean: Mars
17. Jayy Perry: Speedin
18. Miguel: Sure Thing
19. Frank Ocean: Sweet Life
20. Jhene Aiko: Burning Man (3:16pm)
- AL Rocc One aka #TwerkFestKing
We have a lot going on this Thursday! Make sure you get there early for to cop the free giveaways from RIF.LA, BNT Crew, and Ambitious Label! Plus we have DJ Ingwell from Power 106, and Noemii J hosting the night! It’s going to be live!!!
Now that technology allows us to control digital songs through vinyl records (Serato, Traktor, etc…), the laptop has been a necessary tool for any DJ’s setup. This technological advancement leaves room for so much creativity. You have thousands of songs at your disposal, you can load songs with the press of a button, you can jump to certain parts of a song with the help of cue points, and you can enable on-the-fly looping. These are only a few features that help push a DJ’s creativity. There are so many others that can be utilized. However, with all good things comes bad things. One of the cons to having a laptop by your side is the infamous, SERATO FACE! We’re all guilty of it. Whether you’re just looking at the screen to switch songs, or being hypnotized by the screen’s colorful waveforms, nothing is worse than someone snapping a pic of you eye f*cking your laptop. It looks like a neglective father watching Sportscenter, while ignoring his newborn’s cry for attention. There’s no way to stop the epidemic. Serato face is inevitable. So next time your spinning, be mindful of the people taking pictures of you, and try to strike a pose really quick. Otherwise, you’ll be another statistic. Here are some culprits/victims (btw, the first pic is a double fail…Lol):