Reflections on the younger generation of DJs
Have you ever thought about what catches you in electronic music and vice versa, why does it sometimes seem boring and uninteresting to you? On the other hand, have you ever thought about why you write (if you write) music, want to become a DJ, strive for popularity? Most likely, everyone will give some answer to these questions. I would like to tell you what some of these answers may lead to.
So the question is: why do you want to become a DJ?
Probably the most common answer will be similar to the lines from an advertisement of some DJ school: “If you want to always be in the spotlight, constantly catch the admiring glances of friends and especially girlfriends, you want to be able to demonstrate knowledge of electronic music styles in any company and finally, just be your own person at any party … ”
If you answered the question that way, then most likely you are from 14 to 17 years old, and you will spend a very decent amount from your (or not your own) pocket, after which, after completing the course of a young DJ, you will find that, no matter how strange, they don’t want to take to any club, although you play Darkside Acid Techno (or something else with a worse name) and you have a bunch of records. Sadly ..
There is another very common answer: “I love music so much, I want to learn how to play so that everyone has fun …”
If your answer turned out to be like this, then you are probably from 16 to 19 years old, and you even played (a) at a school disco. I think that during one of your trips to your favorite club you will meet a local DJ, and it is likely that he will agree (possibly for money) to show you how all this is done. If you prove yourself well, you might even one day get to some club for work, maybe even Russian music will not play there (although the probability of this is very small). Further, if you make every effort to amuse the most respected public, your career will go uphill and after changing several places of work you will one day become a very famous DJ. But .. When you get in touch with a club, say, in Berlin, with a question about work, they will ask you: “What labels did you release on?” And then it turns out that abroad all the DJs themselves write music.
The experience of many people shows that if at this stage you start creating your own tracks (and then you will be already about 27 years old), it turns out rather clumsily, and they will not take your music to serious labels, because their vision of music is somewhat different from seeing it the vast majority of Russian DJs are 27 years old. And then – a couple more decades of popularity in certain circles, alcohol, then – a pension of 1800 p. per month, deafness and memories in a rocking chair.
Further in popularity, the answers will follow in order: “I don’t want to become a DJ” and “I’m already a DJ”))
The most, please, a rare answer, will sound like this: “For now, I will learn how to write high-quality music, and I will always have time to learn how to mix.” Then you are probably about 20 years old, and such a decision will most likely lead to the fact that after a corresponding distribution of demo materials, you will notice some major label. And some time after the release of the first release, you will be invited to a one-time performance at the very club in Berlin where you didn’t take that unfortunate person from point 2. But you really will be about 24 years old and you won’t be able to reduce (!) But to disappear nowhere, you will go and perform, and – lo and behold – no one will even ask why you didn’t take it.
On the other hand, this option also has a lot of minuses. For example, you have to work hard to understand what quality music is (this fun concept doesn’t coincide radically with the Russian criterion). In addition, sooner or later you will be forced to leave, because all your prospects will be abroad, and in Russia they will laugh at you and say that your music is boring and uninteresting. And one more thing: they won’t take you to any Russian club for permanent work, so for the first time you will get money for a new processor either from your parents or as some kind of seller of disks.
So all that remains is to think about what attracts you in this word – “DJ” and decide what you want from life. It is sad that very few in our country know how to think first, and then become someone or something.