Its no secret, I love Rap and music In general. I have dreamt of becoming a rapper and a DJ long before I even got involved with hip hop and the entertainment industry as a whole. It’s been almost impossible to follow through on that dream but finally I have been motivated enough to follow through in 2018. I am tired of seating and wondering what if and decided I will get it going one day at a time. After all, practice makes permanent. So yes, after years of procrastination and New Year’s resolutions never fulfilled a recent birthday not celebrated just reminded me that time waits for no man, so there’s no time like the present, right?
One article that has inspired me to get back on my DJ dream is this article by Phil Morse. If you are not sure on whether you would make a great DJ or not here are a few questions to help identify the DJ in you. So yes, I scored high on this test and here’s why:
- Whenever you move house, the first thing you do is set up your music system?
Music makes the load lighter. I do EVERYTHING to music. It kind of is the soundtrack in my life so I get to choose how I want to feel at a particular time be it moving into a new house, thinking on a new business venture etc… there just go to be some music in there somewhere.
- You can’t just “let the music play?”
I always want to customise what I hear. That way it enhances the listening experience. Nothing like a flawless playlist to do some work too. Remember those days when you would blast the music just so you can get to do that homework or assignment that’s almost due and needed that beat to keep your moods up and ready to grind?
- You find yourself saying “this sounds justlike…?”
Being able to pick up samples or influences has been a past time of mine. The whole idea was to try and discover what influenced that artist to do what they do whether it was musically or from a film or whatever I just find myself recognising a sample or trying to think if those two tracks could actually go together in a mix because they sound so alike.
- You prefer to listen to your music within earshot of other people?
One rapper once said, “it ain’t fun if the homies can’t have some”, so what fun is it if you can’t share the music. So hey, music on blast and share the new gems with everyone then hear what they think of it too. You see, music is meant to be shared.
- You retreat into music when you’re emotional?
Growing up without a father meant music had to fill that void. If I felt a certain way be it happy, or sad I would find the perfect music to help me go through that moment. Music to me is that father I never had. So, artists like Bob Marley, The Eagles, Fugees, Ludacris, B.I.G etc. helped me go past the craziest teen times of my life and even now it helps me go through certain situations.
- You forget what someone’s saying to you when a tune comes on that you like?
It’s very hard to pay attention when the music goes on. The music just grabs me, somehow. Then when it’s done, we can continue… This always gets me in trouble especially in restaurants and public spaces as the music just hijacks my attention and before you know it the other person I am having a conversation with is annoyed. A slave to the music you can say.
- You’re always the first to notice when something is played twice?
Just a CD skip is enough for me to notice at times. It automatically feels like no one is manning the music player hence the urge to want to get that sorted out. It somehow just feels wrong to just leave it and ignore.
There you have it. Do you have the potential to be a DJ? Well, depending on how you scored am sure you now know what to do. If you are an artist already in the music industry in one way or another I feel it’s a great way to monetize your brand as well and still remain within the realm of entertainment. As for me, I definitely am getting my DJ on. #thegrindneversleeps
Check this link out for some Dj Motivation from Phil Morse https://www.digitaldjtips.com/2010/12/7-signs-you-can-be-a-great-dj/?inf_contact_key=a987822cf396e1c9ae90cb6b1d81fa3ea42768e9b7fcae6ee687e6a58c9e1b7a