Where Am I ?
Where am I, now?
I'm typing on my iMac at the moment, so probably I am behind my screen. Yes. But, that was not the answer to my question. Where am I as a Producer and most important as a DJ?
If I'm honest towards myself, I haven't grown as a DJ the last year, if it comes to gigs. Problem!
Houston, we have a problem. Did I grow as a DJ if it comes to mixing? Yes. If I listen to old mixes, I can conclude that I've grown. That's a good thing!
Around the year 2011, I fully decided to become a successful/professional DJ. This doesn't mean; I'm gonna be rich in terms of money, but to be able to make a living out of music.
What has happened? I've worked hard on it since 2011. Before, I also seriously worked on it. But the last two and a half year, I really worked seriously hard on it. I'm on the right path, but you have to keep on moving to keep your balance.
Jssst - Balance (Play Me Album)
I was a Bedroom DJ / Producer and now I am a small DJ, producer, triple label owner, accountant, marketeer and a digital designer. Imagine you're running three labels, it takes a lot of time. But of course you get a lot of things back in return. And I'm not speaking in terms of money. I mean energy, knowledge and pleasure. That's quality time!
All my musical projects (producing, running a label, uploading mixes etc.) takes more than 40 hours a week and then it's only 20-30% on pure music. I mean producing and mixing. The rest of the time is spent behind the screen with thinking/working/branding/administration and so on.
But, it works! Remember, it's a slow process. My views, listenings and sales are growing. As well as my discography, and fellow producers on my label. Released this year two albums and some singles and got a lot of future releases planned.
But the number of gigs remains the same.. Let's grab this motherfucker and shake the devil out of it! Currently, I'm working on it.
Hope to be back soon on this topic, with some exciting news:-)
All the best and don't forget to live the dream.., instead of. Peace!
Money, Money, Money...
I wanna be filthy rich! Yeah that's what I want to be.. In one of my first blogs I wrote that it isn't about money. That's true, but money is important. I'm not making music for money. I make music, because I want to. But.. money is also important! Unfortunately, I got bills, as well. Just like you..
So, I better combine those facts:
'I need to make music and
I need money'.
Solution: Make music and sell it. Easy! Yeah, right..
No, that's not the case. I know from experience that most people will not download on iTunes and also won't check me out on Spotify. Alright, you go to a real 'Jssst' gig with all your friends and family and buy a ticket. Okay, but where and when is it?
I know from my own experiences that is also pretty hard to get a gig, and when I do have a gig. In most cases people won't pay for a ticket. It is a free gig!! So, I can't make money with it...
Okay, but how the freaking hell am I suposed to pay my bills?
Solution: Get a proper job.
I have, actually I got two jobs. And I like that work. The first job is a worker/trainer in a warehouse (where originally the name 'House' comes from;-). The second one is sharing my knowledge about math to students.
Both jobs pay my bills.
But I want to combine those jobs. What will we get? Sharing 'House' music to people. Better known as a DJ.
I am a DJ! Yeah!!
But I'm still in learning proces.
Some day that will pay my bills!
I hope. Or the worst case scenario will become real. That would be the mad professor who's counting everything, always in the warehouse... dancing on his beats in his twisted mind.
But hey, he's able to pay the rent..
DJ / Producer