1. YOU HAVEN’T DEFINED YOURSELF AS A DJ
2. YOU’RE NOT PRACTICING ON A REGULAR BASIS
3. NOT SUPPORTING EVENTS YOU SOMEDAY HOPE TO PLAY AT
4. YOU’RE AFRAID OF THE WORD “NO”
5. YOU’RE NOT SEEKING FEEDBACK FROM STRANGERS
6. YOU’RE TRYING TO GET FOLLOWERS INSTEAD OF FANS
7. YOU AREN’T THROWING PARTIES OR PRODUCING MUSIC
8. You think of DJing as a hobby
Nowadays, judging a DJs mixing skills is like judging a hockey player’s ability to ice skate. Everyone who plays hockey can ice skate, much like everyone who DJs can mix. But if you can’t play the game you will end up on the bench, regardless of how well you can skate. That would make you an enthusiast, not a player.
Now I know what you’re thinking: “I’ve got a full-time job” or “I’ve got a family to support”. Well, this is where you need to do some serious soul-searching. You can do the DJ/Produce/Promote thing, you can work full-time, or you can have quality time to spend with your family. But you can’t have all three. It’s tough enough even managing two. Look at any of producer/DJs from your hometown who have “made it”. Try to count how many of them work 9-to-5’s on top of the whole EDM thing, including those years when they weren’t quite there yet. Go ahead, I’ll wait. There’s NOT many. Every single one I personally knew threw parties, played parties, clocked 60-80 hours a week in the studio, and still had time to support other local events during the early years.
A FEW ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR SUCCESS