Kevin is a twenty-one DJ Artist based in Amsterdam, living in the southeast suburbs. He has found his way into downtown’s nightlife. And soon a national breakthrough. At the age of six, he played piano, and at the age of eighteen, he starts hobby rapping. When needed beats for his tracks and encountering all the difficulties. He decided to make beats himself. As a result, he granted passion for electronic music. Thankfully, for all our Amscity readers, Kevin is kind to share his experiences and breaks it down for us!
1. Choice Of Tools
When I needed equipment, I went to this store, but all they care about is to make a profit, so it’s better to do some research before you make a purchase. Moreover, in the first place, you should establish for yourself precisely what your aim is. Once you have determined that, you can ask others for some advice. Nowadays, however, it’s just a matter of checking out YouTube tutorials and start looking from there. Having a laptop is most definitely crucial because you have to be mobile for performances. Foremost, beginners should start with a simple keyboard or samplers like Akai MPK 225 and a music program like Fruity Loops. Then for sure, you will be good to go because you don’t need much to start making your music.
2. Play Melodies
When I want to make a track, I begin with a melody that I play on the piano first. Starting non-digital is what helped me to be more musical. You don’t have to learn all the notes, but doing something acoustic can evoke more awareness. Once I have the right melody, I start recording on the keyboard, and there is where the digital comes in.
Finding inspiration is very important but can also be somewhat problematic. What helped me especially, are my memories of music. My parents loved music and at home records of Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Nina Simon, Elton John, and David Bowie were played often. Such starting points are different and personal, but doing this helped me progress. When I can’t find inspiration, I begin looking inspiration myself by listening to sounds online. There are plenty of resources out there. Just go on Google en start looking on ‘sounds,’ and you will be just fine. Not finding inspiration is not a disaster as long as you take action.
4. Feeling Fresh
Daily life is essential, and making music all day can work counterproductive. I make music a couple of hours a day, and in between, I do some workout. I go jogging or to the gym, feeling fresh helps me to be more focused. When it’s late at night, and I want to finish a track. It’s better to go to sleep and continue the next day. Making music should not have a bad influence on your life.
5. On Stage
At a point I did a DJ workshop at Jaco a Cultural Institute based in Amsterdam, I got the hang of it quite fast. The teacher was organizing an event at Club Nyx and invited me to perform. I was very nervous regarding the technical side. Which can be somewhat intimidating at first. At this point, I noticed that interaction with the audience is one of the skills you should develop. Being technical and social at the same time is less hard than it sounds. On stage, stop the music now and then and shout, if everyone is having a good time! From their reaction, you can sense the mood for the right playlist.
Start having confidence because this will make event organizers more comfortable to book you. Make your mixtape put it online and share this with everyone who you get in touch with, and foremost, a mixtape should be mixed well together. And that you find consistency in it. And that people can find your own sound within it.
7. DJ Artist
Playing tracks of other artists as a DJ is something that you always can do. But making it more interesting you should want to be more than that. Just like all the famous international DJ’s. You should bring the producing part and the DJ part together by performing your tracks. Following all this steps will help you be a DJ Artist.