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 start hobby rapping. When needed beats for his tracks and encountering all the difficulties. He decided to make his own beats. Through this he granted passion for electronic music. For all our Amscity readers Kevin was kindly to share his experiences and broke it down for us!
1. Choice Of Tools
When I needed equipment I went to this store, but they just want to make profit. Its better to do some research first. Though in first place you should know exactly what you want to do. Once you have established that, you can ask other for some advice. But now it’s just a matter of checking out YouTube tutorials and start looking from there. You should have a laptop because you have to be mobile for performance. Foremost just start with a simple keyboard or sampler like Akai MPK 225 and a music program like Fruity Loops first. Then for sure you will be good to go. You don’t need really much to start making your music.
2. Play Melodies
When I want to make a track I start 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 are my own music memories. My parents loved music and at home records of Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Nina Simon, Elton John and David Bowie where played. This is for everyone different but taking this as a starting point helped me progress. When I can’t find inspiration I start looking inspiration myself by listen 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 live is important, making music all day can work contra-productive. 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 negative impact on your live.
5. On Stage
At a point I did a DJ workshop at Jaco a Cultural Institute based in Amsterdam, I got the hand 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 just stop the music every now and then and shout, if everyone is having a good time! By their reaction you can sense the mood for the right playlist.
Start having the confidents so that event organizers can book you. Make your own mixtape put it online and refer this to everyone who you get in touch with. The important part of mixtape is that it is 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 international famous DJ’s. You should bring the producing part and the DJ part together by performing your own tracks. Following all this steps will help you be a DJ Artist.