Well last night was my first gig at the Club I work for now. I wasn't informed that a famous local DJ was playing that night until I get there, and I was opening for him. I was told to be on from 9:30 until 11 PM. I arrived at 6 PM and got set up, helped check the lights, do sound, and just get everything in place. We finished around 7:30, I decided to check outside, and there was a huge line! About 300 to 400 people in line, and I was ecstatic. Of course I was also nervous as well. I walked behind the stage and sat down, and just waited. I talked to the DJ on tour and we had a few laughs and he helped get me ready. Finally I was up, it was about 9:25. Doors open at 9:30. I was instructed to bring a pre-recorded Mix that was close to 15 Minutes. I decided to play my Happy Hardcore mix (below in the other blog post, I added two more songs to make the length) and then after I started it, to walk off stage. People started to walk in and crowd the place. At 9:45ish the lights went out and it got quiet. I was standing on the side of the stage waiting for my cue to go on. A deep voice then started. " Welcome to the factory" The stage manager flagged me on, I walked up and got my headphones on. I hit a switch to notify the light crew that I was ready. Lights came on, the crowd yelled, and I dropped the beat. I got to play for an extra 30 minutes because the headliner and his crew weren't all ready yet. ( Some of them showed up late) I got pictures, a lot. I uploaded a few to my computer, but I still got a good number to upload. The whole night was insane, I had people jumping and yelling. It was such an amazing feeling. I gave my card to the Headliner DJ, and I also go back to the club tomorrow night and mix as well. I made $550 and had the time of my life. I love my job.
I was asked to post about Djing and my decks, so here it is:
I got into Djing when I was 14, I saw a youtube video of a program called Virtual DJ, and I thought "hey" that's pretty cool, so I gave it a shot and loved it. I used Virtual DJ for about a year and a half, and I new I wanted to get serious about this. I bought a Numark Mixdeck, which is relatively cheap ($600) for two decks and a mixer. I used that for a year, it was decent but not the best. I did my first gig with this deck, it was a small house party. I rented speakers, and tow lights. That night I spent for the rentals $105, and I was paid $350, so I was relatively happy. After that, I decided it was time to step up. I bought Two Pioneer Decks ($650 each) and a Mixer ($1699). After this I purchased a light system. ($1250) after spending all this money, I knew I had to start making profit. I started posting flyers, and ads on websites. I got contacted and did a few parties here and there, a high school dance, and a couple weddings. I still wanted to get bigger though. I made a mix tape, and sent it to radio stations around my county, and finally got one to let me have a 45 minute spot, on a Friday. After this I was contacted by a local club and they offered me to do a trial night this Saturday. If I do well, I could possibly have a weekend job with them. It's a Two and a half hour spot so Ive been practicing nonstop, and I am really nervous, all and all I hope it turns out well. So if your interested in Djing or want to give it a shot, try it out on the computer first before you go spend money on a deck. The best program I suggest is Virtual DJ. If you need any help at all or have any questions, post a comment and I'll be gladly to help.
So I was driving, and and someone flagged me down saying a I had a flat, I noticed a slight change in driving but thought nothing of it, I'm out my house now and the tire is completely flat, I'm trying to learn how to change a tire now. I got to meet my sister in 30 minutes! Let's hope I can get the spare on by then! Anyone ever have a tire problem? or a funny story? Any tips on changing a tire would also help!
Ive just started blogging and enjoy it, I recently started mixing with my new Pioneer decks, who I have to say are great for the price I payed, I currently do small parties, and events. Its a good hobby to do in spare time, I mix music and also produce! My girlfriend recently broke up with me after a year and a half, its been tough but I guess its safe to say nothing lasts forever... So I suggest look at what you got in life now and make the best of it, it might not always be around...