For the just beginning DJ or the more advanced musical artists, standing out from everyone else in a good way is important if you want to bring yourself further than just making music as a hobby. To stand out you must be unique. If you are trying to emulate other famous DJs are constantly compare yourself to others, you may be going at it all wrong. It is important to build yourself your own personal artistic identity. Not only will you probably be happier with the music and work you find yourself doing, but your fans will favor you for it.
Technology is a blessing and a burden for musicians, especially for DJs or composers of electronic dance music. Producing music is no longer restricted to those with huge budgets. Distribution of that music has equally become less expensive – with the internet you have access to potentially thousands of fans.
On the other side of that coin though, this advancing technology can also be seen as a burden. Now, anyone and their mother can make music and distribute – all it takes is a little bit of talent (or not so much), some specialized software and a computer and you can send out your mixes into the world wide web. This means more competition. Even if these other artists pale in comparison to you, there is a flood of mediocre music out there that people must weed through to find you. Consider yourself that diamond in the rough, just waiting for someone to dig you out of the earth and buff you out into a beautiful stone. The question remains, how do you make yourself stand out in a mountain of rocks and dirt (and potentially other diamonds like yourself)?
Before I answer this question, I would just like to emphasized that I am in no way mainstream, nor have I made millions like some of the top DJs out there. But, I have been able to make a decent living out of it, and I believe I probably made it further than 90% of those Skrillex or Nero wannabe’s on the net. I’m not rich – far from it. But I enjoy what I do and am quite happy for it.
How is this possible? Well, I was never interested in trying to become as big and famous as them (though I wouldn’t mind it). I didn’t just make music to make music like they did. I made music how I felt it should be made. I enjoyed what I made. Think of what matters to you. Formulate something that represents your views of the world. Don’t copy someone else. Create. If you can follow something this simple, you’ll be well on your way to a successful DJ career.