Backstory series. Part 4
First gigs as a producer
If you’ve been following this backstory series, you know that I had some gigs as a DJ in the mid 00’s, then I took a break, and then in 2011 I came back with ambitions to become a professional music producer and my education in the Audio School was the first step toward that goal.
Today, I would like to tell you about my first gigs but this time as a music producer.
Thanks to the new skills I got while studied in the Audio School, I’ve managed to get my first track released on Ovnimoon Records and that’s what I count as a starting point of my producer’s career.
As soon as my debut EP was released, I’ve got a proposal to make an EP for another label. Then I remixed a track from Magnus who already had a full-length album released on JOOF Recordings by that time. Then I got invited to make guest mixes for a few radio shows, plus my own Rave Podcast has started to have amazing guests too.
Here are some of my first tracks released at that time:
Soon enough, local party promoters noticed it. And we’re talking about gigs, remember?
Despite the fact I consider myself a DJ first, I have no doubts that it is my original productions helped me to get my first serious bookings.
Advice: In today’s world, it is almost mandatory to be a DJ and a music producer at the same time if you want to make a career of a touring artist, despite these two are very distinguished professions. Your name probably won’t be interesting enough for a booking if you’re “just” a DJ, and you probably won’t be able to perform if you are “just” a producer that has no DJ skills whatsoever.
Being a music producer and a DJ at the same time is the formula of success today
If you are a local DJ who is struggling with getting more gigs with better time slots, start making your own music. Having music released on a credible record label opens new possibilities, you naturally get more followers and your name gets more value from the party promoter’s perspective.
To be continued.