Inspiring to be DJ/Producer?
September 24, 2010 4:57 PM Subscribe
I'm inspiring to be a DJ/Music Producer. But I have no clue where to start.
posted by NotSoSiniSter to media & arts (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm 17, picking my career and colleges is right around the corner. I've thought about what I do in my life for sometime. Engineering has seemed like a very realistic option. I'm part of a FRC robotics team. Engineering is great. But honestly, working on our robot in the same atmosphere as actual engineers, I couldn't see myself sitting in their chairs. Also, math doesn't exactly come easy to me. So I would have great difficulty to get into such a career.
I forgot exactly when, but I remember the idea of being a DJ/Producer just sort of slapped me in the face. I imagined myself doing live sets in front of large audiences, I imagined making songs and how much fun it would be.
I would consider myself to have a decent musical background. I took piano lessons for 8 years. Once I figured out I had a knack for writing music, I picked up composition lessons for about 1 year. But the teacher was crap and I decided to stop pissing my money away. I wrote a percussion ensemble piece for the percussionists to play at my school and various other piano songs. But I've been looking for something more.
I've become a huge fan of techno. Just about all kinds of it too. Hardstyle, club, they're all great. I've researched how DJs do their thing, but I looked specifically at Deadmau5. I've looked up what kind of programs and equipment he uses on his live sets and to make music. From listening to him talk on ustream to interviews on youtube, he uses various programs such as FL studio (for quick beats he said) Reason, Komplete, and Albeton Live. So I got most of these programs and started trying to learn how to use them. Its slow right now, but it will pick up eventually :D
My biggest reason I come here with this question is because I really don't know where to start when it comes to investing in equipment. Sure I can do everything on a computer, but obviously, its not the key to everything. I bought a Yamaha NP-V80 a few months ago because I was part of a start-up band (long story short, it all went to hell) Now with my mindset put onto music production, a Midi keyboard is a very basic piece of equipment and I would be better off suited with something else. If I was to sell of my keyboard, what should I get in its place? It would be either a synth or a controller. Right?
Also, besides just a keyboard, I've been really confused on the other equipment that DJs use and how its all wired together. I get using the soundboard to mix tracks together, but anything else beyond that, I'm not sure about at all. I came across something called a monome that seemed like a very popular thing used by a lot of DJs. I would buy a kit to put it together myself. A completed one is like 500$ >.>. But would buying such a thing be worth it?
So basically, what kind of equipment should I be looking at in investing? I'm only 17. I have a job. I can probably sell my NP-V80 for 350$ or so. I got about 400$ in the bank. But I really don't want to become broke. Use your best Judgment to decide how much I should spend. I tend to lean more to buying the better thing that will last longer. Just fyi.
In the end, I would love to make it big and go on tours playing my music to people around the world. I would truly be happy if that was the way I lived my life. :P I'm still looking at a fall back career though, obviously, you never go all in when you enter the entertainment biz. I know its going to suck to get started, probably be years before any large amount of people even know who I am, but patience is a virtue.
So yea, sorry that I scatter my questions and thoughts out everywhere, but getting everything out seems important. :D
Any other advice would be useful. Thanks :D