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Disc Jockey Philosophy

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Michiana party friends, fellow DJs, music fans… The Music Machine found an article in InTheMix this week that I would like to share.  It’s about the “secrets” to success in my chosen profession.  So many disc jockeys believe that their mixing skills are enough.  There sometimes seems to be a lack of regard, and sometimes complete disdain, for personality and connection.    Even the most celebrated entertainers in EDM know this is not the case.  Here’s the bit from world famous DJ Norman Cook… you may have heard of him as Fatboy Slim!

Brighton veteran Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, was the first of the DJ mentors to arrive, armed with a handwritten list of his golden rules. He also has a compelling story to tell about managing the excesses of DJ life. Here’s what he’s learned over an illustrious DJ career.

“Always make sure you’re having 20-percent more fun than your crowd. You have to lead by example. It’s one of the basic rules of DJing. It’s ironic me saying this, because I actually gave up drinking three years ago. But for the majority of my DJ career, I felt that I had to be very much ‘in the party’.

This is probably the most important one. The only perceived wisdom that that I can give from my own personal experience, is that mixing skills are secondary to your personality, the music you play, and how you play it. Highly technical DJs like Carl Cox are still always looking out at the audience. At the end of the day, you’re there to have a connection with the crowd, and to share a common experience through the music. You’ve got to make them think that you’re their friend, and vice versa.

And there is a certain look you get [from the dancefloor] that says, Yeah, I’m really enjoying this. Otherwise you might get a look that says, ‘What the #^%@ are you doing?’ It’s not just about sitting in your bedroom and doing this really clever mix, it’s also about entertaining people. It’s not such a difficult principle to latch onto.

I believe at the heart of dance music there’s a constant, which is to provide the soundtrack for young people going out and escaping. It’s a common celebration. Though the noises might change slightly, the reason why we do this doesn’t change. The politics don’t shift from the left to the right.”

“Have 20-percent more fun than your crowd”… “Always looking out”… “very much in the party”…. These are the rules!

 

Notre Dame Dorm Dance, ND DJ

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Music Machine had the honor of being the DJ for the Cavanaugh Hall Winter Formal, with DJ Brian spinning the tunes, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Cavanaugh earned the title “Dorm of the Year!” and since they earned the title, they were one of only two dorms allowed to use the Rotunda of the Administration building for a Notre Dame dorm dance. The Administration building is better known as the Notre Dame Golden Dome!

Check out some pictures from the Winter Formal Dance under the Golden Dome below.

Congratulations the ladies of Cavanaugh Hall for winning the Dorm of the Year! Thank you for hiring the Music Machine to be your DJs for this fantastic dorm party!
Location: Golden Dome, Notre Dame
DJ: Music Machine