I was in high school, and DJing was a new thing. I always liked music. I would say that I am a music fan. I am not stuck with one type of music too. I like that I hear. There are times when would rock some hip hop and then next thing you know I would be chilling with some classical music. Music is art.
So when I listened to a mixtape for the first time I thought that it was so cool. I was asking questions like how can you have a 30 mins tape and the music is consitant? They told me that you have to mix that. From that point on I was hooked. wondering how to mix and be a DJ and everything like that. I would be up late at night at WGCI (the first time when a radio would have DJ mixtapes) and then later on B96. Listening to legends like Bad Boy Bill and Julian Jumpin’ Perez. I thought that all that mixing and DJing thing was awesome. I had friends that would DJ and mix and I would ask them their mixtapes all the time. Listening to mixtapes, mostly house(Chicago is the home of House music) and of course the stuff that I hear on the Power mixes on the radio. I did not care what was on TOP 40, I wanted my house music!
I would ask my friends how to mix, the concept you know. Count beats, understand concepts and beat match. In my head I would listen to the mudic and count beats and beat match in my head. I did not have equipment but I would mess around with friends that had it. DJ equipment is not cheap. Its not how it is now where you can get a $200 DJ controller from eBay. Back then, the only way was a pair of technics 1200’s and a mixer in there too. This was before Pioneer CD-J’s or Serato software. It was all with vinyl records.
It was until college or something like that when I got some equipment, it wasn’t the best but it worked. It thought that I was good, of course I sucked. I was the night when I was at Club Continential when I was drunk and I said, “Fuck these DJs here I can play better!” Of course that was not true. Still, I went to the owner of the place and applied for a DJ spot. I had an audition and some how, I got the job there. There were several DJs at the time. I was the worse there. My playing time was almost zero because I sucked. It was a long time until I got better and then after that got more playing time and then be default I was #1 DJ at the club.
That was the beginning. I love music and I love DJing. Especially at the time I was thinking, “I am getting PAID for partying.” The money wasnt great and for a long time it has been like that. The problem with DJ in Chicago is that there are a lot of them. So, really there are DJs that would do it for free at a club or party. It was that easy then, so if I get money that would be good.
Of course with time, the DJing game changed. Its not all about the club anymore. I mean you can be a DJ online and be paid. I always wanted to be on the radio but, thats not even the best anymore for the DJ. There are thousands of DJs that have their mixtapes online nowl and I am of them. Because all you need is a computer to record now. Fuck that there are kid that out there that can make a “mix” and not even even equipment now.
So last year in September when I decided to try this TWITCH MUSIC thing, I was leg up with a lot of them Twitch DJs. I mean I have been a DJ close to 20 years and I know all the tricks of DJing and mixing. I might not be the best in some of the tricks but I knew that I was better then some or even most of them on Twitch. On Twitch there are real DJs in there which I request and then there are the wanna bes. You can pick them easy, at least you would think. The thing is thereare so many people now that they cannot tell the difference a real DJ and a fake. Trust me there are so many fakes. I do not want to go through al that, not tonight at least.
Anyways, I knew that in the beginning it was going to be rough for me. Hours when I was just playing for me. Which really means that I have no listeners or followers. After 5 or 6 months I thought that I broke that. It was actually fun. It is fun because not only I have listeners, I would interact with them. Thats the fun part for me, because the DJing part is something that I can do in my sleep.
After having three great months. It changed. I do not me or it is my community; maybr it is both. But the thing is that I have listeners and may be not as much as I expect, but there is little to may be no interaction at some nights. When I have nights like that it like, be being at the club and a no one is dancing though. I am sorry but my job is make them dance (if I am at the club). My listeners online, they might be having a good time there, but I have no idea, because I have a screen. They might see me but I don’t see them. So if they do not talk/chat to me, I am not talking because I already have to work on the DJing. Go to a club, you do not see the DJ be talking to the crowd.
Because of the situation that I am now, there are times where its not fun at least to me.