Sometimes beginning music artists feel intimidated by their more experienced counterparts in the field. They feel like they will never be as great and will always lack something. But, that is far from the truth. There are a lot of things you will need to learn as an upcoming DJ, and that’s okay. You need to remember to be patient with yourself, especially when you make mistakes.
Discover Different Styles
As artists, we all fear that we are not original and are merely copying everyone else around us. You need to know that that’s normal; in fact, it’s an essential part of your journey as a beginner. Discovering new styles, observing other DJs, and copying them a bit will eventually lead you to your own unique touch. Discovering other styles is vital for you; think of it as a learning method that you can use until you get the hang of it.
There is nothing wrong with observing other artists, but it won’t be enough if you don’t practice. Putting your new learned techniques into practice will make all the difference. Practicing will help you improve your skills, boost your confidence, and will make you feel comfortable with your work. It will eventually lead you to improvisation, which will lead you to find your own style.
Use A Turntable
Try using a turntable to change up your style and find your sound. There are a lot of DJs who use great turntables to help them create a new sound through their pre-recorded tracks. All they do is mix their pre-recorded track with other ones then they use a turntable to change up the beat and tempo, so they can mold their old tracks into better new ones. You can try this technique with your work and see if it feels right or not.
Find Your Style
The journey might feel long, but all artists come through and finally find their style after a lot of practice and hard work. Finding your style is vital for your career; it will be your trademark, and people will want to dance to your signature music that no one else can produce. Don’t give up on yourself. The more you hone your skill, the closer you’ll be to finding your own sound.
Listen To Your Tracks
Being passionate about your work is great, but it is not enough if you don’t put in the work. Part of getting better is to closely observe your work and see what you could have done better. Study your tracks, as you would do with any other artist. Look out for repetitive rhythms and see if you can morph them into something else.
Your journey as an artist might take a long time, but how long it takes you to reach your goal shouldn’t matter. Because your path is filled with a lot of lessons, practice, mistakes, challenges, and rewards. And, all of these things take time, but in the end, you will become the artist you have always envisioned yourself to be.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.