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Becoming a dj producer is hard

Becoming a dj producer is hard

A lot of people mistake the job of a dj/producer for a simple job, you only have to play music, right?

And all the money, chicks and fame will automatically flow towards you.


Sorry, that I have to burst your bubble here.

Becoming a paid DJ that travels around the world that makes loads of money is hard, especially nowadays.

Everyone is a DJ nowadays, and every kid seems to be inspired to become the next Martin Garrix.
And although Martin Garrix seemed to popup out of nowhere, make no mistake, Martijn worked very hard for his success.

Many countless unpaid hours he spend willingly to perfect his craft.

The success of Martin Garrix sky rocketed after the release of Animals.

Overnight success is the dream of many music producer/DJ, but it’s only 0,5% that actually succeeds to do that.

The other 99,5% don’t have that one hit that makes his/her career, it grows gradually.

A famous quote:
“Overnight success took me 10 years”

In other words, it can take 10 years to have a breakthrough.

Denzel Washington (yes, the actor) said something similar about working hard:

“I’m a 20 year overnight sensation”


Another famous quote from the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell is:
“it takes 10.000 hours to perfect a craft”

To put that in perspective: with a 40 hour work week, it takes you 250 weeks to get there, that is almost 5 years of unpaid labour.

And in the meantime, you have to work to pay your rent, electric bill and want to have some food on the table.

You have to love DJ-ing to the bone, set everything aside
You have to be in it for the love of music.

You have to be in it for the long run, not a quick success (a quick success is a huge bonus).

16-09-2019

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