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This is a fun column this month, it makes a strong point at the end, but you need to follow me on this one…Felipe Massa unfortunately got badly injured in a crash during qualifying in F1 a while back. This left Ferrari without one of their key drivers, so they looked to their test driver of many years. Luca Badoer has been developing Ferraris for the past 12 years with the F1 team. He can drive these cars faster than most of the official F1 drivers lap for lap as he tests them for the drivers in preparation for the races. He’s been involved with every aspect of the F1 Ferrari, so he knows exactly how the cars will react with every extreme thrown at the car, so it was a natural first choice for the Ferrari team. Then came his first race and it was a total disaster with him finishing pretty much last, and it’s been the same story for the past few races and Ferrari are looking for a replacement driver for the rest of the season.
As you all know, I’ve been in this music industry for many years and still love my job. My two favourite parts of being a DJ are finding new music, then like a big kid, getting excited about playing them to everyone as I spin at weekends in clubs. Still today, many years into my career, I still get the same buzz finding a new track and often find myself punching the air, or the odd outburst of vocal excitement when I have a cracking track in possession. Yes times have changed and many of us no longer buy a physical product, but to me the feeling is still the same in the digital world finding a great track.
I sometimes wish that my working hours where 9-5, then I know exactly when all my work will be finished and when my personal time begins. I don’t have any rules to my working day, or for how long I’ll be working for, I simply carry on until the job is done and that sometimes leads to a 12 hour day! There is a misconception that DJ’s only work two days a week, then spend the rest of the week sleeping until the following weekend arrives. Maybe for a select few who don’t really care about their careers but most DJ’s I know are non -stop like myself. The problem with working weekends and travelling half way around the world to get to work, I end up working 7 days a week. I usually get back home on Mondays, leaving me 3 full days to cram in a full working week until the cycle begins again the following weekend. I try and treat my Mondays like a Sunday, so I can be a little more relaxed. That theory usually goes out the window once the phone rings or an email leads to a task to be done.
We’re quite a few years into the digital age, but along with it comes its fair share of problems. We’ve all been in situations where we are driven crazy by our computers and can’t get things to work??! Things have got much easier as software and operating systems are simplified. In most cases when you download or buy software it pretty much installs itself with the simple on screen instructions. But all doesn’t always go smoothly…. Perhaps the new software won’t see certain drivers, audio interfaces, midi or even crashes! It gets very frustrating when you just can’t get the software to work or even start up. It can also get very costly if you end up taking your computer to a shop or call out a specialist to get things up and running. Quite often there might to a quick and easy fix to your problem or even a bug in the original software (very annoying???).
I have something for all DJ’s to try this month. Go through your record box/CD wallet and take out all your uplifting and anthemic tunes and leave them at home when you play your next gig. For the first time in your career you will be forced to think about your skill as a DJ, you will have to work hard using the existing tracks left in your record box to lift that crowd. Anyone can throw a string of anthemic tunes together and get a crowd jumping. I could send my mum to HMV and get her to buy everything in the dance section, and then get her to throw them together in a set and get a crowd going. So where’s the skill in that?! Are DJ’s today turning into an age of pre-programmed jukeboxes?!A DJ’s job/Diary