So many people tell me they want to become a dj. I don't think people realize the amount of time, money and experience that has gone into it. The idea of dj'ing came to me in the early 90's. I was backpacking across Europe and went to my first outdoor rave in Prague (which apparently had been going on for 2 months!) then a week later I went to a super posh rave in Amsterdam. I then came home, moved to lake Louise Alerta to snowboard and a couple of years later met a dj and bought his turntables. From then on, I bought records at record stores and online, then I started to host events at the local strip club. yes, strip club! That was in Golden, BC.
I went to Shambhala Music Festival in it's very, very early days (2000) and I would literally run around looking for spots to play my records. I remember even seeing signs that said "dj needed on __stage at __ hour" ... can you imagine? Then I had to stand in line and BEG to play. Often times, I would get guys rolling their eyes at me thinking that I wouldn't know how to dj but upon playing my vinyl and matching and mixing beats- they realized I was up and coming for sure.
Outdoor events with vinyl is not an easy thing to do. At the same time as all of this was happening I was throwing an annual Disco & Funk night- which started out as "The Polyester Party" in Lake Louise and led to my 12 year run of "The Glitterball" in Golden, BC. This actually challenged me the most as a dj as it is not easy to mix old records thus I learned the art of the segue.
I never learned to scratch and I am often known for long mixes and playing many genres within one set. That is what I HAD to do to please the diverse, small town I lived in.
I play everything from Disco, Funk, Nu-Disco, Indie-Dance to House, Breaks and even hip hop and now I also do conscious dance events where I scale all genres including ancient healing frequencies, ambient, tribal and more.
I will play the odd wedding here and there and of course I always love a good house party! So if, you really want to become a dj, be prepared to work hard and practise often, promote yourself and be ok that not everyone is going to love the tracks you play.
Yes, tune into what you audience wants BUT never sell yourself out and play music you despise or anything that feels wrong or gross, that will only make you bitter. You cannot care if you become a famous dj or not. Do it for the pure LOVE of music and dancing and all will go well.
~ Tammra Broughton aka dj sprouT
Visit my dj site / book me at http://djsprouT.com