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DJing Mindset: Interview with Costas Papa

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12 Lessons (1h 4m)
    • 1. What is the role of a DJ?

    • 2. What are some common beliefs or misconceptions about DJing?

    • 3. How did it start and why are you so passionate about DJing?

    • 4. What do you think is the role of the DJ as a storyteller?

    • 5. What's the moral responsibility of a DJ?

    • 6. Some advice on how to start your creative journey

    • 7. Some advice on discovering your sound & artistic identity

    • 8. Some life lessons and philosophies learned from DJing

    • 9. Some advice on how to creatively train your ears

    • 10. Some tips on finding your vibe and creating an experience

    • 11. Some insight into our creative philosophy

    • 12. Some tips about improving your skills as a DJ & getting out there

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About This Class

Every creative has to start somewhere. Good news we created a blueprint based on our experience. We put together a few interview based creative sessions for you to accelerate your learning and guide you through your  creative journey.

In this non-traditional class, you'll gain access to a series of interviews that cover essential topics for the creative DJ like; the role of a DJ, some advice on how to start, responsibility as a performer, your story telling abilities,  finding your artistic identity and  some creative philosophies to get you thinking. There are currently 12 videos that will help you start, develop and hone on your creative impulses. 

I have coached over 8000+ creatives, many went on to follow their passion, make a career out of it, and balance their life to reach their own success.


What you will learn

What is the role of a DJ?
What are some common beliefs or misconceptions about DJing?
How did it start and why are you so passionate about DJing?
What do you think is the role of the DJ as a storyteller?
What's the moral responsibility of a DJ?
Some advice on how to start your creative journey
Some advice on discovering your sound & artistic identity
Some life lessons and philosophies learned from DJing
Some advice on how to creatively train your ears
Some tips on finding your vibe and creating an experience
Some insight into our creative philosophy
Some tips about improving your skills as a DJ & getting out there



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Costas Papa

Costas is a Dubai based sonic artist.


Costas is a Dubai based sonic artist, music producer and consultant. He’s an expert educator with more than 10 years of experience and the founder of Granular Academy.

Costas Papa is an educator, sonic artist and media business consultant. Costas currently makes dark minimal techno with dub undertones and is continually reinventing his sonic identity while keeping an eye on developing trends.

Costas has designed and conducted courses and modules since 2007, in various disciplines such as electronic music production, synthesis, recording, sampling, DJing, and mixing and mastering, as well as performing with Live.

Based in Dubai, Costas provides music production training for industry professionals, beginners and hobbyists alike. The programs consist of technical... See full profile

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1. What is the role of a DJ?: Or the modern role of DJ is, I would say by far his entertainer. She is an entertainer. They influence people. So they influence people through their music. So people have a good time, great time, whether they're listening to them, driving into work or a festival, or at home or at a party. And then there's also different types of DJs, right? So obviously with different types of music, different types of styles and genres, but there's also different types of Pj's. So they are like club DJs or radio DJs or timetable is right. So each one is like its own art. I want to say that with the advancement of technology, the art itself code a bit blurry. Even with radio club DJs or even with turntable lists. It's not necessarily a bad thing. It can be also a good thing if you use the technology, right? Right, so it's quite easy and accessible to be a DJ. Anybody can be, and they can also discover what kind of DJ they are, what kind of music they like. But at least from my knowledge, we're losing the true art form. And this is where I kind of like specialized, that's where I saw the cup in the markets. So you either love it or hate it. But by the time I'm done with you, if you do take the course with me, it would be deejaying how you're supposed to be the j. Of course, you can discover and create your own style, but you will learn the art form to appreciate that. Moving forward. 2. What are some common beliefs or misconceptions about DJing?: So from so many years of teaching people how to DJ, they all come from different backgrounds, or they have a different preconceived idea of what a DJ is, what did the J does? So it's always a bit interesting to see exactly what that idea is, more or less. They take it at a high level, which is entertainment or simply say they play music. But all the little creative intricacies or technicalities they're not aware of. And that's part of the art. So I have to either introduce them to new concepts that then never knew or experienced before. Or I have to somehow fix or undue maybe bad habits or but preconceived notions of what they thought deejaying is. So we all start that right foot and move forward the right way and obviously finish the right way. And again, it also depends. I got I got people that come in that they just want to do it as a whole being and it's a creative sort of avenue for them. They don't want it to say take it seriously. And some others they wanna take it seriously and start playing in clubs or radio stations. Some other CNS entrepreneurial way where they could get into like events and work in the Venn worlds. Where do they also provide other services like rental equipment and all that stuff and the JSON tolerance. So there is also the other side where people come in for very specific sort of, not only like learning outcomes or like curiosity or creativity. They also have, Not all of them, but those that do. They also have a specific goal or an end game in mind? So again, I have to also somehow balance everybody's expectations or knowledge. So I always tried to get away all the myths or all the false information out of the way from the beginning. So we all start right away. 3. How did it start and why are you so passionate about DJing?: Well, I mean, there is a million reasons the way I see it and how I started, right? One, well, for me personally, I just wanted to be in control of the music plays out. I know it's very selfish, but it's super important for me. At least control that part of the evening or, or, or, or that part of the physical space. Because music is very sort of close to my heart, my soul, and obviously carrying my voice. I'm not going to be a vocalist or I don't want to be playing a guitar because I don't know what a guitar even sounds like, right? But the closest way that I could get my foot in and manipulate music and sound and vibration and go Times was through the j. So that's one main reason and that's how I started and then it's shaped and formed and throw out like my carriers and years playing out with them then later teaching. And it's moving forward in life. I kept that deejaying concept with me. And of course it developed and grew into different things. That didn't Two more sort of a journey down neck creative, rolled into making music. So deejaying, broad music production and then the j and music production together, Broad performance, performance, broad interactive audio, then installation. So it's still a journey that I'm going through and I'd love to share my, my my reasons. My y is my knowledge with anyone who's obviously interested in adding that creative component of their lives. 4. What do you think is the role of the DJ as a storyteller?: Well, DJs on their own, right, they are very influential, right? So just to give you live some quick examples, the reason ones at least so 2004 and so on, living pigs or thing party, amazing party, fiesta was performing. One. I don't remember which year it was, I think 1000 eighth or Muslim to kind of remember where it was a US election year. Paul Van Dyke had the huge tour in the US called the vote now or whatever it was. So it was interesting people to go in and vote. Now, that also kind of developed alongside with technology. So as technology got better, especially like in the last couple of years, like I mean, like in the last 23 years with a high-end, um, I'll come out into reality, AR, and also with interactive gadgets that are super cheap now you can buy and have a cool installation at home. It created two new avenues for deejays. One, a better way to express themselves with sound and also with visuals. And super easy to do, right? And that helps them tell a better story. Although that's all form a DJs perspective. Now also from the consumer's perspective, whether it's a marketing agency or an event or whatever it is from a consumer's perspective, they demand of want or need. They demand to have a superior experience. So they need to be immersed. So immersive experiences for interactive experiences are hopefully going to be the future from now on. So whether you are in a nightclub, you're going to have, you know, AI or AR or VR. If you're doing a product launch us. As an agency, you will need to have, maybe necessarily a DJ could be a producer or an audio person and energy, Yeah, whatever it is, but knowledgeable enough to know how sound visuals kind of merge together and influence consumer behavior. So I think DJs have the, sort of the best experience for the biggest experience because the appeal to the masses there always has been and either through radio or like huge events or festivals. So I think now you see a fusion of sort of disciplines that used to be somewhat separate. Digital was just a DJ and then a DJ H2 also be a producer or a producer was just a producer, but they could also be a DJ. But then on the day they're all creatives. And each one of them follows those of their creative impulses and they're moving. So either VR or AR mornings are active or installation. Or I know a couple of people that they do AI audio. So they are DJs, there are producers, and basically they have a camera. It looks at people's faces, they come at, realizes what kind of expressions they have. And then it kind of colors there, DJ set with specific effects to reflect the dynamics of the physicality. These are the people in that event, which is, if you look at it, it's like crazy, but the kinda makes sense. It's kind of crazy that the person figured it out. And those were his reasons and a wise to do that. So I think now ask consumers, including myself, I demand to have an immersive experience. But it just so used to technology, we see different components in different industries in tech. So we expect to have those little things combining to also entertainment, which is obviously happening. And it's going to keep on growing. 5. What's the moral responsibility of a DJ?: What's the moral responsibility of a DJ to buy their media that they play in? Curie verse says, what consumers sort of experience where they don't buy music anymore, they just stream and foreign and Spotify or Apple Music or an either or subscription, subscription services. Or let's be honest, through other illegal means, it's hung. Well, one is you have to support the industry you're in, right? So obviously if you're making clothes and you're a fashion designer, you don't want to screw over your Taylor's, your suppliers, the farmers to grow the cotton and so on and so forth, right? So it's the same thing with DJs or music producers, right? They either play other people's music or they create their own. And they expect other people to pay if they're creating their own music or the unexpected as DJs to buy and support their fellow producers and the Js and creators, right? This has always been the case. Scenes. Early Times when audio became commercialized, right? With phonographs and finite lower y-axis right chords. And then we went until better formats and analog form ions and tape and a truck and live life than vinyl MNC, the ball of light, right. So right now all of that led us to subscription services. Now, this is a good thing and a bad thing. One, a lot of people don't understand the difference. So a subscription service like Spotify or Apple Music, it's a discovery tool. That means you're listening to music like how you would listen to on radio. All right. It's not for free. Obviously, you pay a subscription fee. And if there are any subscriptions that are free, then it's not three. It's a freemium model where you get bombarded with ads on YouTube or the free version on Spotify, right? So other people pay for you to listen to for free and those artists get their money. Again. Long. Answer because three models, which are streaming models till now, they are kinda of like screwing over the actual creators. There were a few cases from art is that they wanted their music out or not to be released on a streaming platform. Some others love it. And they wanted to be on a streaming platform because it can't be this Colbert. They'll pick up many, many new listeners. I just see it as ethically right? It's the same thing. Like you go to the grocery store, you buy bread, milk, or ego to close door and you, and you, and you'd like a t-shirt. You don't say, Oh, wow, what a beautiful T-Shirt. Then you walk out. That's shoplifting, right? So you already know that you've gotta go to the contrary. You got to pay for the t-shirt or your groceries and bagging them in and take them, right? So it's the same thing with music now. It's a bit of a weird one because we don't touch music anymore. It's not a physical format. There are physical formats, but they're not super common. It's all about streaming today. And again, I'll probably negate everything I said before. It's not whatever the businesses, streaming businesses that it's not like therefore that they've introduced this. It's the other way round. I think consumers demanded this kind of technology. So their consumer behavior created this new opportunities for these businesses to adapt, right? So now music has become a marketing tool rather than an actual physical product, a CD or a table or whatever, or, or, or it used to be. If you've seen movies from Hollywood in the early sixties, it was like a box. That box was called the radio. It wasn't in the living room of an American house and where the parents and the kids, and he was a component or a group or a familiar activity, right? Today, music is more a person. And we carried with us when our phones, we have our ear pods, we, we listened to it everywhere and every chance we get so because we're consuming it so much and we're now consuming and individualist, not like one radio box that ten people come this into seeing the tenuously, it's one iPhone or a wine Walkman player or whatever. Then you have one pair of your phones and you just listen to that. So it also doesn't make sense to have 7 billion CDs anymore. It doesn't make sense to have one server with whatever 7 billion subscriptions with one copy of digital files that everybody can access tool in R. So it's kinda fun efficiency at the same time, technology enabled that efficiency, but then at the same time, consumers dictated what businesses should produce one of them, right? So that's the consumer side of things. Now, if you're a DJ or a producer or creative, you're making a living out of it like this. This is your full-time job or even maybe a part-time, right? You have to do what you want others to do for you, right? So if you want to make money for music, you also have to also support an industry. And by the music that you perform write in Europe, it's there's a licensing fee for all DJs in Europe. They paid to the royalty collecting agencies that got us and made their playlist playing a club or even on a radio saw YS equals the radio ready can be exported like the playlist. And sometimes they need to also see proof of purchase as well. Cause one, I'm going to get into IP and whatnot like intellectual property. But there are licensings, licensing deals where that license allows you to own a copy but non-publicly broadcast, or that license allows you to on a copy and publicly broadcast or bad license allows you and so on and copy and monetize it, right? So licensing and IPs are bit weird now with the whole internet, whatever it is, 3.04 version now. But yes, music will not be how it used to be. Certainly is not with vinyl died in their 80s and that is it finally does not exist anymore. So novelty now it's like a gift thing. Biofuel presses and prints every year. It's nice, it's nostalgia, but it's not a viable business on our format. Again, people could, shouldn't be, but it's not the word talking about a business. It's not a viable businesses. Yeah, it's there. It's going to last for a couple of years. And then we're gonna, we're gonna go back into a tape because we're going to miss tape and we're gonna get Walkmans and that's going to be pro couple of years. And then God forbid or might even go back into CDS. But throughout this, you're going to have dozens and dozens or streaming companies coming in with better content, different deals, more complex media like Spotify and a has podcasts, which is called Apple had podcast tool, but it's body, if it has video podcast, apple doesn't, you know, so it's like Spotify becoming Spotify and slash year. It's like a video hosting company now. So that is a huge potential for consumers and also for advertisers and brands to penetrate different markets and tell their story. Okay. 6. Some advice on how to start your creative journey: Go as far as your budget takes you. So if you have a thousand dollars, but you want to spend, then you know exactly what kind of gear you want to get to start off, right? Because I get a lot of questions. What do I need to start them? This embed them blablabla, and I'll always give them the best option. And the best option is usually the most expensive option. And some people kinda affordance, right? So again, you could start deejaying with a $100 kind of gadget and you're off, you have enough functions to learn and develop. And then when you outgrow them, you can go on to the next level. Right? Now. It's a very time-consuming art, especially in the beginning, because you may not necessarily know what kind of music you're into, what kind of genre, right? So you might be also exploring. And for me that's the most interesting and exciting part, right? You're ready, know what kind of music you like as a consumer. But when you might start deejaying or attending to the j, you might realize that this is not your creative outlet it down. So that is a genre of music, right? So you might change, or do you mind include other styles to make sit up or marriage or fuse? So this journey for me, this is the most exciting parts because once she'll find, for example, that specific style of music, whatever it is, let's say tech house. And you go down the rabbit hole and you start finding artists and producers. And then you start realizing that they come from a specific country or a set of countries like Argentina in Sweden. And you start to realize that you really love the sound of those countries that influenced the music that they produce, right? And then all of a sudden you go out there, you meet with somebody or you hear or see something and then you're like, Oh, what is that sound? And then that could be not even, how is it could be something else, but whatever, minimal technical. And then you realize pole in that part of the region or that part of the world or this specific producers, DJs. There sound is whatever darker, more minimal, more, bride, more whatever. And then you start to take a really long journey. I've been doing this for over professionally speaking almost like 15 years. You know. If you ask me what music you're into, I'll say electronic because I gave up. He started with with trans, then I went into psi trials that are into vocal turns out went to your trends and I found the house and I went to the school that I went by Intel housed and wanting to progressive minds. I'll take that, I take I wanted to check in on them technology and so Mindy model and dark. And then I found dub, and this is where we are today. Tomorrow I could be. I don't know. Something completely different. So Doug journey is super important because you learn a lot of things we run into. A lot of things about music are a lot of things about the skills required for you to develop, to be able to mix or adjust or adapt to the kind of music and music mixing, right? You can understand a lot about culture if you want to go deep on philosophical. You understand how about the producer's perspective, their story. You've never met them, but through their music and know what they're going with their struggles is if they're happy or bright or dark. Could understand different countries, how they there, whether or to their culture influences the sound that they create. And just on music or music trends and sold just like how every year in New York, Milano, Tokyo they having new fashion show for all time, for a winter season of clothing. Same thing with music. There's a certain countries, certain seasons that they released the sound off. When I sign off the summer, the solenoid, I'd be focused on or whatever. So that is a lot of trends that you follow and you never get bored because music is never static, is this dynamic organism that everybody puts their heart and soul of man and keeps going and going. And it evolves and develops and maybe becomes better. It might become even wars and then there's room for improvement that would take a different direction. So for anyone starting all DJ, I would recommend be careful with your budgets because that's the only thing you can control it and don't overspend. Because you can't control the time and effort you put into it, right? Especially if you are passionate about this, even as a hobby. Just like any hobbies, takes a lot of time and a lot of work, good work, and how people work. Self fulfilling work. So whether you're doing it for your internal person on creative freezes and struggles or insecurities. Or whether you're doing it for it was called external validation or being cool person within the group or whatever. Or you're doing it for potential future business opportunities where you really want to start deejaying and a club or in a radial, right? You are all unique, so you have your own individual reasons. But we all start from the beginning and then we dive into the different sort of ways. So one thing, control your budget. If you're buying your music, which you should always have a limit, filter and dig through music given digitally. You can go to the record store and think through by now. I call this hips. There's the one that's amazing. But if you're not a record, sort of a turntable list or like a vinyl DJ and your own beat board or juvenile or whatever, what people play, make sure you have that same experience in a digital format. Yeah, I don't go and spend $300 because music sounds great. And it's killer trucks because I've done it. I spent thousands and then I realized that 80 percent of them music is pretty weird than doesn't fit. It's just my brain kinda play tricks on me at the time. So always be mindful what music you put out because you'll wanna be about quality and not quantity. You don't want to be always the newest trucks in US releases the top, whatever those are, great. But you'll want to play a set, whether it's an hour long or an eight hour long set. And you want to have a story. You'll want to have. You want to take the listener through a journey. And you can take a listener through a journey with eight hours of music. It's the same thing I was listening to, a playlist on iTunes, on Spotify, right? You need to put your soul, your character, you need to tell your story. And those kind of been told by unique individual tracks that you'll put them after each other. And then an overall, it tells you the story and the journey and the experience that you share with your, with your followers, your party goers or your community or your friends, whatever it is. So it's a lot of research. It's a beautiful research. It's a long journey. Fortunately, music is quite costly hobby. I admit that and guilty. But if you're passionate, it's worth. It's music is a part of our life anyway, so just follow your passion. Don't listen to anyone goes through it and then you decide if you did the right thing or not. Yeah. If you are new and up and coming and you want to start, let's start at the beginning. And then at the music guide you what you want to do next. 7. Some advice on discovering your sound & artistic identity: Okay, So in terms of recommendations or the start, and they're quite early in their journey and they don't know what tribes or what to, what to do and what to follow. I would suggest that you get a piece of paper, put down your favorite trucks. Maybe the last five, 10 tracks that show that you love, right? And maybe on the next is put your favorite producers or deejays. If you don't know the difference doesn't matter, just put some names down, right? And then use that as your starting point. So find those trunks, see who are the producers and then follow those producers and see those producers will kinda father music. They've produced their consistent, they have their own unique identity in terms of sound as a producer and then an IV collaborators they had maybe with Ray mixers or any other music labels. Are those producers also DJs? And then if they are, you can put them on you are sort of DJ list as well, right? And then go into your DJ list and do the very basic where are they from? How old are they? You know? And then what kinda the JAR they are they radio DJ or do they DJ? Are they a festival DJ? They play like thousands of people? Are they like a small intimate couple of a 100 people clubs. So, and you realize, and you'll see a pattern, how I'm into more club DJs rather than festival, right? And then you start to follow them and go to their SoundCloud or Mix Cloud or YouTube, DJ set, whatever media you can find to consume and observe and watch and listen to their tracks. And maybe they have their truck list already published. And then you see what trucks they like. And then probably from whatever 20 trucks and truck list you might say, oh, okay, I like this. I really enjoyed them. They resonated with me. Because when you start finding music that resonates, we view and you play that out, that the resonance is also like a contagious other people will hear it through you, right? Cause imagine it's like me and you into separate rooms playing exactly the same music. If that music doesn't resonate with me, but that music resonates with you the particular track. And we have a 100 people each in terms of like observers or clubbers. Because you are resonating with that same track. Bible fat, where I'm like maybe like indifferent or maybe I even hate the track. That sort of indifference or hate or dislike is going through both with my guys is the same truck and maybe the people are so very similar to each other, right? So very important. If you really like it and another reason why your liking it, then that's a trick. Needs to be in your truck list. So it only takes one trunk. So if you haven't truck, he say, Well, I love this trunk. Then you ask yourself, is this truck going to be played at the beginning of my leaders? Or is it going to play out even at the middle, or maybe at the end of my DJ Sets. So whatever you place it, let's say we place it in the middle. Then ask yourself, what other songs could lead to create the biggest impact for that track, to be the tripe that everybody remembers at night. Then what should follow after that truck. So it doesn't take away from its shine. Let's say or maybe I can turn down the energy and then bring it up again later on. All right, so as long as you have a track, then you have a direction, and then when you have that truck and direction, you can say all this fits here is could fit here and maybe, oh, this doesn't really fit here I am, I'm wrong. Why? Because so and so maybe I'll try it that truck there and then you start building your, your sort of first practiced or prepared playlist, right? And being prepared this amazing, especially when you start in the beginning because you don't want to make too many mistakes or live too many things to chance or creativity, because you're still building that relationship with music and creative arts. So you want to have it a bit more structured. So creating a playlist and even writing the trucks down on a paper or on your phone and have it in next to your decks and practicing and playing them. And maybe recording the logistic, paying it back to you and taking notes now what you like, which they didn't like and also sharing that with your friends. But take it into too much of consideration because your friends or your family, obviously they're your friends and they like you or your family loves you. They also, one of the worst feedback you could get is from the people who carries guys good. Yeah, it could even great, but why is it good? Why is it great? What do they like? What resonated with them? So these are things that you need to ask them if they give you that the cliche. Yeah, it's good because you're a friend or a family. That's the worst thing you should sort of fight back and say, why was it good? What did in July, what was great about it or or whatever. You need to keep asking questions. Because sometimes they might say something that could be maybe opposite or similar to, to what you would expect them to tell you. It could be even something that you already know. But it's so like in the back of your mind that they might just save an award and something like clicks. And it's lying, an avalanche of ideas. And you already knew that it's not like new information, right? So it's always good to hear feedback from others, but constructive feedback and real feedback not it's good or it's great. You need to know why It's good wise, Great Whites, bad white sock with YUI, the energy was this way. Why it didn't like this. Again, you're not going to satisfy everyone. But you would know what works and what doesn't work with different people in different characters. You're not there to satisfy anyone here. They're doing it for the love of music, for your passion, or your creativity, right? Whether you get paid for it or not, you're in fair, because people come to see you. You have a sound, you have an energy, have a theme, you have an entertainment value, whatever it is, then we subtract these two people, and that's how you build a following and a mass, and you start to grow your personal brand. So EJS and as a creator, as an artist, as an influencer, however you want to put it. It has to do with great curation of music, personal presentation, networking, all the good stuff. And that's how you build your personal brand stuff, right? And right, and said, simplest way. 8. Some life lessons and philosophies learned from DJing: When you're deejaying, you got to be disciplined because whatever music you're, you're, you're mixing could be anywhere between three to seven minutes long. So you need to do 20 different things to be ready to be able to mix so you have time pressure. So that definitely helps you as an individual and whether you want to carry it out onto your life or to your business and be responsible and discipline and deadlines and due dates and whatever. So you start being productive, right? But what I'd like to focus on is It's more interesting for me to have. To have like, why was music created and not how music affects your, your life, right, But why it was music created? And that is like an answer that I don't know yet. What are the origins of music? I mean, obviously it's communication and all that stuff. But how is life influencing music and not how his music once in your life, right? So music in a sense, like we're talking about like science. So that's the left field part. If we're talking about like science. It's proven, again, the research and the scientists or the researchers escaped me. But it's proven that schools that have music curriculum, right? They're students or pupils perform better. Schools that have no or very little or a few hours of contact with music, right? And it doesn't help those students in terms of like, just like their life and how to sort of bear through different circumstances in their life and actually makes them perform better in different fields. So in different, in different studies and different sciences. So it helps them perform better in mathematics because music is math, helps them better perform in physics, because music is physics and it helps them better performing communication and English literature because music is communication and language and expression, right? So unfortunately, globally speaking, a lot of schools and even colleges and universities and youth centers, they've taken a huge component out of one's self, which is music. I give you a thing about it. When you slip, your eyes are closed, you don't see, right? Whatever when you're walking, you're using your legs around you when you're not and you're sitting down, you don't write a university. Using your ears. You're sleeping. You use your ears while you're awake. Obviously, use your ears while I'm talking to you and somebody else is looking at that next to my ear. If you'd like, focus and listen to what they're saying, that's called the cocktail effect. Our ears not only on the only organ or four body that are like outside and they're unprotected. They're being used 24, 7 prions. So it is a very super important part of our life, our ears and music. I think it was developed, satisfying that intangible sense because we don't see is a, right. Obviously when completely round. But, you know, what I've learned from music is everything has a story or he has started everything has a progression and everything ends. Your day, begins in the morning, progresses throughout the afternoon and the evening. Your relationships, whether it's personal or business, they also have the app. You have your highs, you have your lows, you have your monotonous, right? But every single part is what creates the unique experience, which is music rights. So of course, with me It's a bit crazy talk cause music is everything for me. Um, other people maybe that might be indifferent. It always depends what the other person's experiences and their relationship or correlation with music. Some people might have negative experiences haven't met by, I would assume if somebody experienced something negative with music that my inclined completely remove it from their life. But that holds it. Think of some that I've been away or made some sense. 9. Some advice on how to creatively train your ears: What does the digital producer in terms of training your ears? There's a couple of ways that you can't go the old school where Oscar way where you have forgot what they're called. Super old stuff kind of works still. Training CDs where they play different sounds in different frequencies and your ears can start to tell the difference and the sounds get closer and closer to each other so you can actually hear the minute changes. But then again, those are, those are like bleeps and blobs. And I said the kind of work because a blip in a blob, It's a very simple tone is called a pure tone. It's like a sine wave, a blip, right? That is lying. Completely wrong. Representation of music. Music is complex. You've got drums, you go baselines, you've got leads, you've got bright stuff, dark staff, he got solids, Fluids. It's a chunk, right? It's not a blip, right? Even minimal technology, they call it blip. Music is not blip. It has its largest wonderful. So the old-school way kind of works. It's hard and it's quite dry, but I would recommended. So there are your training cities for your ears help you distinguish sound better, but again, sound unnecessarily. Music. In terms of training, you're here. I would go into a part where not a lot of people sort of expect your training. Actually ear protection as part of your training. So if you're going to be depending on your ears for maybe your livelihood or you know, some extra cash or for your hobby, you gotta protect them really, really well. So making sure that you don't listen to music at very high levels for a long period of time. That's also part of ear training because by protecting your ears, your ears can hear clearly by default without doing any real training, right? It's, it's like you're protecting your ears. Your ears also last longer. You don't get like issues with them. Another way which is a bit more sort of creative to, to, to train your ears is. And you will hate this is take your favorite song and just listen to it on repeat for like 10 hours. If you could do that without going crazy. You might be borderline hating that song because you've listened to it for like whatever six hours loop. Your Wu with doing mindless activity or maybe like reading in books or you don't have any downtime. You're, you're multitasking. That by default it just trains your ear so well. Because if hears the same elements over and over again, so here's the kick. So now your ear is like bleeding with that sound of the kick. So the next time you hear a different song, harmonically your ear compares that kick Fletcher know, so what would this u1 and automatically you have a comparison is odd, this one is deeper, this one is, it's darker, this one is Fuller, this one is weaker or so. Listening to a truck on repeat, sometimes I do this. A couple of days back, I was listening to a truck mindlessly. The whole day was doing some reading and research. And I realized that I was listening to this song 48 hours. All right, so I was on headphones off there. Lift the headphones off. My ears. My started playing, twitching and like listening to different sounds of my environment differently. And then for whatever reason the next day I started playing DJ and making music. And just felt different. Felt differently in the sense that like my ears kind of expected a more training the next day. So I was a bit more motivated to make music. So by just listening, your ears automatically train because again, your ears, I'd like part of your brain in a way, you know. So whatever you listen, your brain sort of translates it into information and energies. So the more you listen, the more training your, your, your ears get. It's like, you know, going to the gym and building muscle. The more weights you live, the more muscle you get the no way, right? It's the same thing. The more you listen to music, the more naturally your and a more balanced way your ears get trained. One last thing when you do training, there is a couple of things, right? So you need to size, protecting your ears and listening to music. You got to make sure when you're listening to music, your ears are protected. So you need to have a good pair of headphones. Headphones, you'd have a good pair of headphones. And I'm going to go into details, but good pair of headphones, usually slightly expensive headphone, not always the case, but they are comfortable, super comfortable. And a good pair of headphones is a nev, never allowed pair of headphones. Okay, So you should be careful what kind of headphones you use and the types. And make sure that you can put a pair of headphones on on your head for four hours without feeling tired doors, your muscles, a king or your back or your, or your year getting agitated, or you're getting a headache, if that's the case, then those headphones, you just throw them because they're no good. So good pair of headphones, keywords here, open or semi-open headphones that fit on your ear or on your head and not in air headphones, right. So it kind of was on research and I'm sure you'll find something that fits your budget. 10. Some tips on finding your vibe and creating an experience: So I just want to start and they're motivated. They just want to sort of perform I think the strongest sort of element that they have or weapon they have their disposal is that up until that point, where did they felt the urge to perform if being a consumer or their life? So they have to draw on the experiences that they've had as a consumer or a clapper, or part of the goal where and remember what triggered them or what they remember that the band or that night or that producer DJ that they've seen perform. And what was memorable. Because if you take the, I'm horrible points of all your positive experiences with music. And you can, I think, easiest ways, copy or imitate steel. That's an Arduino and on its own, especially in the beginning. No one is going to stop you. Do it because you're just starting off. Your circle of influence is so small that you're not going to piss off anybody by copying somebody, right? And that's also an art on its own and imitation, it's flattery, right? And there's only so much originality. Anyways, we're going to talk about originality. So I think you need to sort of take a step back and remember your memorable points, put them on together and create an experience, right? So that would also vibe with people. Another way is to sort of imitate or, or, or slightly copy your favorite DJ or producer in terms of how they DJ or kind of music. Do the j with this thio, not necessarily the exact trucks, but you could obviously have a few trucks from them that are your favorites. So you have at least like a base, like, Yeah, it worked for them and what for XYZ, DJ or producers should work for me, tool should, but it's okay if it doesn't because then you start thinking autonomously. Okay, didn't thought it did, but not to the degree that are expected. What can I do? What can I channel kind of proof? And that's where your originality, your sound, your character comes out. So in the beginning, you need to go with the flow. You don't need to resist, you know, till you find your your sound, your flavor and your acoustic sound, and you start moving. If you may experience any insecurities, you've just started promoting those and start building your sound and obviously enjoying what you do. And if you do that, then there's always room to grow and develop and collaborate and be influenced. Everybody's implements from everybody. It's not like, Oh, I'm copying him or you, or whoever. You know. Obviously if I'm listening to whatever rock music all day for 20 years, I'm going to be until Palm come gonna be fit into a specific lifestyle or a fashion, trend or type of music or whatever, right? So everybody is being influenced by, by everybody. So there is nothing wrong to, to let go and be influenced because you learn and grow through that for sure. 11. Some insight into our creative philosophy: Because we know we're all busy now. We all have our lives where we're working. Our businesses were figuring out who we are. We may have time or one to put the energy to some sort of creative outlet. But in on time is super, super pushy and that we we don't have a lot of it during the day. Right. So my point was, how much do I put in and what do I leave out? Because that is a lot of fluff. There is a lot of irrelevant information, there is a lot of sort of shortcuts are easy ways, a general understanding why that framework or dots that are processes there. Because the idea is once you've done your non-tech dependent, because you know the arts, whether you're doing it on a club format or you're doing it on a controller at home. Which controllers know are super amazing. They're so close to the club for my dad. The integration is almost seamless. You know, you could be playing at home or in your controller and then plugged out and going into the club and it's like seamless, it's almost the same setup. But then what if you go to places or if you had a time machine and you end like ten years back or 15 years back. The first CD players from Pioneer. Very simple compared to what we use today. What you'll be able to DJ? And the answer is whether it is yes, it would be the art and the concept of the process, the framework, mindset. And you wouldn't where learning fluff or silly information that we're just there to kill time. So it's a time challenge. And it worked really well so far. And some people want to come back for more. Some people loved it and they've done it. They've been twice because it was so great for them. They felt like amazing while doing it, you know. And that sort of gave me an idea. Then it's not like I'm hiding or a missing information. I'm giving you everything you need to know. The comprehensive sort of our local DJ. And even when I talk about the technical stuff, I look at it from a creative standpoint. Because if you are into the arts, you're a creative person. If you're, if you're until music, you're creative. If you're into film, your creative if you're into painting and sculpture, pottery making, whatever your creative, right. So you're not technical. If you were technically you'll be an engineer. Here would be PZ or whatever engineer and are plane engineer or whatever it is, right? I don't even know what. Engineers are there. So you can teach a creative person in a technical way or a technical skill. Even if it's a tech, if it's technical, it, you have to find a creative way because that's the only way they would learn. You know, it's lying. Me giving you the Manyuan for whatever camera. You're a creative person, you don't understand anything in the money and that money will be so useless you could like Bernard and you've lost your information. But if I come from a creative background, from a creative perspective and say, okay, this is the camera, this is the lens is how you move this. This is what this button does and this is how you can, should panorama is how you can show them the night. This is how they do blogging. This is how you can do a POB. The, you know, and that is a practical component. After every few sentences or every few minutes or a few hours or a recession, then the creative person stays within that creative mindset and that creative thought process inside his creative brain. So there's so much forming and shaping. And you can do because a person doesn't resist information or knowledge because it's, we're speaking the same language. We're not losing anything. And that's very, very important to me. And this is, I mean, this is where I see myself as this is it, this is Haiyan and this is sort of my responsibility here because I've spent thousands and education educating myself. I spent thousands and equipment. I've made thousands. And my business, I'm in my work as an academic. So it's my responsibility to make sure that you get the practical sides, the creative side. And you get it in the best possible way, the best possible ways from someone that knows how to communicate and the best communicators are educators, right? So this is why I consider myself a creative educator or creative coach. I don't consider myself a DJ or to lecture or as I was before, or whatever title. I'm a creative educator. You know, you could be working in a finance company and you're a creative person. I'll come in there and I'll help you in a creative way that you can understand and perform better in your business. You know, of course, if you know how to DJ, I'm your guide tool made music, you know. But that's my my journey, my calling. I found where I'm comfortable in. And I do it for me. I'm not doing it to satisfy everybody. Some people. What I never had a bad experience with a person. So I was gonna say yes, some people might not like me or the course or whatever. But so far, at least for feedback, no one has said anything. I'm pretty sure there will be a few people that we may not gel. But that's just tough luck for me and for them, you know, I'm, I'm, I'm here to serve a wider creative community. And I've been missing for a few months depending on where we post this and when. Well, probably by the time you see this live, hopefully they'll be back. So I hope to have you again in the course physically will be great to have more of this creative sort of sessions and talks. 12. Some tips about improving your skills as a DJ & getting out there: Every mix that you do is going to be the best mix that you do at that point in time, right? So the very first mix that you do, one is your first mixture is super excited. You're like, wow, they made a DJ says you're going to obviously share it with your friends. You're going to listen to it a couple of times right? Now, Let's see. Life happens. And then two weeks later you do your second set, your second DJ set, right? Again, a few different songs, similar style, in the same room with the same equipment. Roughly speaking, the same duration as the first one. And you're done with that. And you listen to that and you share it with your friends. Now, if you go back and listen to your first mix that you've done two weeks ago. And you still like it, then there was no progress between the first and the second mix. But now if you listen to your first mixing, you feel that year that could have been better, that could have been better. This song doesn't fit here. Whatever critical feedback you have for yourself, that means you've made progress because now you can hear or feel or see things differently than when you just did your very first mix. Now, I think especially when you're when you're starting out. Again, it depends what age and how much responsibility and time you have. I did it on a weekly basis. So every week I will create an episode. Some people did it every two weeks, some people who did it once a month. But again, the results will vary. More frequent you do it, the better you get at it, the faster you get on it, right. So I would suggest if you could do it every week or every other week to do a DJ set. Did you put down those dates and you say I'm going to do it. In the meantime, you practice, you'll develop your skills, you'll find more music. You, you, you hear other people, you train your ear, you feed yourself with music, right? And there should be even a minute difference between the previous set you've done a week or two ago with the set, you just record it right now. Even if there is a minor difference I missed you have made progress is not the same, you know. And as you maybe complete your first maybe four to six months, assume that you have the idea or the goal that you want to start DJing out to the public. Within the first four to six months. You should have already done two or three private parties at home or friend's house with a few friends, people, you know, so you're comfortable. And you know, you've done your thing, you'll, you've had your farm, you showed off in your skill. And if you've managed to do that a couple of times just to get the vibe with people being in the same room with you and listening to your music. Within the next four to six months, you probably have done about a 215 mixers plus those couple of private parties. And you'll want to start DJing out. That's when you start putting herself out there. Because it might not happen from within a day. It might take you a couple of more months. It might take you a year, right? To, to get your music to the right people, to find the right venue, to get to know those people, to build your network. For the opportunity to arise, for you to have a slot at that venue or radio station for you to play out, right? So it's not like boom, okay, now know how to DJ bomb tomorrow. I want to start digging in a club. Highly unlikely. I've heard cases that happens, but they'd be luck or chance I was in their favor, but highly unlikely for the rest of us, right? So the faster you get out there, the faster you also get results. And you might never even be perfect or super ready to perform in a venue or in on radio. And you have to do it even if you make a little mistake. Small mistakes can be forgiven. But what cannot be forgiven is you're not sharing your sounds with the rest of the world, right? That's like a gift that you're giving to yourself. If you are type of DJ that wants to be on the front and entertain and build your, your, your sound, your brand, your, your personality. Don't waste time. Get at it. Going until the trenches started deejaying, start practicing regularly to DJ sets, make sure you're dangerous as a sound better and better. So playing around with your friends, parties, you know, just to get the valuable than the handle things. And then go out, full-out, called to agencies, go clubs, go to radios, go to your event companies, whatever you see yourself fitting into the whole music industry, go there and don't quit. Might take a day, it might take a year, it might take two years. Now, keep pushing to get the results that you want.