20 Jan

Keep Your Cool. Get Paid.

One of the most challenging things about being a DJ or self employed is collecting the money that you’ve worked for.

And one of the most important things is to keep your cool when someone isn’t paying you.

Don't get mad, get paid

Growing up I used to be quite a hot head, just ask my dad how I was on the tennis court, so I had to learn the hard way.

One of my first nights that I was doing with a friend was at this bar that wanted to do a mix of music.

So I bought a bunch of records from hip hop to house to disco.

One night I was playing a set and what I thought was really a great set.

After the night, the bar owner came up to me and said that he wanted to talk to me.

So we sat down and he started telling me that he thought I needed to play better music.

I realize now that he just meant the music that would fit the crowd.

My emotions started to flare up, and I couldn’t believe that he was telling me this, I mean I had people making out in front of me.

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14 Jan

In Order To Be It, You Gotta Start Being It.

Recently I got an interesting question from one of my viewers, Michael, from New York.

He said that he had a hard time telling people that he is a DJ.

Who you tell yourself or not tell yourself will determine who you will be.

I am

If you want to be a DJ it’s important to start saying that I am a DJ to yourself as much as possible.

Or maybe you just want to be more fun, well start telling yourself you are because how will you ever get there if you keep if you keep telling yourself you’re boring.

The words we use to describe ourselves are powerful.

Our subconscious will start to believe us whatever we tell it.

So if you have a dream, or maybe just want to be thinner, or maybe be you just want to be calm under pressure.

Start by saying I am… (whatever you want to be)

In today’s episode of Music Talk I discuss the importance of being what you want to be.

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06 Jan

Gonzo Gonzo: Practice. Have Faith. Be Grateful.

Happy New Year!

How was your 2014?

2015 is here and I wanted to start out with an interview I recently did with Gonzo Gonzo from Guatemala.

Who is he and why the hell should you care?

That’s a great question.

He’s is a DJ and a label head for Danzon Records out of Guatemala.

Here in Chicago we have a house music scene that has been thriving for many years now.

And you can go out any night of the week and hear the music you like.

It wasn’t like that in Guatemala and only a few years ago things have started to change.

And I believe it’s because of this man.

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16 Dec

Music Talk: Marea Stamper, Smartbar’s Creative Director Talks Shop

Marea email pic
If you’re a dj, or a producer, or someone that loves Smartbar

you may have thought about what the creative director,

Marea Stamper is looking for when she chooses a resident

or a dj to play at the club.

yah, me too…

so I called her up and asked for an interview.

and she said she was down to talk…

Marea was so gracious with her knowledge and talked about

– her path to Smartbar

– what Smartbar is looking for in a resident

– how she books djs to play at the club

I believe that success leaves clues, and she has left lots of

them and if you listen, you take what she says to heart

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