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Move to NYC – Start of DJing career

I just got to NYC yesterday. It’s electric here. Was here last month, and so glad to be back. Decided that I’m going to go all in on my DJing career, and work to get gigs and clubs and bars. I’ve been listening to Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzeneggers autobiography. In there, he talks about his burning passion and tunnel vision that he had when getting into bodybuilding, and movies. He always had a goal, and this is what allowed him to push forward. When you have something you want so badly, everything else is just a way for you to move forward with that. Working at a boring job can be something with new desire and motivation, because you know it’s a step towards your dream.

I’ve spent a long time not working on my DJing passion, and this is going to change now. I’m ready to go all in for it. I will do everything it takes to become a DJ, to DJ at events and venues, and etc. I will become tunnel vision just like Arnold Did. I feel I’ve touched the key, and I’m on the speed track now to going towards my goal.

I will start with doing some things that I feel I should be doing to get into DJing:

  • Go and talk to bar and club managers and promoters
  • Go out to places, and make friends with the bartenders, regulars, DJs, people at the bars, etc
  • Put out a ton of content, and get a following on social media.
  • Listen to new music, and get a big library going of songs that you want to DJ

It’s exciting to have this list. I will also get index cards and write my goals on them, like Arnold did. It’s important to have goals, because it makes life worth living. Like Jordan Peterson said, do what you love to do, until you’re thrilled to be alive.

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Starting out on DJ dream

Just talked to Percy and his roommate Hudson about dreams. Was exciting to talk about what we want to do in life, and it made me think more and more about DJing.

It feels like the time to start working on this more, and that’s what I’m going to do. Hudson said that he has lots of friends who do it, and he said that many are nimrods, so that it would be easy for me.

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DJ Set Last Night – Crew du Vieux, Second weekend of Mardi Gras

Went outside Lafittes on Bourbon and DJed a bit. It went pretty well. Had a cool crowd dancing for a bit. I’ve started putting the speaker up on the speaker stand, which is alot better I think. I got a bunch of people dancing for the first 15 minutes, but then most bailed out. I’m not sure why exactly. Maybe my music was not what people really like? Maybe The location was not the best (lots of cars passing through the street).

Other people’s setups

The most successful street parties have been on Frenchman, and they were both by the same person, and they were there last night too. It’s the group who comes out with the big red box. They have a huge speaker and a 105Ah battery in there. They told me they can basically run indefinitely on that thing. They also said they got it at Walmart. I’m going to go to Walmart.com and see if I can order one of those…. Yeah, just checked. They’re still $200. I’m going to stay with my two batteries and just connect them with alligator clips. They’re 18Ah each.

It’s fun talking with other people busking about their setups. I met a guy named Eric last night – he is the guy who is always killing it with the guitar. He said that he was out on Bourbon starting a few months ago, in October. He has a kickass little Bose speaker that sells new for $650 on Amazon. He told me that it can run forever on it’s battery, (I think he said for several hours – 8 hours maybe) and he got it for $350 or something on FB marketplace.

I’ve been thinking about adding some subwoofers to my setup. It’s a little early for me to do that now. I still want to keep working with what I got, to show myself that I will continue to do it. But it would be nice to have some extra bass. I dont know if a home subwoofer like this on on FB would cut it:

Eric told me that he used to be lucky to get $75 a night because his old speaker was shitty, and because of some other factors. Now he says he makes around $300 a night when he’s out (he said he made $380 the other night).

I have said before that I don’t do DJing for the tips, but tips would be cool too, and I’m mostly concerned with if the music sounds good. I want the quality to be good so that people want to dance. I wonder if I got one of those speakers like the one that Eric has, that the quality would be better. But I would have to spend around $500 for that. I’m down to do that, but it’s going to have to wait a bit first.

I hope to get out to Frenchman one night where the party is still going on like it was last night. That was still pretty early. I probably got there around 11. I could have caught another part of that street crowd and set up there. That would have been cool.

Getting different music

I’ve been wondering if I should play some other music than house and techno. I’ve started to compile a list of music that they play at the clubs here. That would be good too, because I can start trying to get gigs at clubs if I have some of their music to play.

Try R Bar

I could have gone and started DJing outside of R Bar too. They would appreciate house and techno there, and the street was packed. They were playing house and techno inside the club too.

Sound quality

I do think that sound quality does matter alot. I wonder how much I have to spend to make it sound good. Maybe around $1,000 to get a nice speaker and subwoofer that make it sounds good. I would have to go down to the speaker store or something and test some different ones out. I’ll have to go and talk to different DJs and street performers as well. Additionally, I need to spend more time standing in front of my own speaker when I’m playing shows.

Just tested my speaker out again in my living room. Sound quality is good! Nothing wrong there I think. Maybe on more bassy songs it is not as bassy as it could be. I don’t remember there being any crackling specifically.

Need to remember to turn master volume to 75% or more when djing.

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Bourbon Street DJ Set – 12 Feb – Second weekend of Mardi Gras

Went out and played another street set for Mardi Gras. I got most of it on video but forgot to record on Serato. I got the first video with audio just from my iphone here:

It was a little bit of a weird spot where I decided to sit. There was alot of crowd traffic through kindof a bottleneck. I was creating part of that bottleneck, and a police fence was creating the other. Not the best spot to chill. I ended up moving after a bit and that’s when I realized that I never hit record.

I think it would be fun to try and DJ down on the west end of Bourbon, by Krystal’s. There’s a pretty quiet stretch down there, and I feel like I could catch some people on their walk back home or to their hotel.

Someone gave me $20 last night. The last 3 times I’ve gone out I’ve always gotten some kind of tip from someone. I think last time dude gave me $10. This was the biggest tip so far. Before he gave me a tip, he asked me if I could mix in a Chili Peppers song. I told him I couldn’t – but I don’t really know why. 75% of me said it was because I didn’t think it was possible (even though if I would have thought about it, I could totally download the song and mix it in), and 25% of me just didn’t want to. But I’m out there for the crowd, I’m not there for myself (I’m there for myself too). I should always be doing what I can to please the crowd. Just for the sake of doing it, not because they’re going to give me tips.

Going to go out again tonight and try a different spot. I think I should mix up the music as well. People do enjoy my house and techno though. But maybe I should get some more of that super mainstream music they play at the clubs on Bourbon? I don’t know though – I couldn’t really get as engaged with that stuff. I guess for now I’ll stick with the techno. I did have a few fans last night.

Here is a shorter set of the same night, with the audio edited in:

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Going out to Bourbon Street tonight

It’s February 11th, and this is the second real weekend of Mardi Gras, where there is going to be alot of people out. I’m going to bring the DJ cart out again. I haven’t done this in a while, it’s been a month or two. Going to be alot of fun. I’ve been actually waiting for Mardi Gras to take the cart out. I knew it was going to be lots of fun and a crazy party when lots of people are out.

I’m looking forward to going and having people dance for hours and hours. I just got a new battery for my DJ Cart, and I’m going to be able to play for around 3 hours straight now. I’ve been practicing a little and downloading some new music. I like to listen to Tech House sets while I’m working, and I will Shazam songs (the dash shortcut on the iphone makes this really easy) that I compile into a playlist. I’ve been just going to a YouTube downloader to find the songs.

I’m going to record some video. My plan is to record the whole set, and match it up to the video on my iphone. This will make a really cool YouTube video for a full set, that I can put on Facebook. People will be able to listen to this and it will be cool.

I’m just getting started with my DJ social media accounts, and I’m excited about it. I’m going to do facebook fan page, youtube, twitter, and tiktok. Maybe starting out with only a couple of those.

Looking forward to killing it tonight and throwing a banger party in the French Quarter. Will take some pictures that I can use as the featured image for my next blog posts.

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Djing 🎧 – Working on passions, setting up life as you want it

Setting up DJing as one of my life passions, and a step towards my vision

Met a girl named Sequoia last night and we were talking about doing the things we want most in life. I was also listening to Gary Vee’s book Crush It, and have been writing blogs on my web developer site, OmarShishani.com about doing your life’s passion.

Gary talks about doing a blog for your passion, so I’m going to start here. It feels good really to start writing about this. It’s probably going to help convince me to put more effort into doing this. Right now this is partially a hobby, because I have some other personal goals I’m working on, but I’m going to be doing this as #3 after work and my other self development project. I think #3 is not ideal for a life passion project, but since I have this other thing going on now it’s going to have to wait.

Since I still have some free time for a hobby, this will be my hobby. I don’t want to spend too much time writing, because all of the time spent writing could be spent actually DJing. However on the other hand, this blog will help to get people to know about me and see my personality, once I start working to get gigs. I am excited about this.

Been thinking about Seth Godin’s The Dip, and DJing is something that I can work through to get to the other side of the dip. It’s something that I started years ago, and continue to love, so it’s worth it. And if I really put focus into it, being able to play for people – especially when I start throwing parties and being able to play the kinds of music I really like, and playing at weddings and stuff, it’s going to be awesome

My main goals for DJing

My main goals in the area of DJing are:

  • host my own events
  • play at professional clubs
  • play at edm venues where they like my kind of music
  • play at weddings as a private DJ
  • throw UG events with my own gear

These are the most fun sounding things to do. I am excited to be working towards this passion, to create sets and share them with the world, and to grow as a DJ, which I have been wanting to do in the back of my mind for years. I have been so focused on achieving a career that makes me some real money and allows me to grow and learn, that I have not started working to be a DJ, or on any of my other goals much so far (such as sewing physical products, another one of my goals for later).

I know some people advocate to just work on your passion, not on a “backup” plan. I know Schwarzenegger said this, and I’m such a big fan of his.

Sometimes I wonder if I won’t really like being a DJ. I was about to say that I’ll know once I start, which I do think is kindof true. But thinking about Seth Godin’s dip, I think another thing to keep in mind is that long term future vision. I don’t need to be there now to know I’ll love it. I know that I love playing my music on the streets for people. I know that I love DJing. And I know that playing at festivals and venues and campsites and underground parties of the music I like will be killer.

Cool things about being a DJ

I will be able to move towards my other goals in the area of DJing, like hosting my own events and festivals. This is something that I’ve really thought would be awesome, and this is something that I will have as one of my goals with Real Estate investing and making money. I have as my long term vision being able to host my own events and festivals, and make money doing it. I think that would be the ultimate creation, and that’s probably really what my life purpose is. To be a person who throws events and fests. This will allow me the most freedom to do all kinds of stuff, allow me to be social, allow me to make people happy, allow me to send a positive message, and allow me to make lots of money, that I can use to be more useful to others (as Derek Sivers said on the Tim Ferris show).

I think we were meant to create things as humans. Maybe not all of us want to do this, but I know that for many many of us, it is very fulfilling. I love even writing my web dev blog and creating videos there. It’s real satisfying for me. I want to be able to do this with other things that I really love, such as web development.

I’m excited to get started and to share this journey with you all. So far, I have an “in” because I can busk on the streets of New Orleans. I will save up my tip money for my first investment as a DJ – a new cart.

Let’s end off with the note that since I’m a web dev, I can afford to work 4-6 hours a day, still put aside money for real estate, buy a big speaker, buy busking dj supplies, and create this blog. So I’m going in a great direction and in a great position. I’m glad for where I am. Michael Ellsberg says in The Education of Millionaires that the first step to doing what you love is getting financial freedom. I’m starting here. I have my goals. I have my vision. I have something to move towards every week, so I am happy, and I am fulfilled. I envision myself as a badass underground night bass DJ, and that’s where I’ll be in a couple years.

Sharing with the world

I feel uncomfortable sharing a post like this with the world. I feel weird putting my passion out there. I should do it anyway. I don’t have to start right now if I dont want to. Maybe I can make it a mission to record a DJ set on Bourbon street to accompany this blog post, before I post it to facebook. Then I can have something to back it up with, some backup to accompany all the talk. After all, talking / writing is one thing, actually doing the Djing is another. 🎧