What Do You Want?

Take a few moments and think to yourself:

What results do I want out of my involvement in music?

What exactly is it that you want to achieve by being a DJ or producer?

What would leave you fulfilled?

Consider: How are you supposed to get what you want if you don’t know what that is?

Perhaps you are content with practicing music at home or simply sharing your own productions with your friends (and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that), but if you are reading this blog then I assume that you would like to achieve something beyond that. Would you like to make money from your hobby (or at least break even with your creative ventures!), headline shows, have your music pressed to vinyl, release an album, or run a club night?

You might be shocked at how many people in the world spend most of their lives without ever really delving into what they really want. Many will answer: “I want more money”, or “I want to be rich”. What does rich even mean? It has dramatically different meanings in Canada then it does in Zambia. If you say you would like to earn a living of $2000 a month from DJ gigs and music releases that is measurable and achievable if you put the work in. I know people that make a living (in Victoria no doubt) doing music full time.

Similarly, “I want to be a big producer” doesn’t cut it. There’s no real way of knowing when this would be accomplished. There should be real world evidence possible for what it is you desire. “I would like to have a #1 track chart on Beatport”, “I would like to headline a show”, or “I would like to go on a tour across the province” are all tangible and very possible.

Here’s a few examples of what I personally want /  what I am working towards:
  • A vinyl release (even a white label or one side of a release.)
  • A tour, either in BC or across Canada (at least 3 dates)
  • Building a system to host more seminars and help share motivational techniques to artists.
Would someone else be able to look and say “Yes – I can absolutely see that (DJ/Producer X) has accomplished that.”, in regards to your goal when you have met it? If not, refine it. Here’s a few things to consider:

  • It’s OK if it takes time to boil down some concrete things you want to bring about.
  • Be specific and make it tangible.
  • Bonus points if you can communicate it in 10 words or less!
  • Write it down and post it up somewhere you will see it every day, like on your monitor, or by your decks.
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