Keep DJing Fun

I have a confession to make. Ever since I stopped DJing full-time to focus on building TechTools, the gigs I now play are significantly more fun. Playing four gigs a week  for years led to serious burn out and nearly forgetting why I became a DJ in the first place. For those just starting out, a full time gig as a DJ would be a dream gig. That is very possible; but after a while, if you’re not careful, it can become just another job, or even worse, a job you don’t even like! After 14 years of playing in clubs, here are a few of my tips for keeping the craft fun no matter how often you practice it.


Taking your passion and turning it into a career can be a recipe for success or disaster, depending on how the transition is managed.  Keep in mind that DJing for a living is hard work, and can often involve some artistic sacrifices if you want to sustain income long term (i.e. playing local pop clubs until your Beatport singles blow up). Once forced to hustle for gigs and your lively hood depends on that income, the dynamic of DJing can change dramatically. All too often DJs fall into the following trap: a gig is something theyneed to do, not something they want to play.
Fortunately, there are a high number of casual and professional DJs that have a great time sharing wonderful music with rapturous crowds eager to dance the night away. Here are a few tips for keeping fun in the game for those who go pro or keep the day job:
Even though we may talk about technology a lot around these parts, remember it’s the music that keeps us passionate and excited about the next gigs.  After several years, it’s easy to become complacent and stick to the standard rotation of tracks you always play. To keep the excitement alive, make sure there is always a constant flow of fresh music in the hopper.


Old habits die hard. To really force yourself to freshen up your sets, delete stale tracks and replace them with new bangers!


Sure, the crowd needs to get theirs, but if you are not playing music that moves and excites you, chances are they are not really that excited. “Billie Jean” can only work so many times; often it’s your excitement and enthusiasm about music that can really move the floor.
Unless there is no other choice, I am a big advocate of keeping the day job as long as possible. By taking money out of the equation, gig choices can be made based on important factors like fun and career development- not just a quick buck.
If a typical night finds you staring out at the dance floor, bored and wishing the night would end, then it might be time to make some dramatic changes. Switching venues, technology platforms, or even musical styles would all inject a fresh twist in an otherwise boring routine. Whenever I personally start to get bored, it is time to learn a new controller and force a re-invention of style.
Don’t sell the house at a discount, but wherever possible try not to focus on the money alone. With income as the driving factor behind a gig we all forget to have fun! Hopefully, we are all there for the music and the income.  Not to pop anyone’s bubble, but if it’s cash you’re after then you have a better chance of striking it rich on the stock market.
If all else fails and you’re still not having as much fun anymore, then it might be time to take a break from DJing. Sometimes a little perspective provides opportunity for new inspiration. After taking the past year off, I am almost ready to start touring again with a fresh perspective, new music and, of course, some brand new controllers!  Speaking of touring, I played a rare set last night at one of my favorite clubs- “The Endup” in San Francisco.  For those that are a fan of house music, here is one hour of my set recorded from 3am to 4am.  Constructive feedback is always welcome!

http://www.djtechtools.com/2010/08/02/keep-djing-fun/ * Written by Ean Golden on August 2nd, 2010 ]


Laurent Garnier - Retrospective

Laurent Garnier - Retrospective

F255DCD, 137.0255.023
2 x CD, Compilation, Digipak
28 Aug 2006
House, Techno


1-01Marl Chingus  - 6 Months Earlier5:33
  Producer, Written-By - Llorca
1-02Laurent Garnier  - Flashback (Video Mix)4:57
1-03Laurent Garnier  - Greed (Avril Radio Mix)3:58
  Remix - Avril
1-04Alex Attias  - 10.000 Leagues (Wake Lab Mix)7:48
  Mixed By - Scan X
  Producer, Written-By - Alex Attias , Bembé Segué*
  Remix - Laurent Garnier
  Vocals - Bembé Segué*
1-05Laurent Garnier  - Theme From Larry's Dub4:30
  Flute - Magic Malik*
1-06Laurent Garnier  - Crispy Bacon5:45
1-07Laurent Garnier  - Man With The Red Face (Live)10:31
  Bass - Per Zanussi
  Drums - Anders Engen
  Electric Piano [Rhodes], Other [Live Recording With] - Bugge Wesseltoft
  Engineer [Sound], Recorded By - Geir Ostensjo*
  Percussion - Rickard Genzo
  Saxophone - Haakon Kornstad*
  Technician [Vinyl Fx] - Jonas Lonna*
1-08Laurent Garnier  - La Minute De Japonais2:11
  Voice - Alex From Tokyo , Laurent Garnier
1-09Tres Demented  - Demented (Laurent Garnier Edit)7:44
  Edited By - Laurent Garnier
  Producer, Written-By - Carl Craig
1-10Laurent Garnier  - Jeux D'Enfants5:59
  Mixed By - Scan X
  Vocals [Words] - Luna (14)
1-11Laurent Garnier  - Sambou10:42
2-01Laurent Garnier  - Acid Eiffel (Live)8:16
  Bass - Per Zanussi
  Drums - Anders Engen
  Electric Piano [Rhodes], Other [Live Recording With] - Bugge Wesseltoft
  Engineer [Sound], Recorded By - Geir Ostensjo*
  Percussion - Rickard Genzo
  Producer, Written-By - Didier Delesalle
  Saxophone - Haakon Kornstad*
  Technician [Vinyl Fx] - Jonas Lonna*
2-02Laurent Garnier  - Coloured City6:10
  Vocals - Laurent Garnier
2-03Laurent Garnier  - Communications From The Lab (Germ Remix)6:04
  Remix - Germ
2-04DJ Marky & XRS  - Butterfly (Laurent Garnier Remix)9:50
  Producer, Written-By - DJ Marky & XRS
  Remix - Laurent Garnier
2-05Alaska  - At Night6:43
2-06Laurent Garnier  - Barbiturik Blues6:23
  Keyboards - Bugge Wesseltoft
  Mixed By - Scan X
2-07Laurent Garnier  - Downfall5:35
  Mixed By - Laurent Collat , Laurent Garnier
2-08Elegia  - Basic (Wake Up Lab Remix)5:17
  Producer, Written-By - Laurent Collat
  Remix - Laurent Garnier
2-09Laurent Garnier  - Astral Dreams6:12
2-10Laurent Garnier  - For Max4:33
2-11Laurent Garnier  - Raw Cut5:58
2-12Laurent Garnier  - Le Voyage De Simone4:37
  Vocals - Laurent Garnier