8 Unmissable Bits Of Advice From Mike Mac

Mike Mac

DJ/Producer Mike Mac just shared some amazing advice on Facebook, with his prior permission we are republishing it here. Check out our review of his latest collab with Tristan Ingram on Sleazy Tech here, check out his soundcloud below and do take time to read some absolute pearls of wisdom for all budding DJs…

Sat going through my vinyl the other day and found the first house record I ever purchased – ‘Robert Owens’ – Bring Down The Walls. This record came out in the late 80’s but didn’t find its way into my hands until about 1991, it crackles and skips a bit now and the centre of the label is worn away – but it made me feel really nostalgic about when I first caught the music bug…
I remember getting a loan to buy my first pair of 1200’s and my dodgy Gemini mixer, such an amazing feeling…
In the years since I first played that record, I’ve seen loads change and I’ve learnt a few things (not much though)… Here are the main things I’ve discovered over time…
1. Very few DJ’s actually make the big time, by that I mean achieve great things and then maintain them, don’t be surprised or upset if you don’t become a star over night or indeed a star at all – Just love the music…
2. Have as broad a taste as possible, there is so much good music across so many genres, it’s a travesty to not love a little bit of everything, try to find something beautiful in every corner…
3. Always try to help and encourage new talent whenever you can, the more the merrier in my opinion. Let others be your inspiration in the same way you may be to them…
4. Don’t get upset by being let down, it may be with gigs that get cancelled, parties that may not live up to expectation, poor sound systems, the occasional poor performance or even with broken promises made by others. Be resilient, you need the lows to appreciate the highs…
5. Act with humility, no one likes a big head, so many before you have had small successes that have turned them into ‘one off the wrist’. None of us are special, if you think you are you will slowly but surely become lonely then irrelevant. Be grateful for every opportunity to play to people. Let others talk you up…
6. Be happy for other people’s success, jealousy is the ugliest of DJ traits and isn’t a quality that will aid your career, at the end of the day we play music and don’t save lives, it’s supposed to be a bit of fun…
7. Remember what sparked your passion for music, remember how you feel when you’re on the dance floor and the music really moves you, smile and enjoy yourself.
8. Be original, you don’t need to have a snap back and a black t-shirt to be part of the in crowd…
I’m grateful for every opportunity to share music with others, I’ll play as long as I can and I’ll keep on listening…
M

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