Last Night a DJ Saved My Life

by Eric Disco
Feb 14

“Last night a DJ saved my life from a broken heart. Last night a DJ saved my life with a song.”

As someone who made electronic dance music, I felt sorry for guys who made rock music.

I had something they would never have:

I could DJ.

I believe this one simple fact is what has helped the evolution of electronic music progress so much over such a short period of time.

The DJ creates a paradigm within electronic music that almost no other genre can rival.

As someone who made electronic music and DJ’ed, I experienced it first hand.

Like rock music and any other genre, you sometimes hear a song or an artist that blows your mind. Wow. That is brilliant, you say to yourself.

And perhaps you can appreciate it even more than normal listeners, because you make music.

But unlike Salieri who could only sit around and envy Mozart, a DJ operates by a different set of possibilities.

When I hear an amazing song, my second instinct, after figuring out what the person did, is to share it with other people.

And unlike the rock musician who can only tell his friend what a great album it is, I get to actually spin the record on the dance floor.

It becomes part of me in a different way. It is an expression of myself even though I didn’t create it.

I feel nothing but love for the person who created it. Sure, a bit of envy at the artist’s virtuosity, but my ability to listen and pick it out among other songs only adds to my repertoire of greatness.

It’s a good attitude to take with pickup.

Sometimes you meet a guy who is amazing with women. Or is amazing in social situations. Or exudes a sexuality or magnetism that just attracts everyone to him

It can sometimes make you feel a bit insecure.

Wow.

That guy is amazing.

But instead of feeling bad about yourself that you lack the same abilities he does, you can take this fantastic opportunity to learn from someone.

You have the ability to look at what he does, what he’s saying, what he’s wearing, how’s he’s interacting with people, and absorb it into your psyche.

It turns into a celebration of possibilities rather than a tribute to what you lack.

I check out sexy guys almost as much as I check out sexy women. What does he have that makes him so attractive?

What is he wearing? Those jeans with those shoes are an awesome look. But it wouldn’t be complete without the belt. Very cool.

How does he move? What is his body language like? How does he walk?

Is he with a hot girl? How is he interacting with her? Is he facing her or is she facing him? How are they sitting?

Talk to the guy if you can. Find out what he’s like. Make friends.

It’s not a threat. It’s an opportunity.

Next time you hear that amazing music, embrace it without hesitation.

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posted in Self-Improvement Strategies

COMMENTS
6 responses
Rogue says:

I think you’re wrong there. Rock music has the equivalent of DJs. They’re called karaoke bars. That is why karaoke bars have become so prevalent so fast: they give people the opportunity to connect with strangers through a common love of music. And that’s why karaoke bars can be a great place to meet women.

Eric Disco says:

I think you’re wrong there. Rock music has the equivalent of DJs. They’re called karaoke bars. That is why karaoke bars have become so prevalent so fast: they give people the opportunity to connect with strangers through a common love of music. And that’s why karaoke bars can be a great place to meet women.

You’re stepping all over my analogy!! Analogy killer!!! ;)

Yeah. You could say that about Karaoke. You could even say that there are rock DJ’s or DJ’s for every genre now, not just electronic music.

But the kind of DJs I’m talking about was the seminal DJ, the guy who actually created something new with his cutting and scratching and mixing. The DJ that inspired the artist as much as the artist inspired the DJ. Maybe more the original hip-hop DJ’s. And the DJs that created Drum and Bass. The original house DJ’s that made remixes with nothing but turntables. They were integral in the evolution of electronic music all throughout the 80s and 90s.

But yeah. Karaoke bars are a great place to meet women.

Mike Lehmann says:

Hey dude, when I hear a solid piece of rock that I admire, I simply take that awesome riff, piece of melody, waahooo, or what ever it is, and put it right into my next song. Thats the way rock musicians learn from their idols and develop their own personal style.

But you know, we think the same thing: the rest of your post, is fine ;-) .

Mike

Mr. Prez says:

as a still budding bedroom dj and sucessfully declamed computer geek, I know exactly what your saying. That urge to share that special piece of music, or pieces with everyone you know is amazing, and hearing that you did a good job mixing is even better. Sounds alot like an analogyized version of “theres no such thing as failure, only oppturnities to learn”

Just my 2 cents

-Mr. Prez

Clarence says:

Totally. You know us rock musicians, we try to play our guitars like you program your computers.

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