GLOSS Volume 2, Issue 7 - 2018 - Page 59

E X C L U S I V E How does a DJ starting out rise to the level of being the Best DJ in the Middle East? Three words: Passion, hard work and dedication, and make sure you have a killer social media manager! One of the best things about watching a DJ at work is how slick and easy he makes it look. What are some of the challenges you face that your audience might not know about? Every job has its fair share of challenges. The biggest challenge is to make everyone happy. Music is subjective and it takes crowd reading skills to make sure your music is sitting well with them. Here’s a secret the crowd doesn’t know, but we DJs are constantly monitoring their reactions. Another challenge is technology. Yes technology is our best friend, it has revolutionized how DJs work and has made our workflow easier, but sometimes technology can our worst enemy. There is one such memory from a show of mine that remains etched in my mind, where a faulty piece of equipment was being replaced while the crowd was grooving without them knowing what is actually going on, and it all had to happen before the song I was played ended. Along with playing at clubs, you also do weddings. What is the biggest and craziest wedding you have played for? The infamous Bali wedding. It was set up in a 7 star hotel, over the course of one week with parties for every occasion and sometimes for no reason at all. I don’t remember sleeping that entire week. It has got to top my list of crazy weddings but I would do it all again if I had the chance!