Kid Circus, DJ and producer

 31 July 2012

Kid starting singing in a vocal group with a couple of friends and is now an established DJ and promoter.

"Some of the best music out there has been made from nothing but a keyboard and a sampler. Get what you can afford, and take it from there.



What job do you do?

I'm a DJ and Producer.

What previous jobs have you done?  

I sang as part of a vocal group formed with a couple of friends for a performance at sixth form college.

I've also worked in club promoting, including booking live PA systems and assisting a live sound engineer.

What qualifications do you have?

I have a HND in performing arts.

What do you do at work?

I work on current tracks and revisit older ideas (I never, ever get rid of them).

It sounds clichéd, but don’t give up.

I'm constantly listening to new music (and old), be it for inspiration or to source music to play.

I also deal with a lot of social media as a means of promoting upcoming shows and releases.

What’s the best thing about your job?  

You can’t beat a great response from a crowd when you’re playing out, especially if they respond well to tracks you’ve made yourself.

And the worst thing about the job?

Dodgy promoters and uncooperative venue owners – I won’t mention any names though!

How do I get into music?

My top five tips for getting into DJing:

  1. Start small
    Play at house parties you get invited to, birthday shindigs, even a mate's wedding if necessary! It all builds your experience before you start to move up to promote yourself to people like bar owners and club promoters.
  2. Do your research
    If you want to approach venue managers and promoters to get gigs, make sure you've researched everything you can about them. Then you'll have a firm idea of their music policy, the acts or DJs they already have, and therefore whether what you have to offer is relevant to what they’re doing.  It's much better to take a targeted approach than a blanket one. Don't just send CDs to everyone you come across.
  3. Keep discovering
    Go out to clubs and live music events, so you know what’s out there and what’s current. Always keep hunting down music, be it old or new.  If you don’t have the hunger to discover things, particularly new music, you’re in the wrong job!
  4. Don't get put off by low funds
    Don’t go thinking you need a raft of expensive equipment to start producing. Some of the best music out there has been made from nothing but a keyboard and a sampler.  Get what you can afford, and take it from there. 
  5. Be nice
    Arrogance is not an endearing quality.

It sounds clichéd, but don’t give up. Hard work and perseverance will get you where you need to be, or at least a few rungs up the ladder.

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