Every DJ learns from his mistakes and becomes a better performer over time. Sean Doron also belongs to that group that made mistakes and rectified them. He is now one of the most sought-after underground DJs in the world with a list of hit tracks, such as Illuminati, Never Satisfied, Cala Comte, Jasmino, and many more.
It took him more than ten years to become famous in the electronic music industry. But Sean believes that DJs these days now have the power of technology that allows them to skip the mistakes they had made earlier. Today, he points out the most common mistakes he made during his DJing career, which millennial DJs can easily avoid.
1. Ignoring levels and red lights
Initially, Sean wasn’t aware that red lights could damage speakers and amplifiers. Since he primarily practiced at home, he didn’t know that red lights indicate trouble with a couple of speakers. During his first performance at a nightclub, he noticed the red lights bumping up as soon as he dropped the beats. Fortunately, he quickly realized his mistake on the spot and didn’t let anyone understand what had happened.
“The first time the beat dropped, I saw a couple of those red lights blink up. The same thing happened a few seconds later. Although the crowd was enjoying it to the fullest, I was sure that something was wrong. It was after the third blink that I realized the amplifier was operating at its highest setting. I immediately reduced the bass so that the speakers and amplifier wouldn’t get distorted.”
2. Playing the best track early
New DJs are often overly excited to play their most famous track. The same thing happened with Sean. “I noticed that people loved a couple of my tracks. They would immediately come from the bar and start dancing. So, I thought, why not play those tracks as soon as I got my chance? Then I realized that people began dispersing to their seats after those couple of songs.
Most DJs make this mistake because they have the adrenaline rush of drawing the crowd to the dance floor. I would advise you to hold on to your favorite tracks for later. That’s what I do now. I would never play Cala Comte as my first song. You need to build up the atmosphere, allowing the audience to get into the groove before playing your chosen songs.”
3. Not recording your mixes
It doesn’t matter whether you are a new or a veteran DJ; you should always record your live mixes to improve following sessions. “DJing has various areas of improvement. But you can improve if you record your mixes every time you play in a nightclub or festival. The Cala Comte that I first played in a nightclub is slightly different from what I play now. This is because I constantly want to improve.
Honestly, I’m never happy with my final songs. I always think there is room for improvement. That is why I record my mixes and later use different functions like samples, effects, and loops to see if the song sounds better or not. One way to improve mixing is to call your friends and play different versions of the same song. Ask for suggestions regarding what could be done differently to make the song sound better.”
4. Playing too many crowd requests
Always make sure you make a playlist of original tracks that you want to play at a party or festival. Sure, the crowd will make song requests. But check whether those songs are already there in your playlist or not. If they aren’t, you should limit the number of requests to a few. According to Sean, “Underground DJs should showcase their skills in their new tracks. When I came into DJing, I was adamant that I would make the crowd dance to my new songs. I didn’t want to become one of those DJs that remixed old songs with a few beats here and there. That doesn’t mean I declined all crowd requests. But you have to draw the line somewhere. If you continue playing crowd requests, you will hardly have time to play your tracks.”
5. Playing only for yourself
It is one thing to enjoy with the crowd, but it’s different if you keep playing the songs only for yourself. DJing is about making the group happy and not yourself. “I often go to clubs where I see DJs enjoying back-to-back tracks, but the crowd is just sitting in their chairs talking to themselves. In DJing, the crowd always comes first. You may love a few tracks, but that doesn’t mean you will play them even if they are not the favorites in the crowd. My job is to entertain people with my skills. And I still feel the same excitement when they sing my songs and dance to those tracks.”
Sean is not just a renowned underground DJ; he is also a mentor for upcoming DJs. You can keep these mistakes in mind and avoid them on your next gig.