“Also, make sure what you are putting out to the world is as professional sounding as you can. There are tons of artists out there throwing crap around the internet … choose quality over quantity.”
Check out the interview with DJ Majestik exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
DJ Majestik: I’ve been at this game a long time, 15 years now, hard to believe. It was back when it was techno and not EDM. I started producing in Rochester, New York after a friend gave me some software to write on. That was Propellerheads Rebirth and it fueled my passion for writing electronic music. I started deejaying around 2005 on 2 HDXs and a mixer; old school. I’ve been all over from New York to Florida and now I’m in Nashville, Tennessee.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
If I had the answers to that I wouldn’t still be trying to make it myself. I guess my number one is to never give up, just keep working your craft. I’ve tried quitting a dozen times but it never stuck. I just kept going back to the music. Also, make sure what you are putting out to the world is as professional sounding as you can. There are tons of artists out there throwing crap around the internet. Make sure to distinguish yourself. Put out unique, original music, and choose quality over quantity.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
When I started, it was what most of the bedroom DJs wanted; sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll right? Then it was about money and fame. But now, I just want to share my music with the world, both in my productions and deejaying. It’s the one thing in the world I love doing. When I’m at work I’m dreaming of heading home and getting new ideas out. I just love the creative aspect music brings. My goal for 2016 is to be doing this full-time.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I miss the days when music was more of a culture. Raving in Orlando felt so magical, so amazing. Now it seems there is a lot of facades and negativity, specifically in the EDM community. The music industry should be about music first and foremost, as an artist that is what it’s all about.
But just putting out great music will get you nowhere, you have to learn to market yourself. You have to be a great salesmen. And that’s where I fall short. Luckily, I was picked up by DJ Central Records out of Australia and I have been working with them to market and promote my remixes and they have done fantastic.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Growing up in the rave days of Orlando and being in a real rural area of Western New York, I’ve seen a lot of different scenes. Nothing quite compares with what you see in Nashville. There is something for everyone here and they get some very good talent in. And that makes it harder for us trying to make our way up to even be heard. They say in Nashville if you ever want a good singer/performer, just yell out “waiter.”
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Practice, practice, practice. Whatever music you make or if you are a DJ, immerse yourself fully in the craft. Think about it all the time. Make it your sole priority because when you do get that opportunity, and they don’t come along that often, you want to be prepared. It’s nerve wracking standing in front of a bunch of people and performing, but there is a sense of calm that comes to you when you realize I’ve done this a thousand times before. This is nothing, I got this.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Being signed by DJ Central Records. Before that, I was putting out music and had no one listening. I played many shows with just a few people in the audience (usually friends) and it is so hard to make it in this business. Having good representation that truly cares and wants you to be successful means everything to me.
What is your inspiration?
A lot of my creativity and inspiration comes from the pain I’ve gone through in my life. A lot of times the songs I hear in my head come from thinking of bad times or difficult times I’ve went through. It’s kinda strange but sometimes it feels much easier to write and perform feeling down than it is feeling happy.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I would love to say yes, but after 15 years of trying everything I could and still being on the fringe. I would say that unless you are willing to dedicate everything, put in all the hours, all the sweat, all the pain, and happen to find the right management, it is a tough road.
Looking back at all I’ve went through, many times I wonder if I went back would I do it again. I love music, but it was an extremely painful road. I’ve lost a lot in the process. But if you are truly committed, nothing will stop you. You have to truly make that decision whether it is really what you want or not.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official Website: www.djmajestik.com