Have you ever come to a point in your musical career found yourself saying “fuck this, _________ is just ruining music for me”?? I have and many of my music friends have as well. I don’t want this to be confused with the common case of writers block. I am talking about doing something for so long and all of the things that used to make you love music have just started annoying you. I have found that a common occurrence of this can be found among club DJs. Being forced to play music you really don’t enjoy playing because 1. either you need the cash or 2. you just want to play so bad it doesn’t matter what they want you to play. I have been a victim of this phenomenon myself and later on in this post I am going to give you my advice for this.
For those of you who love the more underground styles of music (ie house or bass music), it is hard to walk into a Top 40 bar every weekend and get requests to play stuff like Rihanna, Sammy Adams (whoever the hell that guy is lol), or stuff like Shania Twain or Solja Boy. Yeah there are some crazy requests out there. Not only are the requests often bad in these venues, but the people requesting are often times annoying as hell. One time i had a guy request six songs in a row without skipping a beat. Then you have the belligerent ladies spilling drinks all over your gear or attempting to dance up on you from behind. These things tend to get repetitive and annoying because if you are anything like me you tend to stay relatively sober.
If these kinds of things get to you and you find yourself hating what you are doing, just take a step back and revisit what it is you truly love. We all need to remember who we are as musicians as well as who we are as individuals. Somewhere inside of you is a talented musician waiting to get out. Music is about love and sharing. Every time I get on stage to play I remind myself that I am sharing songs that I love with the people around me. This is what is important. Don’t let the things that annoy you while playing affect your love of music. Some day you will find an event that wants you to play what you want to play and you will kill it! Don’t let pushy club owners or f&#@d up patrons ruin it for you. Remember music is what you love, so try to play what you love and love what you play.
I hope this helps some of you get out of the funk you are in!
Peace Love and bass