MITL MAG's own, Leeza A. was thrilled to dive into this interview with DJ Luigy. The South African native Disc Jockey (DJ) tells Leeza all about the most rewarding part of being a DJ and even offers some helpful tips to “mentally get in the zone” during a DJ set.
What are some factors that make a good DJ? A lousy DJ?
Behavior, you can play good music but if you're gonna be clumsy and impolite to other people then you're not really gonna go far. Remember that as a DJ you're the face of the event so it's your duty to make sure that everything else is represented well through you while you're on stage. And have the reputation of your brand in mind always.
Have the ability to read the crowd. Knowing who you play for can help you know what to play and when. You can't find people chilling or maybe even eating then start playing "turn-up" songs. Always cherish your work. An uninterested DJ will destroy the party rather than make it more enjoyable and exciting.
A good DJ genuinely enjoys his work. You'll always find him engaged and enthusiastic.
What would you regard as the most rewarding part of being a Disc Jockey?
Having hundreds and thousands of people looking forward to your set; on its own, is fulfilling. Otherwise, breaking music from young talented producers into the industry and the network of great people from various fields is everything. Imagine having the president as a fan…..Crazy right!
“Having hundreds and thousands of people looking forward to your set; on its own, is fulfilling.”
I’m sure that at some point in time during your career, you have received terrible song requests. Can you provide a helpful way to overcome this situation?
This is a very disturbing situation, and it's funny how some people would go as far as offering money for the DJ to play a not so good song. I simply just smile and promise to play it last for peace's sake until I go off stage.
If you could DJ for any artist, who would it be and why?
Definitely Black Coffee because besides being a great DJ, he understands music from A to Z and my sound would resonate with him since we both love house music.
I know that you have to “mentally get in the zone” during a DJ set? How do you mentally prepare? What tips can you offer our readers?
It starts with self-awareness. You need to know that you're good at what you do and understand that your set will not be liked by everybody. Then you'll be ready to fly. Be on time, always. This will save you from unnecessary panic and says more about your brand as a DJ. Be prepared. Remember that DJing is storytelling through music. I personally sort my playlist from low-energy tracks and build momentum to the upbeat tracks because I don't believe in stories that begin on climax. Take people through the journey.