MITL MAG's own, Tif Reyes could not wait to dive into these 5 juicy questions with One-Guy-G. The 39 year old Disc Jockey (DJ) tells Tif all about his daily life as a DJ and even offers some helpful tips to handle technical issues while on stage.
Walk me through a day in your life. What does your average week look like?
On average I usually get up between 9 and 9:30 a.m. Getting up any earlier— it’s just not in my nature to do that. I'll have a banana then by 9:30, I like to do a bit of meditation, go to spin class, shower and get ready for my day. By that time it's roughly 11:30 a.m., so I'll make myself a quick protein shake with a slice if avocado toast and sit down to check emails.
If I have any client/gig meetings, I usually schedule them to start after 12:00 noon. The meetings can take a few hours. Afterwards, I start preparing for my set, pick out my "fit", get my gear together, then I'm out the door to DJ.
Depending on the gig, sometimes I can get home early by 2 a.m., take a quick shower, and do it all again the next day.
Every DJ has faced technical issues at one point or another. What’s a good tip to help during those moments?
Tif you are definitely correct about that. It's not a matter of if, but a matter of when technical issues will happen. I've had hardware failures more times than I can count. Whether it’s a laptop crash or a frayed cable, it doesn’t matter: the music will stop either way.
I always try to remain calm in those moments and move on to plan B. Every DJ should have a back up plan in place because plan A can always fail. Lastly, I always have extra adapters, cords, cables and an alternative music source like my iPad just in case.
“It's not a matter of if, but a matter of when technical issues will happen. I've had hardware failures more times than I can count.”
Are there any current trends in the DJ world, and if so, do you tend to work against trends or incorporate them into your DJ style?
I would say that Afrobeats have been in an up swing for a while now. I always incorporate some of the latest trends into my DJ style. I think it's important to do that.
What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a DJ? As an attendee?
Well my family and I recently celebrated my grandmother's 82nd birthday. "Happy belated birthday grandma. I love you." I had the pleasure of DJing. As a DJ, that was my most memorable night. It was truly special for me. As an attendee, it would have to be the 2019 New Kids on The Block tour. That show was "lit." I really enjoyed it. Took me back down memory lane.
If you could eternally be stuck in one year's music scene, which year would it be?
Hmm, I would have to say 2001. A lot of memorable stuff happened in 2001. I mean that's when music really started to shift. We had so many good cross-genre collaborations. Even after the big tragedy that was seen and felt around the world, music was the one thing that kept me going and helped me bounce back.