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An inspirational scratch DJ story on pursuing your dreams that I wanted to share with you:
So the bad news…….I have cut for 2 hours in the last 5 weeks.
The good news……I just moved 700 kms to Vancouver BC to pursue my dreams! I have just slept on couches and been without my dog Atrayu for the last 5 weeks while getting set up in Van city. I am from vancouver Island but have been living in the far north interior for the last year while working in the bush. I have worked in the bush for 8 years at various jobs from treeplanting to Layout Engineering. Up there I was the only dj for well over 100 kms and other than QSU had little to no interaction with other dj’s except when I travelled back to my condo on Vancouver Island. In my spare time I got certified as a Personal Trainer. I also took a top 40 residency (that I did not enjoy to say the least) for the last 3 months to get extra money. Finally saving up enough money I gave notice at my job and packed my bags for the city!!!
Within 2 days I had a job as a personal trainer and 2 weeks after that I scored a sweet bachelor pad in downtown Vancouver, 2 blocks from the beach! I just got back from a 1400 km round trip drive with a dodgy rented u-haul trailer on my truck and am finally settled, with my dog, in the new pad. Decks are currently getting set up, I also bought two new techs so now I have those and my two TTX1’s along with my serato setup, macbook pro and rane ttm-56 the studio is coming along nicely.
It has been a hard go and losing out on 5 weeks of practice broke my heart but it has all been worth it. I have already booked 2 solid gigs. I am playing a 2 day party on a small island off the coast with 17 other dj’s and am headlining a 2 stage party for halloween on vancouver island. On top of that I am surrounded by musical inspiration and other dj’s now. I am also enrolling in night classes at a music production school to learn from masters how to make the music I love instead of sitting at home smashing my head against the wall trying to figure it out myself stuck in the middle of nowhere 🙂
I just have one piece of advice…….follow your heart and the universe will open its arms for you! All I needed was patience and ambition and everything fell into place. I am damn glad to be back I missed y’all. Best of luck to all of you in your future endeavours!
P.S. Please find this mix attached for all your Studio Scratches readers:
So, go confidently in the direction of your (scratch) dreams, live the life you have imagined.
– DJ Short-e