Numbers that drive you crazy

A good decision is placed on knowledge not on numbers – Plato

The best way to start things off is to give you an example. Guess what? It’s based on my everyday life – school. To be honest, there isn’t much else I’m doing right now, working and going to school. Oh, and doing sports, reading a book, …

Ok, that’s quite a lot! But I do spend most of my time at school unfortunately / luckily…
At school everyone cares about numbers: “You need to reach at least 50 points out of 100 to pass the class.” “You need to write at least 3000 words.” ….
“I want to earn a lot more money” is a common sentence by my friends and acquaintances.

I doubt those numbers are doing anything good to us. You can measure the numbers so they drive us crazy, they create competition. And whereever we face competition, there are people faking it. A wise man said once: “Only believe the statistics you have faked by yourself”

 

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Doesn’t matter if it’s politics or the music industry, the higher the numbers are, the better you are. Or at least the better you look like. I don’t want to name any artist but there are artists having their music in the charts even if it’s been released 2 years ago (especially in Psy-Trance)
Of course, you don’t need to sell many copies to get into Top 100, but there are also less people buying music. It’s kind of weird if a song stays in the charts permament for a year or two.

So, if a song is on place one at the charts, it doesn’t neccessarily mean it is the best song. I discovered many songs that are a lot better but underrated. So getting into the charts is more a point of having lots of nice friends or companies to buy you in?
You cannot generalize it, but there’s lots of faking when it comes to numbers. And what’s the result if everybody is faking? Faking, faking and faking. It’s a vicious circle. It’s a never ending story…

So, if you don’t get into faking the numbers are driving you crazy. You start to wonder where people are getting their plays from.

 

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If we could turn off all the statistics, it would make life a lot easier. Whose music gets listen will be recognized. Event promoters would stop comparing artists by their plays (this actually happens, an artist who has more plays than another gets easier booked). So an artist who has lots of plays (fake plays) gets booked, but maybe only once. People actually don’t know him so they won’t go there to see him. Faking statistics isn’t good in any way.

What do you think about statistics? Do you like having statistics to see your progression? Or are they driving you crazy?

 

 

5 Tips for the perfect DJ Set

In the past weeks many of you requested a blog on how to prepare a DJ Set. Selecting the tracks is a personal preference and every artist is taking care of other aspects. Today I’ll give you some of my tips.

 

1. Playtime

The very first thing I do is looking up what time I’m playing. There’s nothing worse than having a DJ playing the hardest and most powerful tracks in the very beginning. Don’t be such a fool and select your tracks carefully!!

2. Other DJs

You aren’t the only DJ playing that night, are you? If you don’t know the DJ who’s playing right after you just drop him a message and ask what style he plans to play. Select your tracks in a way, that you finish them off with some tracks in the style the other DJ is going to play. It’ll make the transition from one DJ to another a lot smoother. The party people will thank you for doing so! 😉

3. Structure

Great, you already know what songs you are playing in the end / beginning of your set. If you play the warm up or cool down you have tons of possibilities on how to structure your set.
Don’t hesitate to spend most of your time in structuring the mix. Adopt the same structure you used the last times. The crowd loves the style you are playing and they want to hear something similar! Don’t play the same sets at the same venues, though.

4. Plan B

I recommend you to have a “Plan B”. Think of your DJ Set like a car ride. You got destination A and B. However, there’s more than one route so you can either take the highway or the motorway.

5. Play it!!

Once the DJ Set is structured and well organized it’s time to play it! There can’t go anything wrong by following the steps above cautiously and corresponding with the crowd!

 

Do you have a checklist on how to prepare your checklist? I would love to hear about your workflow! Just leave a comment down below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

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Focus On The Moment

The past weeks I focused on writing about philosophical topics. However, I thought it would be more than appropriate for this week’s blog to write something personal. In the very beginning of my so-called “blogging” career I talked about what inspires me to produce music, my journey and what I’m looking forward to in the future.

Nonetheless, the most important is to enjoy the moment. So I’d love to talk about what my life currently looks like, the problems I’m facing and, of course, the small successes I’m having.

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I wonder what the maximum amount of time, yes, I’m talking about time, is you can put into working until your body and mind stagnates. Currently, I work about 70-80 hours a week excluding the time I spend for travelling. It seems to work out fine for me, I still got lots of energy and I can accomplish most of my work in time without losing quality. Until it’s sunday. Sunday’s the day I get nothing done even if I try hard.
So I rather spend my sundays with reading a book, sleeping or doing nothing. I cannot work 7 days a week without any breaks and little amount of sleep. I doubt anybody can do so.

What still keeps me up to do my work are the little achievements. The ones I know I got better, even if it’s just a bit. There’s nothing greater than seeing someone’s checking your work and they see you put effort in it. And they like it.
I did some artwork for a friend last week, finished the mastering for others and a new song whilst I coped with school. What excites me the most is that I got deeper into video animation. Video animation is like a super professional topic for me. I didn’t know it’s that hard. But I can do it if I really want to.

So finally, what keeps me going to do all this stuff? It’s just the little things in life that I enjoy and appreciate!

Dance with the sun!

People are taking care of their nutrition, doing lots of sports, spending less time in front of their TV. All of that just to become happy.

Most of them miss the most important source of happiness. Light. Sunlight.

When I woke up this morning it was dark outside. I went to the gym and did my morning workout. I realized (yep, actually realized!!) that the sun was rising while i was training.  It filled me with joy. It was a great day. I could barely see any clouds on the sky. So I decided to spend more time on the outside today.

It is winter over here in Austria and we got only 8 hours of sunlight a day. I spend lots of my time at school, actually almost all of my available time, so I hardly see what is going on outside of these four walls.

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I was wondering what is important to become happy. And sunlight is definitely one of the major factors. Spend at least an hour a day on the outside. Take your time and fill your body with Vitamine D. Take an hour off of your work.

Sunlight will do the rest for you!

 

Have you ever experienced a lack of sunlight? How did you feel? Did you find out that you were missing sunlight?

Setting Goals – Planning for the future

A goal without a plan is just a wish!

Last week I have been talking about my past and what inspires me. I got lots of great feedback and I also got asked to write about the present and the future. Where do I see myself in five years time and how can I set my goals properly?

 

I see many people struggle with achieving their goals. Actually, I hate seeing people fail in their life. Failure might be the biggest danger for happiness.

This week I got a little workshop for you. The next time you enter any public transport (i.e bus, train or whatsoever) you briefly inspect your fellow passengers. Do they look happy? What could they feel like? It is lots of fun inspecting strangers and guessing how they feel and what causes their mood. There are plenty of possibilities.

There is one thing I’ve recognized: Most of them seem to be unhappy. Whether they are dissatisfied with their work, their relationship or whatsoever, their face is filled with disappointment.

It is your choice to make the best out of your living. You only live once, so why should not you take a risk? If you have got nothing, you cannot lose anything.

 

Setting your goals.

What helped me the most to become happy is achieving goals. Having success. I got something to celebrate, something to be happy about because I achieved it. Split your goals into milestones and celebrate every milestones. Bigger milestones can be every month, small ones every week or even every day! I tend to pin my tasks and goals onto my door. Seeing them every time I enter my room, I can be happy about what I have accomplished. What I have achieved. And it makes me smile looking at these pins!

Just a year ago I started to read books about communication psychology and goal setting. It helped my personal development and I got to know myself a lot better. Knowing yourself is the key to success. Being aware of your own values makes it a lot easier to choose the right tasks and fulfill them. Always take care of the effects those tasks might have on your personality.

Values can be:
– Adventure
– Love
– Friends
– Respect
– Traveling
– Religion
– and many, many more…

Focusing on tasks will develop certain values while other values get neglected.

Where do I see myself in 5 years time?

Next year I will graduate from my Higher Technical College for Construction Engineering in Linz. I plan to work in Sweden for 3 months before doing alternative service. In Austria you have a compulsory military service. Every citizen needs to go to the army for at least six months after turning 18 years old or graduating from school. If you refuse using weapons you have the ability to do alternative service. I tend to help other people instead of using weapons.

Having the A-Level, I will go to university in a foreign country. Audio engineering would be my go-to and I will see if I can make it in the industry.

I hope that I can make a living of music and influence our society in a positive way.

If you have got any questions to me about setting goals, personal development or any other questions do not hesitate to contact me!

 

 

Photo: Roses & Lavender Photography Sylvia Felbermayr

What inspired me to produce music?

When words fail, music speaks ~ Shakespeare

When I started writing my first blog i asked myself a few questions:
– Do others feel the same emotions as I do while writing a new piece of music?
– Do others see the connection of every note? Is it just a randomn selection of
sounds? Does my music make sense?
– Do others listen to music as I do?

What is the best way to find out the answer? Exactly, composing your own productions and sharing them with the world. You can see the reactions in their eyes. Whether they like it or not. Whether the song touches their heart or not. Music never lies.

When I was 6 years old I wanted to play an instrument. Honestly, I have been really selfish so I did not like any other instrument than the one I was playing. And the only instrument I liked was the accordion. Although, an accordion is quite heavy and my legs hurt, I continued playing. I continued playing because I liked it.

In the beginning I only played for myself. I actually did not like to play in front of people because I feared they would judge my mistakes.

I do not know when I tried to compose my first song. But I was young, maybe nine or ten years old. Having no clue about music theory makes it really hard to write a song. It sounded terrible, I knew that and kept it for myself.

With 10 years you definitely lack of self-confidence. You do things because you do them. You do not ask why you are doing this. So I composed songs.

At the age of 12 years I did my first music theory course. With 14 Years I did another one. To be honest, I thought I would never need this again. And i complained about learning it.

Looking back to my childhood I see music composition always played a big role in my life. A bigger role than I actually imagined. I struggled coping with my emotions and music is the best way to get rid of it. Every song tells an adventure of my life and what I currently feel like. Composing is more than just putting samples together. Composing is reflecting your feelings, your emotions.

So coming back to the questions from the top:
I do not know the answers so I appreciate everyone who shares what they feel like when listening to my songs. Just comment below or on any of my posts!
There is nothing more beautiful for me than moving people, touching people and making them feel better.
Because music is my way of communication.