The good DJ’s label: useful tips for “surviving” – with Angelo Raguso
One of the best known names in the panorama of the techno and tech-house scene for almost 10 years: FAW9. Stage name of Angelo Raguso. DJ, Producer, Ghost Producer, Label Owner. In about ten years of career, Angelo Raguso has done everything: he has released a hit single on the most famous EDM music label in the world: “Spinnin ‘Records”; several EPs on the best tech-house labels such as Elrow, Lapsus Music, Hotfingers and many others. He was supported by big-caliber DJs like Umek, Stefano Noferini, Richie Hawtin, Luciano and many others.
Today we asked him to share some tips with us on how to make success in this field.
This is the context in which most DJs find themselves in difficulty. The newcomer makes a classic mistake which is to see the competition in the other DJ and not an opportunity for further engagements. Treating your colleagues with respect instead brings the opportunity to get other evenings. But let’s examine some basic rules to follow in the console, shared from international Dj and Producer : Angelo Raguso :
- Never prepare your equipment during the performance of the other DJs, as long as you can avoid it. Performing the setup during the last discs of the colleague can generate a lot of tension in the console and leave the colleague rather angry at us.
- If it is not possible to perform the sound check beforehand, bring a short mixed CD to mix with the last track of the disc jockey that precedes us.Run the setup while the mixed cd is playing and, in any case, only after the colleague has definitively left the console.
- Take at least 20 minutes to perform the necessary operations. Inform the colleague that we are about to prepare our setup and that he feels free to tell us if and when we will get in the way. Reassure him that we are only preparing things in advance, but there is no hurry for him. Take advantage of times when your colleague is not mixing to perform small preparatory operations, but do not disturb him in any way when he is near the mixer. Thanks the colleague for his patience once the setup is complete.
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