Life and the world of DJ Unprotected...

DJ Unprotected has a passion for music and partying.  There couldn't be a better career for him.  Producing music and DJing seem like a way of life.  The path less traveled, yet the only one available for him.  Someone once said, "Dude, you f*ck things up with style."  That may or may not be the case, but one thing is for sure, he LOVES what he does.

You can find weekly recorded mixes on Mixcloud, as well as new productions posted on SoundCloud.  As always, play it loud and have fun!

Being A Great Listener 

We all know that one person who doesn't listen when you talk to them.  As you're trying to tell them something, they're responding before you're able to finish your sentence.  How annoying is that?!  We also know that one person who is a great listener when you talk to them.  They take in all of the things you have to say and then provide their input, if needed.  Where am I going with this...

As a producer, I feel it's important to be a great listener to the music you're creating.  It's important to let the melody speak to you.  I have learned that it's best to let the melody and chord progression tell you where the song is going, and not tell them where they need to go.  An artist that I recently worked with said it best, "It's all about the feels.  I'm not speaking to the music, all I'm doing is reacting to the feels. No structure, no theory, just the feels man."

Listen to music like you're trying to be its' best friend and feel the difference.

Comfort Zone: Breached! 

It's important to step out of your comfort zone.  At least, that is what I have been told!  Recently, I have realized that I have compositions that need lyrics.  Some of the artists I work with do not write their own songs.  So in relation to the Winston Churchill quote that I've posted, I decided to take a course in songwriting.

The first thing I learned in the course was how to write effective lyrics.  You do that by writing what is real to YOU.  This means going deep emotionally and really expressing how you feel about something.  To write the best hook, it has to touch others.  Touching others requires you to use words that they can relate to.  Before I get too wordy here, what I'm trying to say is that putting emotion into words is a challenge.  I'm a man, and we all know how skilled men are at expressing their emotions! 

Regardless, I know that I want to write songs for my artists and it is what I need to take my music to the next level.  So I am willing to step out of my comfort zone to create great music.  Stay tuned!

Opportunities are EVERYWHERE! 

This quote should be the mantra of every musician.  I have learned that it is best to find opportunities whenever you can and always look to learn from those opportunities.  Nothing is ever a loss, while everything has all to gain.  Anytime that I get frustrated, I remember this quote and change the way that I am looking at things. 

Time to lock myself in the studio.  Here's to new music!

Mix: Laced Radio #04 

Turns out this was my last week live with the Artist Radio Station.  The station lost its funding partner so they're holding off on broadcasting until more money comes in.  It was a great experience, since I DJ everyday, I will continue to post the mixes.  NO LOSS HERE. 


Live Mix 

As a DJ it's important to just 'play out'.  Fortunately, technology allows us to be able to do that from our own home/studio.  I'm so excited to have a slot with this radio station and having broadcasted a few test mixes, I can say it is completely different than recording a mix and posting it to sites like Mixcloud & Soundcloud.  Whatever I'm playing, people are hearing exactly at that moment!  There are no starting over because of error.  The show must go on...

People have asked, "So what are you going to play in your mix?"  Well, I'm a huge fan of electro house and pop music, so my mix will definitely feature both of those genres.  I also like hip hop and chill out house.  What am I getting at here?  You can expect high energy house, as well as some classics that you may have not heard in a while. 

Even though I'm playing the music by myself in my studio, I still feel that crowd interaction is important.  Hit me up on Twitter to send me requests and I'll see what I can slip in the mix.  See you Wednesday from 8-10 PM Central.


For the love of music, give some back! 

Honestly, being a DJ is one of the biggest rushes I have ever experienced.  Having yet to reach the 10,000 hour milestone of actually DJing, I still have things to learn to master my craft.  They say that teaching is the best way to learn, so that is what I am going to do!  I have signed up to be a DJ instructor at a local music store and I could not be more enthusiastic about it.  How awesome is it really to not only teach people the art and science of DJing, but to also show them the secrets of my personal craft?  Words cannot describe how awesome it is!

The lessons should begin soon and I definitely plan on writing about them here.  Lookout ears, because there will be some mixes with NO-LUBE applied!  Stay tuned...

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Don't only practice your art, but force your way into it's secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.”

— Ludwig van Beethoven



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