What is music? Sound, kick, bass. It is something you hear every day maybe in the car, gym, or just to pass the time, but love for music is something else. My love for music started late in 2013 and I remember it was Swedish House Mafia’s last concert. Back then, I used to enjoy music and thought Ultra was going to be a good experience but after that concert, something surfaced, a love for electronic music. This newfound love for music was something that I had never felt before. After the concert, I decided to get into music production, but I knew it wasn’t going to be easy.

After months of tutorials, I finally decided to give music production a chance. Months and months of hard work allowed me to start creating some pretty nifty sounds. Feedback was automatically given: “When are you playing bro?,” “I want to see you go live.” This idea was running through my head all day and all night. Playing live was something I wasn’t really expecting, but then my first gig request came up. I’m not going to lie to you guys, I was scared out of my mind.

“Gig” day finally came up. I was quivering on my way up to the stage. Everyone was saying “you’re going to do fine” and “good luck, man” but I did not trust anything they said. It was 9 PM, the place was kind of empty but it was starting to get a little more packed by the minute. I had pre-planned my set, which supposedly isn’t “real djing” for some people, but all I could think about was just getting through the night. I was supposed to play from around 9 PM to 12 AM, and about 45 min into my gig I had finished my pre-planned set. I finally understood why everyone said that using a pre-planned set isn’t real djing. I started panicking because I had not practiced any other transitions except the ones I had planned for the night. I then remembered that a couple of months back I was talking to a really close friend who already had some professional gigs lined up, and I asked him how he manages with the nerves since he was not really shy compared to me. He told me “I do it for fun, if you stress, you mess up.  Enjoy the mix and control the people with the music”.

I decided to start playing my favorite jams, and people started reacting differently and with much more movement than before. People that were sitting down started getting up little by little. I was controlling the crowd. BPM slower, faster, in between, they were all moving to the rhythm. To make a long story short, the night was a success. People were congratulating me left and right, saving my number, and even asking me to play at their parties. Even though I was happy about that, I was really proud of what I had done. Overcoming stage fright was something that I thought was going to take a long time, but it actually took a couple of minutes of letting loose and most important enjoying what I was doing!

Author: Diego Perez
University: Florida International University
Instagram: diegoperezdyer

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