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Felipe Lira is one of the best-known DJs in the music scene: with residencies at The Week and San Sebastian Group, his talent at the helm of picku-ps has already taken him to shake up various parties around the world, as in the United States, Colombia, Spain, Greece, China and Chile – just to name a few countries.
For this week, “SCRUFF Responds” invited DJ Felipe Lira to clarify questions from readers. To send a question on any subject to the column, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I dream of being a DJ how should I do it?
First, you have to like music, because there are a lot of people looking for the profession as a way to appear, and liking music is the main thing because more than 70% of the DJ’s work he does at home through research and listening to a lot of music. You should like music, and always try to stay tuned to the market in general.
Is it true that to be a DJ you need to have contacts from nightclubs or have friends in the middle?
Nowadays, we managed to become a little more professional in this part, thankfully. There are already some agencies working very seriously in the LGBT market, mainly, because in the straight market this predominates, some bookers that we call ‘managers’, who are the entrepreneurs. In relation to this thing of making contacts, meeting people is part of your job like any artist who must know your audience, but you don’t necessarily need contacts to go and play, if you have an agency or someone who represents you well, that today it already counts a lot. But of course, for those just starting out, we always start at friends’ parties, start at the bottom, do not want to come and sit at the window, wanting to play on the main floor of a nightclub, for example.
I would like to be a DJ, but only like trance, do I have to understand all the musical styles that play at night like techno, house, drumbass and dance to be one?
You don’t have to understand, we become DJs because we fall in love with a certain type of music. I make an analogy with the bands and singers, there is an axé singer, but he is a singer in general, and he can sing pop, forró anyway, just like us. The more you know about music – the better, if not, you will be extremely limited, as a DJ or as any professional. It is not essential, but to know what you play and in general, but this is usually part of the courses, about the history of electronic music, and it is always important to know.
To follow Felipe Lira Instagram: @djfelipelira.
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