Curt’s love for music started as a teen back in his home country of South Africa in a little city you may of heard before, Cape Town (get it 😀 ). His first hardware setup consisted of 2 antiquated cassette players which he would pause and un-pause until he got the beats to match. “Seeing the look on peoples faces when you play that certain track or when that beat drops after a huge build up just raises the hair on the back of your neck and arms doesn’t it, I mean when music moves you this much you just know you need to be involved somehow or in some way. Music has so many avenues and has become so much easier for people of all shapes, sizes, colors and abilities to get involved. Take a look at YouTube and how it has become one the best things to happen to music, it has allowed so many bedroom wannabe’s to become the next star be it vocals, dancing or producing. Who would of thought that 5 years ago all it was good for was cat video’s but now it’s where everyone goes to preview that new track that everyone is talking about”
He really found his style once he moved to the States and made friends with some key people in the industry. Mixing soon led to producing which now takes up most of his time however you will still find him dropping a hot mix every few months or so just to keep those deck skills in check and fresh.
“DJ’ing is not a hobby” says Curtiz “I believe it to be a really really fun profession but should be treated just like any other profession out there. If you can have fun at your job, you’ve got it made and this is truly what everyone strives for today and I believe being a DJ to be one of those few jobs where you can truly love what you do and get paid handsomely at the same time. If you do not respect your time, listeners can tell. They can tell if you put blood, sweat and tears into that set, mix or track and if its not there they will pass on you next time, it’s all about keeping that spark between you and the listener alive. Its not quite rocket science, its simply just rocket 101 😀
A few tips:
1) Hardware (don’t buy and practice on shit) Your bad habits will haunt and follow you when you do finally play on good equipment. There is usually a reason why DJ equipment costs more, do your research, Google is your friend.
2) Time (practice practice practice practice and when you are done, practice some more) Start on your family, friends and get used to being the center of attention. Remember you don’t get do-overs when you are live so treat these sessions as if they are the real thing)
3) Connect (websites, web-shows, concerts, friends) Don’t wait for the music to come to you, visit your fav artists website as 99% of the time you will be able to preview what they are working on. Visit online music vendors such as Beatport and SoundCloud and sample their top 10’s as they are two of the best music sites out there for discovering whats hot and undiscovered. It will give you that edge plus having the freshest music is absolutely key.
4) Experiment with other artists and genres, don’t be narrow minded or your style will grow old and stale, quickly loosing the attention of your listeners.
A few very basic tips but ones I still follow to this very day!