#ViewsFromDaBooth: Leave Me Something
Allow me to reintroduce myself!!! And for many of ya’ll this will be the first of many interactions that we will have together. I am DJ 3000, I’m bout to drop my own honest reviews and opinions through #ViewsFromDaBooth. #ViewsFromDaBooth will be my personal account of the good, the bad, and the why the f**k would an artist do that. #ViewsFromDaBooth is what I see as a DJ and what I feel an artist needs to do to reach that exclusive next level. Let’s get it.
Last week I DJ’d two artist showcases in Atlanta. Both of them had excellent turnouts with rappers hyped to bless the stage, artists with radio-ready songs, and performers with hidden talent. Both had experienced artists as well as entertainers performing for their very first time. But two IMPORTANT things were missing from all artists in attendance: they didn’t leave material with the crowd, nor contact info with the DJ!
What good is a high energy, catchy-hook performance, if you don’t leave the crowd your music? You didn’t leave the crowd a cd of your song (or mixtape), flyers for your next performance, or even rally towels with your logo for branding. How are they going to follow up with you and begin being a fan? Why did you even perform? Just to post an Instagram video? Bruh, what better way to gain fans, than by giving them something to remember you by? Screaming your IG name out at the end of the song will do nothing. Have you ever heard someone in the crowd say “repeat that IG name fam”? No.
Why, why, why, do you come shake the DJs hand, tell him this that and the third, exchange meaningless contact info, but not give him a true reason to PLAY your record when you’re not present? Leave me something. Anything. A flash drive with your hit record, business card, or even email me your music (and follow up, but that’s another topic). Don’t bring a performance CD and then ask for your CD back. USBs are cheap, leave me one, go get another. Why get my info and never send an email for thoughts on the record or ask if I can put it into rotation for you? Artists, you got to do better.
These are my #ViewsFromDaBooth. I have witnessed artists that have hot songs, but no physical material to promote to potential fans. Nothing to help them brand themselves and set them apart, nothing to make me remember them by or want to even play their record on a hot club night. Leave the crowd something, you will gain potential fans, trust me.
#ViewsFromDaBooth is a biweekly article from the south’s newest record breaker, DJ 3000. DJ 3000 is creator of mixtape series Off Da Brick, Finesse Game Strong, Private Party Kush, and DJ or Die Tryin’. He currently DJs at various night clubs in the Atlanta area, and you can catch him live every Thursday at 8 pm on Nu Radio. Follow DJ 3000 on Instagram and Twitter @3000_da_dj