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#ViewsFromDaBooth: Emails and Intros.

What’s going on wit it? By now some of you are moving smarter in this music industry and some of y’all are now getting paid to perform. That’s wazzam. That means you are listening, maybe we can work together one day. This week we are going to cover something so simple, but often forgotten, how to send an email to a DJ. Let’s get into it.

First off, do you know how to send an email? No you don’t, stop lying! I receive probably more than 15 emails a day from artists, managers, promoters, anybody with a homeboy that raps. How do I choose which songs to check out when I am busy? Well. To keep it honest, I prefer the JUST the music. But if you must, a short 2-3 sentence bio, and the artwork for the song. I HATE, and I really do mean HATE, when an artist sends an email with a link in bio to click on their song. Make it easy on ah DJ, attach the song as an MP3! I’m not a fan that you need to be worried about getting an extra view on your song. Not at all, not at all. I am a DJ with very limited time. Not sure bout most DJs, but I love to check out new music while driving. And it’s easier for me to listen to an MP3 attachment than to click a link, scroll down, press play, stop the pop up add, blah blah blah, deleted.

If you know the DJ, include a short thank you note for him or her taking the time to listen. If you have never made contact with the DJ, please send an email asking if it is ok to send music. Or send an introductory email at least. I prefer communication directly from the artist or manager. This shows me that you took the time and consideration to reach out to me. OH! Real quick, why do you artists send one email to multiple DJS? I hate that. That’s a number one sign that you are a lazy artist that does not care to make a personal connection with DJs. When I see that, I instantly lose interest. Back to the point. Make sure that your email is short and quickly moves the DJ to listen to the song.

Before pressing send, make sure your email introduces both you and the record. We don’t care who else is playing it or how the club turns up when they hear it. Include the artwork, a picture is worth a thousand words. If the artwork is clean, gives a description of the song title, and looks like you spent money on it, we will definitely listen to the song. Lastly, just attach one song, clean and dirty version, as an MP3. It’s simple, to the point, and gives us the option to include it in radio and club mixes.

That’s all folks!

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DJ 3000

#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. Follow him on Instagram @3000_da_DJ.

 

ViewsFromDaBooth: What do I Stand To Lose??

I had to write this piece while it was still fresh on my mind, it made me contemplate certain things that I do and why I do them. Less than 8 hours ago I DJ’ed at the radio station and took one of the biggest risks of my life, it may have cost me, but I wouldn’t have done it any differently.

All eyes on me, I’m doing my thing, but the radio show takes a quick turn. “DJ 3000”, they say, “what’s the hottest indie artist in your playlist right now? Turn it up!” Simple request, easy enough you think? Not in the least. I had less than 30 seconds to play a song. Did they mean unsigned or independent? Big difference. Did they want artists that are getting paid shows, or ones that still have to pay for artist showcases? Bigger difference. So many choices, so little time.

I could have went with Migos, YFN Lucci, or  Dae Dae, all of who definitely have hot records out right now. Big Bank Black, Kodak Black, Joe Green, a lot of names instantly came to me. But with the spot light on me, I went against the grain and got my head chopped off. I went with an unsigned, truly independent artist, a group by the name SSG, with a hot record “I Got It”. Why? Well why not? Any song you have heard in the club or radio, is already hot. Someone already gave them a chance. They don’t need another one. A new artist truly on their grind would appreciate a live radio show saying they have the hottest song in Atlanta. They would appreciate it more than a well known artist that would ignore the respect given and go collect 10 bands at their next show. I pride myself on breaking records and pushing new artists to the forefront, that’s a DJs job right? So I thought.

Out of the 4 people in the room, 3 of them bounced to it and even sang along to the chorus. They were like “ok, I feel it” (I just broke a record to them and to the listeners, for those of you that didn’t catch it!!!). Like always, 1 hater remained, “Why didn’t you play such and such, you could have played this or that. That’s why you are where you at, your playlist weak”, oh believe me, I heard it all. Group think kicked in and they all jumped on the band wagon. Really? I’m a record breaker; we go against the trends and bring something new to the table. None of you heard this song, and were bouncing to it. None of you know how hard these artists work, how much they spend on promo, how many DJs they go out and support on a weekly basis. And you have the nerve to talk down on them, talk down on me? For believing in them? It’s people like you that choose to keep the status quo and make new artists jump through hoops just for a chance to be heard. I took this opportunity to play something fresh and new, of course there are plenty of names I could have went with. But I choose to take a  stand for indie artists, the ones that I have seen with my own eyes on the grind and really pushing their craft.

Long story short, DJs are given a very big platform, with a very small window of opportunity to play new records. If you find a DJ that is willing to take a risk on you, support him at all costs. He could stand to lose his job by playing your record. Would I do it differently? No, that’s what makes me, Me. I don’t mind taking heat for songs I believe in, especially if it’s a hot record. If I don’t play it, how will it ever get heard? It’s called breaking a record. I’m a DJ. Get used to it.

DJ 3000

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#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 him on Instagram @3000_da_DJ.