Scruff’s Top 5

This week I can say that my DJ season has officially started. The schedule will become a little bit more hectic, and sleep will definitely be on the back burner for the next couple of months for sure. It’s always a blast to get started, but one thing I want to discuss is burn out. Yes, I’m doing some of the things that I love. Yes, its an awesome feeling to make a room full of people dance and party.  Yet, after exhausting so much energy, the problem becomes when you don’t have anything to replenish that energy. Now, some of this can be applied to all forms of lifestyles, not just DJing.

  1. Sleep/Rest – One of the key factors in not burning out is getting a plenty of rest. Now I know what you are thinking, how can I do that if i’m always doing a gig or working my 9-5 weekdays? Well the answer is simple: Time Management. Though there are only 24 hours in a day and you have 25 hours worth of tasks to accomplish, breaking things up over periods of time help out more than you know. If you are running on empty your brain can not function properly, clear creativity won’t last. So in my case I work for  an hour each  day on my radio show/ music research. Within that hour I prepare my tracks in the order that they need to be in for the show, I listen to new artists and songs; keeping my library going. Afterwards I do something else. Whether that’s reading a book, watching a movie, or cooking. I give my brain time to focus on other things, bringing some perspective to what i’ve already started, and work a different part of my mind. 8 hours of rest is what most doctors call for. Now we all know that life really doesn’t let us do that often, so my suggestion is simple. During one of your breaks sit down and just breathe. Read a book or listen to tunes, but don’t do anything more than that. Let your muscles relax for a few, I know it may be hard at times, looking at what you have to do, but take 10 mins to sit, to release tensions in your muscles. All of this affects how well you produce your final product.
  2. Eating – What you put in your body is just as important as resting it. I know that eating healthy can be a pain in the butt, especially with the prices in the supermarkets, and the convenience of fast food. Saving time so that you may continue to move is a priority. I get it, I am the same way at times. However, eating healthy can not only help stimulate your mind, but it can give you the proper energy needed without the extra caffeines and sugars. Now i’m no health doctor and I can’t tell you the scientific properties of a balanced diet, but what I can say is that through personal experience the healthier I eat the better I feel, and the longer I can go before needing a break. Vegetables and fruits have some really good benefits for producing vitamins that your body may need to keep you healthy. Cooking at home instead of eating at your local fast food place ensures that you know what you are putting in your mouth. 
  3. Hobby- Make sure you keep a hobby. When I feel like all I do is work on music, and nothing else it can be really discouraging. One way to offset this is fishing. I enjoy it, though I may not catch much lol. Having this hobby outside of music keeps music my passion and enjoyable. I don’t want DJing to be a burden, I want to love what I do, I never want to stop because it became more like work or a tedious task than fun. Yes, I have to work on my craft, but it’s not the only thing that I do in my spare time. DJing is just one of the things that I enjoy doing. As long as I keep it that way I will never get tired of making people groove.  

Now that I have given you all my 2 cents here is my top 5 tracks for the week 

  1. Losing You – Ephixa & Laura Brehm
  2. Cold (Maesic Remix) – Maroon 5 ft Future
  3. Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life – Stadiumx & Muzzaik
  4. God – Kendrick Lamar
  5. Duckworth – Kendrick Lamar

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