December 15, 2013 at 11:06 pm #40279
I’ve been here for a short time: roaming the site, listening to the fantastic radio, pinning my location on the member’s map, but I’ve never really gotten myself involved with the community here at God’s DJs. This is probably due to my introversion and such, but I feel that I should get involved here.
I felt the calling to go into C-EDM during an amazing worship set on the last night of the Desperation Conference 2013 (in Colorado Springs), and have been set on this path ever since. However, my mind enjoys plaguing me with numerous questions though the main question I always have on my mind is, how do I keep my music dedicated to the Lord in a world that frowns so much on it (especially in this culture)?
Thus, I ask you, my fellow producers and DJs, about just how we keep our heads straight and not be consumed by the potential for fame and fortune that tempts us everyday from straying from the true path. How do you handle this?December 16, 2013 at 10:12 pm #40280
Hope you don’t mind a sister sharing on this thread…I’m new to DJ’ing and music producing (I’ll post a separate thread introducing myself), but coming from a background as a singer I completely understand where you’re coming from, and have seen many fall into the “worship vs. performance” trap. It’s something I also struggle with frequently.
The only thing I can say is focus on God with all your heart. Trite, I know, but it’s the truth. If God has put you on this path, it’s because he wants his word to get out through your music. God sent men to preach before the kings and rulers of this age in the first century, why can’t he use your music to do the same?
Here’s what helps me (when I have my focus on straight…)
1) Remember that God is the one in control of your career, not you. My DJ name is DJ Sammla, which is a ‘loose’ acronym of the end of Psalm 27:6 — Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord. (I added ‘Almighty’ to the end of the acronym to make it a more pronounceable name.) I’ll get into this in more detail in my own introduction post, but for now I’ll just move on to #2:
2) Pray for *every* *single* aspect of your career. I’ve prayed before every audition I’ve ever had and before (almost) every gig I’ve ever accepted. The few gigs I’ve ever accepted without praying about it first were the only gigs I’ve ever been fired from. I seriously doubt that’s a coincidence.
God may want you to play before stadiums packed with thousands of people. He might not want you to do any more than play for your church so they have an alternative to the world’s idea of what good music is. But it’s *his* plan, not ours. If you keep that in mind as much as possible, he’ll get the glory and you’ll be just fine.
Hope this helps!December 19, 2013 at 5:44 am #40286
Thank you for the reply (even though the title, now in hind-sight, might be off-putting. Sorry), and I love the wisdom that you shared with me.
Though I am a very curious person and I have another question:
How did you establish yourself to get gigs? I have done one gig for my old High School marching band for their Halloween party, and it was the best party they have ever had (their words), but I can’t seem to make a break out in order to secure more gigs and more places to play. I was just wondering your methods and techniques.December 19, 2013 at 11:48 am #40287
Dude, in your shoes, I’d pray for God to open doors for you
Proverbs 16:9 We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.December 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm #40288
Haven’t yet, really. I’m spoiled. My minister has been letting me make prelude mixes that get played before service. It’s been a great opportunity to practice. I’m trying to talk him into letting me do live mixing, and I think that’s going to happen on January 26th…we’ll see. So far it’s much more of a ministry than a business, but once I get business cards and a website we’ll see how it goes.December 20, 2013 at 1:33 am #40300
How did you establish yourself to get gigs?
Make your own breaks, don’t wait for that one that will propel you to greatness.. if the Lord wills it it will be so if not you should die saying I did everything, said everything, and tried everything necessary to make it happen, I guess the Lord just had better plans for me….
How do I keep my music dedicated to the Lord in a world that frowns so much on it (especially in this culture)? Be as original as possible there may not be anything new under the sun but no-one has ever experienced it through YOUR eyes..
Thus, I ask you, my fellow producers and DJs, about just how we keep our heads straight and not be consumed by the potential for fame and fortune that tempts us everyday from straying from the true path. How do you handle this?
Blaze your own trail, don’t expect that some non believer or x factor is going to give it all to you.. expect that day you can call yourself a bone-ified you can say look what the Lord and I have created together.
and I’m just a wretched poet painter
you want a gig go here and I’ll give you one but the only pay is the self gratification of know you have done a good work,,
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