From resisting temptations to building trusting relationships, this guide offers actionable insights for young journalists, managers, PRs, bookers...
The dance music industry is a vibrant, exciting world, but it comes with unique challenges. The late nights, the constant exposure to partying, the personalities — all of these elements can take a toll on those working behind the scenes as journalists, managers, PR specialists, bookers, and tour managers.
How do you keep your sanity, maintain your integrity, and continue to thrive in this demanding environment? Here’s a guide:
1. Guard Your Mental Well-Being and Resist Temptations
The nightlife can be a trap for those prone to addiction or excessive partying. Constantly being around drinking and drugs may lead to a slippery slope. Maintaining a strong mental foundation and clear boundaries is essential for long-term success.
2. Know Your Role: Avoid Dual Identities (DONT BE A DJ)
Aspiring to be a DJ while working in a different role in the industry can challenge your integrity. It may lead to conflicts of interest, resentment, or unethical behavior. Stay focused on your core responsibility and excel at it.
Note from the writer : You have no idea how many bookers or managers are trying to be a DJ. They often also lower the fee of their artists to try to get a gig for themselves. “If you book me I can have you him/her for cheaper”. This is not professional.
Not to mention the bitter musical journalists who cannot help to compare themselves to the people they review or interview.
3. Maintain Professionalism, Even When Others Don’t
You’ll encounter individuals who are disorganized, rude, or even disrespectful. Severing your personal feelings from these interactions will help you navigate rough times with grace.
Note from the writer : Be aware that a bunch of people you will work with are cocaine (or other) users, their mood comes and goes, you will have to deal with that no matter what.
4. Take Real Time Off
Disconnect from the scene when you’re off duty. Mute work conversations, delete email and social media apps, and truly unplug. You’ll come back refreshed and more focused.
5. Build Trusting Relationships
Seek out and cultivate relationships with professional and reliable peers. These connections will provide support, collaboration, and joy in your work life.
6. Adopt Rigorous Work Habits
Be meticulous in your processes and keep track of all communications. This diligence protects you from misunderstandings and unfairly placed blame.
Note from the writer : I saved my reputation many times by keeping all my emails and whatsapp messages. Once, the manager of a big techno artist insulted us because of a live stream we did of his artist. He said he had never gave the authorization. Which was a lie, I had a contract and an email from him. I’ve sent it back and never heard from him again. I think he got fired later but I do not know if it was linked to this story.
7. Focus on the Positive
The scene isn’t always fair, but focusing on the positive aspects allows you to work with passion and purpose. Embrace what you love about the industry and let go of the negativity.
8. A Special Tip for Women in the Industry, from Our COO :
Your body, your space, your choice. You don’t owe anyone a smile, a touch, or a hug. Stand your ground with anyone displaying problematic behavior, regardless of their fame or position. There are many women in leadership roles in the industry who will support you in standing up for yourself.
Working in the dance music industry is a thrilling and fulfilling career, but it requires self-awareness, resilience, and ethical fortitude. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy the music, foster genuine connections, and maintain your sanity and integrity.