Today we’d like to introduce you to DJ Million.
DJ Million, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Just thinking about where I started, It seems like yesterday but if I had to decide where my story started. It would have to be at the very beginning the first time I saw my uncle “the legendary DJ Ghost” spinning on his turntables for the first time. I was maybe 11 or 12 years old. Visually seeing how he was able to control the vibe and the atmosphere. People continuously moving and seeing the smiles on there faces had me in complete awe. Being in control of one’s environment was astounding to me, had me memorized. Something he told me that I would never forget “DJs are party bus drivers, everyone on board is intoxicated with the music we feed them. It’s our job to make sure they have a good time and get them home safe.” That helped me understand that a lot and I took my gigs and my craft a lot more seriously.
Fast forward a year or two, my brother bought me my first Numark DJ controller. The rest was history after that! LOL, I started to take my mom’s car and my friend’s parent’s cars to go put on these parties and functions. Sometimes I would throw them at my mom’s house and after a 300 people turnout and 1500$ at the door in high school mom said enough was enough. After those fun years, it was hard to continue to chase this dream of being a DJ full time. My mom was on my case heavy about giving up on “DJ thing” and start looking for work. I believe I can speak for most people in regards of your life having more meaning than a 9 to 5 job. I used to practice in the garage at my dad’s house in Fontana, CA. My brother cruisemixedit who is a recording engineer used to have artists coming to record Day and Night. Like everyday all day! One day I was practicing and artist who goes by the name of FATS THE MAN heard me practicing and loved what I was doing and wanted me to go on tour with him for some upcoming shows he had.
From one show to the next, we ended up opening up for Metro Boomin at the observatory in Santa Ana, CA. As well as having another opportunity to open up Xavier Woods in Seattle, WA. Still through all that time, I had been producing music just out of the keen interest but then got better and better over time. Speaking for myself 2019 was probably the most difficult year for me personally as well as for my career in live production. On my darkest days, when I didn’t want to deal with anyone I could always turn to music, it became like my therapy almost. Rolling into 2020 the first three songs I produced have gotten the most attention as well as helping my brand and the DJ MILLION name grow and be recognized.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Defiantly not smooth, it for sure has had its difficulties. The music industry is so diluted, it becomes complicated for a producer or artist to find the light when we are covered in darkness. When your dream or your passions become expensive, you can easily lose interest just because you need to put food on the table or keep your bills paid. But that is what separates you from the pack sticking to it when everyone else is jumping ship. Thats when you find yourself and Dig deep and whether or not this is something for you. Giving up is easy, sticking with something that isn’t giving you the outcome you want. Thats ultimate goal is unexpected success makes it that much sweeter. Besides that sacrificing my family time and relationships was just something that came at a cost. But I Have no regrets what so ever. If someone didn’t go through the hard times, they don’t deserve the fruits of your labor.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a music producer from Gardena, CA. I am 24 years old, I have been doing music for about nine years but have been tricky producing the last two years consecutively. I don’t have a genre I don’t lean heavily to hip hop or trap, nor do I with pop or R&B. I take pride in the fact I just make music and the fact I have never given up. and I feel that sets me apart from most DJs/Producers.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck hasn’t played a huge part in my life lately. But it has in the past which set me up to be where I am now. My freshmen year in college my career was only focused on football. While the season was coming up, I had started to second guess whether football was the route I wanted to go. One day I had an off day from practice and drove my brother to the studio in Burbank, and I just so happened to run into my mentor and big brother DJ VIP from All Money In. He was Nispey Hussle’s tour DJ, he had no reason to be hanging with a 19 years old kid. We spoke and vibed automatically. I went to one of his gigs at Stir Sherman Oaks and ever since that day I choose music and I haven’t looked back since
- Address: 2603 Brighton Ave
- Phone: 3105055570
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/djmillion_
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/Mitchell_IVV
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