10 Questions with DJ Robin
1. How long have you been a DJ for?
I have been a DJ for the past 10 years.
2. What do you do other than DJ-ing?
I am a guest DJ at Dragon-I and Levels in Hong Kong. I only DJ during the weekends. Other than that, I am also a promoter and I do my own events that are related to music and arts such as festivals and concerts in and outside of Hong Kong. I am actually the marketing director for 61Live Productions. One of the big festivals I do outside Hong Kong is Ultra. My partners and I are planning to do something similar to Clockenflap near the end of 2016. Besides that, I generally do club events.
3. What degree did you undertake at University and did you think it is relevant to what you are doing now?
No, the degree I did was not at all relevant. I actually did a Bioscience major in university. I was actually quite good at studying but I dropped out because I wanted to do something in the entertainment business. I was a singer and I have been playing the guitar since I was young. Hence my love for music changed me into an entertainer.
4. What or who inspired you to become a DJ? When did you start DJ-ing?
It is a guy called DJ AM. He passed away a few years ago. He is from Los Angeles and he inspired me big time.
5. Tell us more about your career as a DJ and the people you have worked with.
I make my own music. Hopefully I will be able to release an album this coming year. I have worked with a lot of big artists in the past years such as VT, Calvin Harris, Snoop Dog, Dr Dre, Akon and a lot of other artists.
6. As a DJ, what are your biggest challenges?
Yes, I did struggle when I started but as the saying goes, ‘nothing comes easy’. I started in early 2000 when I was just a teenager doing house parties. But then from 2005 onwards, my professional career started to pick up. From 2005 to 2008 was the period when I won DJ competitions like DMC, Pioneer DJ Competition, DJ Quest Competition by Juice Magazine and many more. People actually discouraged me at first but I have always been a positive person with a positive vibe.
7. What was the most memorable day for you as a DJ?
Although I have only been in Hong Kong for around 10 years, the most memorable time has to be when I first played in a huge music festival in 2015 in front of 10,000 people. It was the best feeling.
8. Is connection important in the DJ industry?
Yes unfortunately, connection is quite important because it helps you to build your own brand as who you want to be. Knowing people in the industry is a way to market yourself. As a DJ myself, it has helped me a lot in terms of giving me the opportunity to socialise with other people in the same industry.
9. Any words of advice to students or those who are interested to pursue a career as a DJ?
To be a DJ, first you need have love and passion for music. It doesn't matter what genre you are into because at the end of the day, music is there to make people happy and stress free.
You can learn and improve your DJ-ing skills of how to mix and understand fully the functions for each knobs on the DJ turntable step by step. When you have reached to a certain level, you can then try going out to small bars or clubs and play 1-2 gigs during the weekends for free just to gain experience and know what it’s like to play in front of an audience. Everything is then down to hard work and trying to master the skill and produce your own style of music. I learnt DJ-ing from a DJ turntable and it was definitely different back then compared to nowadays where everything can be down with a computer and the setups are easier. To be honest, Hong Kong has a huge market. The whole Asia has a huge market. As I said quite a few times already, you just have to work hard to achieve something.
10. Any regrets? If you can choose all over again would it be the same?
No I don’t have any regrets and I love my work and career as an entertainer because I get to entertain a lot of people.