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Making a Living in Berlin as DJ/Producer, how difficult?


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Posted : Dec 13, 2013 19:47:43
Hey guys!

I'm 31 years old, I'm getting my european citizenship done soon, and then I'm planning to move to Berlin.

My plan is to buy an apartment/flat, so, at least, I'll be free of rent.

I got into EDM in 2002, and by 2003 I was already working as a DJ, which I did til 2008, then I decided it was time to produce my own stuff, seek my own sound. But the problem was having money to build a professional home studio. This dream only became reality recently, and now I'm focusing in finishing an album and a live set.

I mainly play and produce progressive psytrance

What I would like to know is if I can make a living out of it, in Berlin, (getting gigs and stuff.

IS the psychedelic scene is too difficult to break in?

I don't want to get rich or anything, I just wish to live doing what I love, which is music.

In fact I am even giving up a bailiff position on the public service to do what I really love. After some years I realized that a good paycheck is not enough to make you happy.

Any inputs will be appreciated, thanks!
IsraTrance Junior Member

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Posted : Dec 25, 2013 14:46
Hi Man ...

i live in berlin again since 4 month now, and i think we have the same target. Allthough i man still searching for my sound but all and all we are pretty much the same. I think playing here is not that hard and parties are being helped every weekend from Prog to dark. I think like in all places of the world , if you're music is good and and you have great social skills than you will be booked regular i guess.
Start you're Networking from Brazil and see how it goes it will give you a feel how things work here...

Besides that, living here is pretty cheap i moved from Israel here and i find it very a very great place to live for now where you can be what ever you want.

my 2 cents



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Posted : Jun 28, 2014 12:42
WoW......such a great dingdong.... may i touch it ?

IsraTrance Junior Member

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Posted : Aug 4, 2014 12:25
Just my two cents: yes, it is difficult...
My advice: think twice before you begin with that.

Yes, paycheck does not make happy, but Berlin can also make one unhappy if you do not have any money to do the things you love: for example to travel, to chill out on the beach, to do nice things for the people like events or other things that cost money : press cds, publish things, create things and whatever it is. Especially if you already know how it feels to get paycheck.

Another advice: if you really have money to buy a flat, it might be good if you buy it somewhere where it would be easy to rent out a room or two to somebody else. This helps to survive if there is absolutely no other income. And think twice before you buy it - if you do, it might be hard for you in a situation without income to get unemployment support.

And yes, it is hard to survive on djing. Most people that I know do not survive on that, they work something else or get unemployment support. But as somebody else said, if you are well connected, it might be easy for an year or two for you as a foreign dj with exotic touch. Just write an email to the main clubs.

At the end of the day, in a few years after living in Berlin, paycheck might be something fine again So just keep this perspective in mind. A kind of an exit door open.

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