Disk Jockey Adopts Actors' Techniques, Gains Stalkers

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Mad Men's Jon Hamm in fedora
Can you learn from Mad Men?

Can Jon Hamm, or Eminem, or James Hetfield’s ass impart any wisdom on your performance as a DJ? Can they help you fill floors?

Sure, try familiarizing yourself with the idea of blocking, and watch your audience engagement increase. If you’re lucky, they might even start stalking you.

But how?

“As an actor/performer, I was always trained to “block” correctly, or turn my body in a way that faces the camera or audience, even when interacting with a fellow actor or performer,” says DJ Paul. “We’ve all gone to see the amateur band where the lead singer turns his back to the audience for some reason. I was guilty of that too when I was first starting out. It looks horrible, right? Compare that to the incredible live performers such as Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, and Eminem. They never turn their back on their audience, unless for dramatic effect. Yes, they interact with their band members and other artists on stage, but they do it in a way that includes the audience. If I go to a Metallica concert, I don’t want to be staring at James Hetfield’s ass all night. He knows how to interact with his band without cutting me out of his experience.

“As a DJ, I put on a performance for my audience. I keep their attention and keep them engaged all night long. The music can only do so much for a DJ. When I’m blocking correctly, I make the audience a part of the experience.”