Joey Lelieveld (NL)
From international DJ and producer to artist coach When I started my career as a DJ/Producer, I could not have imagined how things would have gone from there. There have been so many amazing and cumbersome moments along the way that I can’t name them all. I’ve written down some of the thoughts that went thru my head at that particular moment, I’ve put them all in chronic order. Have a look at the life of a full-time international DJ and producer underneath. 2004 I’m 15 years old, music is my passion, and I have a dream. I’m going to conquer the world, play gigs all over the world, and someday I want to be on #1 in the Beatport Top 100. I am already making some money with small parties from friends or family, but I want more than this. 2014 I’m 25 years old, music is my passion, and I’m living the dream. The world is at my feet, and I’m playing gigs all over the world. This year I made my debut at festivals like Tomorrowland and Creamfields. I made a track with Hardwell, the #1 DJ in the world. I’ve made the Beatport Top 100 several times, and I’m producing remixes for the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull. I’m on #1 in the American Billboard Chart, and I’m releasing music on world’s biggest labels, just got back from a tour in America, and I’m leaving for mini tour in India next month. Let’s do this! 2015 I’m 27 years old, music is my passion, and I’ve lived my dream. I’ve played everywhere in the world, and I’ve seen it all. My network is huge and spread all over the world. But I’m done with it, and I don’t want to be in the spotlight any more. I want to go back to 2004, and I want to live for a purpose again. I want to play music because I like it and not because ‘I have to’. I quit! This is what I’ve been through in a nutshell, in the past 12 years. Besides all highs, there have been some lows. I wasn’t home for Christmas or New Year’s Eve, and when my friends went out for a night of partying, I was on the road towards another gig, somewhere in the world. Most of the time on my own. I’ve spent hours/days/months on track, send it to a label and then got rejected because it wasn’t good enough. I’ve released music that I wasn’t 100% sure of, but I did release it because the label was famous. I’ve played in clubs for 10 people, once in a while notwithstanding for nobody. Slept in beautiful hotels but was alone at the breakfast table. And then I found out that this wasn’t the reason why I ever started this. Looking back to the past, I can say that I don’t regret any of the choices I’ve made. I could have done a few things differently but hey, that’s talking afterwards. What if I can turn ‘afterwards’ into ‘beforehand’, that would save me a lot of time and money. That’s the reason why I started with artist coaching. I want to help you!