Dave Austin – Music Professor

Professional DJs Are Made – Not Born

By Dave Austin “The Music Professor” “I’m a DJ.” For many of us, that’s our answer when asked about our profession.  Whether full or part-time, it’s a job which we not only greatly enjoy, but one in which we take…

Predicting the Future of Pop Music

By Dave Austin, “Music Professor” Let me state up front that trying to predict the future of pop music is probably a dumb thing to do, but on the other hand, it is quite entertaining to speculate about it. We…

How to Get People Dancing

By Dave Austin, “Music Professor” Scenario:  You’ve arrived at the venue, set up your gear, checked your sound and lights and you’re ready to rock the house.  As the guests begin to file in, you see that you’ve got a…

Motor City Music: More than You'd Think

By Dave Austin – “The Music Professor” At a mention of the city of Detroit, it’s likely that “The Motor City” and “Motown” will instantly come to mind. However, by way of a close friend and Detroit native with whom…

Return of the Ballad

By Dave Austin the “Music Professor” It seems to me that there’s been another subtle shift in pop music tastes recently. After years of often mind-numbing rap and minimalist hip hop songs, my hopeful ears seem to be hearing a…

Basic Song Structure for DJs

By Dave Austin the “Music Professor” As DJs, we know and play a lot of music, but how much do we really know about the songs we work with? I’m fortunate to have studied and played music and have a…