Anything is possible, so don’t discard your ideas. Even if it is already being done, the market is so vast.
DJ Matt Black was born Matthew Belcher, in the UK in 1993. As a young man, he developed a strong interest in Music. At the age of ten, he started dabbling with electronic dance music and quickly found himself in the DJ scene. He rapidly developed skills through the excessive amount of time that he devoted to his music and with that experience came the knowledge and genius that flows through his capabilities as a DJ to this day. He soon began to play professional, highly skilled performances for various festivals and events in order to make a name for himself. His efforts paid off, as he has become one of the most respected DJs in the electronic dance music scene in this day and age, and is now formally known as DJ Matt Black..
He then moved on to start running his own pirate radio station. That quickly led to recording other vocalist and musicians and allowed him to create valuable networks in the scene of underground elective dance music. He has been widely known as one of the most understanding and personable individuals in his line of work. Always very eager to help new and upcoming artists unlock their full potential as well. Perhaps that is why he has earned himself the title of the DJ’s favorite DJ as well.
DJ Matt Black will continue to expand his work by maintaining his impressive reputation and bringing his music to the rest of the world. He will also be sure to not forget where he came from and the struggles he has endured on his rise to fame. He will continue to help those on a similar journey, along the way. Always being sure to pay it forward and give his fans the music they desire, at the highest quality.
Where did the idea for your company come from?
The idea came from my natural fascination and love for music, which I developed when I was a young man. I started off practicing extensively in my free time, but it quickly became more than just a hobby. Sooner than I imagined, I was playing at festivals and events, and before I knew it, I had my own pirate radio station. I later went on to help other vocalist and musicians create music and was able to form the name and brand of DJ Matt Black. My networking capabilities over the years have led to me developing a very respectable reputation, and I have been referred to by some of my colleagues as a DJ’s favorite DJ; I think that is due to some of my efforts to help other upcoming DJs bring their talent to life as well.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I typically wake up around 9AM and rush to get my morning coffee. After that and a nice stretch I move over to my computer to check my emails. I like to be sure that I’m staying in close contact with all of my connections, friends, family, fans, business partners, etc. After that I like to check my social media pages to double check for virtually the same thing and stay up to date on the latest news in the world and in the electronic dance music scene. After that, I head straight to the studio and from there my day can pretty much go anywhere. Whether it be working on my own music or helping other people with theirs. It’s good to have a routine but you don’t want things to get monotonous. Variety really is the spice of life!
How do you bring ideas to life?
I tend to recall my past and the obstacles that I am grateful and proud to have endured or events that have brought me great joy. They can even be present joys and difficulties. I’ll then do my utter best to translate that into my music. My true hope is that others can relate and feed off of that energy of that too, when they hear my music. I’m certain that’s why I’ve developed the reputation that I have.
What’s one trend that excites you?
I’m fascinated with the direction that electronic dance music is taking. I’m actually quite fond of all the competition, because it has led to the findings of so many news sounds and different kinds of music production. On the business side, dance music has also helped fuel new technological advances, allowing the market to grow in many ways and stay ahead of its time.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I stay hungry and persistent. I don’t believe in quitting, and I value perseverance over all.
What advice would you give your younger self?
I would highly advise myself to spend more time listening to advice and to have more humility. It’s very hard when you are young to take advice but it would benefit everyone to learn to listen.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
I believe that everyone possesses a certain degree of narcissism and selfishness. It would benefit everyone tremendously if they could adopt some humility and leave out the hypocritism. Reminds me of this quote I hear a lot in the music business, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.”
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Learn the true value of metadata, which is a set of data that describes and gives information about other data. It’s necessary to dig deeper in everything you do, don’t settle for just the surface value.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
It’s very important to stay in contact with your fans and those who have influenced you, or can be influenced by you. You must stay humble and always make time for those who truly matter and have allowed you to get where you are today.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Hiding behind a logo, I hid behind a logo for awhile and it really slowed down my growth. At the time I felt it was more humble and true to the art of music to not put my face on anything and let me product speak for itself. That is just not how things work anymore. Customers, fans, etc want to build a relationship with the brands they love, even the creative brands. I learned to embrace myself and managed to come out from the shadows. The goal is now to start promoting my own brand, as myself.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Anything is possible, so don’t discard your ideas. Even if it is already being done, the market is so vast. Don’t give away your idea! You can follow a trend and resell the idea with your own twist on it. One business idea I would give away to the readers, would be something that ties entertainment and content production to crypto currency. Possibly a platform that people can subscribe with cryptocurrency, and then using the blockchain, pay content creators based on how well their content is received by the audience to incentivize them to create more.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
I recently spent £100 on samples and other production bits this Christmas, just so I can have an edge in the market in sound design. I can tell that has already given me the upper hand and a head start on this years production. Every little step forward helps in this line of work.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
Software that allows you to make social media posts scheduled at a later date, such as Hootsuite. It’s very difficult when your busy to keep track of all your social media accounts, so apps like that are a lifesaver. There are also so many different social media networks now, it is impossible to be everywhere at once. Using a tool like Hootsuite helps me keep my brand at the top of every network.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
I personally don’t recommend books. I would recommend you go to a seminar or conference and see a professional and get real answers and real strategies, in a real time market. I recommend following Vito Glazers on social media, he has helped me alot!
What is your favorite quote?
“What is more important, how you perceive the world, or how the world perceives you?” This is actually a quote I created and helps me to balance my own life.
- Use your talents to enhance your skills, and you will achieve your goals.
- Always listen to good advice, but consider everything.
- Keep moving with the trends of your field, and try to stay ahead of the game.
- Be sure to plant your seeds and grow strong roots in the environment you want to succeed in, so you can bend with the wind and withstand all types of weather.
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.