Every DJ or producer from the bedroom dreams of giving up the job and breaking through. For the most part, it’s not much more than a dream. But some make it: their second life begins to take on the “first” until they can definitively break the chains of the usual routine.
We spoke to a famous musician, who explained to us how he managed to transform his passion into a career. This experience and his advice on how to give up the financial security of a full-time job and separate work from hobby offer a valuable lesson for anyone thinking of starting a brand new life.
Michael Insigno, also known as Emicii, started in his own bedroom to compose music until producing remixes that became big hits.
What was your life like before you became a successful musician?
I’ve always liked music since I was a child, and as soon as I finished high school, after a year, I decided to leave college to focus on music. I started to produce my first works, trying my hand at mashups and revisions of tracks by famous artists, and then proceeded to compose original songs that I published with various record labels.
What made you want to become a professional music producer?
To compose electronic music takes time and above all a , to start trying without spending a lot of money in a professional studio, a simple computer, monitor speakers, or even a pair of headphones. Well, I had time after leaving the studio, and skills with technology, so I’m very good with computers etc, so I didn’t have much trouble in dabbling in these things, then over time, with a lot of practice, you’ll get to know your skills.
What advice would you give to young musicians who decide to pursue the same career?
Take your time to become really good and skilled at achieving your goals. The reason I was able to learn how to produce music was because I had a lot of time and also because I was young and had no expenses. I’m very surprised when I see someone abandoning everything and starting all over again, but I would never do that. When I made the decision, I was ready and determined, I would never go back and make the same choices that led me to be who I am.