Coffee with The DJ Coach

Welcome to "Coffee with The DJ Coach," a 10 minute podcast to help YOU level up.

NO question is too big or small.

Whether you're curious about gear, techniques, building your brand, or navigating the challenges of the industry, this podcast is your one-stop-shop for all things DJ-related.

Are you ready to level up?!

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Top 5 Networking Mistakes

Welcome to Coffee with The DJ Coach, where we bring you 10-minute talks to help you level up. In this episode, Coach Hapa discusses the top 5 networking mistakes people often make. From being authentic to listening more than talking, to avoiding the urge to oversell, and being aware of body language, Hapa breaks down the dos and don'ts of networking. He emphasizes the importance of genuine connections and following up with contacts to keep that momentum going. Tune in to learn valuable insights on networking and take your social and professional connections to the next level.

Vinyl DJ 101

Hey there! In today's episode, Coach Hapa shares his recent experience with a vinyl-only gig and gives us the lowdown on the world of DJing on vinyl turntables. From the different types of vinyl records to the tools needed, this episode is like a crash course in vinyl DJ 101. So grab your coffee and join us in exploring the unique world of DJing on vinyl.
Vinyl DJ Gig Essentials:
Vinyl Records: Make sure you have a diverse selection that covers the genres you'll be playing.
Turntables: Double-check that your turntables are in good working condition, with properly calibrated tonearms and cartridges.
Mixer: Ensure your mixer has phono inputs for your turntables and all necessary cables.
Needles/Cartridges: Bring extra needles or cartridges in case of damage or malfunctions.
Slipmats: These provide a smooth surface for your records to spin on and help with scratching.
Headphones: A good pair of DJ headphones is essential for cueing tracks and beatmatching.
Record Bag/Case: Keep your vinyl organized and protected during transportation.
Cleaning Supplies: Antistatic brushes, cleaning solution, and microfiber cloths to keep your records and equipment clean.
Cables: RCA cables to connect your turntables to the mixer, as well as any other cables you may need (e.g., power cables, audio cables).

Romantic and Business Relationships

Welcome to "Coffee with The DJ Coach", where we're brewing up wisdom for your journey in the music industry. In today's 10-minute chat, host Coach Hapa delves into the delicate balance of mixing personal and business relationships, inspired by a real-life dilemma faced by a mentee. Navigating a romantic falling out with a friend who handles the financials for a DJ gig, sparks a discussion about integrity, professionalism, and handling awkward situations with grace. Join us as we explore the complexities of intertwining personal and professional lives in the music industry, and gain valuable insights on honorably upholding commitments and showcasing your skills, no matter the circumstances. So grab your coffee and let's dive into this intriguing topic!

Live Mixing vs. Prerecorded Sets

Welcome back! Today we're tackling the hot topic of prerecorded DJ sets, inspired by Deadmau5's take on the matter. Coach Hapa goes deep into the use of tech at festivals, the thrill of live performances, and how it all plays out in smaller venues. We're getting into the nitty-gritty of live mixing versus hitting play, so get ready to brew some coffee and join us for the ride!
But seriously! Where do you listen to #CWTDC, tag us on IG! @thedjcoach with a picture of your cup of coffee or whatever caffeine you choose.
 Video’s referenced
 Deadmau5’s :https://youtu.be/HIlMzwpmV44?si=8Eqv0QgjOx_8-bzh
James Hype:https://youtu.be/50NbAM2jsDs?si=cGOsLpN_qaAdww0W

Learning New DJ Gear

Welcome back to "Coffee With The DJ Coach," Coach Hapa dives into the debate of whether experienced DJs should adapt to new equipment and if newer DJs should explore older gear. The discussion delves into the tendencies of DJs to select equipment based on their budget, influence from other DJs, and familiarity. Hapa challenges listeners to step out of their comfort zones and consider trying different equipment and software, emphasizing the growing trend of controllers being compatible with multiple software platforms. He also provides insights on tools and strategies for transitioning between platforms. Tune in for an insightful exploration of the ever-evolving DJ equipment landscape and how embracing new gear can enhance a DJ's skills and creativity.

How To Play with Another DJ

Welcome to "Coffee With The DJ Coach." In this episode, broadcasting from Atlantic City, we're diving into the nuances of "How to Play with Another DJ." Coach Hapa offers a thorough guide on the technical aspects of shared performances, emphasizing the significance of preparation, seamless transitions, and effective communication between DJs. Whether you're an aspiring or experienced DJ, this insightful discussion on collaborative sets is sure to elevate your performance game.

Supporting Other DJ's

In this episode, coach Hapa discusses the importance of supporting fellow DJs within the subculture. He emphasizes the importance of unspoken norms and cultural practices in the DJ community, touching on shared experiences, the significance of going out to see other DJs perform, the impact of social media interactions, and the value of offering help and fostering a collaborative mindset instead of a competitive one. Hapa encourages listeners to explore the ways in which DJs can uplift and support their peers in the industry, ultimately contributing to a more cohesive and supportive community.

"Why Do You Wanna DJ At Tomorrowland"

In our latest episode, Coach Hapa continues his conversation with his student Luis, delving into the burning question many aspiring DJs have: How do I get to DJ at massive festivals like Tomorrowland, Coachella, EDC, or Lollapalooza? Hapa challenges listeners to ponder their true motivations and goals, emphasizing the importance of understanding the "why" behind their aspirations. As he shares his personal journey of perseverance and determination, Hapa explores the significance of inner drive and genuine fulfillment in the pursuit of success. Tune in as we uncover the true essence of chasing dreams and the unexpected paths to fulfilling them, serving as a reminder that the journey itself holds immeasurable value.

From Idea to Setlist

Welcome to Coffee with the DJ Coach! In this episode, DJ Dynamix joins us to discuss how he prepares for a routine set as a DJ. From identifying the audience and setting goals to testing out material and getting honest feedback, DJ Dynamix shares insights into his creative process. He also provides tips for beginner DJs on experimenting with ideas and fusing different songs seamlessly. Tune in to learn how to take your DJ skills to the next level with DJ Dynamix.

"I Wanna DJ at Torrowland"

Hey, welcome to this episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach." This time, Coach Hapa takes us behind the scenes of a chat with one of his students, who's all about making it to the stage at Tomorrowland. They talk about the difference between aiming for that one big gig and building a long-lasting career in the DJ world. You'll hear about setting long-term goals, spotting unexpected opportunities, and how saying yes to random gigs can actually push you closer to your dreams. So, grab your coffee and join us as we uncover the secrets of the DJ journey!

Milestones, Success, and the Evolution In His DJ Career

In this episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach," host coach Hapa sits down with guest DJ Dynamix for an inspiring conversation about DJing and the music industry. DJ Dynamix shares his incredible journey over the past 25 years, from learning to DJ as a kid to winning his first battle in high school and eventually appearing on the reality show "Master of the Mix." He also discusses the importance of networking and being able to pivot in your career. Tune in to find out how DJ Dynamix continues to thrive in the industry and his advice for aspiring DJs and music enthusiasts.

From Gigs to New Ventures

In this episode, Coach Hapa continues the discussion on the analogy of being on the swing and creating momentum, relating it to the journey of getting and maintaining DJ gigs. He emphasizes that the goal of a gig should be to secure the next gig, highlighting the importance of branding, approachability, and engaging with the audience. Additionally, Coach Hapa delves into the concept of intentionally "jumping off the swing" to pursue new ventures or career paths, urging listeners not to fear this transition but to prepare for it and embrace the potential for new opportunities. Stay tuned as Coach Hapa shares insightful strategies for navigating transitions in the DJ industry and beyond.

Boosting Your DJ Gigs

Welcome back to "Coffee With The DJ Coach" podcast, where we bring you the best tips and advice for excelling in the world of DJing. In this episode Coach Hapa follows up on getting gigs, providing valuable insights for those looking to expand their opportunities. He emphasizes the importance of specificity in choosing the type of gigs you want and offers practical tips for adapting your brand and networking strategy to align with your goals. Join us as we dive deep into the world of DJing and learn how to carve your path to success in the industry.

The Swing Strategy

In this episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach", Coach Hapa reflects on the age-old question of how to land more DJ gigs. Using the analogy of a swing set from our childhood, he emphasizes the importance of building momentum in our DJ careers. From the initial push to get the swing moving to the effort required to keep it going, Coach Hapa provides practical advice for aspiring DJs to take that first step towards getting noticed. With specific tips on creating and sharing a mix, designing album artwork, and personalizing outreach efforts, this episode offers valuable insights on how to make a lasting impression and pave the way for future opportunities. So grab your coffee, settle in, and let's dive into the world of DJ gig-getting strategies with Coach Hapa.

The Art Of Practice

Hey there, coffee lovers and music enthusiasts! Welcome to another exciting episode of Coffee With The DJ Coach. I'm Coach Hapa, and today we're delving into the art of practice. We've received a great question from Leah that led us into an in-depth discussion about effective and purposeful practice that doesn't just focus on quantity but on quality. From debunking the myth of "practice makes perfect" to practical tips like setting a timer, using the Pomodoro method, quantifying the unquantifiables, and the importance of recording practice sessions, we covered it all. Plus, we delve into the significance of accountability and celebrating wins. So stay tuned and get ready to take your practice sessions to the next level!

Choosing DJ Rig and Software

Hey there, DJ enthusiasts! Get ready for another episode of Coffee With The DJ Coach. Today, Coach Hapa is dishing out some valuable tips on selecting your DJ rig and software. From budget-friendly options to the significance of software choice, you'll get all the insider knowledge you need to make informed decisions. So grab your favorite brew and let's dive into the world of DJ gear and software!

Amplifying Your Network

Hey there, it's time for another episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach." This time, Coach Hapa is back with some real talk about the importance of follow-up in the business world. He's sharing some down-to-earth tips on how to keep those connections alive and kicking, including engaging beyond just exchanging contact info and recommending a cool app to help you stay on top of your networking game. Get ready to level up your follow-up game and keep those connections strong. Let's dive in!

Letting go and Moving Foward

In this episode of "Coffee with The DJ Coach," Coach Hapa, gets real about knowing when it's time to let go. With over 25 years of DJ experience and a truckload of stories to share, he breaks down the complexities of recognizing the signs and taking that leap of faith. So, if you've ever grappled with the question of when to move on, join us for a laid-back chat about embracing the unknown and trusting your gut.

Blending Passion for Sports and Music

In this episode, Coach Hapa shares his recent experiences DJing for sports events, offering valuable insights and tips for anyone interested in pursuing similar gigs. From the importance of clean versions of tracks to the quick thinking required during games, this episode provides a fascinating look at the intersection of sports and DJing. Tune in for an engaging discussion on the unique world of sports event DJing!

Investing in Gear, Music, and Education

Hey there, DJ fam! It's time for another episode of Coffee With The DJ Coach. This time, DJ Hapa is getting real about money - specifically, investing versus spending. He shares some solid advice on how to differentiate between the two and talks about setting a budget, making smart gear purchases, and the importance of investing in your DJ education. If you've ever wondered how to make your money work for you in the DJ world, this episode is for you. So grab your favorite cup of coffee and dive in!

Seizing Opportunities

Welcome to "Coffee With The DJ Coach"! In this episode, we are continuing our conversation about pivoting with DJ Saint Albie in Part 2 of his interview. Albie and Coach Hapa delve into the importance of networking and sharing one's passion, the value of putting out imperfect work, and the unexpected ways in which opportunities arise. They share insightful experiences and practical advice for aspiring musicians and DJs. Tune in to hear about the power of taking opportunities, putting yourself out there, and continuously improving in the music industry.

DJ Mythbusters Vol 1

Hey there! In this episode of "Coffee with The DJ Coach," Coach Hapa introduces the first installment of DJ Mythbusters. Coach Hapa addresses the myth that DJs need a Mac to perform. He shares his experience with using a PC and explains the origins of the Mac myth in the DJ world. Additionally, Coach Hapa discusses the myth that DJing is easier today, highlighting the complexities and challenges that come with modern technology and the abundance of choices.
Join us as we dive into the truth behind these common DJ myths and stay tuned for more Mythbusters on future episodes

Setting and Achieving Goals

Hey there! In this episode, Coach Hapa sits down with former student Albie, aka DJ Saint Albie, for an insightful discussion about goal setting and achieving success in the DJ world. Albie shares his perspective on the importance of setting goals and the flexibility required in pursuing them. They delve into the significance of understanding one's purpose and the value of deeply connecting with the "why" behind aspirations. The conversation also touches on the concept of being open to diverse opportunities and the unconventional paths to success.

GRATITUDE

Welcome back to "Coffee with The DJ Coach." Today's episode is all about gratitude. In this 10-minute talk, Coach Hapa discusses the importance of gratitude, especially in the DJ industry where it's easy to get caught up in the mindset of scarcity and always wanting more. He shares a personal story of a wedding gig where he let external conditions affect his attitude, emphasizing the missed opportunity to create a memorable experience. Coach Hapa also provides a practical technique for practicing gratitude, encouraging listeners to focus on one thing and deeply appreciate it.

DJ Travel Hacks

Welcome to "Coffee With The DJ Coach," the podcast that brings you tips and insights on all things DJing and beyond. In today's travel edition, we're diving into the world of globetrotting DJs and sharing some valuable tips to make your travel experiences less stressful. Join us as we discuss the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone and exploring new horizons. From packing essentials to frequent flyer programs, TSA PreCheck, and even gaining access to airport lounges, we've got you covered. So grab your coffee and get ready to embark on an exciting journey with "Coffee With The DJ Coach."

Out of Country Gigs

In today's episode, we explored the world of out of country gigs. Coach Hapa, shares his experiences and tips on how to land international DJ gigs. From building momentum and consistency to taking risks and networking, Coach Hapa provides valuable insights on how to open up opportunities abroad. Join us as we explore the exciting world of DJing in different countries and the transformative power of travel.

Working wit A Crew

In this episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach," Coach Hapa explores the importance of teamwork in the DJ industry. He shares personal stories about his own experiences working with different teams throughout his career, from his teenage years learning to DJ with a friend, to joining a crew in college, and the lessons he learned along the way. He emphasizes the value of assembling a team of like-minded individuals and the power of collaboration in achieving greater success.

Wordplay and Digging Deeper

In today's episode Coach Hapa explores the concept of wordplay and how it can enhance your DJing skills. He discusses the importance of understanding song structure and mastering the basics before delving into more creative techniques. Coach Hapa also shares a practical example of using wordplay to create an exciting transition in a mix. Tune in to discover how you can elevate your DJing skills and captivate your audience with clever wordplay. Let's get started!

The Impact of DJ AM

Join me on a nostalgic journey down memory lane as I share personal stories and reflections on the incredible moments I experienced with the legendary DJ AM and his impact on the music scene. DJ AM, also known as Adam Goldstein, was an incredible DJ based out of LA known for his open format style. I'm going to take you on a journey back in time and explore the late 90s and early 2000s nightclub circuit in Hollywood, where DJ AM would surprise audiences by seamlessly mixing genres like hip hop and rock. We'll also dive into the evolution of DJ technology, from vinyl records to the game-changing Serato software, and how it allowed DJs like AM to unleash their creativity. But, that's not all. We'll also uncover the personal connection between the host and DJ AM, from selling records to AM at a record store to discovering a special moment through AM's record collection after his passing. Get ready for some storytelling and a behind-the-scenes look into the life of DJ AM. So sit back, sip on your favorite coffee, and enjoy!

Don't Forget to Breathe

Hey there, in this episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach", join Coach Hapa as he shares his insights and experiences with the dreaded task of troubleshooting for every DJ, regardless of their experience level or equipment setup. From the importance of making a checklist and bringing backups to understanding signal flow and staying calm under pressure, Coach Hapa provides practical tips to help DJs navigate the challenges of troubleshooting. Get ready to learn how to handle unexpected technical glitches and keep the party going without forgetting to breathe.

Harmonic Mixing

Hey there, in this episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach", join Coach Hapa as he shares his insights and experiences with the dreaded task of troubleshooting for every DJ, regardless of their experience level or equipment setup. From the importance of making a checklist and bringing backups to understanding signal flow and staying calm under pressure, Coach Hapa provides practical tips to help DJs navigate the challenges of troubleshooting. Get ready to learn how to handle unexpected technical glitches and keep the party going without forgetting to breathe.

Part 2: Kool Herc and the Unforgettable Bronx Adventure

Welcome back to Coffee With The DJ Coach. In this episode, Coach Hapa continues his captivating story of his memorable adventure with the legendary DJ Kool Herc. From flying kites to unexpected pit stops at a Jamaican restaurant, this episode is filled with surprises. Join us as Coach Hapa shares his experience and the challenges he faced in capturing an interview with the godfather of hip hop. Stay tuned to find out how this remarkable journey concludes.

Hosting 101

Hey there, coffee lovers and aspiring DJs! Welcome to another episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach." I'm your host, Coach Hapa, and today we have an exciting topic to discuss: "Hosting 101." As DJs or aspiring DJs, many of us are familiar with the world of music, but have you ever thought about venturing into hosting? In this episode, we'll explore the various paths that DJing can lead to, including opportunities in radio, podcasting, and live events. I'll also share my personal journey from DJing to hosting, and how it opened up doors to incredible experiences, from hosting my own TV show to flying a fighter jet! Join me as I provide practical tips on becoming a successful host, such as recording yourself, embracing silence, and finding the right preparation balance. So grab a cup of coffee and get ready to dive into the world of hosting in this episode of Coffee With The DJ Coach!

Letting Go of "Always" And "Never"

Welcome to "Coffee With The DJ Coach," in today's episode Coach Hapa dives into the two dirty words that he believes should be eliminated from our vocabulary: always and never. He shares personal stories of how he once swore he would never DJ a wedding, only to find himself DJing a celebrity wedding in Las Vegas. He also reflects on his transition from exclusively using vinyl records to embracing new technology in his DJing career. Join us as Coach Hapa discusses the importance of remaining open to change and challenges us to reconsider our own "always" and "never" statements. Stay tuned for some inspiring stories and valuable insights on this episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach."

SILCENCE CAN BE YOUR FRIEND?!

Awkward silences are the worst. Unless you're a person who thrives in the peace and quiet of silence, maybe silence is already your best friend. As a DJ, your relationship with "silence" is crucial. Coach Hapa breaks down FOUR instances where silence can be beneficial to you.

Kool Herc and the Unforgettable Bronx Adventure

Coming up on "Coffee With The DJ Coach," get ready for a hilarious and unforgettable story as Coach Hapa shares his experience of flying kites with the legendary DJ Kool Herc in the Bronx. Join us as we dive into the crazy adventure of tracking down Kool Herc and the unexpected twists along the way. Stay tuned for this entertaining and surprising episode on "Coffee With The DJ Coach."

No More Excuses

Coming up on today's episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach," Coach Hapa tackles the topic of not making excuses. Join us as he shares his personal experience with a recent mix challenge and how he overcame the temptation to skip it. Discover the technical aspects of creating a mix solely on a laptop, including the use of software and plugins. Coach Hapa also delves into the importance of holding oneself accountable and not allowing excuses to hinder creativity. Stay tuned for valuable insights and tips on pushing boundaries and embracing alternative methods in pursuit of your passion.

Breaking Out of Your Shell

Welcome to Coffee with the DJ Coach, I'm Coach Hapa. In this episode, we tackle the question of what to do if you're an introverted DJ. Can you break out of your comfort zone and still be successful? We discuss the spectrum of introversion and extroversion, and how pushing your boundaries can lead to personal growth. Plus, we share tips on building relationships and the power of discipline over emotions. Tune in to discover how you can thrive as an introverted DJ.

Over Coming Stage Fright

In today's episode, Coach Hapa tackles the topic of stage fright, a fear that many DJs and performers face. Even with years of experience under his belt, Coach Hapa admits that he still gets nervous before gigs. He offers practical tips on how to prepare mentally and physically for a performance, including the importance of research, rest, and exercise. Coach Hapa also emphasizes the power of "warming the room" by connecting with the audience before a show. So grab a cup of coffee and join us as we learn how to conquer stage fright.

How To Be A Better MC

Hey there! Welcome to "Coffee With The DJ Coach," where we level you up in just 10 minutes. In today's episode, Coach Hapa tackles a question from Dez about how to be a better emcee. As DJs, we often prefer to stay in the background, but there are times when we need to step up and grab the microphone. Coach Hapa shares his own journey from being a DJ to becoming an emcee and how it led to exciting opportunities in his career. He provides practical tips such as being yourself, using a conversational tone, and slowing down when speaking on the mic. So grab your cup of coffee (or water) and let's level up our emceeing skills with Coach Hapa on Coffee With The DJ Coach! 

What Kind Of Dj Do I Wanna Be?

Welcome back to another episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach." Today, Coach Hapa dives into the topic of "What kind of DJ do I wanna be?" Whether you're a seasoned DJ looking to broaden your horizons or a beginner trying to figure out where to start, Coach Hapa breaks down the four most common categories of DJing. He starts with the Club DJ, the life of the party playing at top nightclubs; then moves on to Mobile and Wedding DJs, who bring the party to various events; next, he discusses Radio DJs, exploring the mix-focused world of terrestrial and online radio; and finally, he covers being a Producer or Artist, where creative control and original work are key. So grab your coffee and join us as we navigate the different paths to becoming the DJ you want to be. Let's dive in!

HELP MY COMPUTER CRASHED

Welcome to another episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach" with your host, Coach Hapa. In today's episode, we discuss every DJ's worst nightmare: a computer crash. Coach Hapa shares his own experiences of computer crashes right before or during gigs, emphasizing the importance of being prepared for this unavoidable situation. He reassures listeners that they are not alone and that it's not a matter of if, but when their computer will crash. Coach Hapa provides practical advice on having backups in place, whether it's a backup laptop, an iPad with music loaded, or even a playlist on a streaming service. He also shares steps to take when your computer crashes, including backing up and saving what you can, finding a reliable repair shop, and utilizing options like AppleCare or Best Buy's extended warranty. Join us as we delve into the world of DJ computer crashes and how to navigate them like a pro.

Breaking Down Music Sources

Welcome to another episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach." In today's episode, we're diving into the world of music sources. Whether you're a seasoned DJ or just starting out, we've got you covered. Coach Hapa is here to break down three categories of music sources, with a bonus fourth category thrown in. From streaming services to record pools, we've got all the information you need to level up your DJ game. So grab your coffee and get ready to learn some valuable tips and tricks on getting the best music for your sets. Let's get started!
Record Pool Discount Codes:
PitchTheTempo - code HAPA BPMSupreme - code HAPA

Full Circle Moment with DJ Mike Sincere

Welcome to another episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach." In today's episode, titled "Full Circle Moment with DJ Mike Sincere," our host Coach Hapa takes a trip down memory lane as he shares stories of mentoring and witnessing the growth of a young DJ. Hapa reflects on the early years of Scratch DJ Academy, where he first met Mike and how their paths intertwined. From learning DJ skills amongst adults, to watching Mike evolve into a respected professional in the industry, this episode is filled with heartfelt moments and valuable insights. Join us as we explore the importance of integrity, building relationships, and the long game in the DJ business. So grab your coffee, sit back, and join Coach Hapa as he shares the inspiring journey of DJ Mike Sincere. Let's dive in!

Should I Suck it Up??

Welcome to another episode of Coffee with the DJ Coach! In this episode, we tackle a question from one of our listeners, KB, who is facing a dilemma. KB has been offered a job that would provide the funds for their dream DJ and music production equipment on their wish list. However, there's a catch. The person offering the job has a vibe that throws KB off, leaving them frustrated and drained after every interaction. Should KB suck it up and work with this person for the sake of getting the equipment they need? Join us as we break down this situation and explore the importance of personal values, gut instincts, and alternative paths to achieving your goals. Tune in now to find out what our DJ Coach, Hapa, has to say about this common predicament.

Knowing Your Worth

In this episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach," Coach Hapa discusses the importance of knowing your worth as a DJ. He dives into the value of a DJ in different settings, such as weddings, and shares his insights on how to determine appropriate pricing for your services. Whether you're a beginner DJ or looking to level up in your career, this episode will provide valuable information to help you set your rates and navigate the industry with confidence. So grab your coffee and join us for this insightful conversation on knowing your worth as a DJ.

Check Out A Conference with DJ Mike Sincere

Welcome to another episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach" In this episode, we're talking about the importance of attending industry conferences with our special guest, Mike Sincere. We just came back from DJ Expo, a renowned event for DJs and creatives. We discuss the benefits of networking, learning from professionals, and finding unexpected inspiration at these conferences. So grab a cup of coffee and join us as we dive into the world of industry conferences on "Coffee With The DJ Coach"

When to Say No to a Gig

Welcome to "Coffee With The DJ Coach" with Coach Hapa, where we discuss all things DJ-related to help you level up in your career. In this episode, we tackle the question of when to say no to a gig or opportunity. Coach Hapa breaks it down by emphasizing the importance of understanding your value and being open to different types of opportunities.
He shares personal experiences and practical examples to illustrate the benefits of saying yes and trusting your gut instincts. Tune in to learn how to make better decisions and determine when it's appropriate to say no.

The Lesson Is Priceless

Have you ever had a humbling experience, maybe a lesson you learned that you'll always take to heart? Whether you're a beginner DJ or you've been in the game for awhile, moments like those can happen more often then we realize. And it's in those "priceless lessons" where progress pushes us forward to our ideal selves.
 In this final conclusion of Coach Hapa's sits down with DJ Qbert, both veteran DJ's discuss humbling moments in their careers that helped shaped them into the DJ's that they are today.

Career and Family

In this episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach," Coach Hapa tackles a common question: How do you balance career and family, especially when you're a DJ? With personal experience as a happily married DJ and father of four, Coach Hapa shares valuable insights and practical tips for prioritizing and managing your time effectively. Join us as we dive into the concept of value-based scheduling and learn how to align your actions with your core values. Get ready to level up and find harmony between your career and family life in this episode of Coffee With The DJ Coach.

That $500 Is Not Yours

Hey there! Welcome to "Coffee With The DJ Coach," where we level up our knowledge in just 10 minutes. In today's episode titled "That $500 Is Not Yours," we dive into a polarizing topic: managing your finances.
Join Coach Hapa as he discusses the importance of understanding your own value and setting your rate, as well as the various forms of payment and managing your income. Get ready to level up your money management skills! Let's get started.

FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out with Special Guest: Mike Sincere

In this episode, I'm joined by my good friend Mike Sincere ( also shout out to Jesse B and Dez in the back) We had a conversation that led us into the world of FOMO, also known as the fear of missing out.
As a DJ, I often find myself scrolling through social media, seeing events and gigs that I feel I could have rocked. But here's the thing, that's not for us to dwell on. It's important to recognize that those opportunities are meant for others, and we need to focus on our own journey.

Activate Your Superpower: Special Guest DJ QBert

It is essential for all of us to find that inner circle; a group of people or a person that can give you that constructive criticism that propels you to always push forward.
In this exciting episode, Coach Hapa and Special Guest DJ Qbert discuss what it means to "Activate Your Superpower" with the right people

Mix Business and Personal

Welcome to another episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach." In today's episode, we get right into the topic of social media and whether DJs should separate their business and personal accounts. Coach Hapa shares his take on the matter and provides valuable insights on leveraging Instagram and TikTok. He argues for merging personal and business accounts to showcase the full 360-degree experience of who you are as a DJ.
Throughout the episode, Coach Hapa encourages listeners to explore their passions, identify opportunities for content creation, and build a well-rounded online presence. So grab your favorite cup of coffee and join us for this enlightening conversation on social media strategies for DJs. Let's level up together!

Take More Risks with Special Guest: Mike Sincere

Join us for a one-of-a-kind episode of Coffee With the DJ Coach, recorded on the go as we hit the road with DJ Mike Sincere after an electrifying nXt Summer Camp hosted by DJX! ☕🚗🎧
In this high-energy, car-recorded conversation, DJ Mike Sincere shares his insights, experiences, and standout moments; From standing out of one's comfort zone to takin

Playing With A Band

Get ready for an electrifying episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach" as Coach Hapa takes center stage. In this dynamic podcast, the spotlight is on playing with a band as a DJ, dishing out priceless tips and real-life anecdotes. From perfecting rehearsals to harnessing software wizardry and unlocking the mysteries of music theory, Coach Hapa's insights promise to elevate your live performances to unprecedented heights.
So brew your favorite coffee, sit back, and soak in the wisdom that's about to drop – your unforgettable live show awaits. Tune in now!

How to Handle Song Requests

In today's episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach," we dive into a topic that is both polarizing and essential in the DJ world - taking requests. Coach Hapa shares his thoughts on the matter and explores the origins of song requests, drawing from his experience in radio.
He emphasizes the importance of discernment and managing the overall vibe of an event, while also providing practical tips on how to handle song requests. Join us as we explore the dos and don'ts of taking requests and learn how to create an unforgettable DJ experience. So grab a cup of coffee and tune in as we level up together!

Growth Mindset: Special Guest DJ Qbert

In this special episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach," we invite you to join us for a captivating conversation with the one and only DJ Qbert, as Coach Hapa and DJ Qbert discuss cultivating a growth mindset.
DJ Qbert shares his personal insights on the importance of a growth mindset in the world of music, creativity, and life itself.
Discover how DJ Qbert has applied the principles of a growth mindset to continuously evolve as an artist and mentor. From overcoming challenges in his career to nurturing his passion for learning and self-improvement, DJ Qbert's wisdom will leave you with a fresh perspective on what it means to embrace change and strive for excellence.
So grab your cup of coffee, hot or iced, and get ready to be inspired as DJ Qbert shares his journey of growth and transformation over a steaming cup of coffee.

Should I Do A Few Gig??

Welcome back to another episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach"! In today's episode, we get into common question I get a lot among up and coming DJs: Should I do a free gig? We'll be exploring the various factors to consider when deciding whether to accept an unpaid opportunity. From understanding the costs involved in DJing to the importance of networking and showcasing your skills, we'll provide valuable insights to help you make an informed decision. Join us as we discuss the pros and cons of free gigs, the concept of value exchange, and how to navigate different contexts. Plus, we'll share some personal experiences and practical tips to help you secure your next gig.

Meet Kool Herc

Join Coach Hapa in this captivating episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach" as he delves into the profound idea that people enter our lives for a reason, often revealing their purpose over time. Tune in for a heartwarming story as Coach Hapa recounts a transformative encounter with Hip Hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc.
Discover the lasting impact this meeting had on Coach Hapa's journey and how it molded his perspective on the music industry. Through their conversation, they emphasize the significance of understanding music's roots and paying homage to DJ culture's trailblazers.
So sit back with your favorite cup of coffee and prepare to be uplifted by this engaging episode. And don't forget to stick around for an enlightening bonus clip at the end!

There is NO Hip Hop without the DJ!

Welcome back to another exciting episode of "Coffee with The DJ Coach"! We have a very special episode in store for you. In honor of the 50th anniversary of hip hop, a genre that has shaped music and culture in incredible ways, we dive into the origins of hip hop, exploring the role of DJs like DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash, and the birth of breakdancing and rap.
From the funky breaks that inspired DJs to the rise of influential groups like the Cold Crush Brothers and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, we'll take a deep dive into the history of this revolutionary genre.
So grab a cup of coffee and join us as we celebrate the milestone of 50 years of hip hop!

Accountability

In today's episode of "Coffee with The DJ Coach"! Coach Hapa chats about the importance of accountability and how it can impact our personal and professional lives. We explore the power of mentorship, the role of a mentee, and the significance of genuine friendships in creating a strong support system. Get ready for an insightful discussion on how accountability can shape our journey towards success.

Be Better at Networking!

Welcome back to another episode of "Coffee With The DJ Coach"! In today's episode, we have a topic that many of Coach Hapa's students have been buzzing about: networking.
We all know that building connections is essential, but what does it really mean to network? Get ready to grab your favorite cup of joe as we dive into the world of networking and uncover some insider tips and tricks. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a networking newbie, this episode is for you. So sit back, relax, and join us for the next ten minutes as we unravel the mysteries of effective networking. Let's get brewing!

No More Serato?!

In this episode of "Coffee with The DJ Coach", we dive into the latest news that has sent ripples through the world of DJing—the acquisition of Serato, the well-known software company for DJs, by Alpha Theta, the parent company of Pioneer DJ.
The unexpected move has captured the attention of industry insiders and ignited discussions about its potential implications for the future of DJing and the brands involved. Join us as we explore the possible impact on DJ equipment, and how this acquisition may shape the landscape for DJs like you. Tune in for an insightful discussion on what this merger means for the ever-evolving DJ community.

High School DJs

Welcome back to "Coffee with The DJ Coach", the podcast where we share 10-minute lessons to help DJs level up. In today's episode, titled "High School DJ", we'll be addressing questions from students and individuals in the DJ community who are looking to kickstart their DJing journey during their high school years. We'll discuss the benefits and challenges of starting DJing in high school, the importance of learning DJ software, and the value of having a coach or mentor to guide you along the way. So grab your favorite cup of coffee and join me, Coach Hapa, as we dive into the world of high school DJing. Let's get started!

Imposter Syndrome

Welcome to this episode of "Coffee with The DJ Coach," your host DJ Hapa dives into the essential strategies for making your DJ gigs more manageable and overcoming the daunting challenge of imposter syndrome.
We're breaking down the gig prepping process into bite-sized chunks, or as we like to call it, "Islands" or "anchor theory." We'll share some tips on building a career as a DJ and how to create momentum from one gig to the next. Plus, we'll discuss the pros and cons of streaming music versus having a trusty backup of downloaded songs.
And of course, we can't forget about the importance of having a support system and dealing with impostor syndrome.

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