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INDUSTRY FOCUS: MEET DJ SABRE, ONE OF THE MIDLANDS FINEST DJs

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We sat down with Sabre to discuss his journey to becoming the DJ that he is today, his advice on staying true to yourself, his interest in music, fashion and his future plans.


Here's an introduction to Sabre in his own words: As I'm getting older I see my fashion sense to be a little reserved than it used to be. Mostly I like to keep it simple but still have a little wow factor, whether that be a stylish shirt or a banging pair of trainers I always try to add pizzazz to my outfits.


My interest include music of course, football and DJing but my biggest passion in life are my two girls Tayla and Nyah. I've been a DJ for over 15 years starting off in my bedroom and building up to my biggest event which was in Ayia Napa in 2010. Following that I've played various venues across the UK including supporting Charlie Sloth as Empire in Coventry for new years eve in 2017. 



1. How did you develop an interest in music and specifically DJing respectively?


My interest in music came from an early age at school, I had an interest in performing arts to begin with. Then after taking music lessons at school I wanted to produce my own stuff. Then one Christmas I heard my next door neighbour pumping out some heavy baseline. I went round, saw his decks and two weeks later I had a pair plus a batch of vinyl from the old Tempest Records store in Birmingham. Off I was on my DJ journey!


2. How old were you when you booked your first set?


I think I was about 18 when I had my first gig which was at a local pub by my moms house. It was a horrible little venue but you gotta start somewhere! 


3. What has been the toughest part of your career so far?


Toughest part for me has been the arrival of social media. This has added something totally new to the industry and has given everyone a massive platform to expose themselves. Before all we really had was radio and our mix Cd's, so now all this social media is an art in itself. 


4. What were you doing before you became a DJ, and what inspired you to pursue that element of music?


Before being a DJ I was grafting as a landscape gardener, then manager at a fast food chain. What inspired me was seeing how the power of music can make a crowd go wild. It only takes one song played at the right time to get an incredible energy in the room and that for me is priceless. 


5. Outside of music, what creative mediums would you like to explore next?


Next I'd like to go back into singing and producing music. Having two kids certainly takes up lots of my time but I really want to produce again. I also want to learn how to play the piano. I'm also toying with the idea of DJ school but I'm still in the very early stages of this. 


6. How do you decide which brands to partner with, and how do you ensure that your fans are receptive to sponsored content?


For me it's not just about what the brand can do for me, its about what the brand represents and what message/image they are trying to portray. I wouldn't want to put my name to something that doesn't represent me as a person.


Content wise for me if it aint broke don't fix it... Find out what your followers like and run with it. My DJ videos for my mixes have had a great response so that's what I'm gonna now develop further. 


7. What do you like about Drill London?


To be honest as Drill London is new to the game I thought the products would lack a bit of quality and substance. But because the quality of your items are so good, the prices are competitive and the brand values are great, for me it was a no brainer to wear the brand.


8. What’s the most overrated part of working in the music industry thus far?


The so called “attention” DJs get and I don't mean from just females! It can be annoying really when I'm at my place of work and people just wanna keep coming up to you. I don't mind a request but please let me play when I can fit it into my set! lol #rantover 


9. What advice would you give to those interested in becoming a DJ?


First learn and master the art of DJing, don't take a booking until you are absolutely ready, practice lots and listen to other DJs to gain tips and new ideas and finally networking is a massive key. If you can master that then your half way there. 



QUICK FIRE ROUND!


Name your current favourite artist in the industry? - D Block Europe.


Favourite venue to perform at? - Empire Coventry.


Your Go-to outfit? - Jeans, striped shirt, trainers.


Highlight of your career so far? - Ayia Napa and supporting Charlie Sloth.


Best moment of 2019? - Playing my first festival (Bond Fest).


Instagram or Snapchat Stories? - Instagram!


Any exciting 2020 projects that your fans should know about? - Yes hopefully for summer 2020, nothing confirmed yet but keep your eyes on my social for the announcement!



Check out DJ Sabre via:

Instagram.com/nuwavesabre

Mixcloud.com/nuwavesabre

Twitter.com/djsabreofficial