"My career sucked because I was lazy" - DJ Shares Inspiring Story for the New Year
English producer Gareth Emery took advantage of the New Year to share his inspiring story of the difficult 10-year journey to where he is today. The 35-year-old producer/DJ recounted his lowest low 10 years ago and how he turned things around to make his dreams a reality. As we begin a New Year with new goals and new challenges ahead, this story will motivate you to take a hard look at yourself, where you are and where you want to be while inspiring you to take advantage of today. Check out the full New Year
"10 years ago I nearly gave up making music.
In 2006 I was broke, making less than minimum wage, no girlfriend, still lived with my parents, whilst my friends all had proper jobs with career prospects, good salaries, houses, etc.
My life was very fucking far from where I wanted it to be.
I remember going 3 months without a single show. Not because I wanted studio or vacation time.... there just wasn't a single club or festival IN THE WORLD that wanted to book me!
I was told "You've tried your best but it's time to give up" by my closest friends, some members of my family, other DJs, even my agent.
Giving up would have been easy but instead I accepted some hard truths.
My career sucked because I was lazy. I was never in the studio and I was bitter about those who were doing better than me, rather than looking at myself.
So I turned shit around.
I used the time off gigs to create my podcast. It did 300 episodes and eventually became Electric For Life, which just promoted my biggest solo show in my life.
Of course things didn't happen overnight.
But it was a start and ten years on, after continuing to work damn hard every single day since then, I've got an incredible family, amazing career, and everything I ever wanted.
Was it easy? Fuck no.
But was it worth it? Fuck yes.
Now I'm not saying I've "made it" now because there are still many things I want to achieve and I firmly believe you guys haven't even heard the best music I've made yet (just wait until you hear the new album). But I wanted to write this message for those of you who might be where I was ten years ago.
You might see all the cool shit I have now and think it was an easy journey, or I got lucky, because Instagram tends to show the product of success but not the struggle to get there.
So however fucking dark things may seem now, and however much you might want to give up on your dreams (whatever they are), DO NOT GIVE UP.
So happy 2016. Go out and fucking crush it and finish the year a step closer to your dreams, whatever they may be.
Happy New Year,
I'm a storyteller at heart, and music makes my world go round.