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Josh Le Tissier

Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?

I'm Josh Le Tissier, I've been DJing for around 6 years and producing music for 5 years. I release Big Room and Progressive House, but I produce a lot of different styles including deep house. I am a resident DJ at Fusion Nightclub in my home town, but I actually started off DJing weddings and friend's birthday parties – these gigs are good as they taught me a lot about reading the crowd and knowing what to play to fill the dancefloor.

How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years? Do you feel that changing tastes over years as artistic growth? ?

I am very influenced by Revealed Recordings, I don't think they've released a bad track in my opinion! My taste has changed quite a bit since I started getting into EDM about 7 years ago. I used to love the Dutch house stuff from around 2010 (like old skool Afrojack), then I moved onto real progressive house music (like Alesso) – I actually think this genre is timeless. The Big Room Sub Kicks were my guilty pleasure back in 2013-2014 I have to admit haha. I also loved the Deep/Future House movement back in 2014-2015 when Oliver Heldens, Tchami and Pep & Rash started blowing up. I've always been into Trance, but right now I love it more than ever. I think Armin van Buuren is having a very strong year and NWYR are really helping the genre get massive again! One thing I've never been a huge fan of is Future Bass and Trap music.

What´s new right now?

Right now I'm spending a lot of time in studio making lots of new music and experimenting with orchestral and cinematic sounds for the breakdowns of my tracks. I have a collaboration with John Lavido (a talented producer from Australia) coming up soon – this track will actually be my first release with vocals on it so I'm super excited! I also have a new Big Room banger, "High Voltage" coming out on the EDM Charts YouTube channel.
As for gigs, I'll be playing in Fusion Nightclub a lot over the next few months.

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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?

The biggest mistake I made was not making enough music. That might sound strange, but I used to watch so many tutorials on YouTube and watch other famous producer studio sessions which I learnt a lot from. I think I would've learnt a lot more in the beginning if I had done more producing and less watching. You learn from doing the most.


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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?

My biggest tip for getting gigs, whether it's a nightclub, bar, wedding, birthday or whatever is… be polite, professional and grateful for any opportunity you're given. Manners cost nothing and they go a long way. There are a lot of DJs out there with very little respect and if you are respectful you'll stand out from the rest.


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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

My biggest challenge was music production itself. For the first 2 years I really struggled with finishing tracks, they would take weeks or even months and the mixdown and composition would be awful. Music production is hard to learn in the beginning, but when you start finishing tracks and playing them in your sets or showing them to friends it is worth the struggle. I have improved my workflow (and technical ability) a lot since then and I can finish tracks much faster.


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How do you promote yourself? Do you have any specific promotion tips for other musicians?

I think making mashups and bootlegs of "famous" tracks is a good way to get exposure because in the beginning nobody is googling your name, but they are googling "Martin Garrix remix" for example and if you've done that particular remix then people might find you and if they like your music you may have just gained a superfan.


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We meet again in one year. What has changed?


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