EP. 045 - Ben Herman / DJ University (My DJ Story Podcast)

Name: Ben Herman

Affiliation: DJ University


Instagram: @learnfromdju

Primary Genre: Open Format



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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: what's going on everybody Darrell afraid of the club CEO here and we have another amazing episode of the my DJ story podcast.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: brought to you by the club APP the number one online Community for DJ we can stream for free and not get cut off today we have been from DJ university brother, can you please introduce yourself to the people, where you're from and who you are.


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Ben Herman, DJ University: yeah what's up darryl Thank you so much for having me on the podcast.


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Ben Herman, DJ University: Really, I am a DJ of 20 years of experience, I actually started a company back in high school, so my junior year of high school and I was able to scale up to multi six figures, a year.


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Ben Herman, DJ University: We actually have a full team of employees so we're a multi op But my main background, when I first started was actually just in the nightlife the club and festival scene and then kind of grew from there to more of a business now.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: awesome well that's super interesting, seeing that you got some success in that story so i'm really excited to hear your entire story from the beginning to where we are now so.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: talk to me, you know how did you get interested in becoming a DJ and tell me a little bit about the beginning days.


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Ben Herman, DJ University: yeah certainly so I have some super humble beginnings, I actually started off in the trailer park so that's really where I started off at my.


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Ben Herman, DJ University: My mom and dad are actually divorced so they're separated and I had to actually live with my mom in Germany, so in Europe for a while and i'd moved back to live with my dad for a little bit, and at that point in time, he lived in a trailer park and the crazy part is that, like.


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Ben Herman, DJ University: I have an older sister and they only had a two bedroom trailer so naturally my dad got the master bedroom of the trailer and then my sister got.


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Ben Herman, DJ University: The the second bedroom, which meant that they had to make space for me, so my bedroom actually ended up being my dad built out of PVC piping.


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Ben Herman, DJ University: and blankets duct tape to the PVC piping and kind of built a dividing wall between the you know kind of cut the living room and half so that way part of the living room was my room and then the other side was the living room.


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Ben Herman, DJ University: wow thing that super sucked it was that the entertainment Center.


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Ben Herman, DJ University: Ironically, was right on the opposite side of the blanket wall, so they love to watch but back in the day was like X files, I know if you guys remember X files super creepy and.


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Ben Herman, DJ University: You know blaring the TV while i'm trying to go to sleep, and so the way that I drown out the noise that helped me kind of cope with my circumstances, because there's a lot of drama at home as well.


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Ben Herman, DJ University: That happened was music so it's my way of escaping reality and especially with hip hop music, you know hip hop is kind of like raw in your face right it talks about real life stuff.


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Ben Herman, DJ University: I can relate to a lot of what the rappers were talking about and I saw myself in similar circumstances where that really drew me to hip hop culture.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Right.


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Ben Herman, DJ University: studied like the the four elements of hip hop and I actually didn't get into teaching.


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Ben Herman, DJ University: Right off the BAT actually started off as a B boy so it's actually a break got into breakdancing first.


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Ben Herman, DJ University: And then naturally grew into the DJ side i'd never considered myself like a graffiti artist or skilled on the microphone as an MC so i'm skilled as an announcer as a DJ but not as a rapper so.


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Ben Herman, DJ University: You know if anybody's familiar with the four elements of hip hop it's it's it's those four things right it's breakdancing DJ emceeing and also graffiti artwork as well.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Nice brother that's super amazing interesting story man so but coming from humble beginnings, you know how did you like you know get started, like buy your first you know, DJ said and get your first gig tell me a little bit about the how you, you know maneuver your way into the industry.


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Ben Herman, DJ University: yeah great question so really.


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Ben Herman, DJ University: I looked up to like mix master MC DJ cuber those kind of DJ and I I knew at that point man, I really want to become a DJ so my parents were loving and their own way, but they're also realist so.


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Ben Herman, DJ University: You know I kind of wanted to get into like production or or like music production to become famous that way, and they said, you know, like that that's one in a million then.