Billy the Klit: Tight discipline and hard work
Between 240 gigs a year, dj and producer Billy the Klit a.k.a. Joost Seilberger makes some time free to attend Dancefair on the 11th and 12th of February. Seilberger (30), “musicfreak” from D’hague, will be giving a workshop about the CDJ-2000: “ Actually, i’ve got two kind of days, days in the studio and days on the road.”
On the “artist days” as Seilberger calls them, “I get up around 12 and without taking a shower I jump into the studio to sort out my music, create my final and I am off to the car to get on the road. I am usually more on the road then I am actually spinning on those days.” During his 7 weeks of summertour Billy the Klit played around 20 clubs in six different countries.
Billy the Klit is known as a festival-dj who’s enthousiastic appearance is always good money for a proper party. Seilberger: “This image is created by just playing records, I started making music later on, most guys started the otherway around. “
It’s not always easy to maintain this image: “Billy and Joost have a difficult relationship, the secret is to always keep a proper balance. I also have to be able to be productive as Joost in society, otherwise I sink to deep.” Billy’s rock ’n roll lifestyle is something of the past nowadays: “It’s not easy to combine that life with succes.” Seilberger tells us. “It’s a bit of luck, but mostly tight discipline and hard work.”
Being an artist is more then just playing some records. You have to keep track of your finances as well, Seilberger knows this from his own experience. “It kept me up for days in the past, not having my finances settled made me lose a lot of money.” “It’s the less fun part of the business.” Seilberger tells us. “But a very important part indeed” “I arranged it that way, that I check up on the financial business 1 hour a week.” I have a BV; so I just get paid a salary.”
It’s almost as being at the office, is the way Seilberger describes his studio days. “ At my professional studio at home I am often fooling around for hours but sometimes very efficient” He tells us: “ Efficient because nowadays you have to work with deadlines too, mostly for remixes” The technical part is very important: “My Dynaudio BM15 speakers were a great investment, just as my RME 800 soundcard and my Powercore fx unit.”
Also on Dancefair, where Seilberger is present of course, the technical side will be the trending topic. “The atmosphere which will be at Dancefair” explains the dj-producer from D’hague convincingly“ the atmoshphere of sharing knowledge and creativity by beginners and pro’s, that thing, can only be good for everybody.” Who cannot miss this event? “Everybody who wants to make his profession of the music business”