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Use These Breathing Techniques To Propel Your Next DJ Performance To New Heights

Are you a DJ looking to take your performance to the next level? Look no further than the power of breathing techniques and meditation. These ancient practices have been used for centuries to improve focus, reduce stress, and elevate energy. By incorporating them into your daily routine, you can tap into the full potential of your performance mindset and elevate your DJ craft to new heights. Imagine being able to effortlessly control your nerves before a big show, maintain laser-like focus during your set, and leave the crowd captivated by your authentic positive energy.


In this article, we will explore a few breathing techniques you can utilize to enhance your ability to be present and focused, which can lead to a more dynamic and engaging performance.

(This list is actually inspired by the daily practices Tambor Party Founder Stan Zeff follows. Stan believes that breath is the life-giver and should be viewed with gratitude and respect; so much so that he created an entire music track that focuses on breath)


Diaphragmatic Breathing

One breathing technique that can be particularly useful for DJs is diaphragmatic breathing. This involves breathing deeply into the diaphragm rather than shallowly into the chest. Diaphragmatic breathing can help to calm the nervous system and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, which can be particularly beneficial before a DJ performance.


Here are some instructions on how to do diaphragmatic breathing:

  1. Start by finding a comfortable seated or lying position.

  2. Place one hand on your chest and the other on your belly.

  3. Take a deep breath in through your nose, allowing your belly to rise as you fill your lungs with air. As you inhale, your belly should expand more than your chest.

  4. Exhale slowly through your mouth, allowing your belly to fall as you empty your lungs of air. As you exhale, your belly should move more than your chest.

  5. Repeat this deep breathing pattern for a few minutes, focusing on the movement of your belly as you inhale and exhale.

  6. As you become more comfortable with the technique, you can increase the duration of the breath and hold it for a moment before exhaling

  7. Repeat this practice for a few minutes a day, gradually increasing the duration of your practice as you become more comfortable with the technique.

It's important to note that diaphragmatic breathing may not come naturally at first, but with consistent practice, it will become second nature.


Meditate Before You Take The Stage

Meditation is another powerful tool that can help DJs to improve their performance mindset. Regular meditation practice can help DJs to become more present and focused, which can lead to a more dynamic and engaging performance. Additionally, meditation can help DJs to develop greater self-awareness and emotional regulation, which can be beneficial for dealing with the pressure and stress of performing.


Here are some instructions on how to do a quick meditation before going on stage:

  1. Find a quiet place where you can sit or stand comfortably.

  2. Close your eyes and take a deep breath in through your nose, allowing your belly to rise as you fill your lungs with air. Exhale slowly through your mouth, allowing your belly to fall as you empty your lungs of air.

  3. Start to focus on your breath, noticing the sensation of the air moving in and out of your nose.

  4. If your mind starts to wander, gently bring your focus back to your breath.

  5. As you become more comfortable with the technique, you can start to count your breaths. Inhale for a count of four, hold for a count of four, exhale for a count of four, hold for a count of four, and repeat.

  6. Continue this practice for a few minutes, focusing on your breath and letting go of any thoughts or worries that may be present in your mind.

  7. When you feel ready, slowly open your eyes and take a moment to ground yourself before heading on stage.

  8. You can also use guided meditation to help you focus and relax, you can find guided meditations on different apps or online platforms.

It's important to note that the idea of this quick meditation is to help you relax and focus before your performance, so don't be hard on yourself if you find it hard to focus at the beginning, with consistent practice you will find it easier.



Visualize A Successful Performance- Inhale Confidence And Exhale Doubt


Positive visualization is a powerful tool that can help DJs to focus on their goals and create a positive mindset before going on stage to perform their DJ set. While visualization is a powerful tool that can help you achieve your goals, it's important to remember that it's only one part of the equation. You still need to put in the work, practice, and take action to achieve your goals. With consistent practice, you will be able to access this state of mind when you need it, and it will become easier to access this state of mind when you need it.


Here are some instructions on how to do a positive visualization of your performance:

  1. Find a quiet place where you can sit or stand comfortably.

  2. Close your eyes and take a deep breath in through your nose, allowing your belly to rise as you fill your lungs with air. Exhale slowly through your mouth, allowing your belly to fall as you empty your lungs of air.

  3. Start to focus on a mental image of yourself performing your DJ set. Imagine yourself feeling calm, confident, and in control.

  4. See yourself setting up your equipment, connecting with the crowd, and effortlessly transitioning between tracks. Imagine the crowd's energy, how they react to your performance, and how you control the atmosphere.

  5. Pay attention to the details, the lighting, the sound, the feeling of the crowd, the emotions you experience, and try to make the visualization as real as possible.

  6. Repeat this visualization for a few minutes, focusing on the positive aspects of your performance, and letting go of any negative thoughts or worries that may be present in your mind.

  7. As you become more comfortable with the technique, you can start to incorporate other elements such as diaphragmatic breathing and positive affirmations.

  8. When you feel ready, slowly open your eyes and take a moment to ground yourself before heading on stage.

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Other techniques like yoga, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualization can also help DJs to improve their performance mindset and elevate their energy. These practices can help DJs to become more present, focused, and relaxed, which can lead to a more dynamic and engaging performance. DJs need to experiment with different techniques and find what works best for them.

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