We had the good fortune of connecting with Ron a.k.a. DJ R-Tistic and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ron, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Being a DJ, crowd awareness is one of the most important factors that contribute to our success. Outside of just reading a crowd in the moment, I had to read the landscape of the DJ scene within the last decade and make all the adjustments necessary. I realized the importance of social media early on, so I always made sure to create content such as full mixes and video mixes that could spread to listeners throughout the world.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve always been serious about the craft of DJing, and I realized the importance of knowing music beyond the surface level hits. I always wanted to make sure that I was technically proficient, and able to take listeners on a journey. It took years for me to feel that I was “successful” as a whole, especially since I was still more focused on my corporate career early on. One of the main challenges was figuring out how to balance working full time with DJing, and deciding on how much energy I wanted to spend on DJing back when it wasn’t as financially prosperous.
One lesson I’ve learned is that it’s always important to treat everyone with genuine respect, as cliche as it might sound. The nightlife community is extremely small, and I’ve seen a lot of promoters and DJs burn bridges due to their egos. I would like for the world to know that my story is an example of how important it is to truly become a student of your field, and how it’s necessary to adjust and pivot in order to have continued success. The most recent example is how I shifted to online DJing once the COVID-19 pandemic hit. I was able to build an entirely new worldwide audience by DJing consistently on Instagram Live and Twitch.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend didn’t live in L.A. and they came to visit, I would definitely take them to Leimert Park, Harold & Belles, and possibly a Laker game if it happened to be during the season. I would look to see if any special events are happening, since these tend to be more enjoyable than the usual clubs.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would always say that my parents are responsible for all of my success as a DJ, even though they always told me to focus on my corporate career. My overall ear from music was developed by listening to the music they played, along with seeing what my dad created as a Jazz composer.
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