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How Dieselboy Became A Household Name
Early adopters of a movement are usually the ones that profit the most. Dieselboy was one of the early adopters of the rave movement in the 90’s and he describes how he did it:
"I'd see the post on alt.rave about a party five, six, seven hours away," explains Higgins. "It'd say, 'Plus more DJs to be announced." That's when he'd make his move: "I'd call the info line and be like, 'Hi, I'm Dieselboy from Pittsburgh. I will play for gas money if you book me at your party.' I was so small-time at the time that no one was going to fly me. So I drove around all over the place. I remember I drove 11 hours to play in Rhode Island."
You don’t always have to be the first person to be a leader or pioneer. CD Baby Founder Derek Sivers describes how a movement is made in his “First Follower” speech. It’s a risk to stand out, but it’s worth it to become the leader of a movement.
Article written by Isaku Kageyama, music professional at Berklee College of Music, traditional Japanese drummer and new WeLoveYourSongs collaborator.
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