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Lately I've been struggling with the whole DJ name thing. To be completely honest, I'm not too fussed on finding myself a DJ name and I've just been using my real name. Problem is, I'm starting to get a few gigs here and there and it's getting to a point where it's a weekly thing now. My question is, how did you get your DJ name? Did you make it up? Is it a play on words? Did you feel like a dick when you started telling all your friends your DJ so and so? Because I know I would, it's so wanky.

I think I might just call myself DJ Tiosto or Almond Van Bruno. What do you think?
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just stick with Matty Neal. sounds fine.

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Wouldn't complain about Matty Neal (or even Matt Neal).

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I just hear it so often so it's a hard to really tell lol.
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yeah i vote stick with matty neal. sounds the goods to me.

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Some DJ names ARE wanky. Your real name sounds fine so why not use it?

I started using my middle name instead of my first name when I stopped playing electro a few years ago, only because I used to get a lot of kids turning up to gigs expecting my old sound. Tweaking my name meant I had to start fresh - but I preferred it that way.
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Generally, if I'm playing a prog. or tech gig, I'll stick to my actual name, Brendan Clay.

If it's a breaks gig, my radio show moniker comes into play - as the radio show is predominantly breaks.

If it's electro house, I usually play in a duo, LET'S PLAY DJs.
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i've come up with an alias that i'll use if i get gigs. my real name is very feminine (even my surname is a popular first name for girls) and i'd rather use a unisex name when playing out. i guess i don't want to be pre judged based on my gender.

matty neal or matt neal are fine names to use imo

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Almond Van Bruno it is, then!

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a merger of your first and last name...

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Personally, I use my chinese name (= username) not as superficial as a made-up name, but exotic sounding enough not to sound mundane (imo)
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tax wise....
If you create a business ie. DJMN, it becomes a trading name.
if things ever go sour, you can always fold up the business and create a new one somewhere else.
If you trade under your own name, the tax benifits are not as sweet.

there's a whole grey area you can look into... but the dj name concept is about marketing and creating an entity.
Sure people will remember you whereever you go, like thomas Batlenger and Daft Punk.
but personally, it's up to you if you want to be know as DJMN or Matty Neal
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One of my cousins use to call me Special.K after the girl in the movie “Breakin” just picking on me I suppose, when I started playing I starting writing it on my mix tapes and it kind of just carried on from there..
These day most of my gigs just bill me as “Kieren Lewin” instead of “Special.K” but I don’t really play anywhere that does any major advertising so it doesn’t even matter!
I do feel like a dick whenever someone calls me Special.K but there was at least a 10year period when I liked having a stage name as it separated my DJing from my sound work as sound operators had a inbuilt hatred of DJ’s and most of my colleagues didn’t know I even DJed, also it was kind of easer to think no one knew who I was when I was drunk in a club causing trouble.
I also used “Bob E Heart” for a while on all sorts of things….

As JabbaJaws said, I got advised to invoice under Special.K and registered it as a business in the early 90’s and I still invoice under it no matter what!

In the end of the day if I had to do it again I would never have used a stage name these days I think it just looks like you have something to hide, Be yourself, Also that way chicks can look you up on Facebook or Myspace
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first time I played out was as dj mystery guest - there was a few internationals in town and it seemed to bring alot of punters through the door
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^ Haw haw haw!

Thanks for the input guys. I always thought my actual name was better, it works fine considering the genre's I play too. I keep getting asked what my DJ name is when I play out and I kinda panic, but it's been put on print now so I might as well just stick with Matty Neal. Works good enough for me.

One of my main concerns is that me as a DJ is a lot more wanky than the real matt neal so I guess I just wanted to seperate my two lives a bit. But then again, it's just a name and I don't plan on getting that famous. Maybe just a little

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I went through a few names when I was starting out but ended up settling on my own name.

I was talking to a friend a few weeks ago who told me that "Angus Gibbins" is the perfect trance DJ name, and she was talking to a few randoms a couple of weeks before that who thought it was a stage alias.

It's pretty cool as well playing at places where you're the only guy who does use his own name when you see it on flyers, screens, visuals etc..

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^ How did I never notice you're Angus Gibbins? lol, I'm pretty sure I've seen you out and about @ Family lol
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My mate suggested my name.

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matty neal sounds like such a natural DJ name, it's almost like there's already a DJ out there called it. I use my surname, cbf being called anything but my real name or part of it.
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if you really want the wanky dj name then there's always Matty N
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my dj name used to be my username, long story.... until i started playing out and people would be like "oi trent come here" and I would just stand there not realising they were talking to me...so changhed it back to my name

stick with your real name...so much less wanky that something like DJ Aciiiid

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Calling yourself after your name is boring and tacky. Only trance and house DJs should do that IMO.

My DJ name is Derelict, suits the music I play cause it is rather underground and antisocial
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You should dyslexic, Natty Meal is an awesome name
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Calling yourself after your name is boring and tacky. Only trance and house DJs should do that IMO.

My DJ name is Derelict, suits the music I play cause it is rather underground and antisocial

judging by your discogs link you shouldn't be calling anyone else boring and tacky

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you moving house angus?

how'd ya know that???

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room for rent thread, it was either you or carte
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judging by your discogs link you shouldn't be calling anyone else boring and tacky

Why is that exactly? Have you actually heard of anything from my Discogs?
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Why is that exactly? Have you actually heard of anything from my Discogs?

I've heard enough to know I don't like it

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Calling yourself after your name is boring and tacky. Only trance and house DJs should do that IMO.

My DJ name is Derelict, suits the music I play cause it is rather underground and antisocial

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Originally I thought mine was good since it's where my name comes from and it relates to what I'm doing at uni and career wise.

But now I'm not so sure...
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That tshirt is terrible. He never said 'derelict' in the film, he said 'derelicte'. I've seen that joke a thousand times and each time it's more terrible than the last cause it's never right.
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That tshirt is terrible. He never said 'derelict' in the film, he said 'derelicte'. I've seen that joke a thousand times and each time it's more terrible than the last cause it's never right.

wow...nerve hit?

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If your real name sounds good as a dj name stick to it (if you don't mind people knowing your real name)...

When I first started playing years ago it was under the name "Stalker" which then changed to "Stalka". I used Stalker because of shock value - because it made a bit of a statement, allot of people remembered it and I got allot of bookings playing tough nu skool & tear out breaks

I didn't want to use my real name because I didn't want work colleagues etc to associate me with a "drugy" type scene... When I started playing out regularly I was thankful because I saw my dj name on pole posters around the city near where I work and nobody (whom I didn't want to know) knew it was me...

I then got pigeonholed to be a breaks dj under the name Stalka and found it hard to get other types of gigs + telling my future mother inlaw my name was Dj stalka didn't sit right with me

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I'm not angry or upset, so no. I'm just pointing out how stupid it is.
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I went through the same problem matty, I kept on thinking about dj names and it took me years to figure out that I already had a good name right infront of me... my names Phil and alot of people call me Filthy....so yeah I decided to use that.
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Calling yourself after your name is boring and tacky. Only trance and house DJs should do that IMO.

My DJ name is Derelict, suits the music I play cause it is rather underground and antisocial

i agree that it depends on what style you play as to whether your real name is appropriate as a DJ name... and also what your name is. my name might work for house, trance, techno and that sort of thing.. but i don't think it suits hardstyle at all. it's too sweet and girly, i'd feel like more of a douche using it than using an alias

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Mine would suck cause nobody could pronounce it...
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Mine would suck cause nobody could pronounce it...

that's also something to consider. not everyone has a name as simple as matty neal

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