While we'd all love to jump feet first into music as a full time career option, it's not usually possible for most. Many music creators, whether they are instrumentalists or Twitch DJs, are challenged with keeping the music as a side hustle first while ensuring they stay financially stable with a full time job (in a less desirable job, of course!).
But as we learn from Sk3llybruh, it doesn't matter how time-consuming your non-music job can be or how much you may love or dislike that job, anyone with music in their heart and veins will make or find the time for music. Sometimes all it takes is a little inspiration from a waterpark rave and some fellow DJs. 🙂
An Interview with Sk3llybruh
STL: What music got you started as a DJ?
SB: My EDM journey started with the classic Tiesto, and picking up a basshunters CD (from the record store back in the day). My first experience to raves/music festivals was in 2010 as a lifeguard for a waterpark rave that had headliners like Morgan Page, Cedric Gervais, Sandra Collins, the Riddler, Dj Scotty Boy, Arash, Klaas, Max Graham, Serge Devant, Andy Caldwell, Jason Bentley, the EC Twins and more. I was very into the early trance/progressive house and progressed into electro with artists like Madeon and Au5.
STL: What is your preferred music genre(s) to spin/mix?
SB: Dubstep and progressive/vocal trance. However, nothing gets me more energized than mixing dubstep and seeing the crowd go crazy. Being able to cut tracks and add surprise elements is my favorite part of dubstep.
STL: What is your favorite stream you have done?
SB: My favorite stream was when I just started Twitch and I had my friends over drinking (a little too much) and one of them played through the night and it was a hot mess. I woke up at 8am and they were still going!
STL: What made you become the DJ you are today?
SB: Watching streamers like Psymill, DJMixy, DJ_Shorty_K, Blcklght, CheskaChunes, OrderKungPau.
STL: What is your favorite meal?
SB: Pasta and Red Sauce
STL: What other DJ/artist/producer/influencer do you inspire to be most like?
SB: Excision, Ilan Bluestone, Seven Lions, Dash Berlin, Above and Beyond, Illenium, Myon & Shane 54
STL: Who else in your family is a musician?
STL: How would you describe the energy in your streams and chat?
SB: During Team TakeDown Tuesday there is a ton of energy from other dubstep enthusiasts. Since I am still new and don’t have a consistent schedule, my community is slowly growing and I love all the supporters that show up!
STL: What is your favorite drink?
SB: Old Fashion
STL: How much has Twitch changed over the COVID-19 lockdown for you?
SB: It gave me a creative outlet and created several new amazing friendships.
STL: What is your biggest change since becoming a Twitch DJ?
SB: Trying to manage my time and balance work/IRL friends and family while building a community, brand, and perfecting DJing.
STL: If you could give any advice to a new streamer, what would it be?
SB: Determine the type of music you want to play consistently, organize all your songs, create your profile (emotes, commands, bit emotes, modules, socials, and graphics).
STL: How do you think things will change as lockdowns end and venues come back online?
SB: Some viewers and streamers will be on less frequently, but the people that stick around will be more consistent and if you have a set schedule, the community will continue to support you. Also there will be tons of meetups!
STL: If you are adding live shows to your Twitch line-ups, are you excited or nervous to add this change or go back?
SB: I am excited to get back in front of a crowd and read the room/see the energy. The biggest challenge was playing for people you can’t see and if the chat is slow it can be challenging to keep yourself energetic.
STL: What is one message you would give to your fans?
SB: Be yourself, play what you love, show your face, be consistent, and engage with the community and other streamers. Also, raid trains are the best way to build new followers and views.
STL: What made you want to become a musician / musical artist / DJ?
SB: My first show while a lifeguard for a water park. Seeing all the beautiful people and the party energy/good music made me want to bring that feeling to others.
STL: Did you play any instruments or have any musical interests in school?
SB: I was always big into music growing up but never learned any instruments or took classes.
STL: What strengths do you have that you believe make you a great DJ / performer?
SB: Being goofy and experimenting. I enjoy being myself and making myself laugh; on occasion things work that I’d never expect and it’s a great feeling.
STL: Do you have any weaknesses that you’re actively working to improve on?
SB: Determining my schedule and stream style. Having such polar opposite tastes in music makes it hard to build a community that knows what to expect when I stream.
STL: Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of music?
SB: I’m an avid Skier, Golfer, and Surfer. Before COVID I used to travel multiple times a year and cannot wait to visit Twitch friends made over the last year.
STL: What accomplishments do you see yourself achieving in the next five to 10 years?
SB: I’m extremely fortunate that my 5/10 year plan was recently achieved (in only 3 years) as landed a job at my dream company. My current 5/10 year goals are to get proficient at live DJing and set a consistent stream schedule and set aside time to implement all the graphic/music ideas I’ve been planning for years.
STL: What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?
SB: Music is a global language. It brings people together and can communicate feelings better than words. Music is proven to have a positive effect on your mood and can make a bad day better.
STL: How did you know that you wanted to pursue a career in music / performing?
SB: I never set out to have a career in music as it’s always been a hobby for me. It is great knowing how to DJ and when you connect with people with the same music interests, it’s amazing.
STL: In the future, when you look back on your life, what would make you say “I have no regrets’?
SB: If I look back and know that I took a chance and did whatever scared me. If you don’t take the risk, you’ll never know the result and not taking the chance or knowing the result would be the biggest regret.
STL: If you weren’t doing music, what would you be doing right now? Do you have other professional interests?
SB: I’m an Enterprise Account Executive that sells business software as well as a Modern Workplace Specialist. I help large businesses modernize their collaboration infrastructure and allow companies/organizations to work from anywhere.
STL: Is there anything else you'd like to mention?
SB: I need a graphic designer to create a logo and help create the Sk3llybruh brand!!! 🙂
Catch Sk3llybruh on Twitch
You can catch Sk3llybruh during his regular streams per his Twitch streaming schedule:
- Tuesday Nights varies between 7:00 - 11:00 pm (Pacific Time)
- Saturday Nights varies between 5:00 pm - 2:00 am (Pacific Time)