Today we present 5 Rules of Success from famous British drum-and-bass DJ and producer – Danny Byrd, who will be presenting his new album this Friday, May, 24th at at Hospitality Brixton event. You can buy tickets here.

1) Always get up early, you speak to all successful people from all the top CEO’s they are generally up at 7am. Its funny as I always used to think music kept hours that were free and you could start at 4 in the afternoon and finish when you want and only work when your inspired, but I noticed a big difference in my career when I started to get up earlier. Your mind is so clear at 7am that it gives you a big advantage. Im not saying you have to get up as early as this but its as much as having a routine, if your putting in 12 hour days, 6 days a week your going to get somewhere for sure.

2) Know your style of music inside out. Seems a obvious one but in these days where so much dance music is multi genre its tempting to flip between doing house music then dub step etc.. Although experimenting is something id always encourage its important to focus about being the best at one thing first. I’d love to make American hip hop beats but for me to truly do that I would need to move to America to soak up that sound, immerse myself in that scene, go to the clubs etc. Drum & Bass has always been my passion and I’m still learning from it everyday, if I were to take a year off it may take me another year to get my sound back up to the current mix down’s. I know a great singer who is one of the most talented vocalists I’ve worked with but one of the reasons he never totally broke through in the music industry was he never had a sound or style. He moved between different genres and never focussed on what was in his heart musically.

3) Try and always get feedback on your music from people you trust. That doesn’t mean bombarding people with sound cloud links. Im talking about getting yourself out there to people locally to you. Try and make friends with the local DJ’s that are playing in the clubs, they can test your music out. Aim to have a small network of local people that can give you criticism to improve your music. Its funny but when you have been working on a track for 3 weeks straight you generally have no objectiveness on it but your Mum could walk in the room and say that vocal goes on for too long and she’d be right! Once everyone is loving your music in this circle then its time to start reaching out to labels and you will be such a better rounded producer for it.

4) Always be respectful to people regardless of where you are in your career. I always make sure that if I’m in a meeting or interview that I treat everybody the same and with same respect, this sounds like just good manners but you’d be amazed the amount of musical ego’s that seem to forget this. The person who’s doing a student radio show that may not seem worth doing could in 5 years time be presenting the radio 1 breakfast show. If your nice to people to people on their way up they hopefully will always support what you’re doing. If your rude it will never be forgotten either.

5) Don’t take yourself too seriously. This is the hardest one of all, as how do I not take myself seriously when music is my passion? My life!! You can be serious about creating music but when the music is finished and out there, let it do its thing. Never expect too much and good things will come to you. If you have expectations I guarantee you that the results will never work out that way for you. A lot of people when their music isn’t going the way they want it to they end up blaming the record label or the managers, but its important never to be a victim in the music industry as people really don’t care. If you feel positive about your music and feel grateful that people enjoy it only more positive things can come your way! Law of attraction…. Simples :)