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    This is my first post ever in this community. Although, I have been following this for years during the time I was evolving as a DJ. Now that, I have reached a milestone, where I can call myself a DJ, I am facing a few dilemmas. I have a few questions, and I think you guys are the best who can help me!

    My first question is: Does ethnicity play an important role while building a career in DJing?
    Why am I asking this?
    --I am from India, and I came to the states as a student in 2011. So, it's been like almost 5 years since I am here. I evolved as a DJ after coming to the states. However, I have been only doing Bollywood gigs (with some EDM/POP). I have done a few American gigs (Weddings) also. But people know me as a Bollywood DJ. Even though, I am surrounded with American friends, I mainly get Bollywood gigs. I keep wanna doing that because I am able to improve my skills by doing more and more gigs. Now the problem is that I am gaining popularity, which is a good thing, but my primary area of interest is EDM/Pop. I want to play in clubs (non- bollywood music) etc. Do you think by gaining popularity as a bollywood dj will hurt my chances of getting non-bollywood gigs? I have started producing too, and I would like to gain recognition as an EDM artist and not just as a Bollywood artist. But I won't mind if both can help me.

    Should I create two separate profiles (DJ name, Facebook page, Soundlcloud etc) for two different genres? Or one should one be enough as it will only help me get popular quickly?

    I am sorry if it sounds convoluted. But, I am hopeful that I will get some great advice!

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    goa trance was invented in india

    also for profiles you want a different alias for different projects. for your commercial stuff just use your real name i guess... and then create an artist profile for your artist stuff.

    if its all top 40 and commercial stuff, one name is fine for everything

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    It's good to expand your playlist to different genres of music. I don't think you would lose Bollywood gigs just because you want to play other stuff. Just make sure to inform that you still play Bollywood so you don't lose gigs. But I think an alias name for 2 different genres would confuse some and is not really important this early in your career. 1 name would be good for all. Hoped this helps.
    One feeds the pocket, the other feeds the soul "DJ Mpire"

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    I was doing shows with my friend the other year and he used his old name. everyone came to the show expecting hip-hop/top40... but he plays house. he ended up using a different name.

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    I honestly believe having one unified Page with all of your stuff is best for building your brand. There's nothing wrong with having a wide range of music you can do. It's less confusing for marketing yourself. You want a one stop shop where your fans can come to hear your stuff. Spreading it out can be a headache to deal with.

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    I totally agree that promoting myself with one profile will be benefital for me at this stage. So, I am thinking of going with just one profile for now, which is just increasing my brand value no matter what music I am creating/playing. If a club promoter wants to hire me, he will look at my social media presence. I'll figure this in the future if start getting more recognition. Thanks for your help guys!

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