Hemel Hempstead DJ shares his story to help inspire others

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Elliot is now also producing tracks

A DJ from Bovingdon is sharing his story to help inspire others to get into the industry.

Elliot Moriarty started DJ-ing when he was 11 and has played at various venues over the years including Ministry of Sound, Pacha and We Are FSTVL, he recently moved into producing music and has had 100,000 streams on his latest track.

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The 32-year-old, who grew up in Hemel Hempstead, talks about his highlights and shares some tips for people who might be interested in becoming a DJ or producer.

Elliot started DJ-ing when he was 11Elliot started DJ-ing when he was 11
Elliot started DJ-ing when he was 11

He said: "It all started when I was 11 and I used to listen to the radio and would think how are they mixing these.

"When I started to learn how they did it and about mixers and turntables, I begged my parents for turntables for my 11th birthday, and they got me some.

"They were just the basic ones, but that's all I needed, I taught myself and the passion grew from there.;

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"I was always practicing, and that's really important, you have to put a lot of effort and time into it. I also really, really enjoy it!"

Elliot is now also producing musicElliot is now also producing music
Elliot is now also producing music

Elliot started doing house parties and working at local venue, before taking the next step in his career.

He said: "About ten years ago, I was asked to send a demo tape to a guy in London, and he was a promoter for the Ministry of Sound.

"That was a breakthrough really, that is a massive gig on the scene, and to see my name on the line-up was amazing.

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"Since then I have played regularly in London clubs and I've played in Ibiza, I actually got married in Ibiza and I've played at Eden there.

"One of the biggest achievements for me, apart from the Ministry of Sound gig, is probably my more recent work where I have been producing songs.

"To have 120,000 plays on I-tunes, is amazing, I'm really enjoying producing tracks and there is a lot that goes into it."

During lockdown, with the DJ work being put on hold, Elliot worked more on producing tracks.

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Elliot added: "I enjoyed focusing on the producing side during lockdown and I now produced four tracks, the most recent one getting 100,000 streams.

"My advice for anyone wanting to get into DJ-ing or music production, to not be afraid to break the mould.

"Don't try and copy everyone else, instead, learn to create your own style and put your own mark on the sound you love!

"Like a lot of things, practice is key so invest a lot of time into learning as much as you can; something you think might not be relevant now, may become crucial in the future to help you on your journey.

"Above all else, do what you love and don't let anyone or anything hold you back!"

To listen to Elliot's music click here.