DJ Robbie Wilde may be deaf, but that doesn’t stop him from making great music. In fact, Wilde (who also goes by the name “That Deaf DJ”) has made a successful career as a DJ, playing to huge crowds at big events like the Sundance Film Festival and the Consumer Electronics Show.
But how does he do it? Wilde has been 90% deaf since age 7, so instead of hearing mixes like most of us do, he uses special technology that allows him to see and feel how the music sounds.
Watch the video to get a taste of how he does it.
Here’s another cool video of Wilde in a commercial for HP using Emulator DJ and Traktor Pro.
This deaf DJ may or may not also be the inspiration for the 2004 film “It’s All Gone Pete Tong,” where Paul Kaye plays a fictitious DJ named Frankie Wilde who also happens to go deaf.
While Robbie Wilde may have a cool story to help him out, the bottom line is that he’s not just a deaf DJ; he’s a deaf DJ who makes great music. If you want to make it big like Robbie Wilde, the key is to focus on the music and keep improving your skills, no matter what your limitations might be. To start improving your skills today (and learn how to avoid hearing loss – a big problem for many DJs), start with this all-important video on Understanding Volume and Gain, where DJ Longshanks talks about some key skills that every DJ should master.