Leo Wilcox: The Jack-of-all-trades DJ
As a versatile DJ and owner of record label Basement Recordings, Leo is anything but ordinary. He has DJ’d internationally, playing a wide range of different function events. Leo also has converted every single Headliner enquiry he has gotten into a booking. We thought we would sit down and learn more about him and what makes him successful.
For how long have you been DJing and how did you get started?
I've been DJing for 11 years and professionally for 7 years. My journey started in bars and then I made connections and moved on to play in some cool clubs.
What did you find most difficult when you first started working as a DJ?
I believe that the most difficult thing to deal with in the industry is favouritism; due to DJs that are given work based on friendship, but not based on their skill. With hard work, you can break through the barriers.
What do you think is the key to being a successful DJ?
In my opinion, the most important attributes of being a modern DJ is to be able to read the crowd, and to be adaptable.
What types of events do you usually play at? How drastically do your mixes change for each event?
I play at international events, venue residencies, corporate events, fashion shows, club events and various private events. Each event requires a different approach, but if the event is not centred around a specific genre, you'll find that most audiences tend to share a common preference for particular songs.
Following that, who are you most influenced by?
I have too many influences to mention all of them, but my favourite artist is relatively unknown to the masses. His name is Todd Edwards. My favourite DJ has to be DJ EZ.
You’ve booked a couple of events through Headliner. What advice do you have for other acts on securing a booking through the platform?
Securing bookings is ultimately how you earn your living, so the art of communication is key when corresponding with clients. Another important thing is to understand how to price your gigs.
What advice would you give to new DJs who are considering taking on work for private events?
My advice is to learn how to read the crowd and observe what experienced DJs do to keep the crowd dancing. Also, always try to keep your crowd happy, i.e., don't play for yourself.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding thing about being a DJ is seeing the joy on people's faces when they hear their favourite song, or a track that they love.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
In stark contrast to being a DJ, I am also a Jazz pianist.