DJ IZ: How Student Debt Kills Dreams


Well, I think the reality of going to, you know, a traditional recording school, school of the arts, whatever, I think, first and foremost, it requires someone to go out there and acquire some type of student loan, or some type of financial component, and I think a lot of times, you know, folks get so boggled down by these debts, by the time they get out of this institution that they actually veer off the path that they were pushing for. It’s one of those things where you just, you gotta look at things in its entirety, as far as where you see yourself, you know, going once you come out of this place.

Who you’re gonna meet, what’s the real traction you’re gonna gather from this traditional educational experience? If you’re an engineer you’d probably much rather be in a room recording, miking, you know, working on a Pro Tools rig, or what have you, and even from just what I’ve been able to hear about some of these places that… the art of splicing tape, they’re not even introducing that anymore. You know, folks are just getting a digital presentation, with no analog background.

So, those are some of the things that, for me, are questionable, because I’ve been in sessions where I’m, like, with an engineer and I go to say, “Hey, I need to sync up some timecodes with my MPC3000.” And they look at me, lost, and when I’m finding that 9 times out of 10 these are kids that came from traditional musical institutions, and I’m sitting there saying, “Well, wait a minute. Like, no one taught you about timecode?”

Which is interesting to me, because in the film world timecode still exists. So, here I am, you know, ready to record, and I need this process to happen, and here I have an engineer who’s looking at me, not knowing what to do, and I’m sitting there saying, “Okay. Had your classroom been the world we’re in right now, you’d probably know how to do this bite.” So, to me, those are the barriers, those are the hiccups, that I find to exist within the traditional education system, or structure.

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