Why are there so many neurodivergent DJs?

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You don’t go in a club and then there’s this like glowing Aura of a neurode Divergent person actually there very well could be a side effects from social anxiety and other issues is it’s sometimes hard to get yourself to even like dance in a crowd it’s it’s like all

Right if I can’t dance to the music that I like I’ll get these people to dance to this music di like for me you know with autism ADHD a lot of narrow diversity being non-verbal is really a big thing so one thing I love about DJing is that I don’t

Have to be verbal I can just play full hour set be creative get people to feel things and I don’t have to say a word and I really like that part hey I’m Deana D and I go by weird for my stage name hi my name is Luca kukar I DJ under

The name of Mimsy demon and I have a ADHD diagnosis and my neurod diversion issues are I have bipolar disorder as well as anxiety and social anxiety disorders I first got into DJing a while ago my friend was a DJ and we would just DJ in his room on like a dinky little

Controller and just have fun with it I started off mostly just listening to radio and trying to discover new music primarily uh industrial electronic music shows and thought this is something I want to get into something I want to do I like finding like music people wouldn’t normally be aware of and

Introducing it to them and hopefully they’ll like it as much as I do when I’m on stage DJing my perfectionism and being hard on myself is at an all-time high and it does sometimes impede my ability just to have fun in the moment and also when you have

Anxiety orders you don’t want to have panic attacks on stage so you’re most more likely to like prepare in advance a lot more to uh make L less mistakes these days I’d be less likely to improvise because I’m more careful what I do not about being a perfectionist

More about scared of making big mistakes and having a panic ATT trigger from it despite things that could go wrong with DJing I still love doing it because there’s is more good that outweighs the bad seeing people dancing and reacting well to the music that I’m playing when

I finished a set people saying they enjoyed the tunes they had a really good time or finding some kind of positives and getting even like a compliment after the show or a new fan after the show like those little interactions definitely help me keep going

Dance clubs can overwhelm some with ADHD and autism, while others crave the stimulation. Ottawa DJs Deanna Dee and Luke Kuchar share how they’ve found a home in the booth.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Sounds like me. I'm autistic and ADHD and I have a passion for trance music but I don't actually like going to clubs or dancing. I just like the music. Maybe I should take up DJ'ing ?

  2. I must wield this new power of neurodivergence. I can sense the balance of the force shifting to this new thing. I declare that I'm neurodivergent, therefore I'am…unlimited power!!!

  3. Why so many? Over-labelling, perhaps? 
    Over-diagnosis was certainly a big problem in the 80's and 90's. It seemed like every 4th kid was on Ritalin.
    Glad to see that folks like Luke and Deanna enjoy working as DJs. ?

  4. Where are the numbers? Not one did this piece fail to answer why there are so many neurodivergent DJs, it failed to demonstrate that neurodivergent people are even overrepresented in the profession.

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