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The Accidental DJ

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I’m often asked how I became a DJ.My short answer is, “Accidentally”.The long answer goes as follows.




A lifetime ago, in the days before smart phones and Facebook, I was practicing drums at a rehearsal/event space in St. Louis, MO.One of the owners of the space asked me if I wanted to DJ an event they had coming up.Even though I told him I was a producer/musician and not a DJ, he still offered me a couple hundred bucks to come out and do it anyway.The owner was really lax about the whole thing.“Yeah, just bring along some vinyl, CDs or whatever it is that you use.We have a DJ booth, two turntables, two CD decks and a mixer already set up.Just come and play whatever you want.There’s no pressure to make people dance because it’s a daytime swap meet.I’ll pay you in cash when it’s done.”It was too sweet of a deal to pass up, so at that moment I instantly became a professional DJ.It would be my first DJ gig ever.I kept in mind that being called a professional doesn’t mean that you’re good…

Blog from a Stan Fan

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There are hundreds of sad comic nerds today, and I’m one of them.I’m not the collecting, cardboard back, plastic cover sealed comic book geek that I once was, but it still stings to hear about the death of Stan Lee.When I was a kid, some of Stan Lee’s characters were the only thing close to friends that I had and his comics were a much neededform of escapism.While I no longer collect first issues and what not, I catch as many Marvel movies on the big screen as I can and get genuinely thrilled when they do the characters justice.Thanks to comics, I excelled at reading and comprehension at an early age.The web is going to be crawling with long winded blogs about Stan Lee and the effect he had on people’s lives, so I’ll keep mine short and sweet.Stan Lee…wow!Excelsior!



Halloween Candy

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Last Chair

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I started my journey to officially being a musician as a violinist with my grade school string section.   The good part was that I was officially a part of a musical group of people.  The bad part was that I was officially the worse at what I did.  I was last chair violinist.  It’s somewhat of a humbling feeling to look to your right, see nothing there and realize that you are the least skilled musician in your section.  First chair represents the most talented musician in your section and last chair represent the polar opposite.





Being last chair violinist didn’t really phase me all that much because I was just so excited to be handpicked to leave my fourth grade classroom a few times a week to assemble with this group of people that, joined together, made this amazing sound.  I had zero aspirations to be first chair or even second or third chair violinist because being in the orchestra at all was satisfactory enough for me.  Before being asked to join the orchestra I wasn’t connect…

Backpack Producer

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Free Green Screen of Leon Lamont playing drums

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Post Malone - Rockstar (DJ Leon Lamont House Remix)

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Serato DJ Intro is now Serato DJ Lite. Should you care and should you download it?

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If you are one of those types that doesn't like to read much, I'll cut right to the chase with the answers "yes" and "yes".


DJ freeware always raises the question, "What's the catch?"  Usually the catch is that you have to buy some expensive piece of gear to even use the freeware in a gig setting.  Serato DJ Lite fixes that problem by having what they are calling "practice mode". Practice Mode has a cross fader and allows you to bypass needing a breakout box (like you use for the regular version of Serato) to have clean audio out. 

Serato moved some things around a bit and made the user interface a little bit cleaner and user friendly, but the only real improvement from Serato DJ Intro to Serato DJ Lite is the Practice Mode.  I think this program is great for people that are just beginning to learn to DJ, Mobile DJs and for doing small, unique venues where you don't feel like lugging around a bunch of bells and whistles.  With t…

Sabatta Needs You

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Leon Lamont plays drums with British rock band SABATTA March 9, 2018 TIME CUBE Philadelphia, PA

"Radio" by Genes and Machines

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Downtime Dollars

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As musicians, we spend a lot of time sitting around waiting for stuff like soundcheck, interviews, traveling to the next gig for hours crammed up in a van and more.  This non-performance time is spent talking, texting, playing video games, and watching movies.

Of course, you don't have to be a musician to experience excruciating downtime.  Here are a couple of ways to collect a few pennies while killing time.

1.  Inboxdollars.com

Inbox dollars is a site that pays you to watch TV clips, play video games, take surveys and check your e-mail.  Sounds great until you realize that most offers that don't require you to sign up for something only pay a penny or ten cents.  There are offers that pay as much as $100, but like I said, you usually have to sign up for something.  This site doesn't pay out until you reach $30, and it takes a while to get to that number unless you have a whole lot of downtime, but if you're wasting time anyway, you might as well make a few pennies …

How to Show dB Level Numbers in Ableton Live

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Musician's Existential Crisis

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Micah Gaugh and DJ Leon Lamont LIVE!

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DJ Leon Lamont Mug Shot

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3 Simple Money Things For 2018

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2017 was my “do as I say, not as I do” year.  For 2018, I’m going to change it up and go with “do as I do, but better”.  That being said, the following are things that I don’t just suggest for artists, but things I actually do.  Quick, simple and cheaply started, these things are user friendly to the starving artist to, not just get a person from zero to one hundred, but to simply get an artist off zero and started in an upwardly mobile direction financially.  Disclaimer: These suggestions are not impervious to poor creative content and don’t guarantee you any income at all.  The only assurance is that you can make a creative effort towards income flow with little or no investment.  Enjoy. 

1. Monetize Your YouTube Account


We’ll start with something that is even good for the laziest of the lazy and the most bummish of the bums; monetizing your YouTube videos.  Monetizing your YouTube videos is an easy way to get into the wonderful world of passive income.  Passive income is simply mo…