If you’ve ever attended a Toronto Raptors game, then you’ve been in the musical presence of DJ 4Korners.
For the past 13 seasons 4Korners has been curating the soundtrack for 20,000 Raptors fans to cheer their team at home. When he’s not keeping the team and their fans’ toes tappin’, 4Korners performs at events and clubs all over Canada and around the world. He’s headlined parties at the Olympics, NBA All Star Weekend and the Cannes Film Festivals, and hosted by celebs like Drake and Kanye.
These days, Kirk aka 4Korners is working on some new musics, while touring around Europe and Asia. He’s also taken on yet another gig, as Regional Director for DJcity Canada, the world’s largest DJ record pool / online community. Mentor, Music maker and player, DJ 4Korners definitely has his dream job.
We got the chance to ask Kirk about living the dream, career wise, and got some great advise as well.
What is your official title? Do you have one?
Well….I consider myself a creator & curator of all things awesome, but essentially I’m a DJ, producer, graphic designer, good food eater and all around life seeker. Some may also know me specifically as the Official DJ of the Toronto Raptors
How did you get into your current line of work?
It was kind of an accident, the way that it happened. Long story short my love of music lead me to this current lifestyle by accident. Doing as a hobby has progressed into all of the things that I now do.
Did you go to school/get training for your dream job?
I had formal training in that I took Recording Arts Management & Music Production / Engineering courses at the Harris Institute for the Arts here in Toronto. That and what I’ve taught myself and learned from mentors along the way have all contributed to my training.
Is this a job you attained or did you create it for yourself?
I’d say I created most of it. When I began there wasn’t really a blueprint for this sort of thing….DJing, making music, etc. As I mentioned, I’ve had some mentors but I don’t do exactly what any of them do. I took the info, put it together with everything else I’ve learned plus my own freakishly strange ideas and carved out a place for myself.
What was your first job ever?
Ohhhh no no no! I’ve worked a ton of jobs. I’ve been working since I was 13 years old….I’ve been a golf caddy, a stock boy, a dishwasher, a roller coaster operator, a cashier, a door to door salesman, and a call centre operator. There are probably a few more jobs that I’ve done but that’s what I can remember off the top of my head. None were ever “career choices”. All just jobs to make money until I figured out what I really wanted to do, then to fund my real dreams.
Before you created your dream job, what was the best job you had?
I’d have to say the most fun was when I was a roller coaster operator at Canada’s Wonderland. I worked there for two summers and although it didn’t pay much, I had a blast!
What was your most hated job?
Ironically, I’d say call centre operator. I say Ironically because of all of the “jobs” that I ever had prior to finding my true passion, it was the best paying job but by the time I quit I hated it sooooo much! Proof to me that it’s not all about the money. I have to enjoy what I’m doing. Again, Wonderland pay was horrible but I loved working there!
What accomplishment/achievement are you most proud of?
Honestly, just being able to earn a great living doing what I truly love! I think that should be everyone’s goal. Most of us have to work to make money to live the lifestyle we desire. The best possible scenario is for your work to be the thing you’re most passionate about. There’s nothing better than that to me!
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
This. There’s no way I’d be doing anything other than music. I’ve worn various hats in this business, a few at a time usually, and it’s always felt right! DJing has been the only constant and I can’t see myself not Doing plus doing other music related things. It’s who I am!
What advice do you have for someone who wants to find their dream job but hasn’t yet?
Try things. Try everything! You will never know what you love or hate if you don’t try things. And once you find something, or a few things that make you really happy, get on your computer and Google what kinds of jobs exist. Then seek out people who do them and figure out how and where you can fit in. And if you can’t find a lane, create one! I realize how unrealistic this might sound….until you find your passion. From that point on, it’s no longer unrealistic. From than on, it’s your mission!