Thanks again for tuning into another inspirational interview with someone who has stepped out to pursue their dream. DJ Maxwell is one of the most prominent figures in the Brisbane music and entertainment scene. He is the co-owner of Mystique Nightclub (now at Hot Gossip) and part of the pioneering group behind Brisbane’s very first RnB radio station.
- At the age of 18 DJ Maxwell moved over to Australia. The course of his life was set toward the conventional path of University as he carried his family’s expectations to be the first person in his family to graduate from university. With the difficult decision to say no to law school, DJ Maxwell shares that “I felt like that was my parents dream, not my dream.”
- His journey to Australia was everything but a good start. He found himself homeless and sleeping at a bus stop.
- After a man he had been riding the bus together with realized that DJ Maxwell was lying about going to work in the city, and that he was in fact homeless, he offered him a job and a place to stay. It was in getting to know this man and working for him that he was encouraged to pursue his dreams and passions.
- Beginning with playing music in a nightclub, the doors began to open up for him to play more music and hone in on his DJ skills
- Your dreams and motives need to extend beyond simply yourself. Maxwell’s dreams focused on others and on the city.
- Be willing to do the extra work that ordinary people will not do. That is what will make you extra-ordinary!
- If people are not laughing at your dreams, they are not big enough.
- Surround yourself with the right people that will encourage you on your journey and not bring you down.
Biggest highlight/Pinch yourself moment?
- Maxwell pinches himself everyday because he wakes up and gets to do what he is passionate about.
Greatest advice you have ever received?
- “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Greatest influence on your life?
- God. He continually reminds me my reason for being here. That is not about me, if things were simply about us then they would not last.
What would you like to be remembered for?
- Someone that brought change. Everyone that comes in contact to experience change. Especially in the nightclub scene where people would not usually expect it.
What is your definition of success?
“If someone else’s life benefits from what I am doing, than to me that is a success. Putting a smile on someone’s face. If all your hard work and achievements have changed someone else’s life, then that is success.”
Connect with DJ Maxwell:
“If you are out there and you are dreaming and thinking about it, you can only think about it for so long, you gotta act on it. Act on it now!”