- Why is a DJ called a DJ these days…
a few purists still play 100% vinyl
What I mean is, I bet there are more producers using the DJ prefix who just make music in their bedroom studios than there are actual DJ types spinning the wheels ov steel for clubs, discotheques and Louise’s weddings.Posted 4 months ago
Like er, DJ Scotch Egg, DJ Paypal, DJ etc.. etc..devashMember
This is a topic that has been done to death in the electronic music world.
I used to do quite a bit of djing in my youth, starting at the age of 16 with some cheapy Numark vinyl turntables and moved on to Technics then CDJs and then eventually an all-digital setup. I still have 1000’s of vinyls and CDs lying round the house (much to the annoyance of the Mrs) and do enjoy playing the occasional vinyl only set for the memories but when I do play out at a party or a club nowadays I always use my digital setup because;
1. I can carry all my tunes with me, covering all bases. This is especially useful for house parties when you need to keep everyone happy across genre boundaries.
2. My controller and laptop fits into 1 handy carry case. Decks, mixer, CDJs, vinyls would fill the boot of my car and take up a load of space once set up.
The argument that vinyl is more “authentic” doesn’t wash in my opinion. Beatmatching (the art of making two different records play at the same speed in order to mix them together) isn’t hard to do with a bit of practice so the idea that people who use the sync function of a digital setup are cheating is rubbish. Sync lets you bring in and out different elements of tracks, across genres, in order to create some pretty awesome mashups on the fly. The most important skill of a DJ is to have great taste in music, set trends, and most importantly to be able to read a crowd and create an awesome party through the music that they play. What medium they use to do that is always secondary.
DJs are still called DJs because its such a well known term. Some digital artists call themselves controllerists or simply just producers.Posted 4 months agojambourgieMember
Bit of a shame really. Real DJ’s have kind of been squeezed out, and the craft has suffered because of this. Because you can’t make any money from releasing music anymore, a producer has to get out and ‘DJ’ to earn a wage. So now you’ve got all these producers on a stage pushing buttons who don’t really know how to DJ properly because, well, they’ve not spent years in a club doing it. Yes it’s easy to do the technical side, the gear will even beatmatch etc for you. But there’s so much more to it than that.to Back in the day, most people were specialists in either one or the other.
The argument that vinyl is more “authentic” doesn’t wash in my opinion. Beatmatching (the art of making two different records play at the same speed in order to mix them together) isn’t hard to do with a bit of practice so the idea that people who use the sync function of a digital setup are cheating is rubbish. Sync lets you bring in and out different elements of tracks, across genres, in order to create some pretty awesome mashups on the fly.
Whilst I agree with you in principle, it does allow crap “DJ’s” to sound even crapper. DJ big balls standing on a stage, bigging up his chest and playing ten pirated mp3’s all at the same because he’s able to quantise the life and soul out them is not big or clever, it just sounds rubbish.
All this technology is great in principle, but it never makes things ‘sound’ better, it’s always about convenience, and making things easier for mongs. Personally, I’d rather listen to that guy who’s bought an amazing vinyl collection and who cares about providing the best sound, and knows how to tell a narrative. Rather than having ‘all the tunes to please everybody’. He’s not a juke box, DJ’s are supposed to discriminate. They’re essentially filters for quality. Tastemakers.Posted 4 months agolucky7500Subscriber
I read an interesting interview with Calvin Harris some time ago (I think a bit after he got the huge deal for a residency in Las Vegas) where he said that on that scale the music, levels, lights etc are so intertwined that he pretty much just started the show and then had little or no input until it ends. He came up with the track listing in advance but was pretty much messing about on the computer when ‘on stage’.Posted 4 months ago
I do think the above DJ brings a couple of eye catching enhancements to the DJ process though
Plus using Discs. Hence disc jockey. Yer actual vynal in dazh’s last clip!
And the crowd are clearly going nuts.
she’s made an awful lot of money from dancing and pointing a lotPosted 4 months ago
I may be wrong, but I don’t think it has a great deal to do with her DJ skillz.chakapingSubscriber
The tools might have changed a bit but the underlying skills appear to still be the same.
Joey Negro doesn’t use vinyl but have a listen/watch of this and tell me he’s not a proper DJ. Absolute master of his art…
Calvin Harris is a star turn, not a DJ.Posted 4 months ago
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