I took the plunge the other day and posted a comment on a YouTube video featuring the amazing Kenny Dope (Gonzalez). As this was the man, as you can imagine most of the comments were all very nice and full of praise and admiration for the turntable legend. However mixed amongst this wave of positivity there were the inevitable less positive, that had to go on the offensive, not at Kenny though (I mean who would?…stay tuned) but focussed on the crowd. The comments were generally very insulting of the crowd not throwing shapes in an aggressive enough manner to satisfy the commenteers! They did however pick on an interesting topic…the continuous use of smart phone videoing rather than enjoying what is in front of them unfolding live!
Whilst I loosely agree the crowd were possibly more engaged with where their next opportunity was going to arise from to feature on the video than the music itself. I did however have a certain amount of sympathy for them. When these crowds are thrown into contrived settings and told to perform like circus animals no matter who’s playing I cannot see how the atmosphere would ever be genuine and jumping! When you thrown into the mix that Kenny looked as if he’d lost a ten pound note and found a pound coin, also added to the issue in question. Unless you have a large venue full of people ready to party hard through the night, intimate crowds need to vibe off something more than great music. In this case they need to be led by and vibe off of the DJ.
For me, Kenny looks far more engaged and up for it when spinning vinyl! What are you thoughts?