A controversial subject this one! Notice I said ‘mixing’ and not Djing! Apart from the select few jedi knights out there, your Quberts, Jazzy Jeffs, DJ Shiftee etc etc., the vast majority of disc jockeys do not place any emphasis on the art of mixing. Even with the luxuries afforded to the modern day dj such as BPM monitors and the dreaded ‘sync’ button (which I actually believe has it’s place) they still choose to mix fast and straight with no real ambition. I find this very strange as there are many many ways of track transitions available to make things interesting. This goes back to my comment in a previous post about DJs not really paying attention to the crowd and more bothered about checking their Facebook feed on their phones.
Being a DJ was always an honour, a privilege. Apart from small niches such as battle DJs and some small internet offerings the art is all but lost. I was hopeful for the recent vinyl resurgence bringing a new hunger for club owners to take the leap back to vinyl, but I was carried away with the romantic notion. Yes, some clubs I have played recently have climbed into their long term storage rooms to find and old battered dusty pair of 1210s. I wouldn’t call this hunger exactly but it alowed me to spin some vinyl out and about. I can’t say it was an ideal setup though and was quite a walk from deck 1 to deck 2 in the booth. I know it’s a different story at Ministry and other comparable places but the main stay of clubs are not really bothered and see it as a fad, which in fairness I believe it is.
So it’s down to the old has beens like me to hang on by our finger mails and show the kids how it was done in our day! Have a look around on the internet though folks as there are some amazingly talented people on vinyl and non-vinyl setups. At the end of the day, as long as people are having great nights out and loving the music then I am happy! It’ll just never be like it was…..lol