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Old 07-09-13, 04:42 PM
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Re: Can some explain DJs to me?

This is a pretty interesting documentary that explores the whole DJ aesthetic.

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Re: Can some explain DJs to me?

Originally Posted by Hiro11
Very simple: electronic musicians need to play live to make money. Therefore, electronic musicians appear on stage twiddling knobs while prerecorded tracks play in the background. People pay for this because the live "remix" versions they play live can often be very good (see Daft Punk Live '07), the stage show has pretty lights and it's fun (apparently) to be surrounded by a stadium full of teenagers on E wearing cookie monster backpacks. Everyone wins!
I think this sums it up pretty succinctly.
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Originally Posted by Giles
^ the problem is that the majority of music that is passed off to the masses (Sirius/XM's BPM, Electric Area)- is generic utter garbage.

there's a lot of new underground house, techno, electro songs being released that is superior to the syrupy cheesetastic dreck 'trance' tracks that is becoming more and more prevalent - and don't get me started on the dub 'bro' step genre -
Any recommendations?
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Re: Can some explain DJs to me?

Originally Posted by musick
even funnier that BBB was trying to look so busy/involved that he required a second person on stage with a mic to do all the "put your hands in the air" call outs for him
I didn't get that part either. Isn't that part of being the DJ, "to get the party started?"
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Re: Can some explain DJs to me?

Originally Posted by CRM114
Any recommendations?

Boys Noize record label
Dirtybird records (Claude VonStroke, Eats Everything, Justin Martin)

Fabric CD series (which I subscribe to) is continually one of the best monthly cd releases which showcase different DJ's and music styles.
https://www.fabriclondon.com/store/


http://defected.com/
http://rinse.fm/label/
http://www.mixmag.net/videos/dj-lab
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Re: Can some explain DJs to me?

Originally Posted by CRM114
Any recommendations?
Here are some of my favorite electronic artists:

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Obviously I'm not in to super "dancey" music but you might enjoy these.
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Re: Can some explain DJs to me?

VH1 recently ran a DJ competition reality show and ran into many of the same problems discussed here. Some of the EDM DJs twiddled a few knobs and that was the extent of their "skills" on display, often criticized for staring into their laptops as they were putting on a DJ show.
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Re: Can some explain DJs to me?

Originally Posted by PhantomStranger
VH1 recently ran a DJ competition reality show and ran into many of the same problems discussed here. Some of the EDM DJs twiddled a few knobs and that was the extent of their "skills" on display, often criticized for staring into their laptops as they were putting on a DJ show.
there's a DJ 'school' nearby in Bethesda Maryland, and they don't even offer classes with computers in mind, it's vinyl exclusively ("old school")

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