|Originally posted by jad |
You can mix off of USB keys or hardrives with the new generation of cdjs. Also, many djs burn mix CDs so that they don't have to change CDs as often. Either way, there's not much mixing going on in this video.
Oh I want to read all sixteen pages of this, but this caught my attention so I figure I should just jump in...
A bit off topic in the intro, but it will lead to an end point... I own the CDJ 900's for the sole purpose of using the USB/LINK features; I just like trying out new technologies. I then found a reason to get rid of them (wife not happy I spent the money) but could not find a suitable buyer. But there was one inquiry that sparked a long telephone conversation with the potential suitor...he needed them just to have on display when he performed his wedding/event gigs because clients were starting to catch on that all this money they were paying just to be entertained by a laptop DJ was not right; he was starting to loose business.
SHM/Niki Manaj/Guetta/DeadMau5 et.al they are the Portal; book them and you get the masses to follow. And these people (DJs/Singers) are entertainers (display antics) at the level that draws that kind of attention; albeit from the efforts of a fan forums like TA.
Bacardi/Heineken/Electric Zoo/Candy Festival ... they came up with a formula to steer the herd in their direction.
It is sad, what we (I being almost 42) have been listening/partying to for years, to see; what seems to be an overnight sensation, take place.
When I discovered HOUSE music (c. 1987) I fell in love with the sound and in time the DJ/Producer. And I stayed in this space because it was special, to the point that it would never make it to the radio stations. I wanted it to ...("be like roaches; always UNDERGROUND").
The minute it goes commercial it gets stripped down and channeled through a select few (as mentioned above); thereby leaving any trace of history or the desire by the next generation to understand it's roots.
All I can hope for is that the HOUSE DJ/Promoter earns some respect amongst those being commercially promoted, because it is tough when you have an opportunity to set up and play (which I have here in my hometown) to even turn an ear in your direction, if you are not playing the "House" sounds of GUETTA/BENASSI/AOKI/Deadmau5. If they have not heard it before (on the radio, or some other commercial venue like the Grammy's) then they don't want to hear you play it.
Reminds me of the time when Paris had a conversation in a DJ booth, in Miami.
Maybe that is what Sneak was trying to say all along, give respect to HOUSE, because it did not just appear it had to be BUILT!!!
“…there are now so many records available; so many mixes of most songs that a DJ’s records are fully analogous to the notes of an instrument.” - Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton ‘Last Night a DJ Saved My Life’