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Offline club2club

EDM THESE DAYS
« on: 21/05/12, 20:22 »
Why Old-school DJs Are Complaining and You Should Too


After a slow and difficult push, the Electronic Dance Music scene is exploding exponentially in the United States. Not long ago DJs were confined to dark rooms hidden from view and were looked down upon by most of the music community. Now they are the new rockstars and headliners; main stage and front and center. EDM is now a billion dollar commodity, but that in itself is not such a bad thing. I remember dreaming of the day I could live off of music, that is more possible now than it has ever been.

There are more opportunities to play our music, to get paid, and to make a name for ourselves doing what we love. How can anyone be mad about that? What’s the problem? Well…

Like any industry, when the money starts flowing in it attracts people that are after it as their priority. Add attention and fame to the mix and you can get a pretty nasty breed of person mucking up the works. At one time art and passion for the music was overwhelmingly the motive of DJs and producers (for promoters it is a little more debatable), but now we see more and more that money, fame, and less than admirable intentions are what drive a lot of people to our EDM world. The balance is shifting and the art of the music and the dance floor are suffering as a result.

Beat matching tech, gimmicks, and reliance on playing popular music have become the common definition of what a DJ does. It is no wonder that this seems like an easy source of money and fame. The truth of the matter is that these qualities are irrelevant to the art of the mix and in what makes a DJ worth seeing and worth the ticket price. To better understand, let’s take a look at some of the bigger complaints coming from the old-school and why the new-school should care.





David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia

It doesn’t take much digging to find out how old-school head DJ Sneak feels about these guys. He’s called them out for their showmanship antics, elaborate stage setups, and more importantly, for getting caught playing pre-produced sets and not actually DJing during their shows.

First of all it is important to separate the concept of DJ from producer, they are not the same thing. While I applaud these guys for their production skills and developing an accessible sound that attracts lots of people, this does not mean they have the right to charge massive amounts of money to see them press play while they jump around. This would be like paying ridiculous sums to James Cameron to jump around on stage while watching Avatar (actually maybe I would pay to see that). Seriously though, producers either need to put on a live show like Orbital, Daft Punk, Chuck Love, etc., or develop actual DJ skills before they step on stage. Unless, of course, you like paying a premium for gimmicks instead of music and talent.

**Disclaimer – I have seen Steve Angello of the Swedish House Mafia on his own play a great 8 hour set and actually mix, so I know he is at least capable, again it’s about what you are paying to see, demand more. I also know playing pre-recorded sets is nothing new and has been a necessity now and then for DJ’s playing nightly on tour, but to use this as a default is unacceptable.





DJ X Factor

Now, in all fairness the verdict is still out on this one as we don’t really have all the details or what the contestants will be judged on, but based on Simon Cowell’s propensity to monetize talent it’s likely this show will do more damage than good. It will further push and expose people to the idea that DJing is more about the show than it is about the music and the art. At one point DJing was about bringing new sounds to the floor and making them hits, now DJ’s play the popular tracks to make themselves hits. They are glorified jukeboxes in fancy packaging with laser shows, not artists.

Just to be clear, I am not anti-showmanship. It’s all part of the bigger artistic package when done correctly, but there has to be art at the core. I am anti-showmanship to cover up a lack of talent. Hopefully this show won’t support that, but I am skeptical. We’ll have a better idea when the judges are selected.




Paris Hilton

I will try to keep the vulgarity to a minimum on this one. Remember not long ago when there was a bit of a scuffle with Paris and a certain house DJ because he wouldn’t play a hip-hop song? Remember all those top-40/hip-hop clubs she was frequenting (even when she wasn’t being paid to be there)? Remember how she has never once mentioned or was seen at any house related event until recent press surrounding her new publicity ploy boyfriend Afrojack? Now all of a sudden house music has always been a passion of hers? What does Paris Hilton and a cow’s colon have in common?

This is the epitome of jumping on the decks for the money and the fame bandwagon. Everything she has done to date has been because she saw it as popular and a way to be famous for the sake of being famous. Do we really expect to believe that passion and art will play any part in this catastrophe in the making? At least I have a new term to call people who aren’t DJing for passion and art. Paris Hiltons. Don’t be a Paris Hilton.


The Point

For all you music consumers out there, I appreciate you, I really do. I just want you to be an educated consumer. Know what it is your hard earned dollars are supporting. Be patrons of art, not ATMs for the money hungry.

You would be DJs, producers and promoters: Create art, don’t just press start. Contribute something to the world and to the people, don’t just look to take their money and attention. Let’s be amazing together.



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Offline dirtynumbangelboy

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #1 on: 21/05/12, 20:43 »
Paris Hilton

I will try to keep the vulgarity to a minimum on this one. Remember not long ago when there was a bit of a scuffle with Paris and a certain house DJ because he wouldn’t play a hip-hop song? Remember all those top-40/hip-hop clubs she was frequenting (even when she wasn’t being paid to be there)? Remember how she has never once mentioned or was seen at any house related event until recent press surrounding her new publicity ploy boyfriend Afrojack? Now all of a sudden house music has always been a passion of hers? What does Paris Hilton and a cow’s colon have in common?

This is the epitome of jumping on the decks for the money and the fame bandwagon. Everything she has done to date has been because she saw it as popular and a way to be famous for the sake of being famous. Do we really expect to believe that passion and art will play any part in this catastrophe in the making? At least I have a new term to call people who aren’t DJing for passion and art. Paris Hiltons. Don’t be a Paris Hilton.

nude please ;)

Offline nandi

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #2 on: 21/05/12, 20:52 »
BOOM!!
I love all kinds of house, but i love that deep shit, the real shit, makes you bump your head..

Offline Ucil

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #3 on: 21/05/12, 21:14 »
+1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

Bring back the passion please, underground revival !!!! *tepuktangan*
Play your heart out loud !!!

Offline ^rustyman^

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #4 on: 21/05/12, 23:12 »
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Offline Ucil

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #5 on: 22/05/12, 08:33 »
Play your heart out loud !!!

Offline phuture89

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #6 on: 22/05/12, 08:35 »
« Last Edit: 22/05/12, 11:24 by phuture89 »
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Offline anggabc

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #8 on: 22/05/12, 10:24 »
Bring back the underground pls!  *piss*

Offline nandi

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #9 on: 22/05/12, 10:30 »


coming soon to Jakarta in one deck together..b2b set playing pre-recorded mix


ooh and you guys should read this one too:


http://www.mixmag.net/words/news/wannabee-dj-prince-harry-is-fan-of-underground-house
« Last Edit: 22/05/12, 10:39 by nandi_binus »
I love all kinds of house, but i love that deep shit, the real shit, makes you bump your head..


Offline 7

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #11 on: 22/05/12, 11:49 »
it's all about choices. love it or leave it  8)
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Offline Gober

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #12 on: 22/05/12, 11:55 »
it's all about choices. love it or leave it  8)


agree... :D

Love it or leave it, You better gain way
You better hit bull's eye, The kid don't play
If there was a problem, Yo, I'll solve it
Check out the hook while my DJ revolves it


guetta : i fok heer...
afrojack : me fok her 1st..
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Offline dirtynumbangelboy

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #13 on: 22/05/12, 12:02 »
it's all about choices. love it or leave it  8)

agree... :D

Love it or leave it, You better gain way
You better hit bull's eye, The kid don't play
If there was a problem, Yo, I'll solve it
Check out the hook while my DJ revolves it



Offline Gober

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #14 on: 22/05/12, 12:13 »
hahaha bangke lo pur, nemu aje...
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Offline Jerome

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #15 on: 22/05/12, 12:58 »
setuju banget nih ... nowdays bullshit gimmick is more selling than quality music .... bring back the underground please and fuck off american commercialism

Offline danzadanzi

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #16 on: 22/05/12, 14:58 »
take it easy , don't be too seriously .. swallow it n have fun  *piss*

Offline Ijash

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #17 on: 22/05/12, 18:29 »
yaaa, ada baiknya ada buruknya, ambil positifnya aja hehehe.

Offline Ucil

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #18 on: 22/05/12, 19:54 »
it's all about choices. love it or leave it  8)

Red pill ? Blue Pill ? Red pill ? Blue Pill ? Red pill? Blue Pill ??

Red Pill !!!! :-* :-*

Let's see how deep the rabbit hole goes  *piss* *piss* *piss*
Play your heart out loud !!!

Offline phuture89

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #19 on: 22/05/12, 20:00 »
it's all about choices. love it or leave it  8)

Red pill ? Blue Pill ? Red pill ? Blue Pill ? Red pill? Blue Pill ??

Red Pill !!!! :-* :-*

Let's see how deep the rabbit hole goes  *piss* *piss* *piss*

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Offline 7

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #21 on: 24/05/12, 10:44 »
masing-masing udah ada kuenya lah...buat yang nyaman dengan scene mainstream ya silakan. buat kita yang emang cocok di underground, it's our job to keep the underground scene elite 8) *piss* ;D
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Offline walasok

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #22 on: 24/05/12, 13:05 »
gimana kalo ini http://www.mixmag.net/words/news/guetta-reckons-that-staying-underground-killed-dance-music


What has happened in the music industry? Business happened. The goal is to make money. Most people start off real and then become this bubble gum pop artist to start to appeal to a bigger demographic. Ever wonder why everyone always says ‘yeah I like so and so but his/her stuff isn’t as good as when they first came out’. There is a reason for that. Money and the labels that basically own the artists now control the artist, the music and the image. taken from the link below

http://robcifre.com/2012/05/11/the-clowns-in-our-edm-music-scene/

Some more reading material guys....

Enjoy  :)
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Offline ApsaRey

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #23 on: 24/05/12, 16:18 »
masing-masing udah ada kuenya lah...buat yang nyaman dengan scene mainstream ya silakan. buat kita yang emang cocok di underground, it's our job to keep the underground scene elite 8) *piss* ;D

betul sekalli om 7... let's just worry about doing the things that truly make you happy as a DJ, everything else is irrelevant... keep that record spinning baby!
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Offline ^rustyman^

Re: EDM THESE DAYS
« Reply #24 on: 24/05/12, 16:55 »
masing-masing udah ada kuenya lah...buat yang nyaman dengan scene mainstream ya silakan. buat kita yang emang cocok di underground, it's our job to keep the underground scene elite 8) *piss* ;D

agree !! :)

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