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So how many of you can DJ then? Have you got the skills, and do said skills pay the bills?
I have no mixing skills to speak of, but can maintain a mood, I guess.
It's fun, y'know. I make no money from it or owt.
Doing so at the next DiS club night (I assume - imagine Colin and I will bust some moves) and the Luminaire on Sunday.
don't you just put a plastic thing on something that goes round and make sure people dont get bored whilst you are doing this, or is this a great simplification? (Or did you mean mixing as well)
Sorry I am ignorant (not having been clubbing for 12 years) do you crazy kids all use CD'S OR do you still use vinyl, if you use cdS, do you cheat and burn your 'set' (or bits of it) in advance?
But I do use CDs.
I usually load up between 60 and 120 depending on how long I have to play for, or the club in question, and pick from them.
Pop stuff, 'classics', etc... if I'm doing a gig, rather than a club, I'll play whatever I'm liking. This is when I have people high-fiving me for playing Pink And Brown, etc.
how many of you have an iPod or similar? An iPod makes anyone a DJ. Not that I'm dissing my homies that can genuinely DJ, props to my boys
and yet i get paid to do so (using my laptop). i think this is hilarious and proof that literally anyone can be a dj.
years ago i spent about a year of my life as a techno DJ. I can BeatMatch rather easily using 1210's.
Never used CD drives, but i'm sure the principal is the same.
Oh and i used to be compere at the local Bingo outlet. SO i knows my way around a mic. or two.
I gotz da pillz
for 2 years at Uni... does that count? I used to help my mate DJ at our union too. however this only involved picking and handing over records.
you can beatmatch techno? that's ace.
uhm yeah basically anyone can DJ indie-style, if you can play a cd/record then you can DJ indie.
scratch djing and house djing are in another league altogether though.
i spent most of 91 learning how to on a mates decks. I bought my own later then started at this local RAVE doing the chillout room. I moved onto the main room but jacked it in after a year.
I ain't touched a deck in over 10years. Would love another go.
get Marcofella on the decks on Saturday night.
We can bring some old school (skool?) techno for you to play. I also have a glow in the dark dummy you can wear round your neck.
does the club have a chill out room with comfy sofas and squelchy carpets? I could do a warm up in there, them move on to the BIG room later. I could call myself 'The Main Attraction' or summit!
i'd sign the petition.
I'm shit, but it's fun. Pause...play...stop. Winner.
I am also one half of a DJ Tag-Team, which basically means I get angry when I can't DJ, and then I don't let him do anything when I get on the decks. We also argue a lot. In many ways, we're a married couple, staying together for the kids. He hates me :(
I'm also waiting for Traynor's post in this thread. Arse.
DJs are good or bad because of their choices, not their MaD SKillZ. Beat matching is like totally 90's.
it was about 92 or was it 93.
but if you went to a club playing house/techno or something and they didn't bother to beatmatch it would sound like complete shit.
basically what you're saying only applies to indie.
Which is like, most of them. And I'm not about to go to a techno club and critique the beat matching thanks. I'd rather eat my own ears.
r gud then da beatz cum naturally in da head.
than an indie club. It can be so jarring if a dj doesn't match the beats properly.
Be it the sipce of life. People are generally nicer in techno/py-trance clubs.
you'd just notice if it wasn't beatmatched. I guess personally I like hearing DJs being creative with mixing their records(not just beatmatching) it can make the tracks they play more enjoyable sometimes. If that doesn't interest you then fair enough I suppose.
'Fall Down THe Stairs' a term we used for a DJ totally fucking the mix. It sounds like someone fall down the stairs.
But i agree, simply beatmatching is boring. With enough practise anyone can be really tight at beatmatching and throwing records on. It's what you do with the records and crossfader that counts.
Do you MIX h_s?
but I'd like to learn to. can you teach me? :D
explain it to you when i am down on Fri?
When you say you don't mix do you mean you can't beatmatch?
DO you know anywhere in LOndon that would 'give us a go' at about 4:30?
We could do a TEA TIME SESSION, The DiS WARM UP featuring us?
you can explain it to me, and if I can't intricately beatmatch minimal techno by the end of the day, then, you're fired.
Not my thing any more.
Aesthetic moved on.
I was thinking about Sonic Boom's DJ set from Prole's night, ages ago - he maintained a mood by playing records with a similar warm sound for a whole night. At first it seemed like he was playing lots of slow, disparate records, but over the course of his set, realised it was genius, he had created a really great atmosphere.
were thinking about giving me Â£150 to dj at an office party this week until they heard my music and said it was too hip-hoppy and might scare away the suits. maybe i shouldn't have put ninja high school on my mix cd for them. :D how i would have laughed if i got that though. i don't consider myself a dj and look at myself as lucky that someone is silly enough to pay me to play music i like occasionally.
I ran a little night called "Sure 'Nuff!" and played out all my 60s jazz and rnb 7"s.
Also DJ'd at a Mod club called Right On! in Soho. Also a couple of times at London gigs (mostly Fog Band ones). Last one was The Dirtbombs at The Dirty Water Club about two years ago..
Don't really DJ at all now. except at the occasional party...
ata parti in belgium doez dat count?
(Although they all had no taste in music and they were all work colleagues)
I did find a few belgium men who seemed to have a fascination for 'Being a Girl' by Mansun (asked to repeat it) so I looped it a few times round da bitz dey lyked) all without droppin da beat
Hmm I feel like Montgomery Burns using all this youth speak
baggy land heaven. See dat smiley face on my forehead and peace signs in my hair man
i taught someone something.
to mansun alright....and the belgiums didn't dance, in the accepted british way.
They moved rhythmicly in time to the music but ensured that they never went outside certain parameters/boundaries, they were like that with drink too, and other stuff....they were all very sensible.....I wasn't
tribes were represented at the wedding
One of my more bizarre mates came in his 'muslim' atire, he was so taken with sufi music and Nuzrat fatwah ali khan that he got special togs and made his girlfreind wear them too
I'm listening to a Manc DJ called Soft Priest - his escape goat is great like sonic the hedgehog music. He says
"The only credit due to a DJ are the records they play and the order they play them in, if you tried beat mixing for these indie kids they'd probably think you were in distress or having a seizure."
he does his own records too doesn't he?
on Akoustik Anarkhy.
he's got an EP out soon named done it! It's very weird kind of like a warped Sega game soundtrack or playing Mario on hallucinogenics at full volume. BUT I really like Patchwork Guilt and Escape Goat.
Have you ever sent a demo to aA?
no reply. :(
haven't managed to make it to and aA night yet. too skint to do ANYTHING.
but, as people have said, it was essentially just putting CDs in a CD player. Although we did once mix the Chemical Brothers with Radiohead and with Edith Piaf. I think it sounded good but I was a bit drunk.
at Aberystwyth's Indie Music Society. That was fun. Never got paid but we all blagged free stuff.
my friend Lian told me all about you or your friends always djing!