Thursday, 27 October 2011

DJs Alter egos

Nope, not the German duo...  There are a shameful lack of DJs out there that are truly diverse, either reluctant to play what they really like because they've become known for a sound or they've got the blinkers on to the rest of the music world.

Thats a bold statement but I reckon its true, I can only think of Damian Lazarus with his legendary Lazpod series playing everything under the sun, Fourtet who is well known for mixing up his production and DJing styles and the Andrew Weatherall/Ivan Smagghe lot.  There are so many more out there that must be influenced by older music but just don't show it through their sets, with centuries of music out there to play it is fustrating to hear DJs only play tracks that were released last week despite being mediocre! Arrrrgh!

Another fustration comes out of mix cds, an obvious example is the Fabric line - these are really the pinicle of dance music, being asked to join a very limited group of people, being considered good enough to join the group should be enough cause to sit down and consider the mix VERY carefully... And yet there are some extremely disappointing cds in the series - mostly from the DJs who have only used recent music, to me they've pissed a massive opportunity up the wall.  Now i'm not ask them to play the entire Atlantic records back catalogue, but at least consider where you have come from and what has influenced you.  This applies to all DJs playing dnb, house, techno, hip hop whatever....

I'd like to see more surprising sets from DJs - hell, stop the music and play the Only Fools And Horses theme tune if you want, anything to make me stop in my tracks and think WTF!!!  Maybe not that far... But I can probably link it to risk takers, all these DJs are probably in the cautious brackets when they put money into investments, its probably why I haven't got any gigs coming up (and I'm lazy)...

Heres the link to the Lazpod and if anyone has any more recommendations post them here!

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