Respected London-based new electronic music publication Mixmag has recently asked the question "Is EDM Killing The Art Of DJing?". It addresses first hand three issues/criticisms of the new crop of DJs in the scene. Here are summaries of points the article brings up in very necessary detail:
-Sync buttons and laptop DJing have killed the art of mixing
-DJs no longer bother to ‘dig’ for their music, preferring to play the obvious hits
-Spectacle has replaced music as the primary FORCE in a DJ’s performance
The article gives a reasonable reality check for those that are quick to hate simply because they are not the ones at the top. The take away for me is that new technology can be useful to the professional, but useless to the amateur. Give a new hammer to a carpenter and imagine the house that can be built. Give it to a toddler and, well. . .
Tim Sheridan, the article' author, end's the article aptly like this:
So praise the lord of the dance for the clubs like Optimo, Back To Basics, Superfreq, World Unknown, Thunder, Boy’s Own and the many honourably unnamed others who graft away on the outskirts of the mainstream. It’s no surprise at all to see a rise in vinyl-only extremists and nights that have literally cut themselves off from mainstream dance music like severing a sinning limb. No huge names, no club infrastructure, word of mouth promotion and beautifully and blissfully free of all club fads. They are raves, and they’re totally for real. And the ravers are young and they might never have been out until last week but they know quality when they hear it and shit when they smell it. The worse the Plastic DJs and their clubs get the more people will draw the line and embrace the New Real. The fat cats should be scared: their days are numbered.
Perhaps the last word should go to one of the people who invented house music. Frankie Knuckles may have been responding to a spoof, but he’s always worth listening to.
'I’ve spent forty years at this craft of DJing. Every time I step up to play, to this day I’m scared beyond imagination. But I never let it get to the stage where I perpetrate a fraud on the public… Not every mix is perfect. Nothing in life is perfect.'
I’ll take real over perfect every time.
We couldn't agree more. You can read the full article on Mixmag.