I am N/A (previously DJ Not Applicable), a DJ/Producer from MA. My mixes consist of breakbeat, house and trance. I have to get a lot of old school tracks to get my voice into the void - the constant extrusion of music that hits the genres everyday. I DJ to allow my interaction with the world. I am a introvert and do not play in clubs anymore. I do not want to deal with politics and back fighting that comes with that whole aspect of DJing. I play on 5 radio stations live as well as having 2 weekly podcasts (one house, one breakbeat) and produce breakbeat tracks. This allows me to not only to have complete creative control over my musical selection, but allows me to play all the time. I am constantly evolving with every show. I am here to create. My name "DJ Not Applicable" was chosen to illustrate that the DJ does not matter - it is the music that comes from the DJ's sets/mixes/tracks that is important. I, as a music selector, attempt to deliver an experience which speaks from the heart of me. It is long said that the most important thing as a DJ is to play the right tracks. Unless you only play tracks you have produced can you make the argument that the DJ is the main focus of the experience.
Music is life. It gives an audio source of expression to get out the emotions of my life. I get a freedom not found anywhere else when I play. I want to give to the world all my thoughts in audio form.
I am actually living my dream right now. I play on 5 radio stations from the comfort of my home studio. I create tracks and find new music. I have other creative outlets that allow my mind to expand in other areas. I paint, draw, and write.
I don't want to change the world. If I did, my situation would change and I do not want that. I do have some ideas about what can be improved with the current state of the US, but it has always been fucked, so same shit different day.
I would say it would be "If I ruled the World" by Nas. Also "Voodoo People" by The Prodigy. And then for rock it has to be "Until It Sleeps" by Metalica
Dilated Peoples, Dead Prez, DJ Icey, Sharaz, Inifiniti, Nas, Eminem, Kid Cudi, Mumford and Sons, Metalica, Matcbox Twenty, DMX, WuTang, The Prodigy, Way Out West, Hybrid, Stanton Warriors, Crystal Method, Chemical Brothers, Biggie, Tupac, DJ Shadow, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Future Funk Squad, Fort Knox Five, and more...
It is an outlet for my creativity to run free. I get to create a track from nothing. I might not always get it right and I am still learning, but I love to stick an emotion or theme/topic into the musical realm.
Fuck the norm, live your own life, get soul, release your creativity, be present in things affecting the world around you, and dance.
I have not played out in about 20 years (besides Mobile DJing - which is a soul sucking endeavor, but I loved that connection to the crowd - when I could see the people feeling my shit and having a good time with a bit of a lesson to teach.
I am mostly going to discuss the famous/superstar DJs here. They are just figure heads, they have ghost producers, then get known for tracks they did not create and then play huge festivals and just let the pre-recorded mix to run (the pyrotechnics are so cool and perfectly matched to the music) I hate festivals and shit like that. People are now going to just say they went. I guess they are like the people who go to see bands play or a pop artist. They know nothing about the music and the history of where it came from, where it is now and which way it might be headed. I see the over the top performances and light shows and elaborate stages and it makes my faith in the music die a little each time. You have those YouTube Video of DJ Fails and it just makes me sad to see the art form bastardized like it is becoming, There just seems to be a huge lack of innovation or creativity from the music being put out today. The main stores are shit. I find tracks from the old school days and try to bring a funk/soul/hip hop feel along with some sick electro sounds and a few vocals.
So far it is a place to get exposure. The karma system is a bit fucked, but I am learning it. Could turn out to be a great place for me. I abandoned Facebook, Twitter and Instagram a little while ago, so I am hoping this place will not turn into another iteration of those social media platforms.
DJs now who get into the game just to because of fame and popularity - the paparazzi. I hate to be one of those old people with the "back in my days" guys, but I have to get a bit out. When I started, I had belt drive turntables for the first 2 years of my DJing life. Once I got direct drives, I was so surprised about the way I did not have to ride the pitch hard for every mix. Then I got some Stanton St8-150s and it really set me free. This touches on the beatmatching debate. There used to be no path that did not lead to this skill. It is a lost art these days. Even I have probably lost a lot of that skill simply by using a controller for a long time. I did use a DVS system, but I am now on a controller for the functions it provides in terms of cue points, fx, multiple decks and such. Then there was the acquisition of music. 10 - 15 bucks a record. Takes over 100 bucks to put out a fresh new mix. Carrying the vinyl, your headphones and carts - a lot of shit to bring. Vinyl could get scratched and most of the time I did not have the money to replace records. So those were forever lost. The price of entry for the entrance to DJing was quite high and unless you just had a ton of money, you got into it for the love of music and the burning desire to bring your flow to people through your music. Now you can get a laptop, a controller and some software hit sync and bam you are now a DJ. I do not know how it is these days with all the shady politics and fighting to get booked it made me sick. It must be worse now with the huge influx of DJs coming out of the woodwork.
I do not. I play my shit and don't contribute to my scene - I have moved from the area I was in enough to be getting booked. Now I am old and do not want to go and start that shit.
You have to sell your soul. Or spend a lot of money. Or both.
I do not know what you know.