better informed opinionJune 15 2001 at 4:56 PM
|JL (no login)|
Response to Bedroom DJs - how has this changed the artform?
Got a lot of input into this. Guess I inadvertantly struck some nerves as well. I guess from the various posts on various boards that I've gathered, I kinda see it this way:
I see the phenom as problematic from an identity standpoint. Traditionally, a dj plays for a party. With more people getting into it, you have more and more people feel that djing is akin to playing a musical instrument (I feel that it is indeed, and very beautiful artform). You have people creating little 75 minute skethes of what they feeling on a cd. The BDJ loves what he plays, and doesn't have to cater to a crowd. God, I'm about to shoot myself in the foot here... basically what I'm getting at is that the only similarity between BDJs and club/party DJs is that they play with music on tables (or cd thingymajigs) and a mixer. They have no crowd - dj relationship to illicit immediate, real time response to what they are playing and doing. Additionally, BDJs are playing on home sound systems, never hearing what they can do on a dope PA system. There was this post on the unyc board by Warran Kway delving into the relationship between dj and crowd a while back that stirred some shit, and I think this topic touches on a lot of the same issues. BDJ's get complete license on what they play, and party DJs get that satisfaction of rocking a crowd. I see nothing wrong with either one, but I believe the two are completely different beasts. Earlier in this post I said BDJs are problematic because of identity issues. I think this comes from calling them a dj, however they lack a fundamental element - the crowd.
Disclaimer: By BDJ, I don't mean people who don't get gigs or are just starting out and learning. I'm talking about people who almost exclusively, by choice play in private. I know this isn't a huge population of people, but I've been made concious of this phenomenon recently and wanted to get some input on it.
Thanks and peace - John