October 17, 2014
There was a time when the DMC battles were thought to have changed for the worse. This was when the first scratch DJs arrived on the scene and begin adding scratches to their mixing. Pretty soon, the focus was no longer on how the mixing game was achieved – but instead, how well a person could incorporate techniques like beat juggling and scratching into their sets. Just when they thought that the formula was down pat, DVS arrived to the scene and this caused the second stir in the DMC battles. Once people started adding a laptop to their routines, the authenticity of their sets were in question. Where do you draw the line?
As we look back on that as simply a milestone in DJing, it sort of asks the question, “Where are we headed next?” Some may think that there is no more technique to be added to …
February 26, 2013
If you live near a beach city or any city with tourists, there are always a few spots where you can find the local talent (or homeless) trying to get your attention for only the spare change in your pocket. Some of these street performers have true talent, although not very practical. You may find the statue man, who gets paid to stand completely still for hours at a time, or the guy who can stack cups and balance plates on his nose. One of the most interesting performances I have noticed is the one man band. It consists of one man with a guitar, a piano and a slew of Rube Goldberg type contraptions that allow him to play drums and bass as well. It is quite stunning.
The one man band, in essence, still exists today – and we can call them the modern DJ. Before a …