Im not sure if you heard, but the Spanish Promotion Agency, WIP, banned Traktor from their events. They informed everyone by making a now deleted note on Facebook, got picked up by all the big online mags.. Mixmag, DJ Techtools and a whole bunch of other sites…
Before we get started here is a quote from the note (via DJ Tech Tools):
“The real issue is with “artists” who swear they can play any format be it CD, vinyl, usb and or Traktor but whose Traktor sets are nothing but stale, bland and outright insulting to a paying crowd and promoter.
We’ve also grown tired of the endless issues with missing cables, problems with timecode (learn how to use your gear before you play out), taking up the previous Dj’s time to set up your gear (cause you didn’t want to come to the club early and set up your Traktor), how is it you play 5 times a week and still don’t know how to set it up right?
And, more importantly we’re fed up with the general laziness shown by 99% of “artists” that we’ve seen and heard playing Traktor.”
Personally I think that this is starting to highlight a major problem with today’s DJ and Promoter. Continue reading →
This is why I speak up. Sooner then later anyone with a gimmick and no real skills will be a ‘DJ’ and headlining fests. The younger generation with the masks and gimmicks will eventually be taken out by the already big celebrities with more money behind them. Steve Aoki had Little John on the mic. Soon it will be Paris Hilton, Pauly D, Hulk Hogan’s son, Dennis Rodman, Snoop Dogg, Little John headlining EDC, EZ, Ultra?
But as long as it’s fun who cares right? When you don’t care about the music, the industry exploits it. I just hope our music scene don’t go the way of disco.
I remember in the 90s when hip hop was damn good. When it was about the good life, being fun and energetic like, De La Soul or Tribe Called Quest, or when it was about real life in the streets like NaS, Smif-N-Wessun, Pete Rock… and in like all music you had the clowns, people like Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer etc… But in the golden age of hip hop you would notice that you can name more of the ‘real’ artists then you could clowns.
As some of you may or may not know, I run a booking agency called Agency Sounds… We represent some of the dopest names in EDM. I get a lot of request to represent a lot of people. Some good and some bad. Some I won’t even look in their directions.. those are the clowns.
Clown DJs are the ones who do it all for show. Who cares if they are beat syncing or pre-programmed the entire set? As long as they are ‘performing’ who cares right? Well let me learn you on something.. YOU ARE NOT A DJ at that point, you are some kind of cut rate live performance.
If you or your office is out early on fridays.. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD CHANGE YOUR HOURS OF OPERATION. ITS ONLY 3:40PM! JESUS CHRIST.. always fucking healthcare too.. not like people need you to be at your fucking job for important shit.