Thursday, February 18, 2010

Has technology killed the Art of DJing?

Let the debate begin!

I personally use a little bit of everything when I spin (Records, CDs, Serato) it really just depends on my gig. I honestly feel like I can be even more creative on the fly with computer programs that offer options like: Instant doubles, Cue Points, Loop, samplers & the ability to mix videos. Why would you limit yourself?

If you were not that creative playing records you will probably be the same way using the new technology. You will have far less back problems from not having to lug the wax.. but still be lacking when it come to creative ways of putting music together. (That's just my opinion)

I am excited about spinning even more.. ever since I got Serato in Jan 2006. JDLP


john said...

I agree, I myself am a beatmaker so I like the ease of the serato to find bits and pieces from songs to sample. I think the tech has opened a world of opportunities and makes it more competitive.

soulshine said...

I tried serato for the first time last sunday and I love the creative freedom it gives me, not only to have a "crate" of 13000 tracks with me, but cue points and loops especially when the song I want to mix in has only one measure of a rhythm before vocals begin and the previous one has vocals repeating without an instrumental loop to mix into. I am even a defender of Ableton djing, or push-button PCJing. IT takes a creative mind to pick out the right loops and samples/guitar licks, track progression to put together an amazing set in Ableton. If it's just mixing the expected tracks in the same genre in and out, then it's simply boring.

Vince Brown said...

Those of us who appreciated the vinyl-only days coming up in the game appreciate not having to haul steel crates anymore. But what I really like about spinning from the computer is the various things you can do within the program without having to need anything external, which adds to the rig. Hot Cues make life a lot easier, too.

Chris said...

Just like anything else... it's not what you do, it's how good you do it. Technological advances should be embraced to their fullest... so long as it doesn't make the artist lazy in the process. Use Serato, but don't let it deter you from pursuing classic turntablism techniques... utilize Ableton for live sets, but practicing sets "on the fly" as opposed to pre-programming.

Osiris said...

I would have to think that any great artist would at least try to use all of the tools around himself/herself at their disposal. That being said, I think you make a great point about doing a gig in a smaller venue and lugging gear to and from. Being able to carry a lot more music in an easier form factor can't hurt (in theory).