Monday, December 31, 2012

DJ Shadow's Infamous South Beach Set, December 2012

For those who don't know, DJ Shadow was asked to step down from playing a set at a Miami Beach club.  You can see a snippet here:

Too future, he was told.  Apparently other DJs have been kicked off the decks for not being "commercial" enough.

You can read more about it here.

Yes, folks, DJ culture has achieved critical mass.  It has become - and I use this word with the utmost disgust - popular.  Pop, in my vocabulary, is a very bad word.

Those things that made DJ culture unique, underground, alive have been watered down and extracted and what people want is the sugary pop sound that made turntables end up in McDonald's commercials and turned DJs into celebrities.

Though there is more irony in this statement than he may realize, DeadMau5 kind of sums it up well:

"David Guetta has two iPods and a mixer and he just plays tracks,” Deadmau5 sniffs...

He then takes aim at Skrillex -- who Rolling Stone says is a friend of his -- adding, “Even Skrillex isn't doing anything too technical. He has a laptop and a MIDI recorder, and he's just playing his [bleep].” “There’s… button-pushers getting paid half a million [per show],” he says.

“And not to say I’m not a button-pusher. I’m just pushing a lot more buttons.”
So DJ Shadow upped the infamous set to Soundcloud.

And this is a killer mix.  

Get it


1 comment:

  1. wellcome to plenty of South Beach clubs that can top the list. The Miami Beach nightlife is know to also attract top DJ's from around the world!