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    DJs...what's the attraction?

    I don't get why someone would pay money to go listen to a DJ play records. Can you convince me otherwise?
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    Ecstasy may have something to do with it.

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    "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark." -S. Hawking

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    Who needs a DJ when Apple has all those geniuses.
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    A good one will make it entertaining.
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    DJ's (good DJ's) are like good bands.

    They don't just hit shuffle on the ipod. Good DJ's mix, don't hit Play.

    They play/construct new, live versions of other people's/their own music using a wide array of software and hardware devices. Some also use live performers/singers in tandem.

    There's also art to controlling the vibe/tempo just like any other live performace.
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    I've never figured it out. Guess it's just part of the experience.
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    Thankfully, I'm in bed by the time most DJ's start spinning......no use for 'em
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    i used to be a rave dj back when. i don't go for the dj cult that has raised these clowns to the super star level. at the end of the day, they are simply creating something from the work of others. it does take skill and there is an artistry to it, but it takes more to create the records with which they work.

    a good dj can set the tone of the party - i wouldn't want to listen to a dj that has a crappy selection of music and no skill in creating a journey with them. a good dj is transparent. you don't know when he is mixing. you don't notice his presence. the music just happens. i was talking with a dj guy i know on Saturday - he is a well respected local dj on the cusp of going national. he echoed most of my comments thus far and added that the dj's that jump up and down and demand the audience notice them, they suck and he wants to punch them in the face.

    the best times i had as a rave dj were playing places that were very DIY - the turntables were on stacks of cinder blocks and you have a desk lamp to see what you were doing. everyone was there to dance and have a good time. there was no barrier between the dj and the audience.

    the dj is not a rock star. the dj is a guide. the music is the star. that's the way it was when i was doing it and that's why i'm not doing it now.
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    What ascii and others said.

    Once you get why, you understand.

    I can't stand night clubs where the main thing is to pick up on people while bad music is playing. But I would pay to go see a good dj play a good set and hang out with friends.

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    What ascii and others said.

    Once you get why, you understand.

    I can't stand night clubs where the main thing is to pick up on people while bad music is playing. But I would pay to go see a skilled dj play a good set with songs you can't hear everyday and hang out and party with friends.

    There is a little bit of overlap and most non-clubbing types easily confuse the two, which often leads to the "I don't get it"..

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    Last Night, the DJ saved my life.

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    Good dj's cooperate with the mood of the crowd, bad dj's can empty dancefloors in seconds.

    Good buildup of a set is very important as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bocephus Jones II
    DJs...what's the attraction?
    DJ's...no idea...BJ's, on the otherhand....
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    I thought this thread was about hummers.

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    also, A real good DJ. will not only change a record. or hit play on a cd deck. It is like playing an instrument or so. mixing the bass on a track with the beat of another , making drum rolls, snare chops, even choppin sinthz to make another melody. it can get quite complex if you are a turntablist.

    Anyways, it is not only the DJ part, if you dont produce music, you will not be respected or be famous in the electronic scene.

    but as in any genre you get bad and good music,
    on the popish level you get this crazy dj superstars that

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    Quote Originally Posted by malanb
    Anyways, it is not only the DJ part, if you dont produce music, you will not be respected or be famous in the electronic scene.
    Generally, if you don't produce, no one pays.

    Really good DJs/Producers like Marco V, Sander Van Doorn, Deadmau5, Tiesto, Armin, Avicii and Afrojack draw large crowds of enthused people out to the clubs and know how to get everyone dancing and partying - well worth the cost of a ticket.
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    because, I love the night life. I've got to boogie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikeauger
    Generally, if you don't produce, no one pays.

    Really good DJs/Producers like Marco V, Sander Van Doorn, Deadmau5, Tiesto, Armin, Avicii and Afrojack draw large crowds of enthused people out to the clubs and know how to get everyone dancing and partying - well worth the cost of a ticket.
    if you are a drunken frat boy, sure they are fine, but that would be like saying your all punk and listen to Blink 182. you say you're heavy metal but rock to Winger. you have listed all nu-trance dj's. that stuff is Disney pop schluck.

    the real players are the likes of Umek, Marco Carola, Dave Clarke, and Magda.
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    Because they are playing good music?

    It also depends on who they are and what they are doing with the music. Also, Ill pay to see someone who is producing their own music.
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    If you're not out to dance (or watch other people dance, I suppose) then a DJ is pointless and potentially annoying--just an over-loud jukebox.

    If the idea is to dance, a good DJ can really lift things a lot.

    But as ascii pointed out, the point is to NOT notice the DJ.
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    I want to hang the blessed DJ, because the music he constantly plays says nothing to me about my life.

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