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(The New York Times)   Last night, did a DJ save your life?   ( nytimes.com) divider line
    More: Cool, Disc jockey, dance floor, Hip hop music, DJ Kool Herc, D.J., Phonograph, D.J. Kool Herc, D.J. Rich Medina  
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2018-01-01 10:25:44 AM  
I am alive this morning. I don't remember any DJ from last night. Anything's possible.
 
2018-01-01 10:54:24 AM  
Live rock and roll bands and a lot of alcohol saved my life last night.
 
2018-01-01 10:58:35 AM  
Faithless - God is a DJ[Serious Danger Remix]
Youtube ZbjsmSsCA2M
 
2018-01-01 11:02:49 AM  
No.  Pretty sure he said he was a taxidermist.
 
2018-01-01 11:03:09 AM  
Jesus was a B-boy (Shir Khan Remix) - Ben Mono
Youtube 3Wcx6ODJ7W4
 
2018-01-01 11:04:52 AM  
🎶 'Cause I was sittin' there bored to death
And in just one breath he said
You gotta get up
You gotta get on
You gotta get down, girl 🎶
 
2018-01-01 11:07:06 AM  
Saint Etienne - DJ
Youtube u7jbF_8MzHs
 
2018-01-01 11:07:14 AM  
Sugar Bear?
 
2018-01-01 11:11:23 AM  
"The art requires extensive musical knowledge."

"It demands technical know-how."

Well, not so much any more with modern CDJs and DJ software.  You can actually teach someone the basics within 30 minutes.  You can buy collections on Beatport that simplify song selection.  You don't even have to learn the songs beforehand, you can just eyeball the waveforms for figuring out the phrasing.

You won't be Sasha, Carl Cox, or John "00" Fleming, mind you, but I don't think most people care.  The kids just seem to stand around with their phones out nowadays.
 
2018-01-01 11:18:04 AM  
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"There's not a problem that I can't fix. 'Cause I can do it in the mix!"
 
2018-01-01 11:31:57 AM  
 
2018-01-01 11:34:06 AM  
He better, there was a murder on the dance floor after all, and it was his fault.
 
2018-01-01 11:45:07 AM  
 
2018-01-01 11:47:50 AM  
David Morales and Roisin Murphy - Golden Era (Official Video)
Youtube s9SrCh25x1A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcZC8​5​rzO8A
 
2018-01-01 12:03:40 PM  

Snapper Carr: Sugar Bear?


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2018-01-01 12:05:27 PM  
What vacuous garbage.
 
2018-01-01 12:08:07 PM  
It was close. I thought for sure I was going to die. Then she slowly unzipped my zipper and lowered her face to my crotch to perform the lifesaving maneuver...

Oh! You said DEE-jay.

Nevermind
 
2018-01-01 12:20:44 PM  
When Will The Bass Drop? (ft. Lil Jon)
Youtube XCawU6BE8P8
 
2018-01-01 12:25:50 PM  

bronyaur1: What vacuous garbage.


oh hi Henry

Henry Rollins featuring The Techno Viking (Steve Porter remix)
Youtube Jf13MmZIcLs
 
2018-01-01 01:02:18 PM  
No, But she did show me her sex tape...
 
2018-01-01 01:11:48 PM  
How big an audience was that article for because I have always avoided places that had DJs of any kind.
 
2018-01-01 01:21:46 PM  
DJ? You mean a juke box that's pill powered?

I keed...I keed....
 
2018-01-01 01:22:28 PM  

SoundOfOneHandWanking: How big an audience was that article for because I have always avoided places that had DJs of any kind.


DJs in clubs/at dances have been around for at least a half a century.
Also, disco.
 
2018-01-01 01:59:27 PM  
Hang the DJ
The Smiths - Panic
Youtube -0YCeXldvu8
 
2018-01-01 02:28:46 PM  

Ebenator: Hang the DJ
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is this your final solution?
 
2018-01-01 02:31:23 PM  
David Bowie - D.J.
Youtube QgPUxjQOk-w
 
2018-01-01 02:46:05 PM  
Yes, a DJ saved my life.  I was having a Personality Crisis.
New York Dolls - Personality Crisis
Youtube 2aQTGqqXHw4
 
2018-01-01 03:14:23 PM  

New Age Redneck: DJ? You mean a juke box that's pill powered?

I keed...I keed....


Pig & Dan ‎– The DJ's Took Pills (Original Mix)
Youtube JmVbuHce6oc
 
2018-01-01 03:30:43 PM  
No, but did a BJ make your night?
 
2018-01-01 03:55:41 PM  
I danced myselfclean.
 
2018-01-01 04:06:49 PM  
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2018-01-01 04:12:32 PM  
The presence of a DJ leads me to leave early and consume less alcohol. So, maybe?
 
2018-01-01 04:20:08 PM  
As the one that lives with me was spinning downtempo DnB & other chill tunes, I'd say "yes". He definitely played a better set than anywhere else I could have been at last night.

Last night was a great, low-key night. Hoping it's a preview of  nights to come.  (。◕‿◕。)
 
2018-01-01 04:55:27 PM  
With video:

Indeep - Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life (1983)
Youtube _dKlLHE6sMQ
 
2018-01-01 05:23:01 PM  
Been to many clubs where the "DJ" simply plays the intro of the next song over the last one or worse, just slams the slider to switch channels. More than once I have stopped dancing, right in front of them, and just stood and stared disapprovingly until they felt bad. Because they are bad.

Mixing songs, not just matching moods and tempos, but really mixing songs seamlessly together for an hour+ and have it all "make sense" and function as a progression is a technical, emotional, and intellectual exercise. When done right it really can be like seeing a world renowned violinist or vocalist doing their thing (which before you get snippy about originality is usually some long dead guys from 1800s Austria's thing anyways)
 
2018-01-01 05:23:13 PM  
Alice D.J.?
 
2018-01-01 05:24:46 PM  

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With flushing toilet!
 
2018-01-01 05:35:43 PM  

JolobinSmokin: Alice D.J.?


we don't need to bring her into this. she's better off alone
 
2018-01-01 05:44:01 PM  
No, but I'm sure my band got a couple guys laid last night that probably wouldn't have had we not been as on as we were.
 
2018-01-01 05:52:23 PM  

LewDux: ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3VNAN_EA3​


Fark Yes HECATE!


/And yes, I've had DJ's save my life. Andy Smith can do it on tape
 
2018-01-01 05:56:52 PM  

Ecliptic: just slams the slider crossfader to switch channels.


Fixed that for you.

Ecliptic: Mixing songs, not just matching moods and tempos, but really mixing songs seamlessly together for an hour+ and have it all "make sense" and function as a progression is a technical, emotional, and intellectual exercise.


That requires DJs to know the music they're playing, and that takes hours and hours of listening to music on an almost daily basis.  It also requires near constant crate digging, whether in actual record stores or searching out new music online.  Sad to say, a lot of DJs don't want to put in that effort because in a lot of ways it isn't required any more.

I mean, heck, you can throw cakes at the audience and crowd surf your entire set and the attendees seem to love it.  Meanwhile, someone like Jeff Mills, who can spin flawlessly on four turntables, gets a bottle thrown at him.

shiat's changed.  I blame "bro culture" for it.
 
2018-01-01 06:23:27 PM  

Glitchwerks: Ecliptic: just slams the slider crossfader to switch channels.

Fixed that for you.

Ecliptic: Mixing songs, not just matching moods and tempos, but really mixing songs seamlessly together for an hour+ and have it all "make sense" and function as a progression is a technical, emotional, and intellectual exercise.

That requires DJs to know the music they're playing, and that takes hours and hours of listening to music on an almost daily basis.  It also requires near constant crate digging, whether in actual record stores or searching out new music online.  Sad to say, a lot of DJs don't want to put in that effort because in a lot of ways it isn't required any more.

I mean, heck, you can throw cakes at the audience and crowd surf your entire set and the attendees seem to love it.  Meanwhile, someone like Jeff Mills, who can spin flawlessly on four turntables, gets a bottle thrown at him.

shiat's changed.  I blame "bro culture" for it.


I know nothing about any of this, but am intrigued by the complexity I didn't know existed. Any chance anyone has a link to some hours-long MP3s of a good dj (session? show? event?) that are downloadable? I could use new workout / chores music...
 
2018-01-01 06:29:26 PM  
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Nya-ah-ahh!
 
2018-01-01 06:38:13 PM  

Skarekrough: No, but I'm sure my band got a couple guys laid last night that probably wouldn't have had we not been as on as we were.


Wait for it...
 
2018-01-01 06:58:01 PM  

Snapper Carr: Sugar Bear?


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2018-01-01 07:02:57 PM  
It seems that most of the comments here focus more on the styles of techno/electronica and hip-hop/rap as the standard of what makes a DJ and how he/she operates. In truth yes it isn't just an art and mood but there is technical prowess involved in ensuring someone doesn't just come out for a certain song and then leave the floor but somehow convince them to dance through a string of songs and not even notice that the song has even changed.
I see that most folks here think that once your a DJ you can do any gig and play any music. As someone who has DJ'd for around 20 years (although not as much lately) it is 80% knowing what your playing and who you are playing it too. I remember very early in my days as a DJ making the bad mistake of accepting a gig for a friend of a friend DJing a wedding. I had a meeting with the couple weeks in advance in order to get a feel of what type of music they wanted and also any songs they would be requesting to ensure I had it. Unfortunately for me the couple only wanted country and western music played which was completely out of my element. I knew nothing about that genre and was sweating it out most of the set. Lucky for me I was paid ahead of time and also that I only really played for just over an hour as a large fight broke out and the cops were called.
I feel that in todays environment how you effectively play the music is not as important for a few reasons. One - Vinyl is becoming harder and harder to come by these days unless you play electronica and hip-hop.
Two - In most clubs/venues I have DJ'd the booth itself is not really that accessible or visible to the dance floor patrons besides the upper part of your body. In the genres I predominately associate with it's keeping people on the floor and not the spectacle of a DJ doing fancy tricks.
Take for example the goth/industrial community. It's near impossible to perfectly and seamlessly mix a Siouxie and the Banshees song into say a Skinny Puppy song, but more knowing how and when to fit that into your set. To be able to read your crowd and their reactions to the music and adjust accordingly. I could go do a set that I had worked on for months setting up every transition and hitting every mood and seamlessly mixing into each song so that every track almost seems as the last but I guarantee that would fail miserably. As long as you almost intimately know your crowd and what they like/want you will have success as a DJ. There are gigs that all I have on me is a laptop, hard drive, and a DJ controller and I don't think of myself as any less DJ as when I used to lug in 2 turntables, CD decks, laptop, controllers, effects, ect. It's the end result that counts.
 
2018-01-01 07:07:03 PM  

SFSailor: I know nothing about any of this, but am intrigued by the complexity I didn't know existed. Any chance anyone has a link to some hours-long MP3s of a good dj (session? show? event?) that are downloadable? I could use new workout / chores music...


It really depends on what type of music you want to listen to.  There's all sorts of shows like BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix, podcasts like Resident Advisor, special DJ mix series for sale like Global Underground and DJ Kicks, and so on.

Soundcloud and Mixcloud are generally sites people use to post mixes, so you could try browsing those, but not everything may be able to be downloaded.
 
2018-01-01 07:10:04 PM  

Skarekrough: No, but I'm sure my band got a couple guys laid last night that probably wouldn't have had we not been as on as we were.


They all told me to tell you your mom says hi.
 
2018-01-01 07:24:02 PM  

Glitchwerks: SFSailor: I know nothing about any of this, but am intrigued by the complexity I didn't know existed. Any chance anyone has a link to some hours-long MP3s of a good dj (session? show? event?) that are downloadable? I could use new workout / chores music...

It really depends on what type of music you want to listen to.  There's all sorts of shows like BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix, podcasts like Resident Advisor, special DJ mix series for sale like Global Underground and DJ Kicks, and so on.

Soundcloud and Mixcloud are generally sites people use to post mixes, so you could try browsing those, but not everything may be able to be downloaded.


Awesome. That's plenty to Google and get started with. I, and, I am sure, plenty of lurkers, thank you for the pointers! Happy New Year!
 
2018-01-02 12:01:52 AM  

SFSailor: Glitchwerks: SFSailor: I know nothing about any of this, but am intrigued by the complexity I didn't know existed. Any chance anyone has a link to some hours-long MP3s of a good dj (session? show? event?) that are downloadable? I could use new workout / chores music...

It really depends on what type of music you want to listen to. There's all sorts of shows like BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix, podcasts like Resident Advisor, special DJ mix series for sale like Global Underground and DJ Kicks, and so on.

Soundcloud and Mixcloud are generally sites people use to post mixes, so you could try browsing those, but not everything may be able to be downloaded.

Awesome. That's plenty to Google and get started with. I, and, I am sure, plenty of lurkers, thank you for the pointers! Happy New Year!


You might like these guys.

https://vimeo.com/93039571

Thing is, it's not just the visuals -- they had to have the musical depth to realize that prog rock act ELP's cover of Peter Gunn goes with everything from Basement Jaxx to Peaches, and then they segue from that to the Velvet Underground.

Spoiler alert: the complete tracklist is available, but I'd suggest just throwing the track on in the background and taking notes of which tracks you remembered because you knew them and recognized them, which tracks you remembered and wished you knew what they were, and which tracks you'd never heard before and want to hear again.

From the point of view of the DJ, the point of the exercise isn't for listeners to chalk up reference-getting points with each other. The point is to introduce listeners of varying ages and musical tastes to other things that they also might like. And to do it in 1968, 1978, or 2004 than an algorithm from 2018 can.

From the point of view of a recommendation engine, it's really hard to quantify music; how do you train an algorithm that the opening Peter Gunn track works because (a) older Boomers remember Peter Gunn as a character, (b) younger Boomers remember ELP's 1979 version, (c) X-ers remember ELP's synthpop "Touch and Go" and Peter Gunn from the Blues Brothers and Art of Noise, and (d) millennials marvel at the addition of some weird dinosaur-retro stuff and how well it fits with the contemporary classic Basement Jaxx track.

(Or to click randomly around the 27:30 mark - the AI has to recognize that the track was famous because disco folks liked it, because it helped Michael Jackson's become an eventual superstar, and then it has to understand that some 2001 cover actually happened - and it also has to realize that it's so awesome it doesn't matter whether it can license the sample or not.)

It's relatively easy to make an algo home in on one or two of these four aspects in order to sell more albums on Amazon -- yeah, old guy likes guitars at 100BPM, middle-aged guy likes keyboards at 120BPM -- but nailing all four is a bit trickier than the present state of AI. The AI has to "understand" why each track is relevant to each audience segment, and that's something that's still uniquely human.
 
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