When I read his FB message of today, I think, yes, that's how it used to be and that's how I liked it. I'm not even a big fan of his music, but I totally feel what he's saying.
| The world of the DJ is a very different place to when I started out all those years ago. The celebrity superstar DJ culture didnâ€™t exist back then, in the underground specialist world it was often very difficult to figure out where the DJ both actually was, in many cases hidden in the corner of the room or in clubs like the legendary Turnmills within a closed room with tiny window looking out. From my personal experience and seeing others around me, thatâ€™s the reason it attracted music geeks like me whom were able to share their love and passion for music without the intimidation of being thrown in the limelight, we could put our heads down, rummage through our vinyl collection and get on with the job of playing the music. As we well know that culture has changed today, the DJ is now on a huge stage, big lights and the star of the show. Being honest, if that was the case all those years ago when I started, I wouldnâ€™t be a DJ today. Iâ€™m a super shy guy, extremely uncomfortable with being on the stage, but over the years been forced to adapt because I love playing so much. As many promoters and lighting teams will know, the first thing I ask for is for them to turn off any spotlights that are shining on me/the stage, make it as dark as possible. I donâ€™t want to be the star of the show, I want to be in the musical experience with everyone else and be part of the party, and not be the celebrity that everyone stares at as I donâ€™t do the cliche antics. I want to feel as if Iâ€™m on the dance floor with you, so that I can connect both musically and spiritually, this way I know and feel where to take the journey Iâ€™m about to unfold. When I feel the music and the emotional moments, I want to be with you as I close my eyes, shed some tears and beam with euphoria and being hidden in darkness allows me to do this. This also may explain my often quick departure from venues after playing, I still canâ€™t comprehend that John the quiet music guy from a small seaside town in the UK is getting all this attention and become an international DJ. But Itâ€™s very much important for me to thank you all, and doing this in person is very special to me, but then the shyness kicks in and it feels surreal, even all these years later.|
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