|Originally posted by DPetey81 |
Something I think we all need to remember when referring to these "big name" djs, is that they are in some way required to play these watered down sets. Their popularity is undeniable, and with that popularity comes a certain expectation to cater to the larger mainstream crowd, rather than the few, more educated edm fans. The majority of people who attend the huge events like tiesto and avb, especially in towns like cleveland and cbus, make it out once in a great while to a trance event. In the meantime, the only trance that they hear may very well be something from the top of Beatport's list. Hearing those songs in a club, however, is a much better experience than walking down the street with your ipod. So when these people head out to the large event that they have been waiting all year for, they expect to hear those songs that have been "rocking dance floors" for the past year, because it is their only chance to experience them in a club atmosphere. Think of it as more of a concert than anything else. If a rock fan went to a Bon Jovi concert, and the band played nothing but new, unreleased songs, the majority of the crowd would be dissappointed. In the same way, if someone like Tiesto, who plays once a year, if that, in a town like Cleveland, were to play a set filled with brand new, obscure tracks, no matter how good, most people would leave thinking it was a subpar set because they didn't hear the "bombs" they were waiting for. I, myself, would be ecstatic if a dj played in such a way, but I go see the big names knowing what to expect. As far as the technical aspect, I am not a dj myself, but I do notice bad transiitions, and it usually takes me a minute to recover, but once I do, I go on enjoying the atmosphere.
With all that being said, it's not all that often we get these djs around here. I, for one, think it definitely enhances the scene because more people will come out. More people enjoying edm is only a good thing in my book.
AVB - Nov 4
PVD - Nov 22
Great post. Personally, I don't care whether a DJ plays a tune that is one week old or 5 years old. Who cares? I love hearing some old classics in a club environment. It would be stupid to restrict DJs to only play tunes that no one has ever heard. It's all good, as long as music keeps the crowd moving and tunes flow nicely. I don't go to clubs to spot mistakes - I go there to enjoy the atmosphere and have fun. If a DJ fails to create this "atmosphere," then, IMO, he sucks. Tiesto's set may not have been technically sound, but the energy and aproper atmosphere were definitely there.