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When you DON'T kill it - a post from Tiga

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posted a very raw and honest thing on facebook yesterday, which just goes to show that even the big guys have off days.

The original post is here:  

Quoted below:

"Here's something nobody talks about; how about when you DONT kill it. How about when you are what is actually wrong with the party. Your programming is lazy, your decisions are Ill-informed, you vacillate between confidence and cluelessness. Your records sound slow. You can't maintain a connection. The center cannot hold. You summon up arrogance to bolster your position. THEY obviously don't get it. Those "people" out there. That unknowing primitive mass doesn't understand the levels: that I'm a tortured post-trance, deep-funk acid-tinged anti-techouse futurist pop-laced groove martyr and that even when my effort is minimal and my energy is anemic and my playlists are best compared to outsider art and my grasp of the situation is utterly compromised by my self-absorption---- they should still bow down to my REPUTATION and go crazy and scream and clap. 
But no. There are nights when they know something you don't. And just like that, for a few hours, the magic is gone. And that's ok- makes it all the more magical when it reappears in another city, on another night. 
So yeah, sorry Rome. I love you but I just didn't kill it tonight. 
Love t"

 

What a legend!

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BrendanClay

Great post, this.  Wonderfully honest, too—nice to know that even the seasoned professionals have an "off night".

For me, it adds some context to the nights/sets where your tunes were great, mixing was up-to-standard, but, well, you just didn't nail it with the crowd—and sometimes you just don't.

On discussing with a mate of mine, he said, "something as personal [or subjective] as music can't always be perfectly fit for everyone".

Thanks for sharing!

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AdamMadd

Its so true.  Many years ago, i came to the conclusion that "you can't please 100% of the people 100% of the time".  But hearing a story like this from Tiga really makes me feel at ease when i have off nights too.

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The only free space was beneath a tree whose roots constantly sought to trip me up. The rest was jealously guarded by the throng. Lucky then, I didn't much feel like dancing. This due to the DJ. A joyless sort of Nimrod in the distance hunched over his turntables like a miser. He had one headphone on and never once looked up.

He was laying down a minamalist techno set. His sound designed, it seemed, to induce headaches; about as appealing as a baby banging on pots. I was not the only who thought so. Beside me a bearded bloke wore the expression of a man riding an elevator to the top of a tall building who, just as the doors had closed, had detected ‘FART’ by SomeOtherPassenger.

His indignation built until he couldn't hold it in any longer. "What a fucking show pony," he declared to me, gesturing at the DJ. "He's not reading the floor at all."

I noted the many people standing around and agreed he wasn't.

"Fuck I hate DJ's like that," my indignant companion continued. "They think it's all about then. They don’t understand, it’s all about us. I mean, mate, he's only putting on a fucking record, right? Barh, I'm off to get drunk."

Bemused, I watched him walk away muttering darkly about show ponies and shaking his head. He had a point though. You learned early that a good DJ was a conductor, operating from the shadows and playing the crowd - that was the skill you see, the artform - taking the faithful forward and onto the dancefloor and into the One Mind with their sound, and then shaping that Mind with their choices, dynamic, that seamless soundscape of flawlessly mixed tracks taking you away, away and dissolving you, the DJ an unknown but unparalleled power that transported to sacred realms,

found on the dance floor and in the mix and in the action and in the enhancements and very often with your eyes closed - and the real artists knew this, nursed this, had discernment, had metronones, individuals they watched to judge how they were hooking and where the would go, ready to switch it up, ready to shift, to bring rest in the breakdowns, ecstasy in the peaks, and to never, EVER bring the floor to a standstill. That was the cardinal sin.

And looking around now it seemed this DJ had commited it - a long time ago. Was continuing to commit it - a knifing, with everyone watching on shocked and no heros to stop it . . . 

Edited by Izzy_Indigo

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fifi

Izzy has a valid point in his story, but at the same time i would find it rare that someone like Tiga would be like that.  This person in Izzy's story sounds like a real douche

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21 minutes ago, fifi said:

Izzy has a valid point in his story, but at the same time i would find it rare that someone like Tiga would be like that.  This person in Izzy's story sounds like a real douche

Or just a little inexperienced, and playing off a pre-planned-to-the-exact-cue-point set :)

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On 31/07/2017 at 0:13 PM, AdamMadd said:

THEY obviously don't get it. Those "people" out there. That unknowing primitive mass doesn't understand the levels: that I'm a tortured post-trance, deep-funk acid-tinged anti-techouse futurist pop-laced groove martyr and that even when my effort is minimal and my energy is anemic and my playlists are best compared to outsider art and my grasp of the situation is utterly compromised by my self-absorption---- they should still bow down to my REPUTATION and go crazy and scream and clap.

It was this line that made me think of it. Interesting question - is the DJ artform sticking to your sound until the audience finds you, or is it reading the audience and finding their sound?

And yes @fifi he was a real douche ;)

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AdamMadd
4 hours ago, Izzy_Indigo said:

It was this line that made me think of it. Interesting question - is the DJ artform sticking to your sound until the audience finds you, or is it reading the audience and finding their sound?

And yes @fifi he was a real douche ;)

I think he was saying  this with sarcasm perhaps?

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15 hours ago, BrendanClay said:

Or just a little inexperienced, and playing off a pre-planned-to-the-exact-cue-point set :)

And this is why i always like to bring ALL my music with me to a gig.  I rarely plan a set, unless its a massive / really important gig.  I like to wing it and play to how the crowd are responding, whether its a cruisy lounge bar gig or one with a dancefloor.  In my mind, you can never tell what sort of people are going to be there, so bring everything.  Of course, this meant back in the vinyl days i was taking 250+ vinyl to every gig, and in CD days, my CD wallets were excessively massive.  Thank fuck for digital DJing, don't need to lug all that around with me anymore :) 

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Hymie

It's always the DJ's fault,..........not entirely. A promoter has to book the right DJ's for the gig. The promotion has to be done to attract the right crowd to the event etc, etc before the DJ can get to work. Imagine yourself being flown somewhere (once upon a time I could only take 2 crates of records) based upon demo's etc and you turn up and you are the wrong DJ and its the promoters fault?

Gut wrenching.

Tiga, he had an off night. At that level you are promoting Tiga, so there should be no issues about matching DJ to the crowd. But when you are not at that level, you have to walk in a deal with the crowd you find. Its way harder. And if the crowd is there but is hanging for the main act, sometimes whatever you do isnt going to work. I learnt that supporting Will E Tell out in Morwell. They didnt know who I was, they didnt care, they wanted Will E, he was what was promoted. No point in me crying about it, but it made it way way harder to DJ, after all, DJ'ing is about rhythm, flow & confidence.

So calling someone a douche simply because he didn't please the crowd isn't always fair. I would expect DJ's to understand that. There is always a bigger picture to consider.

By the way, preparing sets??? You make sure you take the right music, but planning track orders???? Maybe the opening set if it has an intro or something that you can do to make an impact. If it isn't a DJ competition where you need to set up stuff its pretty much a bad idea. You end up relying on the set you have prepared and if it starts to fall apart then you have nothing to turn to. DJ'ing is about as much about being lost in the moment as much as dancing is.

But when you make that moment work, that is when you create the potential for something truly original & special :)

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