Rock n' Roll has rock stars. Hip-hop has rappers. So why does dance and electronica have to be stuck with "DJs"? It's the most over-used term in music (and beyond)...
Yves Villeneuve Thursday, August 02, 2012
In the comments section of another article, I got accused of expressing my same opinion in every stream-related news story.
However, last year Spotify paid $180 Million to rights holders.
In 2011, based on announced or published figures, iTunes sold about 4 Billion songs at more than $1 apiece on average. From this amount, rights holders received a minimum 70% or $2.8 Billion.
Paul, did you run out of things to write about.
Bro Thursday, August 02, 2012
You claim you only have time to do anything except write and record music. However, again, it appears you have plenty of idle time to put into commenting and your relentless vendetta against streaming.
I'd like to think that you mom would have kicked you out of her house by now.
Yves Villeneuve Thursday, August 02, 2012
I can't escape. I am locked up in her attic.
Nebraska's Finest Thursday, August 02, 2012
I say this: "EDM" or whatever has an identity crisis. They need some marketing pros from Pepsi or Colgate-Palmolive. Rock n Roll got it right and enjoyed 50+ years and going of prosperity.
ISSUE 1: "EDM" is not a good name, neither is "Electronica" "Dance" whatever.
ISSUE 2: "DJ" is as you say too broad. People think lame parties and Bar Mitzvahs.
ISSUE 3: They need to pump stars as celebrities not snot-nosed DJs that say stupid things when they take off their mouse costumes.
Tyler Friday, August 03, 2012
You cannot be serious. The last thing the Electronic Music World needs is to have Corporate level marketing. That is the one thing that would tear it down (just like how it tore down Rock n Roll).
Issue 1: There are many names for many genres, but it seems to me that EDM is readily recognized and does not tarnish the genre's image. Personally, I think "Electronica" rolls off the tounge quite well.
Issue 2: DJ may be broad, but how about "I play guitar." How many possoeurs strumming an acoustic at a party come to mind. Plus, the picture used is from a Wedding Band, not a DJ. What is more lame- a DJ being paid to perform at a wedding/bar mitzvah, or being paid the same amount and splittling it 5 ways with the band?
Issue 3: No. This is what killed Rock n Roll. People need artists to have opinions, and EDM does not need any more no-talent DJ Pauly D's. Image is only a short-term viability goal, but talent is the key.
I hope you are not serious, and you are simply trolling with those ridiculous statements. If you are serious, I am sorry that you cannot understand the sea change that is currently happening.
@DJDangerVenture Friday, August 03, 2012
My new favorite poster.
@ronstew Friday, August 03, 2012
@ "Producer" is the problem? Friday, August 03, 2012
I think that part of the problem also is that "DJ" in the electronic/dance/techno/whatever realm applies to someone in theory creating music from snippets of other music, or literally someone beat matching different "discs" to create something new... But what do we call the "music maker" in electronic music?
There used to be (and I don't know if it is still used a lot) the meme of calling them a "producer". Example: Banco de Gaia is not a DJ, he is a "producer".
The problem with that to me is the suggestion that the person (because they are making "electronic" music rather than music with strings or reeds or mouth) is somehow less of a musician than a guitarist. Which I think is a false claim.
Anyhow, I have no answers to the problem, but agree, that someone like Skrillix who makes his music on a macintosh by matching samples with beats and tones he creates using softward is not really a DJ... except when he is specifically "DJing" a show... But then, his artist name is not "DJ Skrillix" in the way that "DJ Shadow" was an artist name, so maybe the shift is already happening.
JP Friday, August 03, 2012
Anthony Polis Sunday, August 05, 2012
C'mon DMN, how come no mention of DJs from Jamaica? SMH.
Chris Amati Tuesday, August 07, 2012
If you are not playing an instrument, you are not a musician. cutting and pasting is not playing music. DJ's are not musicians. If they are lets see them 'make music' without someone elses already-produced work. Film editors are not directors. DJs are not musicians