Billy Nasty has been DJing for over half of his life. Any techno fans who have yet to hear him play out have not yet lived! I recently caught his set at Party Proactive in London and he absolutely blew the place away! Its very rare that you find a DJ with such a huge weight of experience and skills behind the decks and in every mix and tune selection he makes, you feel more and more astounded!
I think the people are just bored listening to the same beat for six hours or more now, because I certainly am. I liked minimal a lot four or five years ago, but I cant get a kick out of that anymore and I still like electro and still play it, but there has to be a change into something punky after a while; thats the mixture which makes me freak out. I also dont want to see some nerd performing whos hiding behind a laptop; I want to see some action. Emma Scandal.
House music magazines only talk about the music or the culture, they dont get involved with the people- what are they like, do they have a family? Its too empty. It cant grow if people dont put a face on it.
Max Cooper was hailed Mixmags Future Hero in 2003. All eyes turned to this breaks wielding magician and his almighty decks of tricks! Did he let us down? Hell no! Not only did he go on to become a fully fledged breaks hero, but he also developed possibly one of the most unique DJing styles across any dance music genre.
Hardcore has been lurking in the clubs, illegal raves and warehouses since the whole rave scene was created. For many, being a fan of Hardcore is like a secret club; you all remember your first event, you cant hear the words whistle or horn without adding the pretext of Blow your in your head and something in your heart twangs when you see a car park attendant in a florescent yellow waistcoat!
You have to put yourself out there and you have to put the groundwork in. Im involved in a couple of DJ agencies and I find it bizarre how quickly DJs go from being completely unknown to becoming stars. One minute theyll be playing for free and handing out free CDs, the next theyre demanding penthouses at the Four Seasons.
Its funny how the music media works in the UK, when it comes to Carnival, theres hardly ever any mention of it. Its all about hard-selling you all these other dance music festivals. But theyre not representative of the community at large. When I play some of those other festivals, I dont see black faces or Asian faces, I dont see a mix of people and I certainly dont hear a mix of music. As a result I dont really do them anymore, because I dont enjoy them.
It is often ones first experience in a situation or in the presence of an individual that leaves a lasting imprint on ones memory. My first interview as an arrived dance music journalist was just one of those experiences. The first impression of Mauro Picotto was a man with a typically Italian confidence and the simple and clear belief in what he intends achieving as a DJ and music producer and the clear message for lovers of dance music.
DJ Magazine are publishing a feature on dance music downloads in the near future and had some questions for Nolan.