Diesel's DJ Etiquette - No Interrupting (Please)
DJs with requests and said he understands though disapproves of those who
insist on commenting.
"Without sounding too fancy, when you're DJing you really are communicating to an audience and when someone wants to talk to you, it¹s just like someone butting in on a conversation," he suggested,
"So it's rude in a way and I almost feel like saying 'do you mind, I'm having
a conversation with those people.' And you think, what would it be like the
other way round, if they were a plumber for example, and I went up to them
and kept tapping him on the shoulder while he was doing his job, going
'scuse me, 'scuse me'. He¹d be like 'look, I'm at work'."
Diesel stressed he's entirely comfortable with criticism in any form, unlike
house pioneer Frankie Knuckles, who told Skrufff last month he loathes
people talking to him with critics more often than not ruining his entire
"Sometimes you get individuals who think I'm just not playing well enough
and come up and say something- I don¹t know these people and they don¹t know me, but they think they do and they don¹t seem to realize that when they come and interrupt me to say something like that, they completely break my concentration, destroying my evening," he said.
'I could never walk up to somebody else working and tell them they¹re not
performing to the best of their abilities; I could never do that to them and
destroy their day,' Frankie added.
"It¹s a big problem when you are trying to concentrate on a mix and someone is tapping you wanting to talk about everything," Todd Terry agreed.
I try to keep everybody out of the DJ booth at least until the end of my
set, when I am comfortable with the surroundings, then it¹s different. You
can't have anybody disturbing you while you are mixing. Then people get mad at you because you aren¹t talking to them, which is also a problem, but
that¹s DJing." Todd added.
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