Detroit techno type DJ Bone dismissed DJ Magazine's top 100 DJ poll as
a 'popularity contest' based on marketing and hype, this week and had
an even bigger pop at DJs using laptops such as Sasha.
"I developed my three turntable technique to specifically create two
things that I think are missing in most DJ sets . . . excitement and
the unknown," he told Chinese portal Shanghaiist.
"I felt that there was always a lack of action, that the DJ was just
acting as a human jukebox or "record-player". They drop the needle and
start cheerleading to the crowd to cover up the lack of excitement
they could produce physically," he moaned.
Definitive superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold saw it somewhat differently
when he chatted about the secrets of his success in an interview with
Mixmag earlier this year, pointing out the legions of DJs copying his
arm waving antics in recent years.
"Mixmag used to slag the DJ off for having their arms in the air and
now EVERY DJ does that," Oakey suggested, " Of course it's about the
performance. At the end of the day we're all up there doing a show,"
US superstar Christopher Lawrence (who was excluded from DJ Mag's Top
100 last year over voting irregularities) spotted a different aspect
chatting to Skrufff in an interview in 2002, suggesting that national
characteristics played a bigger role.
"I was playing at Cream a while ago and was chatting to an American
couple and they asked me 'Have you noticed that everybody here dances
with their arms? 'Watch, when you go back to the States, people use
their arms and their legs but over here they only use their arms.," he
"I'd never thought of it before, but I saw that people would throw
their hands in the air when they liked something whereas in the States
people like to move their legs more; maybe because we're used to
having more open space. Maybe it's a cultural thing," he suggested.
http://tinyurl.com/2kpbo6 (How to dance at a rave' lessons)
http://tinyurl.com/5cbhse ('Syd Barrett: "Waving My Arms In The Air"
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)