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A-Trak speaks out on regarding DJ miming acts

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/atrak/...b_1694719.html

    Fantastic article for anyone interested in electronic music and DJing.
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    Having read the Deadmau5 and Dancing Astronaut posts about it, and of course seeing that infamous Steve Angello video, it's nice to read something from someone who gets it.
    Nice and concise input from A-Trak, love the analogy about DJing being like a good speech!
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    (Original post by Mo-Amin)
    Having read the Deadmau5 and Dancing Astronaut posts about it, and of course seeing that infamous Steve Angello video, it's nice to read something from someone who gets it.
    Nice and concise input from A-Trak, love the analogy about DJing being like a good speech!
    I think he pretty much hits the nail on the head with the bit about people seeing acts SHM/Deadmau5/Guetta and expecting to hear what they hear on the albums leaving no room for improvisation, which is what traditionally DJing has been all about. I hope laptops don't come to replace actual beatmatching though, mixing CDs and vinyl is infinitely more rewarding than anything that can be done on a computer.
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    If you go to see proper electronic artists (not swedish house mafia) you won't suffer this problem
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    (Original post by Jono404)
    I think he pretty much hits the nail on the head with the bit about people seeing acts SHM/Deadmau5/Guetta and expecting to hear what they hear on the albums leaving no room for improvisation, which is what traditionally DJing has been all about. I hope laptops don't come to replace actual beatmatching though, mixing CDs and vinyl is infinitely more rewarding than anything that can be done on a computer.
    I don't think laptops will replace them, they are two different experiences after all - and whether EDM's commercialisation increases or decreases, there'll still be that market for traditional DJing.
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    I agree with him.

    Though i have one query thing i don't get. I saw A-trak last festival season at Bestival. Very impressive DJ, i really enoyed his set. I really wanted to hear that mix again, and downloaded a creamfields set he did. It was pretty much very similar, with a very similar track selection really. Not to say it isn't just pre recorded, as he djs in the midst of it, but i'm confused at what he says in the closing stages of that article about festivals when he does something mighty similar himself.

    But yeah what he says on the whole is very good.
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    (Original post by Gob Bluth)
    I agree with him.

    Though i have one query thing i don't get. I saw A-trak last festival season at Bestival. Very impressive DJ, i really enoyed his set. I really wanted to hear that mix again, and downloaded a creamfields set he did. It was pretty much very similar, with a very similar track selection really. Not to say it isn't just pre recorded, as he djs in the midst of it, but i'm confused at what he says in the closing stages of that article about festivals when he does something mighty similar himself.

    But yeah what he says on the whole is very good.
    I think the thing with festival DJing is you have to play big tracks really as you're playing to a lot of people who probably aren't experts of the genre. Take Carl Cox for instance, at a club you'll get a set of largely underground techno, and a fair amount of people there will be into that sort of thing. When he supported Fatboy Slim at the Amex in Brighton the other month though he played a lot of classics and well known house stuff. A-Trak probably has a selection of tracks he knows will go down well at a festival and was mixing from that selection. What Steve Angello did is a bit of a pisstake though.

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