Do you guys remember at MTV when the emcee introduced Sasha with "Some people call him the son of God?" I think statements like these are fucking ridiculous. Son of God? Does Sasha raise the dead? Does he turn water into wine? He walks into a DJ booth and presses "play." That's about it.
Mixing skills? C'mon. Some people on this board have comparable mixing skills as Sasha. Track selection? That's all a matter of preference. Ask a Tech head or a DnB affectionado about what they think of Sasha's track selection and they'll tell you that its some of the worst dance music they've ever heard. I think people put way too much importance on the DJ by elevating them to almost a rockstar status.
The fact of the matter is that what DJs do is not that difficult. If I gave someone with decent mixing skills a tracklist of Sasha's best night ever, and recording of that night's set, I'm willing to bet that he could close to perfectly duplicate that set. I would never say the same thing about the better music bands out there. No way a band plays Communication Breakdown like Led Zepplin, or Echoes like Pink Floyd. Listen to Tool or Metallica (before they sold out), that's good stuff. That's talent. Calling a "fucking monkey that puts a needle on a record" as Puffa so eloquently put it, the "Son of God" is just about the biggest overstatement one could make.
Before some of you go crazy let me continue. Even DJs themselves know this, otherwise you wouldn't have Sasha producing his own music in an attempt to express his artistic side. DJs know that production is where the real talent separates themselves from the rest of the pack. This is where a musician can start from a blank page and create something totally original.
That being said, I think we should all try to look at other things besides "who's spinning," when we decide where to go. The real question should be, "who's going?" The vibe is undoubtedly the best indicator of how much fun you are going to have. The location, cost, space, sound system are important too depending on where and who you are. Unfortunately, the answer to the question of "Who's spinning" is a pretty good indicator of the things that are really important (vibe and music). So before we all rush to see Sasha spinning at some abandoned pier and then posting what a shitty night it was, let us all take some extra time to look a little closer at what the night is really going to be like.
Just my two cents.
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