Rolling "Should I see this DJ?" Thread

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OK, this is the thread to ask for suggestion if you're in doubt of whether it's worth to spend some bucks or/and travel miles away to see a DJ.

I'll start. What do you think of Joakim, Diplo, and 2 Many DJ's? All of them will be playing in my country in span of 9 days.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Tuesday, 8 December 2009 15:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

All of them are worth seeing. Depends how far away you have to travel. I'd suggest 2 Many DJs if you've never seen them live. It'll be fun, but very populist.

Tannenbaum Schmidt, Tuesday, 8 December 2009 15:55 (6 years ago) Permalink

If I don't like Steve Aoki or Erol Alkan, would I enjoy 2 Many DJ's? Because from snippets I heard, they play similar stuff.

What can I expect from a Joakim set?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Tuesday, 8 December 2009 20:03 (6 years ago) Permalink

2 Many DJs are approximately 8 millions times more artful and clever than Aoki, and are currently touring with a live video show, not just playing CDs.

Joakim will probably play some wonky space-disco, some real disco, and some odd glitchy stuff.

an terror has occurred (sic), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 01:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

and an unexpected 70s rock track

jergins, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 01:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

^ biggest floorfiller when I saw him the other month was the Turtles' Happy Together

an terror has occurred (sic), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 02:13 (6 years ago) Permalink

I quite enjoyed Joakim's RA Podcast from around 3 years back and when i saw him play live with his band he just killed. I don't know what he DJ sets are like these days, but, even as someone who wouldn't give the idea of seeing Diplo or 2MJ's half a thought, I endorse Joakim.

EDB, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 02:58 (6 years ago) Permalink

Maybe I'll skip Diplo and 2 Many DJ's and see Joakim instead.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 06:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

what does 2manydj's live show mean? they perform soulwax tracks live or what?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 06:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

Tim Sweeney, how good is he?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Friday, 18 December 2009 13:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

saw him last year and it was tons of fun. no surprises, lots of house and disco classics plus some more recent stuff, kind of like a greatest hits set for ppl who like 'that kind of music.' if you dig his radio show you'll love it.

jabba hands, Friday, 18 December 2009 14:42 (6 years ago) Permalink

he is very nerdy as he rocks out behind the decks, which is refreshing in comparison to the usual too-cool europeans

jergins, Friday, 18 December 2009 15:44 (6 years ago) Permalink


all these dudes are good, check out a few mixes to get an idea of what to expect. crowd, venue and yourself will always play a big role in how good your night is anyway.

like the idea behind this thread anyway

andy blake, benetti, juan maclean have all rocked it for me recently. really psyched about seeing someone like villalobos again, he's totally killed it everytime i've seen him, haven't seen him at fabric before, looking forward to that.

Crackle Box, Friday, 18 December 2009 21:22 (6 years ago) Permalink

what about nick chacona?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Monday, 21 December 2009 03:07 (6 years ago) Permalink

I saw tim sweeney and he played this popular funk/disco track that goes "without looove, love" that somehow escapes me. anyone can tell me what it is? thanks.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Sunday, 27 December 2009 23:01 (6 years ago) Permalink

doobie bros, "long train running"

one time gaffled 'em up (one time), Monday, 28 December 2009 03:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

the 2ManyDJs "live" video show, it turns out, they've been asking promoters not to bill as live - to no avail out here! But they've scanned hundreds of record sleeves from their own collections, and had custom animations made from them, and are now mixing these off DVD-Js.

Audrey Wetherspoons (sic), Monday, 28 December 2009 05:52 (6 years ago) Permalink

Mutek organized night tonight with Alex Smoke,

Pros include: I'm an Alex Smoke fan and I have no idea as to what he's been up to for the last year and a half.
Vincent Lemieux is DJ'ing
It's only $5 and a good crowd and good sound is in order.

Cons: I've seen Alex Smoke twice and I also have no idea as to what he's been up to in the last year and a half.
I really don't feel like going out (and I'm not going out for New Years either).

The other plus is Vinvent Lemieux is DJ'ing.

EDB, Wednesday, 30 December 2009 21:24 (6 years ago) Permalink

Or Tracks - Long Train Running, bootlegged I think on Ballroom?

dan selzer, Thursday, 31 December 2009 05:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

thanks, one time gaffled 'em up & dan. i can't remember which version that was.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Thursday, 31 December 2009 07:41 (6 years ago) Permalink

how great is prins thomas? i'm definitely coming, just want to get psyched up more.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Sunday, 3 January 2010 01:03 (6 years ago) Permalink

Earlier today I was actually thinking about when I saw Prins Thomas, a set that would altimately become a certain Resident Advisor Podcast (in particular I was recalling how the man yelling "Boh! Boh! Boh!" - clearly audible on the podcast I might add - was largely inappropriate).

EDB, Sunday, 3 January 2010 02:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

haha, it makes the podcast sounds "lively" though.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Sunday, 3 January 2010 04:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

how about sasse, people?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 08:51 (6 years ago) Permalink

Sasse is probably a good bet.

Just for fun I decided to compare one year (2009) in Toronto vs. one weekend in Berlin. Taken only from Resident Advisor's listing pages, taking the appropriate names (techno, house, dubstep and the like DJ's, that I know of, and whom I've deem not bad enough to go out of my way to avoid - although I wouldn't give half of the Toronto names listed half a thought at best, many of them playing at atrocious clubs anyways).

Doubles and Resident DJ's are taken out.
Either way


JD twitch (CANCELLED), Modeselektor, Sammy Dee and Frivolous, Dusty Kid, James Holden, Hercules and Love Affair, Marc Houle, Cari lekebusch, Tiefschwarz, Damian lazarus, Marcin czubala, Akufen (DJ), Mistress Barbara, Nick curly, Someone else, Radio slave, MANDY, Derrick May, Perc, Hugo, Mikael Stavostrand and Pheek and Jesse Somfay and Stefny, Abe Duque, Elon, Pablo Bolivar, Pat Mahoney & Andy Butler, Format: B, Loco Dice, Lusine and Tycho and SV4, Pilooski, Moderat, Alva Noto and Byetone, Mike Shannon and Adam Marshall, Joey Beltram, Stacey Pullen, Skream and Benga, Sian, Davide Squillace, Dan Bell, John Dahlback, Green Velvet, Joris Voorn, Runaway, Clive Henry & Gregor Tresher, Derrick Carter, Jeff Mills (at an irredemably crappy festival), Johnny D, Reboot, Daniel Steinberg, Stephan Bodzin, Speedy J Paul Kalkbrenner and Sascha Funke, Hobo, Dandy Jack & Jeff Milligan, Matt Tolfrey, Adam Beyer, Paul Ritch, Martyn (CANCELLED), Ernesto Ferreyra, Philip Bader, Guy Gerber, Caspa, Jimpster, Martinez, Luke Hess
Substance and Vainqueuer, Butch, Audion, Cassy (CANCELLED), Timo Maas, Simon Baker, Claude Von Stroke, Jeremy P Caulfield, Guillaume and the Coutu Dumonts, Pier Bucci, The Mole, Alex Smoke

VS. Berlin in less than a 100th of that time:

Scuba and Kode9 and Schackelton and Martyn and Pangaea, Mark Henning, Jeff Samuel and Hrdvision, Brother’s Vibe and Ed Davenport, Panda Bear and Pantha du Prince and Carsten Jost, Jay Shepheard, Ame, Jeremy P Caulfield and Elon, Kenny Larkin and Cristian Vogel, Jimpster, Axel Bartsch, Xpansul and jens bond, Marcell dettmann and delta functionen and newworldaquarium and Quince and Marcel Fengler, Pikaya, Tolga Fidan, Matthias Schaffhauser and Ark and MyMy, Kreon, Marcel Knopf, Frivolous, Kolijah, The Mole and Marco ressman and Ewan Pearson and Sasse, Sweet N Candy, Jan Jelinek, Falko Brocksieper and Benajmin Fehr, Touane and Gummihz and Vincenzo, Rainer Truby, Federico Molinari and Damian Schwartz, Shonky and Ellen Allien and Lee Jones

EDB, Thursday, 14 January 2010 02:28 (6 years ago) Permalink

I mean I'm thankful for what I've got, but man...

EDB, Thursday, 14 January 2010 02:29 (6 years ago) Permalink

haha. that is pretty funny. we're in a similar situation in sydney but i still feel like i go out quite a lot and see lots of good ppl. living in berlin would prob kill me.

jabba hands, Thursday, 14 January 2010 03:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

how's horse meat disco? i'm definitely going, but just wanna know what to expect. full-on disco or what?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Thursday, 28 January 2010 06:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

funny living in berlin, it all becomes so passe... so much happens here it's impossible to get excited about even 1/10th of it, and shows that i would have jumped up and down at finding out about 3 years ago, these days i'm like "yeah it's only 5 subway stations away but i'm kinda tired" a lot of it is just me having checked out so much good stuff already and like, how many transcendent narcotic experiences on the dance floor can you have before it gets redundant? it's easy to go from all night club to all day afterhour to club again and stay out for 2 weeks while you completely lose touch with reality here, but now it feels like going through the motion for me. and i'd rather geek out in the studio and watch a movie with my girl...

with that said, Transmediale is under way, and i'll be seeing Charlemagne Palestine, Thomas Köner, Pan Sonic, Ryoji Ikeda, Brackles, Rustie, Deadbeat, Tikiman, ATOM tm. :)

zoom, Thursday, 28 January 2010 07:21 (6 years ago) Permalink

What's a Joey Beltram DJ set like these days? He doesn't try to keep up with what the kids like too much, does he? I don't really want that

I googled Mike Watt. He doesn't sound that famous (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 3 February 2010 14:42 (6 years ago) Permalink


i'm a fan but what type of stuff does he play out? is it worth the $20?? (fwiw i am a huge fan of 'temporary secretary' and his RA mix and 'the grandfather paradox', just wondering how well that style translates to a live dj set)

psychgawsple, Saturday, 6 February 2010 18:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

He was very good when I say him in Berlin, played a very broad range of house for about 6 or 7 hours - and we were grinning from ear to ear when he dropped West End Girls towards the end.

Chewshabadoo, Saturday, 6 February 2010 19:51 (6 years ago) Permalink

i saw him w/ame a while back and while i don't remember too well what he played, i thought he was very good. seeing him tonight with seth troxler!

one time gaffled 'em up (one time), Saturday, 6 February 2010 21:11 (6 years ago) Permalink

saw him in indonesia and he played obvious predictable hits! it's because of the uneducated crowd, though.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Sunday, 7 February 2010 02:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

saw horse meat disco last night and i can only say it was tiring. played too many obvious tracks and the flow just wasn't errrmm flowing.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Sunday, 7 February 2010 02:46 (6 years ago) Permalink

pete herbert and MCDE?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Sunday, 7 February 2010 15:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

dixon played:
hot chip - one life stand (carl craig rmx) <-- sick!
armando - don't take it
cajmere - feelin' kinda high
dj koze - dr.fuck or mrs. bojangles
martyn - elden st (sebo k rmx)

and some pretty rude techno stuff.

one time gaffled 'em up (one time), Monday, 8 February 2010 01:09 (6 years ago) Permalink

i think MCDE would be really fun to see, esp with a good soundsystem

nsuomy (ramon cora), Monday, 8 February 2010 01:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

holy ghost? treasure fingers?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Monday, 8 February 2010 14:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

Saw Pete Herbert a couple of weeks back. He played plenty of deep discoy records (not a good descrip, sorry). He played Simian Mobile Disco's Cruel Intentions.

mmmm, Monday, 8 February 2010 14:28 (6 years ago) Permalink

yeah anyone seen treasure fingers dj? his remixes are great, how's his djing?

NI, Wednesday, 10 February 2010 09:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

I saw him for ten minutes in a garden the other week, not enough to really make a judgment on

WARWICK. CAPPER. (sic), Wednesday, 10 February 2010 14:16 (6 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Pole last night: very nice, very nice (didn't hurt that the sound was also very nice), but it was Barbara Preisinger's set after that really shook up my soda, so to speak.

We jus' havin' fun, so don't act like you don't want my money, hon (EDB), Saturday, 27 February 2010 18:11 (6 years ago) Permalink

how about larry heard?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Thursday, 4 March 2010 21:45 (6 years ago) Permalink


dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Friday, 5 March 2010 11:16 (6 years ago) Permalink

OF COURSE you should see Larry Heard, just because he's LARRY HEARD!!!

De que estas hablando? (Tannenbaum Schmidt), Friday, 5 March 2010 11:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

OF COURSE you should not see A-Trak, just because he's A-TRAK!!!

We jus' havin' fun, so don't act like you don't want my money, hon (EDB), Friday, 5 March 2010 15:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

last 2 posts otm

psychgawsple, Friday, 5 March 2010 15:48 (6 years ago) Permalink

OF COURSE you should not see A-Trak, just because he's A-TRAK!!!

― We jus' havin' fun, so don't act like you don't want my money, hon (EDB), Friday, 5 March 2010 15:00 (2 days ago) Bookmark

but but Dirty South Dance is awesome!

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Sunday, 7 March 2010 22:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

well well well, dj harvey eh

Crackle Box, Monday, 17 September 2012 08:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

is green velvet any good?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Monday, 15 October 2012 01:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

what about the juan maclean?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Monday, 15 October 2012 11:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

green velvet, yes yes yes

juan maclean, if it's cheap

Crackle Box, Monday, 15 October 2012 12:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

The Juan Maclean live is amazing, Juan Maclean is a perfectly competent midtempo techno DJ

set the controls for the arse of your mum (sic), Monday, 15 October 2012 12:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

heard some juan's mixes. sound like generic tech-house to me. I'll pass.

what about frankie knuckles? maybe this is a no brainer but he'll be playing to a "mainstream" crowd in a high class club so I have doubts.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 11:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Just saw the Hawtin "Beyond EDM" tour, Hawtin was fine. The real disappointment was Kevin Saunderson.

Way too pounding and tracky for my tastes, especially for how early in the night it was.

Gaiser was surprisingly pretty good, better than Hawtin.

Josiah Alan, Sunday, 18 November 2012 08:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

It was also fun playing "spot the grumpy old school techno head", they were the guys standing with their arms crossed in the middle of the dance floor.

Josiah Alan, Sunday, 18 November 2012 08:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

I was actually really surprised at how hard edged everything was, went in expecting a bunch of M_nus ketted out minimal and got actual banging techno.

Josiah Alan, Sunday, 18 November 2012 11:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Maurice Fulton, anyone?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Friday, 21 December 2012 18:58 (3 years ago) Permalink


jabba hands, Friday, 21 December 2012 19:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Missed him sadly. Skream and Benga, anyone?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Monday, 14 January 2013 12:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

anyone has some advice about ben klock? personally I don't think I can stomach his brand of muscle (pun unintended) techno for 3+ hours straight.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Thursday, 16 May 2013 11:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

Not really into mnml but I saw him play for about an hour at a festival the other year and he was pretty good, even though he was mainly using CDJs but sometimes he played a record, and when he did he would wave it in the air like it was a big fucking deal that he was actually playing vinyl

paolo, Thursday, 16 May 2013 14:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

Sven Vath waves records in the air but there I think it means "whooow I am really fucking high, feel the way the air curves around this and trickles through my fingers, hey I appear to have danced across the stage, where are the decks, I love you"

why does Kanye say he was based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire? (sic), Thursday, 16 May 2013 14:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

chris liebing?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Friday, 24 May 2013 01:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

I have 2 friends who absolutely love Liebing. If you're into 'proper techno' as they like to say, you should love it.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 24 May 2013 01:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

nevermind, gonna catch arttu's vinyl only set instead. pretty psyched. thanks anyway.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Friday, 24 May 2013 03:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

is recloose good at DJ-ing?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Wednesday, 5 June 2013 08:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

ime he's not going to blow the top of your head off and have you weeping wondrous tears of joy and release on the dancefloor, but he will keep a good mid-tempo boogie happening

¬╡▫ ▫╞⌠ (sic), Wednesday, 5 June 2013 14:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

"going to blow the top of your head off and have you weeping wondrous tears of joy and release on the dancefloor" - this needs to be in a DJ bio. Love it.

mmmm, Wednesday, 5 June 2013 14:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

who's the dj that's going to blow the top of your head off and have you weeping wondrous tears of joy and release on the dancefloor?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Thursday, 6 June 2013 00:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

shut your mouth

¬╡▫ ▫╞⌠ (sic), Thursday, 6 June 2013 00:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

That's a serious question :|

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Thursday, 6 June 2013 00:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

Valentino Kanzyani

roy, Thursday, 6 June 2013 06:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

(Should i see)

roy, Thursday, 6 June 2013 06:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Saw Valentino Kanzyani at Ibiza Underground a couple of years ago. Would definitely see again. Deep, understated, minimal. Plenty of his mixes on Soundcloud etc..

mmmm, Thursday, 6 June 2013 06:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

Also Herodot, some of those guys can be severely hit and miss - depends what vibe they are feeling?

roy, Thursday, 6 June 2013 07:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

Ben UFO, #1 on my DJ wish list, is going to play in a neighboring country. To attend, I will have to spend approx. $250 (all in) and miss my cousin's engagement party. Worth it?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Wednesday, 1 January 2014 16:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

correction: $150

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Wednesday, 1 January 2014 17:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sven vath, anyone? Tracklists of his sets didn't impress me though..

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Thursday, 2 January 2014 15:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

so are you going to see ben ufo or what?!?

the late great, Thursday, 2 January 2014 18:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yes! Hope it's gonna be the best $150 I've ever spent.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Friday, 3 January 2014 00:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ben UFO was disappointing. I didn't come to see a one dimensional techno DJ and that's what I got.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Monday, 13 January 2014 00:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

sven vath or john talaobt?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Friday, 24 January 2014 08:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp I've seen Ben UFO three times and it's been completely different each time - a boring time probably in that same one dimensional techno vein, a great time in the adventurous way you'd expect of him, and a really weird time when after hours of supports throwing out filthy dubstep he came on, cleared the floor with a couple of really skeletal tracks, then gave up and let someone else take over.

Merdeyeux, Friday, 24 January 2014 09:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Skeletal tracks? Such as..?

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Friday, 24 January 2014 16:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh it was a few years ago, I don't really remember, but just stuff in the spare and rhythmically-oriented Hessle vibe, which didn't go down well with the teens who'd been enjoying buzzsaw synth lines.

Merdeyeux, Friday, 24 January 2014 16:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

How is Carl Craig these days?

Murgatroid, Friday, 24 January 2014 16:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

i saw john talabot at a smaller outdoor daytime thing and he was perfect. not sure how he'd fair at indoor/at night, but i'd say go for it.

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Friday, 24 January 2014 16:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

ended up seeing sven vath since I was late to see talabot. it was okay, but I didn't have any expectation anyway.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Tuesday, 28 January 2014 11:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

Anyone seen Ron Morelli?

paolo, Thursday, 27 February 2014 09:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

I thought his set was the best at Dekmantel Festival last year. So grinding yet still danceable.

Tim Heckler (willem), Thursday, 27 February 2014 13:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

What about Lil Louis?

paolo, Tuesday, 25 March 2014 16:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

martin buttrich?

brimstead, Thursday, 27 March 2014 01:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

I LOVE Benoit and Sergio's original material, how are their DJ sets? Seeing them tomorrow with Eats Everything and Dusky, who I don't know and a Spotify search seems like they're a much different kind of thing...

Yoga Knives (Whitey on the Moon), Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

I've seen B&S play some pretty good sets and I've seen them clear the floor with terrible sets. Eats Everything and Dusky are always fantastic, though.

controversial but fabulous (I DIED), Friday, 31 October 2014 01:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

^^They were dope btw.

Yoga Knives (Whitey on the Moon), Wednesday, 5 November 2014 02:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

i feel like i should go see Cashmere Cat tonight, but also it seems like it would a whole thing.

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 6 November 2014 18:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

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