In some circles a DJ is measured on how well they can blend and mix disco. It isn't impossible, you just have to know your records and how to ride them.
Remember that you don't play the vocal sides of every record back to back to back. Also, if you know your records and their song structure, you know which record has that 32 bar break that will lock up with other records.
Also, generally it isn't the band that will fuck you up with live drums, but a bad tape edit.
― your original display name is still visible (Display Name), Monday, 16 November 2009 15:02 (5 years ago) Permalink
it's probably less being hung up on the mythology and more just not caring. He's been djing for a million years, I'm sure he can mix, I'm sure I've heard him mix, I used to hear him all the time like 9 years ago or whenever and he mixed fine.
You don't have to be all "well Mancuso doesn't do it so I won't" to decide that you'd rather just focus on grabbing good records and throwing them on and not sweating the mix.
Even in the circles where a DJ is measure by how well they can blend, eventually people stop caring that much. When it's done really well it's a lot of fun to hear. When it's not done at all, if the music is good enough, you barely miss it. I do it as much as I can because nobody's there and I have to work extra hard to keep people dancing, so it's best not to confuse the dancers too much.
What would be great though is if people started taking disco records and somehow changing them so there was more space at the beginning before the vocals came in, making it easier to mix. Some kind of editing process to make the music more DJ friendly. I did it once with Vitamin C by Can.
― dan selzer, Tuesday, 17 November 2009 06:24 (5 years ago) Permalink
i see what you did there
2cd reissue set on rush hour is so killer
― moonship journey to baja, Tuesday, 17 November 2009 14:43 (5 years ago) Permalink
― Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 17 November 2009 16:53 (5 years ago) Permalink
what's even cooler is to then make those original song titles and artists mysterious and put your name on the record.
― jaxon, Tuesday, 17 November 2009 19:44 (5 years ago) Permalink
What would be great is if DJs started taking records and somehow manipulating them so there were more instrumental bars at the beginning, making it easier to mix... some kind of "editing" process to make the music more DJ-friendly.
― max, Tuesday, 17 November 2009 19:47 (5 years ago) Permalink
^^ that was my dub edit of dan's post
lol, you guys are funny
― Jacob Sanders, Tuesday, 17 November 2009 19:50 (5 years ago) Permalink
― dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Friday, 11 May 2012 03:35 (2 years ago) Permalink
Listening back to the BiS from 2008. He ought to have his own radio show.
― owenf, Monday, 26 August 2013 14:51 (1 year ago) Permalink
halp what's the track on Balihu 002 that isn't "in the street" or "sylver belt"?
― ☞ (brimstead), Sunday, 1 December 2013 02:54 (1 year ago) Permalink
― the late great, Sunday, 1 December 2013 07:45 (1 year ago) Permalink
i think it is "on the moon", on this release: http://www.discogs.com/Daniel-Wang-Jamie-Hodge-Balihu-Sampler/master/567131
― spacemindy, Sunday, 1 December 2013 18:24 (1 year ago) Permalink
― ☞ (brimstead), Sunday, 1 December 2013 19:28 (1 year ago) Permalink
just listened to his beats in space, he talks between every track and, man, i could listen to him talk forever. so charming
― flopson, Wednesday, 18 December 2013 21:13 (1 year ago) Permalink