I’ve said this before but a DJ Set is about balancing predictability and surprise. I don’t want to wade into examples of what puts a track in or outside the box of what’s techno or house. Lately, it’s a marker of a massively successful DJ to play several hours of records with a single constant groove, sonics, timbre, and energy level. That’s a bit of a cookie cutter approach for me; cookie cutters are for dough, not dancefloors if you want my opinion.
I know many fans talk in awe of DJs who play easily recognizable, catchy and fashionable tunes they like. That’s fine, nobody is forcing you to listen to something you don’t have a taste for. But a culture accepted by the mainstream to me has made music not worth as much. To me, a good DJ is someone who’s spent countless hours of their lives collecting music and presenting it to an audience in the best of their abilities. Nowadays I see too many fans and DJs marching joyfully to rank and file tracks.
What do you think?
- 1 Free To Explore (Interpreted by Makam) by Delano Smith
- 2 Rise by Dilated Pupils
- 3 Third Movement by Markus Suckut
- 4 Panix by Shlomi Aber
- 5 Because of That by Paul Mac
- 6 QSSETT (Tensal Remix) by Leandro Gamez
- 7 Rumburak by Pacou
- 8 Origin by Psyk
- 9 BTX1 by Len Faki
- 10 The Bottom Line by Andre Kronert
- 11 Limits of Real by Par Grindvik
- 12 Solidarity by George Tounisidis
- 13 Coding by DVS1
- 14 Expander Six by Mark Henning
- 15 Force by ARKVS
- 16 Tear It Down by DJ Shmugs
- 17 Ruff Hysteria by DJ Seinfeld
- 18 Neon by Mark Broom
- 19 Lost Pattern by Johnny Island
- 20 Alternative Methods by Binny
- 21 Research Station by Fanon Flowers
- 22 Book Of Poison by Pablo Mateo
- 23 The News (Rolando Remix) by Anton Piete
Andreas Marouchos (Short, Rouchos), is a DJ from Toronto. Playing Techno and House, Andreas has been a professional DJ since 1998, playing sets in four countries. He is also a podcasting pioneer, with live audio and video mixes stretching as far back as the last millennium. Despite the progress of technology, Andreas still collects and spins 100% of music on Vinyl as he believes that “putting a laptop between a DJ and the crowd seems boring”.
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