When DJing with vinyl, there’s a physical element to mixing. One quickly searches for the record with the bright green colour, or the white label with a thicker spine near the back of the box. And there’s a certain soul searching that goes along with packing your final 80. This routine leads to freer-flowing and more confident sets – not that much different than studying before taking a final exam.
Confucius, one of the best life philosophers once wrote a chapter on the proper way of lying in bed. “Never lay straight” in bed, “like a corpse”, but always curled up on one side he says. While this doesn’t make great story telling, how aptly he describes the rudiments of curling up your legs in bed speaks volumes about one thing many artists and fans alike seem amiss: music is an experience.
I make a point of picking a well-balanced collection of tracks so that I can respond to crowds. As we talked about recently, I tend to organize my records into “mini sets” of 3-5 records that go along with each other well. When you play across a lot of genres I think it’s more fun to do short mixes. On the other hand, there’s a fantastic feeling that comes from layering sounds.
I know that a lot of people often think of pounding, faster techno when they hear the DJ Name Rouchos, but I’m definitely so much more that just that. ‘Same Thing But Different ‘DJ Sets explore records collected over my 20 odd years as a DJ but couldn’t otherwise find a natural fit for in my regular podcasts.
I often get pigeon-holed as a Techno DJ which is where my roots are for sure, but I play a lot of house, minimal and some more breakbeat stuff. One challenge can be getting across a full range of styles you are into in a short set of 60 minutes. But no matter where I begin, I tend to take the listener to one special place. Techno is not my Journey … It’s My Destination.