Wednesday, August 6, 2014

DJ Technology has advanced, terminology has not.

The age old discussion online that always riles people up is vinyl vs digital when it comes to DJs, just the mere mention of the word vinyl gives some digital DJs a case of the butt hurt as many want to be on the same plane as them, but that is apples and oranges when it comes to terminology. Then bring up the topic of a controller and the vinyl purists are suddenly sent back to medieval times and they are the ruler of the land and every one else is a peasant and not worthy of their time. It is a verbal war and discussion that will never end. But why?

The main thing that keeps this battle brewing is that with all of the advances in DJ technology the terminology has remained dated. A perfect example is the mixtape. who really still makes mixes on actual cassettes? It was to be a minute fraction, but still the word mixtape is used by the majority to describe mixes posted digitally online or recorded on a CD. Another example is a disc jockey, while CDs were the last true "disc" used by the masses it too is a term that does not truly describe todays DJ. Having timecoded vinyl is not truly having vinyl either.

The war will always continue until new terminology becomes accepted by DJs but that is tough hill to climb.
How many people do you know call themselves a "controllerist"? they want to be known as a DJ. You can break it down to its simplest form and call them button pushers but that seems to cheapen it and insult them.
With this you also have to keep in mind that the act of DJing is still evolving with some using only a launchpad or an iPad for performances.

A few definitions can be found here
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controllerism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turntablism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disc_jockey



As to what to call yourself that is your choice and what other people want to call you is theirs.The mainstream masses will call you a DJ no matter what you use to play the music on The bottom line is this a discussion that will never end and that is the Gospel

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