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big name dance dj's

Post by retrospect » Thu Aug 07, 2008 3:26 pm

jon digweed, carl cox, eric morillo, andy c etc..
How do you think they got where they are now?

is it more down to hard work than talent?
pretty much any dance music head can spin decent tunes and mix, but we dont go that extra mile and put the promotional work in, run record labels, consistently put the effort in to get work, always play new tunes, network with other artists...

maybe having a big personality that people like / respect has a bigger part to play? (rider)

does your skill on the decks really count for anything?

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Re: big name dance dj's

Post by Sir Captinweestain » Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:07 pm

I think it's just down to who you know nowadays unfortunatley
I think it helps if youv'e been on big brother :(

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Re: big name dance dj's

Post by Restless » Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:28 pm

morillo & andy c = production & also by showing the masses that there just as good behind a pair of decks as they are a mixing desk !

digweed im not to sure how !

& coxy through being god !

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Post by retrospect » Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:57 pm

good point about production work, artist like fredde le grande were listed in djmags top 100 dj's last yr. - solely on the back of "put your hands up" from what i can see. MAW are another good eg of producers that made it good as dj's (as if they werent rich enuff already!)

disagree with u about morillo being known for his production tho, he's hardly made any tunes of his own, check his discogs entry, mostly reissues and remixes of the same handful of tunes, he's a prime example of a dj that made me post this question

coxy is another - not disrespecting the man, he seems a lovely bloke and one of my personal fave jocks, but still he just mixes tunes - maybe i'm gettin old n cynical but djing aint really that hard!

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Re: big name dance dj's

Post by stuartj » Thu Aug 07, 2008 5:29 pm

retrospect wrote:coxy is another - not disrespecting the man, he seems a lovely bloke and one of my personal fave jocks, but still he just mixes tunes
Been around since day one - used to mix on 3 decks, 1st person I'd ever heard of doing it. And he's done a few tunes in the early 2000's
dj restless wrote:digweed im not to sure how !
Being Sasha's mate + mixing that infamous Renesance mix cd.

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Post by J3D » Thu Aug 07, 2008 6:06 pm

He also works for Roland i believe and programs patches for there synths and samplers

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Re: big name dance dj's

Post by Sir Captinweestain » Thu Aug 07, 2008 7:22 pm

Sir carl cox does more than mix records
he's got his fat hands in all the pies
own club nights, record labells the list goes on

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Re: big name dance dj's

Post by Restless » Thu Aug 07, 2008 7:28 pm

lol @ mixing not being hard !

it aint mega solid but it aint a piece of piss ! espesh to do it at the level that coxy does it at !

wasnt morillo behind "real 2 real" ?

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Re: big name dance dj's

Post by gorfuc » Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:39 am

many start out producing like someone mentioned and a lot of others are out there because of who they know, not all but many

let's face it there's untold top dj's out there that don't do anymore than a bedroom mix and untold big name dj's playing out that are just utter shit. (i realise playing at home and out are 2 different things)

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Post by thedjeuphoria » Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:25 am

its always been down mostly to who you know. i was never as good as some dj's i know but because i knew all the local big people and had mates with ££££ i got to play at some cool places with all the big names and other dj's that would wipe the floor with me missed out.

stil.....i had fun! :lol:

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Re: big name dance dj's

Post by Sir Captinweestain » Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:39 am

morrillio was behin real 2 real
"I LIKE TO MOVE IT MOVE IT -REAL II REAL ahahahha
not the oldskool real II real

http://www.discogs.com/artist/Reel+2+Real (morillio)
http://www.discogs.com/artist/Reel+II+Reel (oldskool)

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Re: big name dance dj's

Post by MWhite » Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:07 pm

dj restless wrote:morillo & andy c = production & also by showing the masses that there just as good behind a pair of decks as they are a mixing desk !

digweed im not to sure how !

& coxy through being god !
Digweed (under the name JD) was already a big DJ on the south coast before he even met Sasha. The association with Renaissance is what made him known worldwide though.

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Re: big name dance dj's

Post by jon99 » Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:41 pm

For most of them it is a mixture of hard work and talent. Mixing is only a small part of the talent that you need to make it big.

Being able to mix is a definite requirement but once you reach a certain level of ability it doesn't matter too much.

A lot of big names have done it backwards as well, most of the early Chicago house pioneers weren't really DJ's to begin with - it was only the shit loads of cash on offer in the UK at the time that got them behind the decks (Marshall Jefferson and Todd Terry for example).

People like Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, Erick Morillo have done it all a million times over and whether you think they are twats who can't mix or not its pretty hard to slag them off and not regard them as almost God like in the realms of dance music.

Judge Jules is a twat though, especially with those stupid glasses he wears.

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Re: big name dance dj's

Post by retrospect » Sun Aug 10, 2008 2:15 pm

Elusive wrote:
retrospect wrote:disagree with u about morillo being known for his production tho, he's hardly made any tunes of his own
Are you sure about that? the guy has produced literary hundreds of records on his own or as part of groups...which he's normally the producer or co-producer
caught me out elusive - i was talkin bollox there!

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Re: big name dance dj's

Post by retrospect » Sun Aug 10, 2008 2:22 pm

captinweestain wrote:Sir carl cox does more than mix records
he's got his fat hands in all the pies
own club nights, record labells the list goes on
agree, i think its mostly the hard work he's put in that has given him his success

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