Wednesday, January 4, 2012
SPINDERELLA HAS SOME FIGHTING WORDS FOR CELEBRITY DJ'S
I don't know if you all have noticed, but there's an awful lot of celebrities Deejaying in some of the hottest clubs. Joel Madden has been doing it for years, and other celebs like will.i.am, Kanye West, Solange Knowles, Erykah Badu and most recently Alicia Keys and Lil Wayne have been raking in the big bucks spinnig their own DJ sets.
As someone who likes their fingers in different pies (something you have to do in order to stay relevant in this industry) Salt N' Pepa DJ Spinderella is quite pissed off at this trend. The legendary spinmeister, who has been rocking many a party for 25 years feels like celebs like Ms. Keys (aka DJ AK-47), Pauly D and Lil Wayne are turning this into a "trend" and taking food out of the mouths of real DJ's who take their craft seriously.
Says Spinderella on Twitter:
“First DJ Ak-47 (Alicia Keys) and now DJ wih wih wiggity Wayne? WTH who’s next?
@planet12law it’s disgusting. recod sales down .. become a Dj? FOH.
Djing is just a ‘trend’ now. artists jump on the bandwagon cause it’s the ‘in’ career move. what about real Djs that ‘bleed’ this culture?[...]
I rapped on a few joints back then.. and was dope at it.. but never claim to be a ‘rapper’ ..BTW.. I do lessons for anyone who wants to learn. but we startin ground ZERO”
The problem is seeing those who choose Djin as a ‘novelty/trend’ when real Djs are being overlooked for jobs given to a ‘non’ Dj wit a name
Case in point: ‘Jersey Shores’ Pauly D is makin ROLLING STONE $$$ and promoters are paying it.. question is was he a DJ before Serato?
Todays aspiring djs shouldnt rely on ‘technology’ to make them a dj.. technology is a crutch.. the ‘heart’ of djin lies in the foundation..
Serato made it easy.. but my back still hurts from yrs of crate carrying #DJWARWOUNDS..
Technology is awesome and we must grow with it, but dont call your self a dj if your not studying your dj lessons
Its not about young and old, its about experience!!. ive met djs under the age of 25 with more dj heart than some of these golden era djs
i get it..’musiclovers’ wanna broaden theyre horizons and share the love of music thru djing.. but commanding Gs for somethin you dont do?
Trust, your paying the price as the promoter is charging ‘you’ the patron a ‘GRIP’ in order to pay your fav celeb non dj..
If i hurt anyones feelings, trust me it will make you a better dj
DJ = Disc Jockey: one who spins discs on a machine to play music… TJ = Technology Jockey: one who utilizes technology to play music
Now, ima DJ and a TJ.. and theres nothing wrong with ‘either’ but the word DJ is being used too loosely.. this defines it for me
I do know Pauly D was a DJ in Rhode Island before his claim to fame on Jersey Shore, so he is the real deal. As for what Spin said, I have to agree with her. it's coming across more as a trend than an actual art form, because promoters will pay top dollar for a name rather than some local dude who actually has talent that doesn't solely rely on technology. I think if you are someone who takes the art of deejaying seriously, then work on your craft to be the next Spinderella or the next Frankie Knuckles. This actually reminds me of the time when actors used to get pissed when singers would jump into acting without taking the craft seriously. Deejaying is something that I love and take very seriously, and as much as Spinderella is pissed by this, I don't see this trend slowing down anytime soon.
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