I’ve noticed a trend of DJ’s hiding behind facades while they’re spinning at an event. DJing is a performance art where you connect with your audience — so why are you hiding? I can only come up with one reason — you’re not doing anything but typing on your computer and playing games on your phone. When you should be observing your crowd, deciding where you want to take them next and making sure your blends/transitions are precise. Then you have the audacity to get upset when people want to pay you pennies to “work” their event. How can someone connect with you if you literally put up a wall that blocks them from you?

Facade — an outward appearance that is maintained to conceal a less pleasant or creditable reality.

synonyms:show, front, appearance, pretense, simulation, affectation, semblance, illusion, act, masquerade, charade, mask, cloak, veil, veneer

Facade is just a fancy way of saying “fake”. DJ’s that use facades at their events are helping to destroy the perception and the appreciation of the art of DJing. I use turntables at each one of my events and it’s insane how many people will crowd around to take pictures, ask for business cards and make comments about how they’ve never seen a DJ that actually mixes. When they see you controlling the vinyl/platter and connect it to what they are hearing they tend to value your unique skill-set — which translates into more money per event. At the end of the day, I know that most of y’all are lazy and would rather just push a few buttons instead of taking the time to master your craft. You deserve the pennies that you get! To the DJ’s that actually mix, blend and can control any crowd…get rid of the facade and put your talents on display. Be remarkable and give people an experience worth talking about. Keep the art alive!

- DJ Spontaneous

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