Interviewing Lack of Afro

Posted in Uncategorized on September 30th, 2010 by Mr.Ultrafino

Není nic nudnějšího, než dělat pořád stejné věci

Adam Gibbons a.k.a Lack of Afro si povídal s Mr. Ultrafinem  o muzice, plánech do budoucna a o tom, že nemá rád termín nu-funk a dotyčný hudební styl ho taky moc nebere.

Funk zní světem už přes čtyřicet let. Je to v podstatě retro styl. Jak to, že je schopný se pořád vyvíjet a brát na sebe moderní podoby?

Funk je zakotvený v rytmu, který je přenositelný na ostatní druhy hudby. Díky této kombinovatelonsti a tvárnosti je pořád relevantní a udržuje se mezi námi.

Jak se díváš na současný vývoj funkové a nufunkové scény, dejme tomu od roku 2006, kdy ti vyšly první desky?

Budu upřímný a odpovím, že výrazné posuny kupředu nevidím. Funkových kapel je spousta a spousta z nich zní úplně. Jsem rád, že čím dál tím víc lidí nachází funk jako žánr, ale v současnosti nevidím moc kapel, které bych mohl srovnat třeba s The Meters. Každou chvíli dostávám promonahrávky, které když si poslechnu, tak vím, že tu věc už někdy někdo nahrál a většinou lépe. Samozřejmě jsou výjimky. Třeba The New Mastersounds (což je skupina, která funk dotáhla do úrovně, která se jen tak neslyší), Breakestra z USA nebo angličtí Funkshone jsou tři příklady dnešního funku, který snese srovnání s tím nejlepším, co v žánru vzniklo. Většina ostatní současné produkce mě ale popravdě řečeno moc nebere.

Album My Groove Your Move mi připadalo méně taneční než tvé dřívější nahrávky. Budeš se v budoucnu chtít zaměřovat na čistě poslechovou hudbu? Nebo třeba skládat filmové soundtracky?

Máš pravdu, že moje druhé album je méně orientováno na taneční parket. Chtěl jsem se zaměřit spíše na opravdové skladby, než na koláže groovů a rytmů, ze kterých bylo sestaveno „Press On“. Jinými slovy, nechtěl jsem, aby moje druhá deska zněla jako „Press On 2“, protože umělecký vývoj vnímám jako hodně důležitou věc. Třetí album bude zase úplně jiné. Nechci se nikdy stát muzikantem, který produkuje pořád stejné a stejné věci, nedokážu si představit nic nudnějšího.

Když ses ptal na netaneční projekty, tak jich pár mám, ale ono to u mě nefunguje způsobem, že bych si sednul a řekl si: Tak, teď napíšu taneční písničku. Nebo pomalou, rychlou, smutnou… Prostě skládám a sleduji, co z toho vznikne. Když hudebník vydá album, tak lidé mají tendenci ho zaškatulkovat a očekávat od něj, že do té škatulky bude patřit navěky. Já si oproti tomu myslím, že třeba zrovna cílená produkce čistě tanečních věcí může vést do slepé uličky. Hodně dnešního nu-funku (ten termín mimochodem ze srdce nesnáším) mě nechává úplně chladným. Většina věcí je úplně sterilní, předvídatelná a špatně udělaná. Zní to jako by někdo nabral hromadu samplů z cédéčka a nasmyčkoval je za sebe. Což je v podstatě to, co spousta producentů dělá. Při mých DJ setech hraji hodně věcí, které nikdy nebyly určeny primárně pro taneční parket, ale lidi na ně rádi tancují.

Můžeš tedy prozradit, na čem zrovna pracuješ?

V současnosti dělám na albu s kytaristou New Mastersounds Eddie Robertem, který je nejen úžasný muzikant, ale i producent. Ty věci, co spolu tvoříme nejsou prvoplánově taneční. Chceme jen, aby to byla dobrá muzika. Chtěl bych se někdy pustit do nějakého downtempa projektu, protože je to můj oblíbený druh hudby – hodně mám rád třeba dřívější tvorbu Bonoba. A můj společný projekt s Flevansem k downtempu tak trochu směřuje, takže to možná dotáhneme v tom duchu do konce. Hrozně rád bych dělal filmovou hudbu. Soundtracky sbírám a hodně často je poslouchám, filmoví skladatelé jako Thomas Newman nebo John Barry jsou hudebníci, které opravdu obdivuji.

Tohle je nejomletější otázka na světě, ale přesto: Byl už jsi někdy v Praze a znáš nějakou českou muziku, kterou bys mohl zařadit do své sbírky?

V Praze jsem nikdy nebyl, do České republiky přijedu poprvé v životě. A o nějaké české hudbě bych se rád dozvěděl. Máte někdo nějaký tip?

A ještě jedna tradiční na závěr: Jaký set sis do Prahy nachystal?

Multižánrový nářez!

English versione:

Funk has been around for about forty years plus. It is basically a retro style. How come it still sounds so fresh and is able to develop further and further?

Funk is the basis of so much other genres of music, that is why it remains fresh and as relevant today as it ever was. It is and always will be music for the dance-floor, its led by the rhythm, and when that rhythm is taken and combined with other styles of music, you can see how funk develops and continues to evolve.

By the way, do you feel any development in the funk / nufunk scene since your first releases in 2006?

I have to be honest and say not really. There are so many funk bands around now that sound very similar to each other. Whereas I think it is a good thing that more people are into funk as a genre, there is not much music being made now that I would rate up there with the great funk bands of the past, such as The Meters for example. I get sent so many promos by funk bands that contain stuff that has been done better and done so many times before. There are exceptions however – bands like The New Mastersounds (who I think are probably the tightest example of a funk band that you will ever see), Breakestra from the US and Funkshone from the UK are three examples of funk music being made today that do justice to the genre, but the majority of it doesn’t really do anything for me anymore.

In your last album you sampled quotes from the documentary “Standing in the Shadow of Motown”. It kind of struck me as a parallel: Funk Brothers as the barely known studio musicians behind the Motown stars and Adam Gibbons, the musician behind the Lack of Afro sound. Am I just making that up? Or what was the reason for using those samples?

For legal reasons I cant really comment on anything I may or may not have sampled, hope you understand!

Maybe it’s just me, but I found your second album less dance oriented than your earlier works. Do you have any purely non-dance music projects? Do you arrange film / lounge / downtempo music? Or would you?

“My Groove Your Move” was less dancefloor based, you’re right – I wanted to focus more on proper songs, rather than a collection of grooves and beats which is essentially what “Press On” was. I didn’t want to write “Press On Part 2” because artist development is important to me. The third album will be different again – I just couldn’t be one of those artists that keeps bringing out what is basically the same album again and again, I couldn’t think of anything more boring.

I have a few other projects at the moment that aren’t just aimed for the dance-floor – actually on that subject when I write I never set out to write a specific type of track, dance-floor, not dance-floor, quick, slow, it doesn’t really alter what comes out – I just write and see what happens. As an artist after you release your first album, you soon become pigeon-holed into a certain sound and people begin to expect certain things from you. I actually think that people place too much emphasis on writing for the dance-floor – a lot of the “nu-funk” stuff (I hate that term by the way) leaves me cold. Most of it is very sterile, generic and badly produced. It sounds like a load of samples taken from a sample CD then looped up to form a track, which is basically what a lot of it is. In my DJ sets I play quite a few tracks that were never intended to be used “for the dance-floor”, people just happen to enjoy dancing to them.

I am currently working on an album with Eddie Roberts who is the guitarist from the New Mastersounds and who is an amazing musician and producer in general. The tracks wont necessarily be dance-floor tracks, just good music. I would love to do a downtempo project at some point because I have always listened to a lot of it – I love Bonobo’s early stuff for example. My project with Flevans has taken a downtempo turn, so maybe that’s where we’ll go with it…

And as for writing for film – its something I’d love to do in the future. I have a lot of soundtracks and listen to them often and I greatly admire a lot of film composers, people like Thomas Newman and John Barry.

I know that this one is the oldest interview questions in the world, but here it goes: Have you ever been to Prague and do you know any Czech groups you could put in your DJ sets (or sample them…)?

I have never been to Prague – it’ll be my first time in the Czech Republic! Perhaps you could recommend some bands for me to check out?!

And, here is the second oldest one: What records are going to bring to Prague?

Multi-genre mayhem!

Another interesting FB conversation…

Posted in Uncategorized on September 15th, 2010 by Mr.Ultrafino

Crnorizec Hrabar WHAT IS A DJ if he CAN”T SCRATCH?????

Ultrafino Dude. Lots and lots of great DJs can’t scratch. :) ) Damn, Larry Levan couldn’t even mix properly. That doesn’t make him any less of a legend.

Crnorizec Hrabar OPINIONS are like asses …Everyone has ONE:):):)….THIS IS MINE!! IT ’s a DJ CODE ACCTUALLY but anyway…

>>DEFINITION OF A DJ ???MIXIN BLENDIN AND SCRATCHIN>>> IF SOME DUDE CALLES HIMSELF a DJ THEN HE NEEDS TO DO THOSE THINKS….IF NOT TH…EN HE IS NOT A DJ!!!HE is a music lover,music fan,vinyl collector etc… By the way Larry Levan didn’t had Tachnics 1200 and in that time he was the ONE!!!! But MuSIC and TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPECD with that MIXIN TECHNIKS as BLENDIN<SCRATCHIN and BEATJUGGLIN are INVENTED as WELL….!!!Larry LEVAN was ROCKIN PARTIES …when CLUBBINF SCENE WAS SETTING….HE IS A LEGEND in HIS OWN WAY!!! But I feel sorry 4 DJ that don’t BLEND in 2010…Zobrazit více

Ultrafino Scratching is amlost exclusively hiphop technique. So, you’re basically saying that you’re not a DJ unless you play hiphop. Parafrazing A Tribe Called Quest: You are not any less of a DJ if you can’t scratch. You are not necessarily a DJ if you can.

Marcos Nery DJ’s definition is actually> Disc Jockey, rider of discs!!! in other words, playing the music… :-) )))

Filip Stojkovski i cant think of a better and more skillful way to ride a disc than scratching and only some can scratch :) ) others just match the tempo and call themselfes dj’s

Crnorizec Hrabar When a DJ tip started it was just a RADIO gays who didn’t think

of a turntable as an INSTRUMENT!!!!!!!They were playin track by track talkin in between and announcing…I am talking about YEAR 2010 and ABOUT USING TURNTABLES for MAKING MUS…IC INSTANTLY (LIVE in the MIX)….SOME CALLED it TURNTABLISM !!!!!HOW YOU RIDE THE DISCS IF YOU DONT MIX THEM!!!!!….MIXIN<BLENDING /scratchin/BEAT JUGGLIN THOSE are the TRICKS off the DJ TRADE….SCRATCHIN is almoust HIPHOP thing(Grand Wizard THEODORE invented it) but MIXIN And BLENDING it’s a MUST for EVERYONE WHO CALLs HIMSELF A DJ!!

Filip Stojkovski i agree about blending and mixing but in my opinion alot of newschool dj’s abuse the sunc command in tractor dj (or the other dj software)…. in my book ur a true dj if u blend the oldschool and the newschool techniques :) )

Crnorizec Hrabar NO OLD SCHOOL- NEW SCHOOL!!!

ONLY TRUE SCHOOL!!!

Filip Stojkovski very true :) pozz

Ultrafino Btw – shouldn’t the guys who play from Serato and other funny gadgets call themselves MP3Js? I cant see any “discs” containing music on their turntables ;-)

Dejan Handziski This discussion is obsolete. Hip Hop has always been about

making more of what you got. Creative use of resources. When you have a turntable, yes, you can use it just for playing records. I don’t see anyone saying that theres anything wrong… with that. However, and this is the fun part, you can also use it to create music on it. Scratching, mixing, blending, beat juggling are all skills you need in order to release the full potential of a turntable. Back to Egyptian Lover. What is a dj if he can’t scratch? -A DJ that still has a few things to learn and master. And if you don’t want to master your craft… you lose.

Crnorizec Hrabar IT’S ABOUT MIXiN and BLENDING and SCRATCHIN!!!!

USE WHAT YOU WANT (CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON CDJ’s,DVDJ,S,SERATO,FINAL SCRATCH ,VINYLs)….

BUT PLEASE MIX,BLEND and maybe try to SCRATCH if you WANT to CALL YOUR SELF a DJ….There are different WE…APONs off choice as Styles off KUNG FU but iff you don’t have the SKILLS you Loose!!!!

CAN somebody callhim self KUNG FU MASTER WITHOUT knowing KUNG FU?????….WHAT is A DJ if he CAN’T MIX BLEND or maybe SCRATCH!??????….I JUST ASK the SAME QUESTION as EGYPTION LOVER did WAY ,WAY, BACK!!!…

Ultrafino Till today, David Mancuso refuses to blend, mix or even change a pitch of the song he plays. He says he has too much respect for the artists who created the songs to mingle with their work. He prefers to work with mood, tell a story with hi…s set, even combine the lyrics of two consequential songs. Is he not a DJ? On the contrary. He is one of the greatest. Anybody can learn to beatmix, almost anybody can learn how to scratch, but only few can be DJs. Me, personaly, IMHO, I will much rather listen to a DJ playing interesting and inventive sellection of RECORDS he digged than to some dude scratching the shit out of stolen MP3s. So, let me repeat: You are not any less of a DJ if you can’t scratch. You are not necessarily a DJ if you can.

Crnorizec Hrabar IT ABOUT MUSIC and SKILLS BASICCLY ……NOT ABOUT THE FORMAT!!!! Q BERT is Using Ipod and HIS OWN VESTAX q mix and he RIPS it OFF….but WHY they MAKE DMC CHAMPIONSHIPS THEN if it;s not about SKILLs ????.-TO SHOW WHO GOT SKILLS!!! IT”S ABO…UT SKILLS too !!!…..FUNK A DUDE with 1000000 RECORDS if he CAN’T MIX or BLEND!!!!!>…he is a record COLLECTOR!!!!NOT A DJ in 2010!!!.ANYBODY CAN BUY RECORDS !! BUT NOT ANYBODY CAN LEARN HOW TO MAKE MUSIC ,MIX or BLEND or HOW TO ROCK A PARTY, NOT TO MENTION SCRATCHIN!!!…. If YOU Ain’t GOT IT you ain’t got it!!!…DON”T be MAD ABOUT IT PRACTICE MORE !!!!!!….AND it’s 2010 GET OVER IT !!!! check out the list off DJ’s that use SERATO or other TEHNICAL GADJETS over VINYL it’s becouse makes their life easier Without always traveling with 2 or more casses off RECORDS .around the world but all those DJ’s ARE relevant in 2010 (not only HIPHOP DJs but OTHER GENRES TOO)…..And YES they all know HOW to MIX and Blend AND some off them (HIPHOP DUDES) SCRATCH!!!!!! You are mentioning long forgotten names of DJ’s that were great at ~their TIME but are IRELEVANT on the SCENE now!!!!.. A lot off gays play gitar but Jimmy is the GREATEST!!!!WHY??? BECOUSE HE WAS THE ULTIMATE AND MADE THINGS WITH HIS GUITAR THAT NOBODY STILL CAN DO!!!!

Ultrafino Don’t get angry, dude. I’m jus saying ;-) There are many elements of DJing and scratching and blending are most deffinitely amongst them, just as digging for records, building up the set, interacting with your crowd, cutting breaks and I co…uld go on and on… A good DJ should (and I could not agree with you more) use as many of them as he/she can and try to learn the ones he/she is not good at. On the other hand I simply disagree with the quote that started this (quite interesting) conversation: “What is a DJ if he can’t scratch”. Because I know so many dudes who can scratch but that’s pretty much everything they can do.

P.S.: David Mancuso still throws LOFT parties and he is not by any chance “long forgotten”.

P.S.S.: As for the “records vs. serato” argument: “Girls prefer 12 inches” ;)

Crnorizec Hrabar Scratching for me it’s like ICING the Cake… You have to be a ALL

ROUND PLAYER THAT’s a MUST!!!!! Mixin and Blendin is a Foundation but nowadays you gotta be a ALL ROUND PLAYER to compete on the HIGHEST LEVELS (DJ,Producer,Party Rocker,story… teller Sound Engineer even)…David Mankuso is outdated from a TEHNIKAL POINT off the MIX compared to what DJ ’s are doing now!!!! (if I can say ,he is a legend in his CONCEPT/ WAY!!)!… But for me as a HIPHOP DUDE the SHIT that Gave me CHILLS when I listen to a DJ set iz UNDETECTED MIX and Blends ,THE STORY OFF THE MIX,Beat Jugglin and off cource THE SCRATCHING!!….THE ICEING OF THE CAKE!!!!! What can I do???Can\t FRONT ON THOSE THAT INSPIRED ME!!! It’s a good interesting conversation ULTRAFINO,althou I like to communicate live,but we will disscuss over beer soon…. p.s.I KNOW GIRLS LIKE !12 inches BUT THATS A TRICK!!!!! ITs NOT THE SIZE THAT MATERS !!!!!!! IT’s what CAN YOU WITH IT!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):)

Respect!!!!!!

Ultrafino Word! r*e*s*t*e*c*p. Peace, I’m out:)

Crnorizec Hrabar WHAT IS A DJ if he CAN”T SCRATCH?????

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  • 3 lidem se to líbí.
    • Jirka Ultrafino Holubec Dude. Lots and lots of great DJs can’t scratch. :) ) Damn, Larry Levan couldn’t even mix properly. That doesn’t make him any less of a legend.

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    • Crnorizec Hrabar

      OPINIONS are like asses …Everyone has ONE:):):)….THIS IS MINE!!
      IT ’s a DJ CODE ACCTUALLY but anyway…
      >>DEFINITION OF A DJ ???MIXIN BLENDIN AND SCRATCHIN>>>
      IF SOME DUDE CALLES HIMSELF a DJ THEN HE NEEDS TO DO THOSE THINKS….IF NOT THEN HE IS NOT A DJ!!!HE is a music lover,music fan,vinyl collector etc…Zobrazit více
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    • Nikola Spirovski gramofoni sluzat za svirenje, ne se za drkanje :)

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    • Crnorizec Hrabar

      Buy the way Larry Levan didn’t had Tachnics 1200 and in that time he was the ONE!!!! But MuSIC and TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPECD with that MIXIN TECHNIKS as BLENDIN<SCRATCHIN and BEATJUGGLIN are INVENTED as
      WELL….!!!Larry LEVAN was ROCKIN PARTIES when CLUBBINF SCENE WAS SETTING….HE IS A LEGEND in HIS OWN WAY!!!
      But I feel sorry 4 DJ that don’t BLEND in 2010…
      Zobrazit více
      Před 3 hodinami ·
    • Jirka Ultrafino Holubec Scratching is amlost exclusively hiphop technique. So, you’re basically saying that you’re not a DJ unless you play hiphop. Parafrazing A Tribe Called Quest: You are not any less of a DJ if you can’t scratch. You are not necessarily a DJ if you can.

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    • Marcos Nery DJ’s definition is actually> Disc Jockey, rider of discs!!! in other words, playing the music… :-) )))

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    • Crnorizec Hrabar Gramofonite se Muzicki Instrument koj samo odredeni Talentirani faci MOZAT da go koristar za da SVIRAT na NEGO!!!
      Nekoi DRKATT…..TI Svirish ili DRKASH?????

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    • Filip Stojkovski i cant think of a better and more skillful way to ride a disc than scratching and only some can scratch :) )

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    • Nikola Spirovski znaci edni se talentirani, drugi se drkadjii :) )

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    • Filip Stojkovski others just match the tempo and call themselfes dj’s

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    • Crnorizec Hrabar

      When a DJ tip started it was just a RADIO gays who didn’t think of a turntable as an INSTRUMENT!!!!!!!They were playin track by track talkin in between and announcing…I am talking about YEAR 2010 and ABOUT USING TURNTABLES for MAKING MUSIC INSTANTLY (LIVE in the MIX)….SOME CALLED it TURNTABLISM !!!!!HOW YOU RIDE THE DISCS IF YOU DONT MIX THEM!!!!!….MIXIN<BLENDING /scratchin/BEAT JUGGLIN THOSE are the TRICKS off the DJ TRADE….SCRATCHIN is almoust HIPHOP thing(Grand Wizard THEODORE invented it) but MIXIN And BLENDING it’s a MUST for EVERYONE WHO CALLs HIMSELF A DJ!!Zobrazit více
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    • Crnorizec Hrabar KOJ SI JA IMA MUVATA NA KAPATA …..

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    • Katerina Chali scratchhhhhh scratchhhh i love that shitttt!
      Pozz

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    • Filip Stojkovski i agree about blending and mixing but in my opinion alot of newschool dj’s abuse the sunc command in tractor dj (or the other dj software)…. in my book ur a true dj if u blend the oldschool and the newschool techniques :) )

      Před 2 hodinami ·
    • Crnorizec Hrabar NO OLD SCHOOL- NEW SCHOOL!!!
      ONLY TRUE SCHOOL!!!

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    • Filip Stojkovski very true :) pozz

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    • Jirka Ultrafino Holubec Btw – shouldn’t the guys who play from Serato and other funny gadgets call themselves MP3Js? I cant see any “discs” containing music on their turntables ;-)

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    • Dejan Handziski

      This discussion is obsolete. Hip Hop has always been about making more of what you got. Creative use of resources. When you have a turntable, yes, you can use it just for playing records. I don’t see anyone saying that theres anything wrong with that. However, and this is the fun part, you can also use it to create music on it. Scratching, mixing, blending, beat juggling are all skills you need in order to release the full potential of a turntable. Back to Egyptian Lover. What is a dj if he can’t scratch? -A DJ that still has a few things to learn and master. And if you don’t want to master your craft… you lose.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdpaC5RrvWY
      Tokyo, Japan. May 13, 1985.Zobrazit více

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    • Crnorizec Hrabar

      IT’S ABOUT MIXiN and BLENDING and SCRATCHIN!!!!
      USE WHAT YOU WANT (CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON CDJ’s,DVDJ,S,SERATO,FINAL SCRATCH ,VINYLs)….
      BUT PLEASE MIX,BLEND and maybe try to SCRATCH if you WANT to CALL YOUR SELF a DJ….There are different WEAPONs off choice as Styles off KUNG FU but iff you don’t have the SKILLS you Loose!!!!
      CAN somebody callhim self KUNG FU MASTER WITHOUT knowing KUNG FU?????….
      WHAT is A DJ if he CAN’T MIX BLEND or maybe SCRATCH!??????….I JUST ASK the SAME QUESTION as EGYPTION LOVER did WAY ,WAY, BACK!!!…
      Zobrazit více
      Přibližně před hodinou ·
    • Jirka Ultrafino Holubec

      Till today, David Mancuso refuses to blend, mix or even change a pitch of the song he plays. He says he has too much respect for the artists who created the songs to mingle with their work. He prefers to work with mood, tell a story with his set, even combine the lyrics of two consequential songs. Is he not a DJ? On the contrary. He is one of the greatest. Anybody can learn to beatmix, almost anybody can learn how to scratch, but only few can be DJs. Me, personaly, IMHO, I will much rather listen to a DJ playing interesting and inventive sellection of RECORDS he digged than to some dude scratching the shit out of stolen MP3s. So, let me repeat: You are not any less of a DJ if you can’t scratch. You are not necessarily a DJ if you can.Zobrazit více
      Přibližně před hodinou · ·
    • Crnorizec Hrabar

      IT ABOUT MUSIC and SKILLS BASICCLY ……NOT ABOUT THE FORMAT!!!!
      Q BERT is Using Ipod and HIS OWN VESTAX q mix and he RIPS it OFF….but WHY they MAKE DMC CHAMPIONSHIPS THEN if it;s not about SKILLs ????.-TO SHOW WHO GOT SKILLS!!!
      IT”S ABOUT SKILLS too !!!…..FUNK A DUDE with 1000000 RECORDS if he CAN’T MIX or BLEND!!!!!>…he is a record COLLECTOR!!!!NOT A DJ in 2010!!!
      .ANYBODY CAN BUY RECORDS !!
      BUT NOT ANYBODY CAN LEARN HOW TO MAKE MUSIC ,MIX or BLEND or HOW TO ROCK A PARTY, NOT TO MENTION SCRATCHIN!!!….
      If YOU Ain’t GOT IT you ain’t got it!!!…DON”T be MAD ABOUT IT PRACTICE MORE !!!!!!….AND it’s 2010 GET OVER IT !!!!
      check out the list off DJ’s that use SERATO or other TEHNICAL GADJETS over VINYL it’s becouse makes their life easier Without always traveling with 2 or more casses off RECORDS .around the world but all those DJ’s ARE relevant in 2010 (not only HIPHOP DJs but OTHER GENRES TOO)…..And YES they all know HOW to MIX and Blend AND some off them (HIPHOP DUDES) SCRATCH!!!!!!
      You are mentioning long forgotten names of DJ’s that were great at ~their TIME but are IRELEVANT on the SCENE now!!!!…
      A lot off gays play gitar but Jimmy is the GREATEST!!!!WHY???
      BECOUSE HE WAS THE ULTIMATE AND MADE THINGS WITH HIS GUITAR THAT NOBODY STILL CAN DO!!!!
      Zobrazit více
      Přibližně před hodinou ·
    • Jirka Ultrafino Holubec

      Don’t get angry, dude. I’m jus saying ;-)
      There are many elements of DJing and scratching and blending are most deffinitely amongst them, just as digging for records, building up the set, interacting with your crowd, cutting breaks and I could go on and on… A good DJ should (and I could not agree with you more) use as many of them as he/she can and try to learn the ones he/she is not good at. On the other hand I simply disagree with the quote that started this (quite interesting) conversation: “What is a DJ if he can’t scratch”. Because I know so many dudes who can scratch but that’s pretty much everything they can do.
      P.S.: David Mancuso still throws LOFT parties and he is not by any chance “long forgotten”.
      P.S.S.: As for the “records vs. serato” argument: “Girls prefer 12 inches” ;)
      Zobrazit více
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    • Crnorizec Hrabar

      Scratching for me it’s like ICING the Cake…
      You have to be a ALL ROUND PLAYER THAT’s a MUST!!!!!
      Mixin and Blendin is a Foundation but nowadays you gotta be a ALL ROUND PLAYER to compete on the HIGHEST LEVELS
      (DJ,Producer,Party Rocker,story teller Sound Engineer even)…David Mankuso is outdated from a TEHNIKAL POINT off the MIX compared to what DJ ’s are doing now!!!! (if I can say ,he is a legend in his CONCEPT/ WAY!!)!…
      But for me as a HIPHOP DUDE the SHIT that Gave me CHILLS when I listen to a DJ set iz UNDETECTED MIX and Blends ,THE STORY OFF THE MIX,Beat Jugglin and off cource THE SCRATCHING!!….THE ICEING OF THE CAKE!!!!!
      What can I do???Can\t FRONT ON THOSE THAT INSPIRED ME!!!
      It’s a good interesting conversation ULTRAFINO,althou I like to communicate live,but we will disscuss over beer soon….
      p.s.I KNOW GIRLS LIKE !12 inches BUT THATS A TRICK!!!!!
      ITs NOT THE SIZE THAT MATERS !!!!!!! IT’s what CAN YOU WITH IT!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):)
      Respect!
      1!!!!!
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