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I Don't See Myself As A DJ - (CPU - EP5)



Welcome to Episode 5 of our Cyberpunk Utopia Journey!


I don't see myself as a DJ.


Primarily because my upbringing revolved around playing guitar. Growing up as a musician, my approach to DJing differs significantly. For me, the essence lies in spontaneously curating a mix of about a hundred songs, attuned to the energy of the crowd and dynamically shaping the music as you go.


I do have a passion for live performances, approaching them with the same mindset as I do playing guitar and performing. To me, DJs like Carl Cox epitomize skill and artistry in their craft. But unlike many, I didn't come from a rave background; my musical roots trace back to bands like Metallica, Guns N Roses, and Rammstein. I find joy in meticulously crafting, blending, and sculpting musical pieces of art. That to me is what it's about.


Creating a mix requires a rough outline, akin to a sketch before applying layers of paint. I constantly ask myself whether each musical piece contributes to the musical landscape and if it holds longevity. Like a painter, I wonder if my work will be remembered or forgotten over time.


This isn't something hastily put together in a few hours for boasting rights. It demands patience and time to discern how each piece of music blends - considering their key, tempo, vibe, and shared characteristics. However, leaving room for experimentation is crucial, which is why I do mixes live.


While festivals are enjoyable, I find myself questioning the purpose behind some performances. Is it solely about monetary gain? Why not KFC that fucker, and blast it on the big screen.


Recent experiences at festivals have led me to contemplate the direction of the DJing scene. While I appreciate the stories and music of prominent DJs, I'm concerned about the declining emphasis on the art of mixing and performing. It feels reminiscent of the 'Fast and Furious' franchise, where spectacle often overshadows the substance of it all.


Oversaturation seems inevitable when the focus shifts solely to intensity and spectacle. The rise of hardstyle exemplifies this trend, but I believe there's a need for greater variety and depth in the live set environments. It's not a critique of artists like Angerfist, whom I admire, but rather an observation of the evolving landscape of electronic music.


Ultimately, I ponder whether the pursuit of the spectacle has overthrown the art of music itself. When will the focus shift back to the journey rather than the constant adrenaline rush? These are thoughts I contemplate as the electronic music scene continues to evolve. Perhaps there's hope with all the smaller stages around the festival coming larger and larger.


Thank you for joining me for this reflection. Much love,



Val



Here are also some alternatives for the Live Mix






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