All I can say is well put. After the disastrous video of Hilton Hotel heiress Paris attempting to DJ surfaced, it was only a matter of time before Afrojack’s relationship with her became a part of the discussion. Yes it is true that Afrojack had been in the studio with Paris working on a few records for her upcoming album, but that is as far as he went with Paris and her music endeavours. In a statement submitted exclusively to Dancing Astronaut, Afrojack admits that the news of her DJ gig was as much a surprise to him as it was to the rest of us.
“As everybody knows, I have been working on some tracks with Paris a while ago, but her trying to become a DJ was a complete surprise to me. Then I saw the video and I think this proves once and for all that edm (or dance music as I call it) is all about skills and quality. It is simply not possible to become a good DJ unless you put lots of hard work and years of sweat in it. I’m afraid Paris underestimated this.
But I think this whole thing is really not important. Lets all do a giant facepalm flashmob and continue with what we were doing, loving our culture and sharing our passion for the music.”
In the nicest way possible Afrojack basically confirmed what we had all hoped he would; Paris’ attempt was very, very bad.
Let’s face it with the ongoing debate between DJ’s and fans alike about what exactly certain artists do on stage versus others, Paris may have actually done us a favor . It was Paris’ under-appreciation for the skills it takes to play a DJ set that has set the bench mark for bad DJing. The debate about DJing techniques has been front and centre of late with the most profiled debate being between DJ Sneak & Steve Angello. I think the term “button pusher” has been exhausted to put it simply. Technology has certainly simplified DJing for many, but an understanding of music is still the foundation for playing a good set. In David Guetta’s ‘Nothing But The Beat’ documentary film he shares that when he was coming up the majority of DJ’s were DJ’s first, and producers second. In today’s scene the opposite holds true, and most artists come from producing backgrounds. What would you rather have as a listener, A “button pusher” with an understanding of music who can use the technology in front of him/her to build a quality set, or Paris Hilton? The answer is obvious, and if it weren’t for this video surfacing many fans especially the casual ones wouldn’t truly know how bad it could be.
As Afrojack stated, “Lets all do a giant facepalm flashmob and continue with what we were doing, loving our culture and sharing our passion for the music.”
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