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One of my longstanding pet peeves: DJs who think that matching beats is a skill to be shown off. (Often even when they do it badly!)

Deadmau5 comments on this at the link below. He’s never been a DJ (as far as I know) and is a producer, which is something very different. (Though I told him once that I consider him a “composer”, a traditional term which I think is just as valid today as it was in centuries past.) Lots of people (notably DJs, as far as I can tell) have no grasp of the difference. Composers/producers compose music; DJs just play music that was composed/produced by other people. Yes, things start to blur when a DJ doesn’t play something straight but starts messing with it, and there’s a continuous spectrum all the way to “from scratch” with a huge grey zone in the middle. But DJing with only some beatmatching added isn’t terribly creative, and as Deadmau5 points out it doesn’t require much skill either.

deadmau5:

its no secret. when it comes to “live” performance of EDM… that’s about the most it seems you can do anyway. It’s not about performance art, its not about talent either (really its not) In fact, let me do you and the rest of the EDM world button pushers who fuckin hate me for telling you how it…