NOW DJ's ARE MAKING RECORDS, CAN YOU PLEASE JUST BE ASHAMED…

Saw this article this morning and to be honest, it depressed me. Specifically these quotes:

Dutch born DJ Tiesto tops the list with earnings of $22 million, buoyed by an average nightly gross of $250,000 according to concert data provider Pollstar. Grammy-winning California native Skrillex ranks second with $15 million, followed by Scandinavian trio Swedish House Mafia, which recently disbanded despite pulling in an estimated $14 million…

The Jersey Shore’s DJ Pauly D, who came in at No. 7 after bringing in $11 million from his sets…

DJ’s? Fucking glorified jukeboxes. Making millions. No words. Only a song:

4 thoughts on “NOW DJ's ARE MAKING RECORDS, CAN YOU PLEASE JUST BE ASHAMED…”

  1. if only bands could travel around the world and bring their entertainment to crowds of people looking to have a good time. they could call it a “show.” and people could pay attention to words and music and the people around them at the same time. and you could rub up on a specific person or two and not the entire crowd. and you could “feel” “something” and see “hard work” in action.

    I know some DJs work hard. Bob Mould and Blake Schwarzenbach have been active DJs. But Pauly D can sit on a point strobe monolith.

  2. I’ve been to thousands of shows but I still routinely get moments where I am wowed that these people, right in front of me, are making the noises I am hearing.

    I don’t think I’d ever get a sonic boner of some DJ’s “sick mix”….

    1. Most people can count to four. Rock musicians do more affecting things with that power in live performance situations than DJs. For sure.

  3. You know it’s funny. I used to be such a proponent for electronic music. There was a time when that meant learning how to use modular synthesizers, or understanding what a sampling rate was doing to a drum track. There were so many variables that made it the “wild west” of music. It was such a breath of fresh air from guitar based music. Now it’s sounding more stale than guitar based music. It’s like being told by a friend that you’re going to dinner to an amazing steak house, and end up at a “Steak & Shake”.

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