Has it really gotten to that point where now DJs, real DJs, suffer the way musicians did when DJs first took over the club scene?
Let's look at the case of Miami Beach, a former Mecca for live music like jazz and soul that thrived and put South Florida on the map. When the Beach fell on hard times and disarray, out went those nightclubs. When the redevelopers came in the '80s and revitalized the Art Deco community, the new clubs brought in DJs not live bands because it was cheaper.
Musicians in those days harbored some ill will towards DJs since the damn DJ took their jobs. In the '90s, when hip-hop achieved larger mainstream and commercial appeal, DJs became turntablists and took it to new heights that combined astute selecting with what is basically performance art. One of the dopest and most respected turntablists to emerge from that era is the Nicaraguan-born Miami resident, DJ Craze.
Aristh Delgado, better known by his nom de guerre, has been slaying turntables for almost 20 years and is a three-time solo World DMC champ as well as co-founder of the boutique indie label Slow Roast Records with DJ and record producer Jacob Stanczak known as Kill the Noise. In this video, Craze comes face to face with those "DJs" who seek to replace him in the DJ world -- bored celebutantes, Jersey Shore, rejects and disrespectful fools who think cakes and assorted pastries should be consumed around high-end electronics. And Craze does what he does best, get on the steel wheels and punish the Hell out of Kanye's "New Slaves."
And that's on the eve of dropping "Bow Down" a collabo with Trick Daddy, who'd been musically silent for a bit there since his arrest this past spring for possession of cocaine and of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.
Starting with a sample of Tosh.O, the recording has been tweaked and freaked, accurately describing what these clowns do as "professional iPod controller," Craze goes on to prove that real DJs do more than "fist-pump," pose, and/or do their taxes while DJing.
At his beloved Garret at Grand Central, Craze shows off his crazy dexterity, nimble touch, and pace acumen; proving that a real DJ is a combination of things. While some musical purists will never fully give a turntablist the credit they've earned, in light of what passes off as a DJ these days, a distinction should at the very least be made now that the "DJ" handle has been appropriated by people who are not.
Turntablists utilize their equipment like an instrument. They worry not about the scope beyond the ones and twos; the craft is in the knobs, the flick of the wrists and creating something new and fleeting every night. That's #RealDJing.