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I'll tell you this. Back in the 1990s when you saw a live act, it was literally like a band with digital and analog performers combined and a sequencer binding the electronic elements together. If any of you have ever seen Orbital, 808 State, Leftfield, the Orb, or Crystal Method perform back then, you'll know what I mean.

Now it's someone on a laptop with a few midi controls, possibly a costume and/or stage lighting...and more Jesus poses/fist pumping than actual performing. Things both on the live PA guys and even headlining DJs have become so rigid, planned, and formulaic that we lost that "live improvisation" aspect.

I think that's the direction some need to think on. Be more than a laptop. Be a band. Get a singer. Get a horn player or even a drummer. Do something more than just firing off samples in Ableton while spending the big money on a helmet and LED-lit stage setup.

DJ Blade Sparx

As an EDM DJ myself and having collaborated with other DJs and entertainers, there is definitely lots of room for creativity with the right combination of compatible talent and today's entertainment technologies and good music selections appropriate to the venues or occasions. There are many entertainment genres and performance types that appeal to a variety of audience so don't knock what you don't like. We respect your choices and preferences at a professional level.


That's not really entirely true. I remember that there were performers back then who were known for their "live" performances which involved pre-recorded material off of a DAT with effects added in realtime.

ted brown

i am well aware of this(the need for a more entertaining aspect to live shows) . that is why i practice the shit out of my sets and have made the same conclusion that there needs to be a better performance than just djing with great music i have created a live stage show that will send shivers up your spine. i guess it also helps i am a working actor as well and got my inspiration from one of my classes to make the crowd part of the show while spending good money on the production value.


What is the EDM equivalent for hitting a wrong note?

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