Underground music is art. Not that mainstream music can’t be artistic, it’s just that the reason to make underground music or play in underground venues is so as an artist you can be your most creative without your sound being manipulated by marketing and musical politics. Guess what though? In the underground electronic community, these political policies I speak of are infesting the minds of artists and promoters.
An artist should never dumb down their art for any reason what so ever. I have been reading and hearing a lot lately about how it’s an opening DJs responsibility to not play overly hype tracks, in order to keep the energy at a perfect level for the headliner, and not to take things “too far”. Know what I say? This is a bunch of fucking bullshit and has absolutely nothing to do with art and music. It is the promoters job to not have a hype DJ open up for a boring ass headliner. To ask a DJ to play at a slower BPM then they usually do is completely uncalled for. When promoters book a DJ, they should book them for them, and not for someone else. If a hotshot DJ requests an opener that will “slow play it” and “sandbag”, they should just bring their own bitches with them then.
An even higher offense than this is asking a DJ to play a completely different genre then they would normally play. Again, this is bad promoting. It’s up to the organizers of the events and the nightclubs to make sure they book appropriate talent and give them the right time slots to fit their style. If they want a DJ to spin but can’t fit them into that night, then they should reserve them for a more fitting one.
Egotistical DJs that get pissed off at the opener DJ for playing too fast should be kicked in the balls. My bad bro if this tempo doesn’t fit into your pre-planned “live set”. Fucking tools. It’s a DJs job to play to the crowd, not to the DJ. If most people go to an event for the headliner anyways, then why does it even matter. The crowd obviously is there to hear that type of music. Even if a DJ is surprisingly playing a drum & bass track before a deep house headliner, it shouldn’t matter. This is 2013. Creativity, originality, freedom. Try to control me and I’m swingin!