So You Think You Can DJ?
Recently we organized our very first DJ contest, it wasn’t a big one but is was a dope one since we had a lot of submissions from DJ’s from all over the world and we got the luxury position to listen to all of them 😉 Yes there were some bad ones but the good ones between all mixes were worth listening to the bad mixes to. Our first So You Think You Can DJ Contest was a big hit, a lot of DJ’s sended their demo’s in and a few made it through the selection. One of those DJ’s is our DJ contest winner Joe K from Lebanon, Beirut. Joe will be playing in our weekly Radio show / podcast Dirty Disco Radio that is hosted weekly on 5 different radio stations world wide and available as a English podcast on all platforms: Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Our Youtube Channel and in the Itunes store. You can listen to the podcast on your favorite platform, if you do please subscribe follow us and leave some feedback. I always say support the movement! 😉
The show always kicks off live on our Dutch radio station Deep Fm on a Monday 19:00 CET. This Monday the 16th of March 2015 Joe K will take the responsibility of the exclusive guest mix in our Dirty Disco show. Make sure to be there with a nice drink along your side and the volume turned up high.
Because of the occasion and Joe winning the contest we did a little bit of Q & A with Joe, just to understand what his drive is and what his view is on the whole Dj / music scene.
Take some time to enjoy the interview and please share your thoughts with us in the comments section down below the page.
Up Close & Intimate, A Interview With: Joe K
1.Let’s start with little introduction, what is your real name and when did you start DJ’ing, what or who were your early passions and influences?
2.What are the most special moments in your artistic career?
The most special moments are looking at the crowd just letting the music take control of them, letting their inhibitions go and just having an amazing time!
3.How did you know that music production and DJ’ing were things you definitely wanted to pursue in life?
4.What are currently your main challenges as a DJ? What is it about DJ’ing, compared to, say, producing your own music, that makes it interesting for you?
5.What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?
Generally, each set I create has a certain theme so depending on the theme I have in mind, I carefully select the pool of tracks I want to use to achieve this mood I want to create through my set.
6.How do you prepare for a gig? Is there a ritual that you always do?
7.What makes you decide to play a particular track during one of your sets? Is there a criteria other than pure subjectivity, for selecting what to play at a gig?
8.When there’s more music than one can possibly take in, it is becoming increasingly hard to know what constitutes an original and a remake anymore. What’s your opinion on the importance of roots, traditions, respecting originals and sources?
9.Do you feel a crowd is actually able to appreciate the intricacies of complex DJ’ing, if they don’t actually know what, precisely, is happening behind the decks
10.The relationship with the audience is crucial for a DJ, and yet it seems to be a fragile one. How do you see the balance between giving the crowd what they want and treating them to something new?
11.DJs that just press play on their laptop may have given technology a bad name, but without technology, there’d be no DJ’ing in the first place. What’s your perspective on the relationship and the balance between technological advances, music and the art of DJ’ing? How have particular technologies changed your style of DJ’ing?
12.Can you give us a hint of the musical treats and surprises (new tracks, edits etc.) you’re going to serve us any time soon?
13.What’s one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
15.If you could collaborate with one artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Thank you for having this little interview with us Joe, we really loved it, and we love your mixes to, keep that vibe going on!
Follow Joe on his Mixcloud.
Very soon we will also launch the second DJ contest so watch our website for information about that.