Everything I make as a producer, I visualize it as a DJ first. And all those beats, I test them as a DJ.
I feel as if you're saying that DJ is not a real job.
I am trying to walk a tightrope; trying to keep the DJ community happy while trying to spread the message about dance music to more people. That is the mission that I am on.
I can be a badass DJ when I want, but I am also an insufferable music snob.
A lot of people felt I was getting work because I was Boy George. My response at the time was that there's a lot of DJs making records, they're not all making good records, but they have the right to do that.
DJs and people in the street know what they like.
I go to clubs and if I notice the DJs are playing the records faster, then I'll push the beats a little on the next record I make. A lot of people don't know how to watch out for things like that.
If I had to play only for people who liked the music because they heard it on the radio, it wouldn't make me happy. That's why I'm working so hard to have, yes, a profile as an artist, but also a profile as a DJ.
But then I quite enjoy when something goes wrong, because when I watch DJs that take it very seriously, it's nice when you make a mistake and laugh about it.
I've been DJing mostly, and most DJs end up producing. That's just me.
A good DJ is always looking at the crowd, seeing what they’re like, seeing whether it’s working; communicating with them. Smiling at them. And a bad DJ is always looking down at what they’re doing all the time and just doing their thing that they practiced in their bedroom
One thing I always found hard to stomach over the past few years is that being a DJ or musician is a career opportunity.
I love the DJ scene out in the clubs. It is a great way to party and make people happy, the atmosphere is one that I use as an escape from reality.
Let your heart beat for music. Don't be a DJ for the wrong reasons, do it because you have a passion for it.
A lot of people don't know how to talk on the phone anymore.
Chord progression is progression of emotions; storytelling - taking one person from one mood to the next. We are doing the same thing within a DJ set.
When I started DJ'ing, it was no big thing. There was no money in DJ'ing, and you did it purely for the love of playing music.
I'm a DJ. I get the party started.
The most important thing is how you program and how you choose your records. That really does sort out who is a good DJ and who is just playing records.
My job is to be a DJ and make people dance so if people dance, I've done my job.
I don't care if I get kicked out of every rich kid club on the planet. I will never sacrifice my integrity as a DJ...ever.
My parents were extreme left so everything was against the system. I was walking barefoot in the streets of Paris when I was eight. When I started to DJ they hated it, because for them, nightclubs, and all of this life, was terrible and fake.
If you're the biggest DJ in the world, you're in a position where you can play stuff that people don't know and blow people's minds. But if you just chose to play stuff they know just to get a reaction, that's just being lazy.
I DJ all the time, as much as I possibly can. I'll never stop. That's my security blanket, that's what I'm good at. I still consider myself a better DJ than a singer. I can DJ in my sleep.
When I'm looking for DJ sets and stuff to drop, I look for music that I feel is gonna get the reaction I want from the crowd.
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