Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hip-Hop Trained

Traditional concert pianists are often divided into two styles: Classical and Jazz.  It is very challenging for a classically trained pianist to cross over and vice versa but it does happen.  When I first started DJing I felt that there was a similar type of dichotomy but it was between Hip-Hop and House.  I started with hip-hop but now that I am getting into house, I am finding the cross over to be a lot more challenging than I had originally anticipated.

People can hear the hip-hop in my mixes even when I am NOT playing any hip-hop. I scratch, I don't mix for more than 4-8 bars and I rapidly change in and out of songs. This is a style that does not work with house.  In many ways house is much more patient and the best mixes with house music go unnoticed. DJs will play a house track for several minutes (up to 10minutes) A mix can also last for several minutes with out people even realizing the DJ is mixing. This requires a certain type of patience that I am trying to find within myself;)


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