"Reeewiiiind my selector!" That's usually when the MC (usually whilst imitating an afro Caribbean or mockny afro Caribbean blend accent if they don't actually naturally have one) tells the DJ spinning the tracks 'n' dubs to rewind the track and start it over. What's the difference between a DJ and a selector within a D'n'B, UK garage and Dub step music mixing context?  



A little flawed in reason


If a credible DJ was that big, surely they wouldn't necessarily need to announce it a month in advance before going to a city to DJ in order to expect a decent turn out? Most of the decent DJ's we used to go and see would be decided upon on a weekly basis if we didn't actually look up the coming months scheduled line ups, because hardcore clubber have a whole bunch of different quality DJ's to potentially see on a night out in any major city at the weekend. Common sense would suggest to me that the reason they announce it a month in advance is to give everybody who would potentially turn up as much chance as possible to make arrangement to turn up in order to maximize turnout. It also depends what kind of clubbing you're into. But most of the club nights we looked for were the ones that had the sonics that would maximise the potential effects of certain stuff within the bounds of our musical tastes. We knew when we were specifically going out to get tanked on booze and we knew when we were going out to specifically to wired and maximise other stuff. Being indifferent to what they reckon, is that wrong? 'Cos that's what I am to at this moment in my head. You need to remember, its mainstream popular culture and not facets of underground club culture that's being explored here. 


It's all about the music and the music should speak for itself? A true and pure ideal worth living by. Since if there wasn't the people making the music there'd be no music to play to begin with. But in reality the DJ is as much a part of the music industry as the music press writer is within many contexts and genres. Without their  selection and promotion there'd be less music awareness, less music sold and a vastly smaller music industry. Also the deluge of music would get pretty awkward to filter and the level of quality and innovation would just drop off. However if they don't work a more regular radio DJ show (where they have a steady regular wage) its getting to a point where DJ's don't just purely play other peoples music anymore especially on the EDM scene.  Sure the EDM DJ uses the music to create a journey and alter mood and feelings on the floor during a set, but to set themselves a part many have had to do their own reworks along side their own productions to differentiate themselves. Especially in the digital age where  closely guarded record box exclusives and promos are pretty much near impossible to use as a means of strategy to give you that DJ career building edge. The next best thing you could do is try to make your own I guess. The reason why the EDM DJ producer/remixer or producer/remixer DJ has more success? Because they have a unique identity and product to sell beyond just the ability of playing other peoples music regardless of what we think of their music.  Rolling stone covers popular culture, the musical popular culture of now is very different from the musical popular culture of the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's.


In EDM, because of far more modern high quality sound systems and techniques in sound engineering, its generally getting far more sophisticated for the purposes of letting loose and trippin' you out on a dance floor (hopefully in a good way). The combination of tight and intentionally contrived SPL manipulation along side certain neurological stimulating frequency combinations all now seem to play a much larger part in the overall experience beyond just what moves you at the more rhythmic and musical level. I'd need a degree in applied neurology to fully understand it and actually apply it, which I don't have and thus can't do it in any competent calculating way. So beyond the additional science that can be harnessed to add that "I don't know what it is" draw to a production that could potentially make or break a record without people even really knowing why, there is only the music for most of us.