I have big respect for DJs who's been around for so long and turntablism takes huge loads of practice and skill.
That said, the music he played seems very ordinary (read: not exciting) and most of these "live" DJ shows where they play the songs out in real time sound worse than a regular DJ set.
I really dig this set by Blawan. While he might not be the best technical DJ, the tracks are dope and the set is packed with energy.
He gets paid to play predominantly top 40/ open format. His sets range from part "live remix" to just turntables and a controller, it all depends on how he's booked. I've heard his "normal" sets live - it's mostly his scratching / personal edits that make his sets. Then again, 99% of people at a venue won't notice any of it, expect for maybe some clever transitions/song selection.
This is one of his DMC competition routines - he took second in 03. The bit around 1:44 is my favorite.
Q Bert's a beast, but he doesn't get have the same booking value, because he's not as into production / and hasn't adapted his style to something easier to digest. Many of the big Vegas club music directors were old school DJ's, but they still have pretty safe music programming. That's why "big" acts like Dennis Ferrer can get kicked off the decks at big clubs - inability to adapt their sets to the crowd.
That's from early last year, so some of the songs will be dated, but Scene's paid his dues and he's a Vegas resident DJ as well. Some pretty clever word play transitions / old school incorporation, but in the end, it's an open format set essentially. Edited by cyc wid it - 11/2/12 at 12:25am