Our argument every time is developed in the three different phases, whose names took inspiration from groove and whose content changes according to the mood of the discussion. The “forerunner” is like an introduction, the “tour de force” is the place hosting the hottest words, and the “slow dance” is the conclusion.
A DRUMMER DJ/REPORT CARD:ON WHAT ELEMENTS YOU WOULD JUDGE A DRUMMER/DJ
Wow….: for the first time ever, we dress the judge’s clothing as we let ourselves go, with some little irony, and put score to drummers and DJs.
We are not “music teachers”, but we are right now “music fans” who are doing a sort of report card to them. What are the factors off our ideal report cards, both for drummers and DJs? What is our weight we’d give to each factor?
TOUR DE FORCE
Drummers – On the report card, in order of preference, we would consider: his beating on time with the groove, his personalisation, his innovation, the weight of his feet.
It’s not a joke, it’s nothing ironic and it’s nothing trivial: for us a good drummer is one who goes on time, is one who is really there tuned in on the music, both live and in the studio. On the stage in particular, it’s embarrassing to have the other musicians playing louder to cover the mistakes made by the drummer. We appreciate if the player has the ability of having his own style: it’s the same you might sometimes hear blaming to a singer: he doesn’t have to “sing like…” he must sing how he feels. It’s the same on a drummer, who, however, can be influenced by others, but not to beat like him. Innovation is a “plus”: not necessarily and not always drummers are innovators! His feet should be heavy, enough to hear him loud, on the songs and, especially live.
DJs – On the report card we would think of: his fingers, his taste, his open mind (his ability of matching together various music genres) and his interaction in the club.
It’s not a joke, but his fingers are the most important body part involved: they have to be synchronized, fast,” multi-tasking” (… lol!). His good taste in making the set lists is essential, as well: the disc-jockey never has to forget he’s got a crowded disco-club, a crowded venue to spin for, tto entertain: his taste better is, the less boring the feeling is inside the house. His open mind – the ability of doing mash ups, also with other music genres is associated to his good taste: the mash ups, the mixes make set lists more interesting and less boring. It’s not necessary he interacts to the club attendees: chats might cover the music and they are more popular on the radio stations, but we think a “Hello everybody!” and a “Come on, dance on this, break your legs on this one” to cheer on, here and there, isn’t garbage.
It was really funny to make the above report cards, but the only “supreme” judge is time: if venues get empty after a couple of nights, or after a couple of gigs it meant something was wrong.
There is not Academy to become a good drummer or a good DJs: it’s a kind of very personal performing art… and forget about the TV talent shows: they just sell illusions to young talented guys!
What we feel to say to DJs and drummers as fans is: “Thank you for trying being the best on Earth any time you perform; study to get wiser, not to be a perfectionist; try to improve e every day”
DD TV xxx