It wouldn’t be music if there wasn’t controversy. Things are seemingly on edge lately in the electronic music world regarding the realm of prerecorded sets. Cue in, button pushers. People have been calling out DJ’s and producers over social media after shows claiming the sets they saw weren’t live. In a traditional setting, a DJ spins from records, mixing live on stage. The sets change, the vibes vary. But now, we see the artist on stage hiding behind a laptop, presumably pushing play.
So what’s the deal with this? Some are under the presumption they aren’t receiving the full worth of the show when they get prerecorded sets over a live one. Questions have rose on the authenticity of the sets and the person playing said sets. So naturally, we wait for response. And response is what we got.
In light of the commotion, Jauz took the time to reach out to his fans and followers and give his personal insight. Not only did he address the issue, but he also admitted to being a culprit of pressing play.
Following his post, Laidback Luke took to Twitter placing his two cents on the matter. Saying pre-planned sets aren’t “the way to perform” Jauz responded to LL by saying “for a 60 minute set my “pre planned set” is 80-95 songs lol so u never get thru all of em. Always bouncing to what feels right”. LL went on to applaud Jauz on taking initiative on the topic and creating a solid discussion throughout the music community.
To sum things up, to mix live is a task that has its challenges. Sometimes it becomes more practicable to use a prerecorded set list to ensure things go smoothly; perhaps at a festival or large event. For those who DJ live and come up with the next move on whim, more power to you. Reading the crowds energy and anticipating what comes next is a skill, one that may surprise both the artist and the listener.