Bridging The Gap: Interview with DJ Enferno

As DJ technology continues to evolve, the division between controller DJs and turntable DJs seems to be getting bigger. Both styles of DJing have their advantages and ultimately try to achieve the same result. Even A-Trak commented on this subject saying DJing is about taking risks and not just what you use at the club.

But what about DJs that use both? Many DJs are experimenting with controllers, like the Midi Fighter 3D or the Native Instruments Maschine, for their live sets. Few DJs have been able to incorporate both elements into one complete ecosystem. Even more rare are those DJs who are able to combine live production instruments with controllers and turntables. DJ Enferno is one of those rare breeds able to turn a typical DJ set into a live music performance. We reached out to DJ Enferno and talked about the future of DJ technology, his creative process, and what it takes to bridge the gap.

The Setup


DJ Enferno’s setup has changed a lot over the years since he first started experimenting with live instruments in 2006. He has since reduced his setup to the essentials, “I had two big Pelican cases full of stuff, which was very hard to travel with. Over time I figured out how to trim down while making the rig more powerful.”

A typical club set up for DJ Enferno includes:

Live Performances

To define his performance, DJ Enferno called his sets part DJing and part live music performance. “The DJ side is about keeping the dance floor moving, while the live performance side is about keeping an audience entertained, similar to what a band does,” said DJ Enferno. The term “performance” admittedly has a lot of meanings in the DJ world but he sees song selection, mixing, using live instruments, and using turntables as instruments the most important parts of his performances.

The Creative Process

The creative process begins with building a traditional remix in the studio, with the goal of it being played live. “Then I bounce individual parts and save synth presets and create a kit. I then open Ableton Live and Serato and build my instrument around the track to recreate it,” said DJ Enferno. After breaking up the remix into parts the creative process takes shape. He continues, “Sometimes I play almost all the notes in a routine using Ableton drum racks for samples, and instrument racks for synths. Sometimes I’ll create a backing track and use that in the routine, while I play a few elements on top.”

Bridging the Gap

Serato controlled turntables are the backbone of his setup with a Maschine controlling other elements through Ableton. Bomes Midi Translator is used to flip between routines on the Maschine with a turn of a knob. “I have been on Bomes, learning and programming, since 2008. I can now turn the big Maschine knob and select up to 20 loop-based routines, and also select an additional 107 drum rack banks,” he said.

Ableton runs through the audio interface in the DJM 900 Nexus mixer, however, the main out is routed to the first channel on the mixer. “I use channel four to send my metronome from Ableton, which I can monitor with the cue button, but which the audience can’t hear. That helps me keep some of my drumming in time. It also lets me do live looping with no apparent beat to the audience,” he explains.

The midi keyboard, which controls synths, is mapped in many different ways depending on the situation. “I sometimes split the keyboard using Ableton Instrument racks. Sometimes I’ll have Sylenth and Massive running at the same time, or multiple Sylenths and an Ableton Sampler instrument running. I use Bomes to activate the correct Instrument rack,” he said.

All of this is done without using the Bridge so there is no sync between his turntables and Ableton. He said he does the beat matching manually but not without help, “One trick is to edit the Serato tracks for routine to already be the same BPM as the Ableton session. Otherwise, I’ll just remember where to put the pitch adjustment.”

The Future of DJ Technology

DJ Enferno is hopeful for the future of DJ technology. “DJ technology will continue to break down barriers-to-entry for aspiring DJ’s. My hope is that more people will take advantage of technology to do creative things with performance. But it’s really up to everyone individually,” he said.

He also mentioned that technology should not dictate what is possible saying, “The creativity is in your head.  You just need to work hard to learn the things that will allow you to express your creativity.”

For more DJ Enferno, check out his official website and subscribe to his Youtube channel.

 

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  • shko

    He is so impressed to me. I think appearance of sync system makes us easier to do DJ.

    So that, we have to make effort to create another value.
    Some of the people think he isn’t unusual as DJ but he is DMC’s vice chanpion!
    He is true DJ and I want to be DJ like him. I’m rooting for ENFERNO from Japan!

  • Mandell Louissaint

    @enferno:disqus S/O to Dj Enferno. He is my favorite dj out there and he has boatloads of talent. He kind of reminds of futuristic myself because like him i’m a young 12 year old dj. I also play piano and am still learning and would like to be able to remix songs like this and add my own flavor to them as he does. I am starting dj on a pioneer ddj sb and still learning. I wish I was at his level. I am still learning to scratch, but i’m getting there. Him collaboarating with one on my idols, Dj Shiftee was great. I always wanted to go to Dubspot and learn from him. I also think there are many more great thing about Enferno like he’s not too “cool” to respond to his fans. He is one of the only one’s who will do this. Once Again DJ ENFERNO 11/10 as always. INCREDIBLE

  • Mandell Louissaint

    @enferno:disqus S/O to Dj Enferno. He is my favorite dj out there and he has boatloads of talent. He kind of reminds of futuristic myself because like him im a young 12 yar old dj

  • djlaah

    I actually love this type of performance, i been DJ’ing for awhile now just as a hobby and this type of performance are the ones i really love, i don’t care if people say it’s dum and that nobody will care in a club like some comments I read below, i think its about going to a next level even if people wont notice it in the club, I mean what the hell probally 90% of people in a dance club wont even care, but like deejae snafu said it’s about being original even if its for self completeness and not crowd pleasure, i think part of this “concept” of what a DJ is has been corrupted because of all the new HEART MAKING, JESUS complex ARTIST out there, with out knowing that is more than that, its an ART form, and like everything that you put your creativity in it has to evolve. (sorry for my english not a native english speaker) RESPECT for Enferno!
    Peace!

  • UGH

    I do a lot of cross mixing from vinyl to digital, and supplement with an Akai percussion kit. Just raw, unedited, do what feels right sort of stuff; at the right time. When you do this, when you catch that groove, you are no longer just a DJ. You are a musician armed with a vehicle for emotion that you convey to your listener. You are performance art and you are an ‘experience’. People are welcomed into your groove and you ride it together. This is an intimate engagement well above and beyond mixing. You’re not just beat matching tracks; You’re beat matching people. This is next level Jedi sh1t – Get out of our way.

  • naveen

    Negativity ??? wow that is super cool… really…

  • Will Divide

    oof.

  • SINLess

    Respect to Enferno for drawing the line between those who have vision, skill, drive, passion, and a down right love for DJing and those who push buttons, can’t beat match, can play only one style of music but are filled with keyboard courage in this thread! If you are offended by that statement than you know where you are in life.

    I’ve been a fan of this guy since he started bringing more gear to a set than most home studios. lol! He helped inspire me at a point in my 20 year career when I was rocking parties with too much ease thanks to technology and would leave events bored while my crowd thought I killed it. While asking myself “Is this really how it’s going to be?” I found Enferno on Youtube and it clicked. Yes he made my job more challenging, more expensive (gear), yet I believe (whenever I get it down lol!) I’ll be better for it.

    So to all the positive commentators – Real recognizes Real and Thanks for supporting Enferno and to all of you Haters – Thanks for fueling the rest of us! Yes the crowd at the end of the day just wants to hear well mixed great music but trust me they aren’t blind and can see a DJ that has something many don’t! If you read this Enferno, Thanks for the spark and get at me when you come back to H-town like I said I owe you a bowl of delicious PHO! LOL! God Bless and keep inspiring us!

    • ENFERNO

      Thank you for that bro. You are the one that offered me pho in H-town lol ok next time I’m in town, let’s do it. But it better be good. We have great pho around here in VA near DC. Happy New Year

  • sicnarf033

    can someone explain to me how enferno uses ableton and scratch live on the same laptop? is he using a rane sl as a audio interface for ableton? im curious to know how this is set up. thanks

    • ENFERNO

      Ableton runs through the DJM900- Nexus built in soundcard. Serato runs through an SL3 box.

  • Charlie

    Great interview candidate, Enferno has constantly been upping his game for so many years.

    Dude, I remember at the DMC US Finals in LA, I think 2004, when you started to get the idea of doing live production. It seemed like such a long shot and so difficult. But you preserved for years and mastered it, musically everything is really on point and your timing is impeccable. Amazing collection of achievements in DJing between battling and now this (your ching ching juggle is one of the best of all time IMO).

    Anyway, respect to Enferno, really an all around great guy and amazing musician. If Enferno is in your city, definitely go see him.

    • ENFERNO

      haha the “ching ching” juggle. thanks for mentioning that. memories.

  • sicnarf033

    i would very much like to see his set up and how he actually has ableton and serato up at the same time. i have a keyboard that i want to incorporate into my ddj-sx. i hope to be saving up and doing a similar set up like dj enferno’s.

    • ENFERNO

      Both are on at the same time. One runs through a serato box. the other through the pioneer soundcard via USB. I have Maschine, the keyboard, and the Pioneer soundcard on a USB hub, believe it or not. No problems. Serato runs on the other usb port.

  • David

    Enferno is so talented! I love his routines! The problem is that he pretty much looses the ‘live’ part of the show that typical DJs can allow themselves which is to start the show without knowing where its going to go. The reason I don’t consider people like him DJs is because they’ve gone beyond that, but they also lost the very core property of DJing which is to be able to change their show every time they go live.

    • ENFERNO

      You’ve never seen me play live, which i can tell by your post. You’ve probably just seen the video routines. In the article, I was trying to make it clear that my sets are part DJ set, and part live performance. they aren’t mutually exclusive. I started as a DJ, and always will be a DJ. I only started the live performance stuff in 2007, so I haven’t really been doing it that long. For the last 3 years, my sets go like this: I get to the show, read the crowd, get the dancefloor going by mixing records, get on the mic and intro myself, maybe do a 2 min live set, Dj some more, feel it out then do another live set for another 2-3 minutes whenever it makes sense. The element of watching a “band” play is in each of the short live sets that take place throughout my show. I never know exactly which ones I’ll do, or when I’ll do them, since I’m taking into account the crowd in front of me. Yes with the live performance stuff, I’m not really DJ’ing…the rest of the time, believe me, I’m Dj’ing lol. Make sense?

      • David

        Yes, unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to see you live. The purpose of my comment (which I now see wasn’t as clear as I thought) wasn’t to criticize you or anything. I understand that people who want to do incredibly detailed (and amazing) performances have to plan and learn a few of them and them combine them with traditional record mixing. What I wish for is a platform which will allow one to create similarly-styled “routines” (more interactive performances which can include finger drumming, complicated fx, scratching and so on) on the fly with a combination of records and music “production” tools.

        • ENFERNO

          No offense taken. Just clarifying for you.

  • HedSnap

    Amazing! Technically brilliant, sounds fantastic. Working to get to this level of craftsmanship myself but sooo far from there. For now I love watching these type of sets and being inspired.

  • kebzer

    First of all, mad respect to ENFERNO for his craftsmanship and for taking the time to post answers in here and explain things directly. This is still a privilege you spoiled brats, not an obligation of the internet days.

    Now, for anyone that might not liked this video/performance, move on, this is not a place for you. Or just quietly sit back and take notes. You’re anyhow gonna do that, so spare us the comments.

    BTW, I think that after #realdjing, we need to introduce a new trend: #nothing_explained. Performers like ENFERNO should stop explaining their sets. If anybody wants to know the tricks and bits, pay a ticket and go watch it live and figure it out yourself dude. Maybe this way everybody will get their reality check and understand the level of complexity and training that is required to reach a certain level and above. When they try to replicate back home what they saw live the other night.

    Of all things gone wrong with the Internet, the ability to directly communicate with an artist has actually created this delusion of everybody being on the same level.

  • No Qualms

    Fucking sick!
    Mad props for mad skills!!
    Peace.

  • Sean Cvtter

    Enferno you da man! Thanks for sharing!

  • DJ Rashiiid

    Love the video, the techniques, everything!! How are you launching the different songs? E.g. you were scratching on the Juelz “Whistle Song” but then it went into Aluna George. On the Maschine, are you switching back and forth from Ableton’s drum rack and clip mode?

    • ENFERNO

      Aluna George was a track in Serato, as well as the Whistle song loop. On maschine it’s a combination of one shot samples in Drum Racks and launching clips, which sometimes can be full songs, or stripped down backing tracks for live remixes. I use 4 buttons on the bottom left of Maschine to launch up to 4 clips per live remix routine. Sometimes I don’t use any clips and just use one shots. In that 100bpm set, I have Bird Machine as a clip in ableton, so you’ll see my launch that when I hit one of those buttons.

      • YoureADJHesAnArtist

        Lots of respect to you for being involved in these comments.. you come off as a class act in your videos and this only confirms it.

  • lzme

    @dj enferno – u r one of the most versatile/amazing djs I’ve ever seen. Could u be able to make/share some tutorials on your performance setup/remix set. Thanks

    • ENFERNO

      thanks. one of these days I will shoot some tutorials. It’s just so hard to work that into the projects I’m already working on. Ask a question now though and I’ll see what I can do.

      • helena

        How can I be good in scratching & finger drumming? tnx

        • ENFERNO

          practice. then practice. then watch some online videos on how to do it. then practice some more. Just keep doing that and eventually you will be good. I only started the finger drum stuff a few years ago. I practice a lot but have a long way to go.

  • calkutta

    if he only had a MIDI turntable,he could hit them notes then pull’em back……..still,big fan.

  • filo farnsworth

    pointing the controller towards the crowd is genius, but otherwise this is just sonically annoying, par for the course these days.

  • Dee Jay Park

    How can any of you have to argue on Enferno’s performance style?
    Okay, I admit that I’m not exactly a club-guy but the skill level is very high and his performance style makes every Enferno set unique.
    I’ve read about some guy here saying that “DJing is about playing finished tracks”… So what makes DJs different then? The order one plays those track? Enferno does something amazing that can change and be entirely different gig after gig.
    You may not like his music but how can you blame him on the technical / artistic side?

    • ENFERNO

      ???? daps

  • bry8

    Best part about Enferno is he is a really chill guy of the sets too. I’ve had the chance to open up for him and catch him live twice. He worked his ass off and the crowd really showed their appreciation for it. He is an original act and that is why he is popular. Hard work pays off and I respect for that.

    • ENFERNO

      thanks. where did you see me?

  • Lil Swann

    I would love to know the specs on his laptop to have a good idea of how how powerful a machine it takes to run all that audio processing. I’ve been following Enferno from when he first started showing his live remix sets and everytime I am simply amazed. He is the the type of DJ I aspire to be being able to take a normal DJ setup and turn it into a live performance while still keeping the element of a real DJ alive. Non of this controller crap a real DJ taking classic DJ equipment combining it with today’s technology and bringing something that is creative, simply awe to watch, and fun to simply enjoy. Once I can get my head around the ins and outs of all the Ableton routing and midi settings I would love to do this same thing further in my DJ career but with more urban and old school classic music.

    • ENFERNO

      Macbook Pro 2.3 Ghz Intel Core i7
      16GB Ram
      1 TB SSD
      running Mavericks 10.9.5

      When I’m running video, I also run Modul8 Software at the SAME time as Ableton Live and Serato and Bomes. It works because the laptop has a dedicated graphics card with 2G RAM. Thanks for supporting 😉

      • Lil Swann

        Thanks for the reply man!!! I have a early 2011 MBP 2.0 Ghz with 16GB Ram and I put a 1TB SSD so I think I’m only missing the amount of graphics ram required I sadly only have 256MB of VRAM 🙁 but I think my computer should be powerful enough for audio routing stuff what you think? Also thanks for pushing the boundaries with the technology while keeping real DJing alive!!!

  • chris

    maybe this guys will shake more than the guests

  • DJ Possess

    Avicii at the end. Love it.

  • CUSP

    I do a lot of what Enferno does (I don’t scratch, but I do use voice overs), with Traktor and Maschine 2, and I’m working on the video angle as well (experimenting with some packages like Mix Emergency). I’ve been able to ressurect Sylenth1 as a VST in Maschine (with Live 32) and I’m pretty happy with the general setup, but despite the fact that it works, some pieces don’t like to work together (notably my Novation keyboard’s LCDs and Native Instruments’ Maschine interface).

    So…

    I’ve been having sit-down chats with the maker of Livetronica Studio for a couple of years and saw that he’s been trying to do this (and more) for a while now, and gave his program a try. While it’s not polished, I found myself actually liking that I’m doing everything in one piece of software. I started working with the company a few weeks ago, and I’m starting to see the advantages of not having the limits that are part of the rigid layout of Traktor and Maschine and the real power that can be harnessed by someone making a purpose-built program.

    I’m happy to say that the software is coming along very well, and that I’m in charge of helping the program become more visible. We’re looking for a few more Beta testers to help us with what we feel is the last push before we pretty it up and officially release it.

    If you’re interested, in doing more than DJing, or bringing DJ elements to your live set, this is our website: http://www.stagecraftsoftware.com

    And please, tell us what you think, this is “choose your own adventure” software.

  • gordon_strange

    Vestax have filed for bankruptcy…

    • ENFERNO

      amazing. I still have my vestax PMC06. I learned to really scratch on that, and that was about 8 years after I had already been dj’ing.

  • deejae snafu

    i see alot of negativity coming down here , and i have to say, if you cant pull off this kind of routine, you should not be saying anything detrimental to this blog post. if you dont like the way it sounds , fine , i can accept that. i dont like the way heavy metal music sounds, however im not going to go around wondering why metal musicians play their style of music, or even further actually voicing that its not “good”. everyone has different tastes and you must account for this.

    this guy has undeniably worked hard at carving out an original style, and employs it expertly, and i promise there are people that in fact would rather see this than “flirt” and hear a bunch of songs they already have on their ipod played another time.

    the amount of skill, practice and passion that goes into creating these routines dwarfs the amount of work that goes into playing a regular set. this might be lost on your average club goer, but not on everyone.

    ive said it before and ill say it again now, if you dont have something positive to add to the discussion, dont reply just to hear yourself talk.

    • CUSP

      Yeah, I totally agree. Enferno is truly in another league. I do something similar, and (while I’m not as good) I had not expected it to be so complex. It’s hard to juggle this many balls, but if you’re into it, and you take the time to get good, no “mere DJ” can touch your sets because you’re doing a lot more than just playing tunes, you’re grooving with your crowd.

      Guys like Enferno take dance floor entertainment to a new, and much more engaging level. If you’re fighting it, you’re wasting your energy and getting left behind. This is happening whether or not you fight it.

      • ENFERNO

        thanks

        • CUSP

          Wow, Enferno himself liked my comment. Looking forward to the day I can shoot the breeze with cats like you and grow from conversation/education.

      • Moises Hernandez

        I completely agree with you. I’m a bit of a purist in the sense that I believe everyone should learn how to mix by ear and all the basics that go with it. At the same time as I’ve grown in my art form I’ve took inn all the new capabilities and options at my disposal. I realized that like you said CUSP if I fought it I was going to get left behind. You have to know when going against the grain is a good thing and when is not. I remember when Final Scratch came out I was like what is this? Blasphemy!! lol Now I enjoy not having to log around vinyl or a bunch of cd cases. Life is all about growth and opening up to new things in order to transcend into the next expansion of one self. Same philosophy should be applied to your art form. If not your just going to be that hating individual left behind sounding like Bobby Bushay’s mother screaming “Foosball is the devil!!!” at every new technology/innovation that comes out.

        Enferno, Shiftee, and Craze should be recognized for what they’ve done. They’ve shown us that is ok to embrace the new and find ways to apply it and make it our own. I personally thank them for that. It’s helped me evolve and I’ve learned a lot watching these guys. So my up most respect to them and every one out there doing their thing and keeping positive, helping our art form and culture grow and evolve in the right direction.

        • Berrera

          I think regardless of what people are saying you wont get left behind by not preforming like this,it will become a niche market like beatboxing or scratching. How many scenes scratched or beat juggled back in the day, not many.

          You could have a tent at a festival that’s all about extreme controllerism.You might have (instead of visuals) a
          camera placed near your hands so everyone on the floor can see what you are doing. But like beatboxing, after a while people will just want to listen to tunes and they wont care if they are records or someone remixing on the fly cuz it’s just about music. Music is the most important thing, if you don’t agree with this statement you shouldn’t be here.

          I play old progressive house and prog tech and there is no way you could preform like this, as it’s slow and deep, so it wont ever be used to this extent in my scene or many others.

          No bad vibes from me, the guy is good, and it’s good to see people approach it in a different way.
          It’s not the future but it is part of it. A world championship in this kinda thing would be cool, like with scratching.

          • ENFERNO

            I could play an in one of those extreme controllerism tents, but that’s not fitting for my style. The beauty of being a DJ in addition to being a live music performer is that I can choose when to mix records, and when to bust out a live performance on keys/controllers/turntables etc. But it all depends on the crowd that’s there. Sometimes, people just want to see more of the live stuff, so I’ll give them more. Sometimes the crowd wants to hear a well mixed, well timed, well selected set of tunes, so I’ll focus on that, then add in live remix sets when it feels right.

            Nobody will be left behind if they’re not adopting the new technology and making live music. Dj’ing will always be an artform in itself, so anyone can be a good DJ and play an awesome set if they play the right songs at the right time in the right way. I’ve never stopped the DJ’ing part. I’ve just added the “live” part.

        • SINLess

          Well said Moises!

    • Chaser720

      I think this is the perfect balance between controllerism/scratching and DJing. I like the technical elements because you can really see whats going on and at the same time it doesn’t break the musical flow of the performance.

      • CUSP

        Yeah, I’d probably end up scratching “as a dash of flavor” rather than during my whole set, making it “the main course.” Baby scratching in parts like the Enferno piece was just right.

    • ENFERNO

      Thanks for that

      • deejae snafu

        Just callin it like I see it , sir.

  • Ztronical

    Xtreme sports were around before the xgames but not necessary, but look at all the amazing things we have all seen since the year 2000. Many people thought much of this was useless.
    Every hobby, sport, even cooking has extremes. Those who push boundaries pave the way for new technology and even fashion.
    If everyone did what the crowd wanted or as the instructions read, this would be a boring world.
    Just the fact that anyone comments proves an interest or change in structure.
    Everything changes, it’s up to you to try your own recipe.
    Listen to Adam Ant track Ant Music.

    • Patch

      I LOVE Adam and the Ants!!!!

    • CUSP

      Wait, you mean the part where it goes “the music’s lost it’s taste so find another flavor?” 🙂 I found that song way ahead of it’s time (for content) too.

      • Ztronical

        Yep that’s the song. Inferno if you’re listening cut that track up. It’s been mixed before. But in my opinion would be perfect for a cool video. If only I was at your level it would be posted already.

        • CUSP

          I’m right there with you. I know my gear well, and at least enough about playing the drums and piano to get me into trouble, but it’s very tricky to train your brain to do this stuff. It’s basically finite math for the musician: create your own environment, and then follow your own rules, but because we’re human, we make mistakes, and learn things weird.

        • CUSP

          I believe in you! You can do it!

  • ToldYou

    I tend to see it like Berrera. This is why a live performance by DJ Shadow beats every CunTROLLERS “set”. He produces these dope tracks himself and is reproducing tracks like “Organ Donor” live with an MPC, Turntables, EFX etc. Or DJ Premier is another example. He may not have the techniques down, when it comes to scratching, but the way he incorporates them is second to none. Videogaming/Button-bashing doesn’t make a good producer…

    • ENFERNO

      You should also watch RJD2 perform too. Those are great examples you listed.

      • ToldYou

        Big up to your approach (been watching all your different sets since you won the DMC USA) on DJ-ing. Your routines are always executed super-clean.

  • midiman

    why should a dj want to do this? it makes everything more complicated, no one pays for all the extra work and the audience does not care if the artist pushes some buttons to play certain song parts manualy.

    djing is all about playing finishedcsongs , the right one at the right time. this does not have to be changed, this is not boring, this is deejaying!

    the crowd is here to drink,flirt and hearing the songs they know. they dont care about technology and they dont care about some obscure remixes because they want to hear the song how it was made by the producer. good mashups are the only thing that can add some value but no one needs a machine or a midikeybord in the club.

    • Patch

      Good lord…

    • YoureADJHesAnArtist

      Facepalm

      My favorite part is how you just know the crowd so well…

      He has built an entire career and following by his performance style… And last time I checked your following is your #1 money maker long term

      Dude is putting in more work then you or I ever have so why hate? No point in saying ‘you don’t need this’…. I saw numark and cut chemist team up to scratch on a 5ft wide turntable one time and did they NEED that for the show? No. Were people going to show up and enjoy themselves regardless? Yes.

      But. It. Was. Awesome.

      • ENFERNO

        thanks

    • Berrera

      I totally agree with Midi man, LESS IS MORE! I will say that it is great to have people who approach dj’ing in a different way though. But having said that nothing will ever sound as good as a dj playing awesome tracks in a well programmed set and well mixed. How can somebody producing on the fly sound a good as a well produced track which may of taken weeks to finish. Chris leibing is actually really boring to listen to, it’s just simple layers building all the time.

      The problem with djing and electronic music at the minute stems from the company’s who were making the equipment wanted to sell more gear, they made djing easier by having the sync button amongst other things, to make the learning curve much shorter. Back in the day most people wouldn’t stick at djing because of the boring task of learning to beat match was to long for them and they would get bored and move on to their next 5 minute wonder. Obviously the companys who make the equipment want you to buy more gear
      so they are constantly thinking of new schemes to sell more stuff. Now you can put a mix together on your crappy iphone (using pirated tracks) or make a track using samples on your pirated Ableton, which takes no money or time and have a profile on Soundcloud within days.

      It’s a sad thing, because now you have so many people involved with
      music who don’t actually love music they just love the idea of fame,
      fortune, and sex. And the people who always loved the music have to try
      and be heard amongst all this rubbish.

      Because of this the market is flooded out with dj’s and producers. Real music lovers/dj’s now feel they need to do more to prove their worth, James Zabiela said a similar thing about this. At the end of the day it’s about presenting the music you love in the best way possible. I think alot of these dj’s who are into lots of equipment are more into justifying themselves than the music.

      • YoureADJHesAnArtist

        And I’ll say it again…. You are a DJ… He is an ARTIST

        You are playing tracks.. He is performing them. Both require skill, both require passion.

        By the way, you should try to apply that “Less is More” philosophy to your comments.

        • Berrera

          Lol, fair point regarding less is more.

          I actually agree with your artist vs dj point, though I think really good dj’s are artists. But do you not think that for the people on the dance floor or sat at home just listening to the mix all this trickery doesn’t offer anything more?

      • ENFERNO

        Good point. If you watch a band perform live, you are also never going to get as good a quality of sound and performance than what they recorded for their album. You may still be interested in watching and listening though, right? Maybe, or maybe not. The live stuff I do is like me as a “band”. The DJ’ing side is me as a DJ. My sets are not one or the other. They are both. Each live performance (on maschine, keys etc) are about 2-3 minutes long, just like a song. Those are spread throughout a DJ set (like songs) and performed in whatever order and whatever time seems fit based on reading the crowd (like a DJ). Less can be more. But also, more can be more too. For me I try to do enough of the “more”, as opposed to too much. I just used a lot of adjectives in this reply.

        • Berrera

          Hey, just wanted to set the record straight, I don’t think anyone here was doubting your skill and passion ( fuck I wish I had half your drive) and I totally get why your doing it. I was just making the point (which you understood) that it didn’t offer any more in the enjoyment of sound, as opposed to listening to finished mastered tracks.

          But yeah I agree with you on the band stuff, that’s one of the plus points we have, electronic music will always have better sound quality in a live situation.

          I see this video more of a demo of what could be done and i doubt you would pay like this for 6 hours?

    • ENFERNO

      I agree that DJ’ing is about playing the right songs at the right time. I do that too during my sets. The set is part DJ, and part live act, so the DJ’ing side never suffers. I just don’t post many videos of myself mixing tracks. Does that make sense?

    • U-N-I-VERSE-ALL

      Deejaying is gay, and live deejays are going to be replaced by automix software, so start looking for another job, your days are numbered…lol…

      • Berrera

        If you dont like djs why are you here? You must be new to the scene probably listen to EDM like harwell, avicii. Everyone else here is or likes dj’s.

        • U-N-I-VERSE-ALL

          I like doing stems of original music, not other people’s music…, and I was half joking, so don’t take it so serious, lol…

          • Berrera

            Sorry, you don’t get tone of language over typing. Stems is a cool idea but I don’t think you will be able to get as good sound or those little touches you can get with playing finished/mastered tracks. But definatly a tool that can be used.