As we all know, there is one thing many DJs love more than music itself, and that is HATING on other DJs. Sometimes it’s justified – for instance, if there’s a fellow DJ you always give acapellas to, but when you ask for one they have, they won’t share. Perhaps you let a fellow DJ cover a club night for you, and then they end up politicking with the owner, and undercut you to steal the night! In that case, by all means, you have every right to hate on that DJ. Lately, DJ Pauly D has been a hot topic in the DJ community, with many DJs talking trash about him via Twitter, Youtube, etc. However, the hating in this case is NOT justified.
Everyone knows the deal so I won’t spend much time recapping. It’s very simple. Pauly was a DJ spinning local spots. He became a star via MTV. Now he’s doing huge club gigs for huge money. The last sentence really shouldn’t puzzle anyone. He has a huge mainly female following, which is every club owners dream. The end result is you have an inexperienced DJ who is still in the process of getting better, now spinning at spots usually reserved for the game’s elite – while also out-earning them.
My question to all the haters is this: “What would you do if you were in his shoes?” If you were a newer DJ and got offered big bucks to play a big club, would you turn it down? Would you say “Ehhh, I appreciate the offer sir, but you know, there are other DJs out there who are better than me. I’m gonna keep practicing and I’ll get back to you in about five years once I’ve finally earned the respect of Dj So-and-so on youtube.” Maybe you would provide a list of all the DJs that you felt were better than you, tell the club owner to try them first, and then tell the owner if everyone on this list is already booked, you would be happy to play that night :)
To anyone who has visited any online forum ever, you know that the Internet is full of haters. That’s nothing new. But the level of hate that I see for Pauly D is amazing. And really, most DJs should be ashamed of themselves. Every DJ was a beginner at one point. I can’t imagine ever randomly telling another DJ that they suck. As a DJ, you have definitely asked for help and more than likely received it, at some point in your career. Whether you asked a peer for a song you needed, or for equipment advice. Everytime I go to JD’s to record an episode, he always seems to get multiple calls from other DJs asking for some form of help or advice. And JD always gives it without ever complaining. I’ve had so many peeps give me feedback on mixes, help me with a song when I was in a rush, I can’t imagine ever not returning the favor.
My main point is this: If you are a DJ and you think you are better than Pauly D, you should be helping him instead of just straight hating. My advice to Pauly would be this:
There’s gotta be alot of pressure as a novice DJ all of a sudden getting crazy money for huge gigs like this. However, just because you’re getting all that money doesn’t mean you have to try and put on a huge show. Just do what you’re comfortable doing and don’t go beyond yourself. I’ve seen many of the best DJs perform and most don’t scratch all that much. DJing at clubs isn’t all about doing amazing stuff. It’s about keeping the energy going. So basically, don’t try to do too much. I would also recommend checking out record pools such as Dj City or DMS. They list all the BPMS, and have very useful edits of songs with mixable intros that will definitely help you sound smoother. Last but not least, find someone who you know is well-respected who will help teach you the craft. If you can’t find anyone, check out some of the tutorials on youtube, or even blogs like this.
Hopefully, I changed some of your minds and made you look at this in a different way. Like I said, just put yourself in his shoes and ask yourself what you would do in that position.