I am quite familiar with “selling out” as I play a lot of songs that are disposable, though I try to keep sane each night by inserting one or two that I actually like; But for every one Phoenix, there are ten Rihannas. That’s the biz.
My DJ life got legs when I was in college in San Francisco. My partner in crime was J Boogie, of Dubtronic Science fame. We held a slew of amazing weeklies, with names like Black Belt’s Boogie Back and Jambalaya. The programming consisted of funk, rare groove, and that good hip hop released in the mid-1990s.
But even that couldn’t last.
As the 1990s came to a close, we came to a passing: J Boogie chose to make some amazing yet more obscure music rooted in the funk/hiphop/dub tradition that he enjoyed and I started playing “Party Up” by DMX.
So I sold out.
But there were some nice consolation prizes. C’est la vie.
The reason I bring this up: a recent napkin note that was delivered to DJ SPIDER at the Forum in North Carolina has sparked heated discussion of what “selling out” actually entails. The document in question:
On the other hand, my favorite song from J Boogie’s first record might:
Bonus Material: This is an article I wrote for Scion Magazine back in 2005 featuring the best band ever, PHOENIX. I hung out with them and enjoyed their show at the Great American Music Hall in the Yay. Click to read.
***To possibly be included in a future DJ Support Group post, please save the napkin note so that a proper scan can be made. Thanks***