By Tony Fernandez
The Internet is a glorious thing. It truly is. I marvel at the unlimited power and capabilities one has access to with a mere click or keystroke. Once you get past the click bait, porn, and Russian political meddling, you can actually find some really useful things out there on the world wide web.
What I DON’T understand is why DJs seem to be using the Internet to fill gaps in their repertoire. I’m not talking about the Spotify/YouTube jocks that can’t even get on the service that doesn’t have ads (I’m sure there is a special ring in Dante’s Inferno for you). . .
And I’m not talking about the yahoos that can’t use Google after people take the time to help, explain, educate, and pass on knowledge… you STILL want a link to click. . .
I’m talking about the DJs that are AT gigs… right in the middle of an event and they are on Facebook and the plethora of DJ pages asking questions like: Where do I place my speakers? The bride just moved the time line, what should I do? And my favorite: What song should I play next?
I’ll tell you what you need to do: you need to get off your smart phone, put your nose to the grindstone, put on your big boy or big girl pants and FIGURE IT OUT! Yeah l I know you can make the point that the offending DJ is doing that by getting on their device, BUT… do you see other professionals working and getting on Facebook to ask for suggestions? I’m sure a lawyer in the middle of a courtroom is going to whip out their iPad and Google a case. I’m sure a doctor in the middle of a procedure is going to check on a Facebook page to ask how to continue what they are doing. Yeah, right.
Look, I get it, we ALL need help at some point. My self included. No single human being knows everything – well, maybe one: I saw a piece on a student (from MIT, I believe) that was able to isolate the nerve/electrical impulse that our brain uses to communicate with the mouth. This student was then able to tap into that connection and convert that electrical impulse into text, which he sent to Google. So you can ask this student ANYTHING and they would have the answer.
There are some really great people on these pages that genuinely and selflessly offer up invaluable information for the sake of being a decent person. They authentically want to help. What I take umbrage with are DJs doing the asking WHILE at a gig in REAL TIME. Especially on things they should know. Specifically: what music to play. You got ONE job, handle the music. Handle it before the gig. And if something comes up during the gig, HANDLE IT. That’s your job.
How do you even find time at a gig to get on a device to get an answer for something you need immediately? I would think your time is better served by paying attention to the situation at hand instead of wasting precious time tapping a screen and waiting for a response. And at the risk of sounding like the proverbial old “hey you kids get of my lawn” guy, people were able to use the power of problem solving, cognitive skills and intestinal fortitude BEFORE the Note or iPhone was invented.
I have to go get ready to play to a bunch of college students. I’m doing my homework NOW.
Keep ‘em spinning.
Based out of Richmond, VA, DJ Tony Fernandez has been a DJ, Remixer, Producer, Musical Soothsayer and Audio Gear Oracle since 1980. Find him on Facebook. Email firstname.lastname@example.org