Recorded live sets become an awkward situation for me, I know people love to hear them from me, but from my side I can’t play the music I want too. Over the years I’ve gained the trust from many producers who give me their new unreleased tracks to road test on the dance floor. I then give an honest report back of what worked, what didn’t and general engineering of the track, so they can tweak and improve them. Many of these producers don’t DJ or play live, so I’m their only ear on the frontline.
I get these tracks way in advance of the actual release date, so it’s important to keep them safe because music ages very quickly due to the Internet.
So when I know a set is being recorded, I can’t play half of my music. It’s so frustrating and difficult to program my flow. It feels like having one hand tied behind my back. I then reach for the same old tracks that I know I can safely play. So from a listener’s point of view, yes you’re getting a live set, but often with the same familiar tracks!
I pride myself on playing upfront new music. I want to take the dance floor on a new musical experience, somewhere they haven’t been before. With the record button pressed, this gets taken away from these very people in the club. It’s a frustrating position to be in.
I’m writing this on the way home from playing at ADE music conference, and yes my set was recorded. Again I played safe to protect unreleased music. Yet a music conference is a platform to expose new music? I can’t win.