In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell probably told Samuel F. B. Morse that he had invented a better means of long distance communication than the telegraph. He called it the telephone. Morse probably said “I’ve been communicating over long distance my way for 39 years, do you even know what telegraphy is? How dare you disrespect me by suggesting that a newer means of communication is better than the tried and true telegraphy!?” Morse was probably executed soon after.
In case any of our new readers missed the metaphor, technology is constantly advancing and despite certain people’s interests in technology remaining the same, eventually everyone must adapt. It’s been a regular theme on this blog to reject nominal changes that provide inconvenience rather than truly new innovation, but when true innovation rears its head, we will always accept it. The purpose of this article is to point out how ridiculous it is to mention that because something has been “the way it’s done” for X number of years does not mean that should be “the way it’s done” in the future.
In the 1920s, we had some of the most racist years in all of America’s history. It was firmly established in the DNA of America that institutionalized racism was not only acceptable, but encouraged. Was it right? No, but that had been the method of operating for generations. Over the next 50 years, diligent efforts were put forth to right the past wrongs and usher in a new way of thought for the populace. But certain older members of society clung to their archaic ways. They thought “equality is a fad that will pass.” And still to this day you have white purists doing things their own exclusive way in the name of preserving their heritage.
Now, to compare DJs who favor ancient technology to old racist men is probably unfair, but I do so to illustrate a point: over time, change is inevitable and the right way of thinking will always prevail. When it comes to electronic musicians, at the end of the day, it does not matter at all what they are actually doing on stage. Be they some douchebag playing records, a guy rockin’ Ableton Live, a full band composed of individual synth and drum machine players, or an asshole with a CD player who brought all of his studio gear on stage with him as props that he is pretending to use, it doesn’t matter. The only thing that actually matters is if it sounds good to the audience it was designed for.
What gets on my nerves however is when certain people who are full of themselves claim to be the “real” part of a subculture simply because they are doing things in a certain old fashioned way. Their efforts are no more valid or invalid based on their processes or their methods. Any artist who claims to have more validity than another based on their differing process that arrive at identical conclusions is a self-righteous jackass, clinging to their old ways just because that’s the way they’ve always done it. They fear a revolution, despite the fact that a previous revolution of styles got them to where they are now. Dieselboy rode the DnB wave to success and now he clings to his ancient phonographs to try and retain his spot, similarly to how white men of yore rode the waves of slavery and then tried to keep the black man down to retain their spot on top.
History will prove Dieselboy to be incorrect as a new breed of DJs who embrace technology emerge and eventually supplant him. He will cling to his guns as long as he can, but will ultimately fade into obscurity like all of the other no-talent hack DJs of the last 30 years who have claimed rockstar status.
Also, you got trolled bitch. Tears of Time 1, Dieselboy 0.