"It seems you have to be good to get to the top, but once there,
you don't!" John and I were mulling over the paths to success
taken by some of the best-known DJs, and wondering how some of them
manage to sustain their positions. Perhaps it's not just down to how
well they play?
John D's been playing for four years, and started with a set of Gemini
decks, though he soon moved on to the Technics 1210s
he has currently. He's a Midlands lad, haling from Solihull, and,
of course, a clubber, while still working hard for a university degree.
At the time he won our Second New DJ Talent Competition, (along with
JP & Jukesy) in May 2003, he was working hard for his finals.
"The degree is my insurance policy" he said when I asked
him whether he wanted to make a careeer of DJing. In fact music has
been in his background since he was a child, having learnt to play
two musical instruments, including the trombone; (I can attest to
the fact that that's not an easy one, having had a go at learning
it myself when at school), and he's as interested in producing as
he is in playing live; "I aim to built a reputation in production
initially", he told me.
Like many other DJs, he has a highly critical ear, and when we were
listening to a CD, he spotted things in a mix that had compeletely
escaped me. He was impressed with Tiesto at a recent
Gatecrasher extravaganza at the NEC, but less so by Eddie
Halliwell, who seemed to be having an off night scratching-wise.
He most admires Paul Glazby, both as a performer
John impressed me with his technical ability, and track selection,
which created a wonderfully uplifting and enegretic hard house CD.
I am sure you'll hear more from him in the future.