Respect: Earned or Entitled?

A group of “seasoned” DJs and myself recently got into the oh so controversial topic of respect in the industry among the younger generation.

We all agreed that the scene is not what it used to be. There is the look of the ravers, which use to be halter tops and UFO pants to now bras and tutus. Then there is the sound. Back then Djs would beat match on vinyl, carrying their vinyl case from gig to gig to now DJs walking up with their laptops, or the new “norm” bringing a pre-recorded set, standing back while they high five their “entourage” and text while they “play” their set. But anyway, the conversation led to another topic.

Do today’s DJs have this sense of entitlement and where does it come from? The answer to that was a unanimous YES! A good friend of mine, Sleeper Cell Music had this to say. “Raving is not what it used to be. And like others, I know it will never be the same. Is it really supposed to be? No! The scene today was inherited not earned. Today’s ravers are like a spoiled trust fund baby that you want to slap. They have no respect for the music and the scene the way “first and second generation” ravers did. The trust fund ravers didn’t help the scene mature and grow like the vets.

Another friend had this to say: “Everyone who wants to, deserves to have their “newbie” raver phase because where would we be if no one was ever new to the scene?”       

I have to say, I agree with both sides. On the one hand yes, us “OG’S” have helped pave the way for the younger generation. And yes, they should show respect for the people that have done this. I cannot express enough how it irks me to see some fresh faces come in with decks that mom and dad payed for, didn’t do anything to create a name for themselves but got a hot slot because they know someone who knows someone who knows the owner of the club, play sub par but hey they have the “in” while the people who sweat blood and tears have it hard. But on the other hand, we wouldn’t have a lot of the new sounds that we have today either if it wasn’t for those same fresh faces.

The “newbies” have brought a fresh new vibe and sound to the scene and for the most part, aside from the emergence of “diva” DJs, have shown a true love and passion for the music. At the end of the day, in the famous words of Rodney King, “Can’t we all just get along?

-Carolyn 

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