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    Default What's in a name?

    I've noticed a lot of ironic DJ names appearing on posters/flyers in recent years

    DJ Seinfeld
    Ross from Friends
    DJ Absolutely Useless
    DJ Hutton Report

    (only one of these is made up)

    These are names that bring attention to themselves as being totally arbitrary and meaningless. Does that suggest something about the status of the DJ, or of dance music in general? Or is it just the current vogue, as meaningless as names like Hype and EZ were?
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    I quite like it. I think it reflects the realisation that DJ-ing is a lowkey fun thing that won't lead to superstardom for most.

    A former Dissensan goes by DJ Set.

    So on flyers you see: DJ Set (DJ Set)

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    There's a 'DJ Tool' and 'DJ Scotch Egg' too.

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    'DJ Boring' is another.

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    Student DJs

    The nomenclature of a traffic cone on a monuments bonce
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    That's my read of it

    People embarrassed to be DJs

    Embarrassed to be alive in fact
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    Like when rappers are called MC Philip Schofield.

    Too embarrassed to do it without a comical eyebrow raised.
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    Innocence lost

    Irony in the ascendent
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    I know this mindset intimately, being one myself
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    Otoh I see Eden's pov

    There is a sort of egalitarian impulse (or pretension) in dance music now which I applaud insofar as it isn't just a bunch of scowling white blokes on the decks now
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    It's more accurate than calling yourself DJ Hypebeast Wreckyamother Firestorm

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    That's what a student would do too

    Go over the top

    Wink wink
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    That's my read of it

    People embarrassed to be DJs

    Embarrassed to be alive in fact
    exactly.

    having an unflashy, dryly sarcastic dj name seems to me like a very white, middle class hipster thing to do. it's like something i would do tbh. (not saying that stereotype applies to everyone who might have a dj name along these lines of course.)

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    You're right mvuent

    It's what we would do

    And if it was up to ppl like us, would jungle or garage or grime exist?
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    It goes beyond just using your real name too

    You could be Harry Johnson but no you've got to be DJ Sherlock Series 3
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