April 17, 2014

The Big Picture as Drawn by BT

BT standing at his production console
BT: Today it’s a “Culture of immediacy”

We talked to BT for a recent cover story, and, among other things, we asked him about the competitive DJ market.

So what do you make of today’s music climate? Things today have become incredibly immediate. Kids are making records with a couple of good sample CDs and an Axis Virus. They’re producing things that sound extremely professional. Everything has gone ‘into the box’ from start to finish. One single audio file gets mastered and sent off to Beatport. It has created a culture of immediacy and made the turnover rate of music ridiculously high.

What do you think about that culture of immediacy? In the big picture, it’s the timeless things that happen that create an impact, and people should study and understand that. There are so many pieces of music that are tried and tested and work. I don’t think it’s necessary, but I think it’s important for people to know and understand what came before them.

Aside from your own productions, what music are you playing in your live sets? I’m really feeling the dubstep stuff. There is some amazing innovation going on there. I love Bassnectar, Rusko, and Alex Gregson. For the first time in 10 years, I’m seeing a lot great trance stuff coming out and that really excites me! I hear people taking influences from minimal, dubstep, and progressive house and melding them with trance. It’s having a tremendous impact. I love Marco V, Josh Gabriel, Armin van Buuren, and the Above and Beyond guys. It’s just so nice to hear melody again.

Are there any words of wisdom that you have for new DJs? I think a big part of being successful in today’s DJ environment is making your own productions. It’s really so much fun! Even for veteran DJs, they will enjoy it. I invite people to explore, study, and experiment. I’d also encourage everyone to know what happened before them. Know about the Paradise Garage. Know what records Sasha was playing in 1991. These things are important and meaningful.

Read the full interview in this month’s DJ Times, on stands now.



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