Back in the day, DJing required fast hands and the confidence to drop beats and samples in real time in front of the dance floor. There was no margin for error. Those with the skillz were revered for their turtablisitic talent.
Then along came the laptop era. Flawless mixes are now often put together ahead of time so that all a DJ has to do is press “play” and they’re off to the races. Is this cheating? Or just smart use of available technology?
One club in Southern California—a place called The Cure and the Cause—believes that the former is true. Therefore, they’ve banned laptops to “preserve the art of DJing” in the interests of offering “a refuge to those who seek escape the confines of everywhere life.”
The rift between laptop users and those who want to do it old school keeps getting bigger and bigger.