DJ Shadow revolutionized electronic music with his 1996 album “Endtroducing...,” the first album to be comprised entirely of samples of other music.
Shadow has since released four more albums that have pushed genre styles and emphasized the use of sampling to create new music.
Before his show in Lincoln, we asked Shadow to weigh in on a variety of subjects.
On changing technology in the DJ game: “I get tired of everyone following the same impulses. Everything becomes formularized. On this run, ever since I started just DJ-ing again, I've been using CDJs (turntables that use CDs instead of vinyl) for the simple fact that I got sick of dragging my laptop around. I think it's really boring. I'm suspicious that it's all pre-baked. With the CDJ, I can actually manipulate things. I can be a performer I feel like in ways that I can't with laptops.”
On loving what you love: “You start finding stuff that you like, and forget all the rest. Nobody can listen to it all. These blogs, they sound oh, so smart. They have these obscure references that roll so trippingly off of the keyboard, and 99 percent of it is total B.S.”
On being a collector: “I think there's a lot of truth to the fact that collectors were denied something as a child — they were denied the frivolous things. As soon as I was able to earn any sort of allowance, I would collect baseball cards. Then, I did odd jobs in the neighborhood to raise money to buy comic books. Then, I sold all my comic books to buy records. And I never looked back.”
On what he's playing right now: “The music I'm playing is really contemporary. It doesn't appear on the Beatport Top 100 (a list of tracks most popular with DJs and electronic artists) at all. It's an interesting time to be a DJ. That makes it exhilarating and challenging and fun. Every night, it's completely different.”
On DJ-ing with (or without) vinyl: “Most of the music I'm playing now doesn't exist on vinyl. Most of the music I'm playing is very new, and it proliferates on the Internet. (If you stick with vinyl) you allow music to just pass you by.”
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