Started DJ-ing around age of 17, the more swinging hip-hop and R&B. Turned to house and via trance later to hardcore house. Never lost the feel for the swing and about 15 years after quitting dj professionally, picking up the mix again.
I always enjoyed letting 2 records turn into 3 and with all the new technology it's becoming possible. No more 2-3 minutes waste synchronizing records and waiting for the right break. Just mix it in, overthrow breaks, augment high energy floor fillers - it's all possible now.
So it saddens me to see two groups of DJ's emerging:
- Hands in the air button mashing hipster hoes: Don't actually mix, maybe 32 beats then it's back to "contact with the crowd". The way the drummachines are used reminds me of the late 80's radio deejay's and their jingle boxes.
- DJ's with a overrated pride at not using mix hardware provided sync and still mix like it's 1999. Only they drink beer in the minutes they're not actually doing anything.
Use the Sync!