Topic: Boiler Room
So, I'm listening to the (currently) live Daniel Avery mix on Boiler Room and then the, frankly, pathetic sight of him completely alone, on camera gives me a moment of clarity and I realise what it is I dislike about Boiler Room.
DJing isn't a visual spectacle - it's an auditory one.
DJing has never been about being front and centre, the star of the show. The star of the show should be the music and the crowd should be front and centre. The DJ should be tucked out of the way, somewhere in the dark, playing other people's music.
Without overdoing the Grumpy Old Cunt routine*, it DID used to be like that - to such an extent that, famously, the positioning of the original DJ booth in The Hacienda made it almost impossible to see the dancefloor from within it. But the result of not having the DJ booth as the central focus was that people used to dance facing all directions as opposed to current times when most dancefloors are organised, facing front, with North Korean military like precision.
And Boiler Room exacerbates this whole 'trend'.
*Ok, so I have overdone the Grumpy Old Cunt routine but if you can tell me why I'm wrong I'd love to read it...