Interview with DJ Spline
I met DJ Spline, at Georgia and Socrates’ wedding from this past August – it was obvious to me and all the guests that DJ Spline had a passion for music and how it’s presented. I wanted to find out more about DJ Spline and he was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to share some insight about his NYC DJ business. If you would like to find out more about DJ Spline or how he can provide music for your event, please visit http://www.djspline.com/
How did you become an expert? What’s the story behind starting your business?
I have been DJ’ing underground electronic dance music since 2002. I was always a fan of the music and I always thought that mixing 2 records was a very easy thing that anybody could do. While attending Columbia University for my Masters in Architecture, I met a good friend who shared my same passion for this kind of music; however, he already was a DJ. One day he invited me to go record shopping at Satellite Records on Bowery St. and I decided to get 2 records just to prove my theory that I could mix them because there was nothing to it. I was wrong! For one full year I could not mix 2 simple tracks. Train-wreck, after train-wreck mix I realized that there was a beautiful artistic science to it. Out of a challenge that I could not attain at first, grew my passion for DJ’ing. Once I learnt how to properly mix I enjoyed and love the beauty of it. After that, I went into the underground electronic dance music scene of New York City as a DJ.
What kind of DJ performance is delivered by DJ Spline (i.e. vinyl turntables, CD’s, laptop)?
My setup and DJ show consists of 2 CD turntables, a mixer and a computer. Old-school DJ’s used to carry their record collection in crates, nowadays all of the music collection can be accessed and controlled from a laptop. This allows me to quickly access any kind of music on the moment and quickly adapt to any situation or request that may arise. This setup also allows me to slice, splice and loop music to create more exciting, edgier and unexpected mixes that will create a very unique and celebratory experience.
How do you approach the musical programming of a night?
First of all, I make sure that I am a good fit for the couple that hires me and that they are a good fit for me. My style is one that draws a lot from my DJ’ing in the underground electronic dance music scene. I always make sure that the musical quality and integrity of the night is never compromised. The goal is to play accessible music to people while mixing it with more forward thinking beats that aren’t necessarily familiar, but that will have a good resonance and create a good celebratory environment for the couple and their guests. I do not believe in playing the same music that the radio plays verbatim. It brings no interest to the night, and the event becomes mundane. I like to play known, GOOD songs in the form of electronic dance music remixes, along with some good 80’s, danceable rock music and some latin beats; also in the form of electronic dance music.
How do you research music or stay current with the latest good musical findings?
I always tend to listen to the latest music that’s making waves in the scene by listening to music blogs, and seeing what new acts are headlining progressive contemporary music such as Coachella, Bonaroo, the CMJ Marathon in NYC amongst others. I don’t listen to commercial radio anymore. I don’t need to listen to it because the type of music delivered in this medium is all around us in all types of media. We do not have to try hard to stumble upon it. I usually don’t find musical value in this medium, but if I do I like to embrace the things that have high musical standards and exist in the mainstream. In my website there is a PDF document entitled the “No Playlist Manifesto”. This reading gives people a further understanding of what I find valuable in music while researching it. This does not mean that I don’t play any recognizable music. I play plenty of it, I just only play the good stuff and leave out the bad stuff. You will never hear me play the Macarena, etc. =)