I beleive last year someone held an electronic music apprectiation class on the playa, that helped to teach those unaware the difference between things like techno, trance, breaks, happy hardcore, jungle, drum'n'bass, etc. There are many different types of eectronic music. Just as many as there are types of acoustic music. And not all deejays play strictly one kind of music, some of them (god forbid) are eclectic enought to play things like black sabbath or king crimson right alongside squarepusher or amon tobin. I personally can't stand Trance, or happy hardcore, but I love Jungle and drum'n'bass. But I've heard some jungle before that is atrocious. For me, I decided to become a DJ after being an avid record collector for years, I felt it was my duty to share my love of music and history with others. And I will tell you, just as with bands, there is a gradation of talent within the art of spinning records. Some people have an amazing talent for it, and can blend different records together effortlessy. Some deejays can't match a beat for their lives, but can segue at the perfect moments from song to song. But like any art form, it takes practice and a love for the craft. I also quite enjoy live music, and I DO wish there was more of it on the playa. Although I could do with out all the hippy drum circles- but that is my preference. I find it quite easy to stay away from the trance camps, to find the jungle or the jug bands, and to have a good time. And I would echo Jordans comment- if you think electronic music production is a talentless art form, produce something and play it aside some more established artist and we'll judge how talentless it is.
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