While I would LOVE to bring my exceedingly awesome 7/8 carved upright to the playa, the elements will thoroughly destroy it. I really want to get one of those $13,000 indestructible carbon fiber basses (I would rather save for this instrument than waste resources on a cheap upright that will maybe last 8-10 hours on the playa).
Also, one can pull off advanced pyrotechnic effects with carbon fiber instruments that are impossible with wood instruments.
As a devoted materialist gearslut, I've come to realize that the decks allow one to 'perform' (in a watered-down fashion of the term) any number of genres (or combinations thereof) all at once, with a set-up and soundcheck interval of about five minutes. Furthermore, it all fits in a shiny metal playa-resistant box, and I really like shiny things.... and boxes. I enjoy electronic music from time to time, and I love Amon Tobin's music, but for the most part I find [electronic music] redundant and unfulfilling. No disrespect if that's your thing. However, my tentative goal with DJing is to take up stage time that would otherwise be allocated to electronica DJs. Jazz is where it's at, though I remain open minded.
Hell, I'd even spin the Spice Girls if Simon requested it.
*scratches balls conspicuously*
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