If you haven’t heard about this controversial DJ-booth laptop ban in LA, let me get you up to speed. The ban was instituted by nightclub owner Kenny Smith at his club Cure And The Cause in LA. Kenny explained the reason for this ban in an interview with LA-based magazine Magnet Magazine. Check out his statement below:
“The problem lies with the opening DJs (mostly), many of them show up with a laptop and controller, and that’s all they’ve ever used. That’s a problem. They don’t know what to connect with our Pioneer system; they have no clue what they’re plugging in or what plugs they’re taking out…Midnight is not the ideal time to turn the mixer off, pull it out and start guessing which port to plug your Traktor into.“ – Kenny Smith
Since then numerous figures in the music world, such as Richie Hawtin, have come out against the ban for varying different reasons. However, the ban isn’t universally frowned upon as music icons such as Seth Troxler have come out in support of it. Check out the dialogue on Twitter between Seth and Richie below.
Most ridiculous rule ever!Stifling creativity by limiting an artists own personal approach is a step backwards. https://t.co/ppqSWDzK5O
— Richie Hawtin (@richiehawtin) June 2, 2016
The issue brought up is certainly an interesting one as more and more people begin their DJ’ing careers utilizing tools that may have sync features. Without a doubt from our perspective we can see both sides of the coin, but it will be up to current and future DJ’s to decide if this is a rule they can live with or not.
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