ok, well, it’s important to first look at the turntable as a musical instrument. a guitar has it’s own heritage in terms of virtuoso playing, innovation, and general skill. so too does the violin or the oboe. and, although it may just look like a turntable, once one sees that it actually is an instrument, through which one makes music rather than simply playing music, then one can see how certain dj’s become stars and others not so.
now a guitar makes its notes through strumming a string. a turntable makes its music by making sounds from sounds. a crab scratch, a beat juggle, etc. etc. are like the guitar riff, the drum solo, etc. etc. your dj qbert or craze or cash money are guys that created new ways to make music out of music.
the dj’s who become big either are virtuosos of this art form, of making music from music live, or they make their name through their production mixes. your paul oakenfold or john digweed have unique production quirks and beats that others simply can’t match. and of course there are others lurking below the surface that are making names for themselves and they make their names just like any other band, by making good music, performing it to a crowd and then gaining a following. what may seem like a dj just playing vinyl actually involves a whole host of knobs, samplers, sampled sounds and buttons and such, all that when put together live create a unique experience for the clubgoer.
sadly, there are few examples of good turntablism or dj’ing in taipei…but give me a couple of months…