RESPECT THE DJ
The DJ is like the witchdoctor of the tribe. We know he's just a normal guy really --I mean look at him-- but when he wipes away our everyday lives with holy drums and sanctified basslines, we are quite prepared to think of him as a god, or at the very least a sacred intermediary.
By playing the right records in the right way the DJ has a tremendous power to affect the people's state of mind. DJing is not just about choosing a few tunes, it's about generating shared moods; it's about understanding the feelings of a group of people and directing them to a better place.
In the hands of a master, records become the tools for rituals of spiritual communion that for many people are the most powerful events in their lives. The idea of communion is what drives the best musical happenings. It's about breaking the audience/artist boundary, about being an event, not just watching one.
The DJ stands at the apex of this idea. If he does his job right, he's down there jumping around in the middle of the dancefloor, even if he's actually locked away behind a lot of electronics in a gloomy glass box.
Last Night A DJ Saved My Life