A-Trak on the Challenges That Open-Format DJs Face and How to Overcome Them

A-Trak speaks at the Beyond the Music Retreat in Black Hawk, Colorado. (Credit: Julian Melanson)

DJcity and DJ Vice‘s inaugural Beyond the Music Retreat went down in Black Hawk, Colorado this week. The conference brought together DJs from around the world, including A-Trak, who spoke on the “$kills vs Bills” panel alongside Miles Medina, Kayper, and DJcity National Director, Styles Davis.

With such a long history in the DJ business, A-Trak had plenty of experience to pull from. He, along with the other panelists, spoke on topics like playing for crowds that may not understand the technical aspects of DJing, losing gigs to celebrity DJs, and more.

After speaking at the conference, the Fool’s Gold boss took to Twitter on Friday to share more thoughts about the challenges that open-format DJs face and how they can overcome them.

Read what he said below.

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  • UdonNo

    He has some good points. Djing really got popular when hip hop took ot to the stage. It was all about skills and party rocking, no matter what the genre. Then house music came out in Chicago and Detroit. The djs were skilled there too, but the focus was on blending and not as ahard as cutting and scatching . House made it easy for whites who didnt understand hiphop skills to jump into dj-ing. All the big raves in 90s england etc.. from there EDM evolved, and now everybody’s a dj!

  • Edan Miller

    Most open format djs are fancy karaoke machines, their technique is a bandage on their lack of musical originality. In today’s DJ Producer era the crowd isn’t coming to the party just to get lit but to also define their own unique musical identity, open format djs can’t provide an answer to that.

    • Zachary Aghaizu

      100% and the charts control what they play. That’s why I’m putting much more energy into building a following off production