Re: DJ Shadow

Elson Trinidad (
Thu, 20 Mar 1997 11:32:33 -0800

At 08.09 AM 3/20/97 -0800, erik wrote:
>At 3:41 AM 3/20/97, Bijan Pesaran wrote:
>>But did he use a turntable to manipulate the samples or a hard disk?
>i've mentioned this before but... shadow went to my university and was a
>dj at our campus station.. knowing many folks who hung and spun and rapped
>with him i would have to say that its all turntable stuff boys... not too
>many hard disks in our campus station but plenty of phat tables.. :)

Umm... I don't think that says much. I doubt that "Endtroducing" was
recorded at your campus radio station.
Second, the fact that he knows how to work the decks doesn't mean he
doesn''t own samplers and a sequenceing program. Lots of DJs integrate
turntables with sampling and sequencing (it also sounds like he uses some
synth sounds here and there to add to the mix) and the challenge is to make
it integrate well in the final product. Just about all remixes done today
use samplers. That's just fact. The common person doesn't know how samplers
really work, so many DJs still have the perception of "doing everything on
turntables" when it simply isn't true (unless they're doing a
straightforward mixed tape, which "Endtroducing" isn't).

Of course, if he said, "Yeah, I used all turntables..." that could just
mean he used turntables to *sample from*.

Elson Trinidad
Los Angeles, CA, USA *