1 - Bill I think you misunderstood one of my points - evidenced by your comment:
"Ben, I don't agree with you that you place more importance on the skill of track selection than I do."
I in no way meant I have better track selection than you, it's obvious to both of us I don't.
I meant when rating a DJ, I would place 'track selection' higher up or give it a greater weighting than you would. E.G. if someone says 'what's makes a good DJ', I might say is 'tune selection counts for 50%, beat mixing counts for 20%, set direction 30%...etc' where as I feel you would say 'tune selection counts for x<50%...etc'
See my point?
2 - As for the Ben James chart, I don't believe I'm that on top of the game to be giving other's advice, by way of top 10 lists.
3 - Re: "If you are concerned about receiving "cheesy" or "popular" requests then you should ask yourself why are such people requesting tracks are and why are they there anyway?"
Where are you playing that you aren't receiving requests for cheese and popular tunes?
What are your answers to the questions you pose?
4 - Re: "Intelligence is not only what someone knows but also their ability to learn, appreciate and grasp issues. There are many things one can do to ensure an "intelligent" or appreciative audience, and if this is a real concern to a DJ then they should do something about it and make certain decisions and choices."
I agree with your broader definition of intelligence, but how can you be so sure you can never overestimate it?
If the intelligence is finite, is it totally inconceivable that your estimate is above this?
Isn't there even a remote chance that the crowd does not have the ability to appreciate and grasp new music to the same level as you Bill? I think you underestimate yourself. Who's on your level?
Furthermore, if this is a real concern to me, what actions and decisions and choices can I make?
Help me help myself!
5 - Re: "The point whether a well-recognised DJ and an unrecognisable DJ play the same set (not sure how this would be possible) and this leading to a different response from an audience is an issue that has little to do with the music"
I'm not entirely sure what your take on this was...it seems as though you agree on this, that's why you've created an image of SoulGood and of Bill Fragos (we often hear 'Inthemix...with Bill Fragos' during your SG sets and Mix@6 sets.) Is your feeling of what Jon pointed out that 'yes it's a fact of life so if you can't beat it join it' i.e. start creating an image or brand?
Eagerly awaiting your response...
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