DJs all over the world are now deliberately making mistakes during their mixes to prove to fans and critics that they are in fact real DJs.
The latest craze, known as miss-mixing, is proving very popular amongst digital DJs as a way of highlighting that they are actually manually mixing tracks rather than using the sync button.
Michael Briscoe, also know as DJ Whopper, spoke about miss-mixing with Wunderground, “Flawless mixing is now a thing of the past, especially for any up and coming digital DJs. You just can’t afford to mix without mistakes these days or you’ll be labelled as a ‘sync button DJ.'”
“I learned how to mix on vinyl years ago so naturally I’m pretty tight when it comes to matching beats,” continued the resident DJ. “I swapped to digital format a couple of years ago because it’s convenient, now I spend more time practicing making mistakes than I do practicing actual mixing.”
“I like to drop in on the second or third beat, leave it play for a couple of bars and then quickly correct myself,” explained Mr. Briscoe. “It’s subtle yet affective, I call it The Perplexer. People who don’t know what they’re listening to won’t even notice it while other DJs will be thinking ‘that’s a great mistake, who is this DJ Whopper lad anyway?’ d’ya know what I mean?”
While miss-mixing is becoming increasingly popular with the next generation of DJs it is not a new technique, with veteran DJs such as Ricardo Villalobos, despite being a vinyl DJ, practicing it since the late 90’s.
“I’ve been miss-mixing for years now,” revealed Villalobos recently. “Usually as a result of forgetting where I am or what I was doing because I’ve taken too much of something but I’ve also done it intentionally once or twice.”
“I like to hear DJs making the occasional mistake,” continued the Chilean-German DJ, “it helps to remind you that the guy up there DJing is just a human too, which is very important at my shows because the audience often mistakes me for some sort of techno robot, fueled by a passion for good tunes and a cocktail of every drug know to man.”
Reports that EDM superstars Hardwell and Nicky Romero have started miss-mixing have been proved false after a source close to both Dutch DJs revealed that “they weren’t intentionally fucking up at all” and the mistakes in their sets were a “result of them both being shit” and “not having a fucking clue what they’re doing”.