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Dutch trance don Armin Van Buuren launched an outspoken attack against technically incompetent big name DJs in Autumn, suggesting many of them are ‘crap’.

“I’ve seen huge DJs who can’t even beat mix. They throw any old shit on and are the heroes of the night,” Armin complained, “DJing isn’t about music anymore but your personality, entourage and following.” (Mixmag)

Radio 1 star Pete Tong agreed, though took a more rounded view of the necessary requirements for top level success.

“I’ve always said that the technical ability to mix is obviously important, it’s a given for a DJ, but lack of technical excellence hasn’t stopped people who are not as good as Sasha from being very successful DJs,” Pete told Skrufff.

“They might have had the charisma or be the king of the party or the best club runner or just might have had the best taste. There are loads of other factors involved in what makes a great DJ; I think it’s people’s attitude and passion towards the job that counts the most.”

“Everyone is always going to have a pop at anyone who is top of the tree, they’re going to be looking for faults, but most people don’t get to the top unless they’re good at something,” he continued.

“You can get a bit up your own backside focusing too much on somebody’s faults rather than focusing on what makes them popular in the first place,” said Pete.

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Norman ‘Fatboy Slim’ Cook and Paul Oakenfold were branded B List celebrities this week in a Heat magazine feature examining the restaurant choices of Brit VIPs.

The superstar spinners were spotted ‘gossiping in the White Bar at the Radisson hotel, Liverpool’, prompting Heat to dump them in the second class celebrity category, alongside mediocre TV comedians including Graham Norton, Frank Skinner and David Walliams.

Absent from the rankings was Radio 1 spinner Pete Tong, who coincidentally told Skrufff last week that he’s ‘kind of over celebrity’.

 â€œIt just seems that with the last four or five years of Big Brother and reality TV and reality magazines and a camera up everybody’s nose, we’ve ended up in a world of D list celebrities filling our TV shows and our magazines,” said Pete.

 C listers who came below Oakey and Cook included Duncan from Blue and tabloid ‘personality’ Jodie Marsh, though the pair were eclipsed by A list celebrities including Hollywood cracked actor Mickey Rourke and super-rich socialite Jemima Khan.

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Ultra-confident though much maligned Radio 1 star DJ Judge Jules has confirmed he’ll be releasing a brand new solo artist album next Spring and also revealed that he’s surprisingly sensitive to personal criticism.

“I think there have only really been two crises in my career; firstly dealing with the fact that some people seem to have a negative opinion about me, regardless of whether they've actually heard me play,” Jules told Skrufff.

“The only way to deal with it has been to stick to my guns and remain true to what I believe in.  It will always affect you to some degree when people knock you, but it's best to draw positives and try to emerge stronger,” he mused.

“I wouldn't describe myself as ever having been over confident,” he added, “It's all about very hard work and being focused. 99% of my gigs are rammed, but it's quite a healthy kick in the butt to play the odd quiet gig- this stops over confidence and reminds you never to become complacent.”

“On a broader level the other crisis has been trying to fend off the suggestion (particularly in 2002/2003) that dance is dying when there's been no evidence of this that I could see,” Jules continued.

 â€œAs one of our world's more prominent spokespeople I've taken it as a personal responsibility to talk up the dance scene in every interview possible.”

Chatting to Australia’s 3D World last week, Jules did exactly that, mocking ‘idiotic 40-something journalists saying the kids should put down their Technics and pick up a guitar’.

“If you drew a graph, at one end you’d have 10% into bands; at the other 10% into dance,” said Jules, “and the 80% in between would be just as likely to listen to club music as they are to buy a rock album.”

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ImageRadio 1 superstar DJ Pete Tong chatted to Skrufff this week about his upcoming retrospective ‘Essential Classics’ compilation and reminisced about attending illegal warehouse parties in the 80s, many of which had been raided by the police.

“Oh yes, there were too many to mention,” Pete recalled, “I was never arrested at any of them though; the closest I came was being chased down the road once, outside a pirate (radio) station.”

Electronic house DJ/ Hemel Hempstead resident Paul Jackson narrowly missed last weekend’s oil depot blast, as he was DJing overseas, he told Skrufff this week.

The Underwater/ Audiotherapy producer had been spinning for Pacha in St Petersburg the night before and was woken in his hotel room at 9am when his wife called from their house just half a mile away from the fire.

“She wasn’t panicking and was very matter of fact about it; she told me she thought it was a plane crash, she said it sounded very jet like,” said Paul, “She said the explosion literally shook the whole house.” The blast also destroyed the front door of Paul’s Mother-in-law’s house, which was closer to the fuel depot, terrifying her, he said.

Local police almost immediately labelled the explosion an industrial accident, which almost all British media immediately accepted, except for the Guardian who hinted at other possible causes the day after the blast.

“There were no suggestions from any of the security services that investigators had evidence pointing to a terrorist attack,” the paper pointed out, “but an information blackout might be a police tactic if detectives did not want to alarm the public.”

Middle Eastern sources including al Jazeera and Israeli intelligence news site Debka also pointed out that al Qaida’s number two Ayman Zawahiri had released a video calling on “the holy warriors to concentrate their campaigns on the stolen oil of the Muslims”, while Asian newspaper the Pakistan Dawn identified another terrorist group with motive for launching thr attack.

“Nigeria’s Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) had specifically warned of attacks on
British oil interests following the arrest in London of oil-rich Bayelsa state governor, Diepreye Alamieyesiegha, on suspicion of money-laundering,” they said.

Paul Jackson, however, adopted a typically British phlegmatic approach to the whole incident, including the giant column of smoke above his house (‘it’s like a black mushroom crowd, it’s really quite impressive, it’s one of those strange things you don’t see every day’, he mused) and accused the British media of exaggeration.

“The news programmes have really dramatized the whole incident, it really is tabloid TV, even on stations like the BBC,” said Paul.

“They dress themselves up as being really legit and factual but seeing the incident firsthand then hearing their description is quite laughable.”

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Layo from Layo & Bushwacka chatted to Skrufff this week about the duo’s hotly anticipated new album Feels Closer and denied that the writing credit ‘'interpolates elements of 'I Will Survive' on new single Life 2 Live indicated a new found interest in cheesy disco.

“I’m never been an especially big disco fan, though I do like it,” Layo confessed, “but that line is there just because Cajmere used those immortal lines ‘I’ve got all my life to live’ and when our publisher heard it, he was like ‘woo, you’ll have to clear that’.”

The new single and album opener is considerably more dance floor orientated than the rest of the album, however, a move Layo said is deliberate.

“We wanted to something with Cajmere in mind and we wanted to keep it simple so he’d have more room, so we started by just getting a good groove going in the studio, we always wanted the first track to be a dance track,” he explained.

“For the album itself, we wanted to make a record that worked as a cohesive whole which had different styles but with a recognisable feel throughout,” he said.

Recorded in London, New York and Brazil, the album’s dominant vibes are latin, jazz with a distinctive Brazilian feel permeating throughout.

“We’re very into Latin culture and Brazil in particular has become a home from home for us, there’s a really vibrant feeling there which comes across in many ways, one of which, for us, is music,” he continued. “Brazil is unique even within South America, it’s huge and made up of so many different cultures, I guess we all feel certain places are special and for us, one of those countries is Brazil.”

Life 2 Live comes out mid January followed by their album Feel Closer in March (both via their own label Olmeto Records.

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With Christmas and the New Year traditionally being a time of excess, it’s worth remembering that drug users faced higher risks of arrest, as cops conduct annual campaigns to catch law breaking revellers. And though Britain’s most popular illicit drug cannabis is still Class C, possessing it remains an arrestable offence, meaning being caught with it could still seriously harm a person’s employment and travel prospects (unless you are royalty/ very well connected).

The best way to avoid arrest of course is to stay away from drugs entirely, though absorbing ecstasy expert Nicholas Saunders’s tips on avoiding being busted could help those who commit the greatest crime in the UK today- being caught.

Saunders compiled his tips from ‘a friendly London policeman’ six years ago and published them in his still highly informative book Ecstasy Reconsidered, though tragically died in a car accident in South Africa shortly afterwards. Some UK forces also now use random sniffer dog searches, which can pose additional dangers not covered in the advice below (point 1 is also only partially relevant for large stashes).

1: The most important thing is to insist that any suspect drugs in your possession are for your own consumption as otherwise you will be dealt with as a dealer. Someone found with a handful of tablets who would normally be sent to prison for supply, may get off if the police believe they are addicted (i.e. for their own use).

2: If you don’t want your drugs to be found, keep them in your underpants. To carry out an ‘intimate search’ the police have to take you to a police station and follow a tedious procedure, and they tend to avoid that.

3: If the police stop a car full of people and ask them to get out, and then find some pills on the floor, they do not have enough evidence to charge anyone unless someone admits it is theirs. They will usually say they will “charge the lot of you” to try to get someone to confess, but this is bluff. However, this would enable them to get a search warrant to search the homes of all the occupants.

4: Do not identify what your suspect drugs are. Without your confession they will have to be analysed, increasing the cost of the case and making it more likely to be thrown out by the CPS (crown prosecution service). If you have pills with a logo on them, it is fair to say that you do not know what drug they contain and that they may contain none at all.”

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DTPM boss Lee Freeman chatted to Skrufff this week about the launch of their brand new electro room at Fabric and confirmed that they’re fully committed to the new style of music.

“When the electro scene started it was difficult to see where it was going to go because it started out with a lot of old stuff from the 80s, remixed, whatever, and it looked like it could run out of momentum for a while, but it hasn’t,” said Lee.

“Electro, or electro-house, gets played in every room in our club now, although it seems new because we’re making a focus of it, in reality we’ve had an electro element at DTPM for a while now.”

He also stressed the club will be actively avoiding the vastly over-hyped genre of 2005, promising ‘we definitely won’t be going down the minimal route; I don’t think that style of music would add anything to DTPM”.

Starting 12 years ago, DTPM has now been running at Fabric every Sunday night for the last six years and has survived and prospered through evolving rather than radical changes, he said.

“There are no rules to the promotion game apart from trying to give people the best that you can give; there’s no formula despite the fact that everyone thinks there is, or searches for one,” said Lee.

“The moment you think you’ve found a formula you’ve kind of killed it anyway. You’ve got to keep your own enthusiasm, if I’m not enthused, it can’t emanate; if I get bored, I change something.”

Lee’s company Blue Cube also promotes Fiction at the Cross, which has also continued to flourish despite the dip in clubland’s fortunes at the beginning of this decade.

“Clubland has definitely changed over the 12 years and at one point it became very mainstream whereas now it’s settling back into its own slot,” he suggested.

“There’s more choice out there now than there was during that period when it was dominant but it had to retract a bit and I think that was a good thing. There’s less plagiarism going on and more people, I hope, trying to do their own thing, rather than following particular styles and I think the electro scene has had a lot to do with that.”

“I think we’re in an interesting period right now, a lot of clubs have struggled in the last year or two, less on the gay scene more on the straight scene. There’s a lot more good music around at the moment than there has been, even compared to 12 months ago,” he added.

Tasty Tim, Nick Pryce DJ in DTPM’s electro room this weekend (Sunday 18) alongside main room DJs Malcolm Duffy, Steve Thomas and Lisa German.

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ImageFollowing an amazing first year in 2004, the South American Music Conference returned to Argentina in October 2005, bringing a host of international and local talent to the 2-day event that is fast establishing itself as one of the essentials in the industry and party calendar. Have an exclusive glimpse into one of the best events in the Americas which brought Tiesto to Buenos Aires, and went on to land in 6 other Latin American countries.

Forget tender steaks, Italian good-looks, amazing weather and tango. The second SAMC ( has now firmly established Argentina as the dance music capital of South America, and both industry pundits and clubbers agree that Argentina is leading the way in the region.

The 2-day event comprised of an evening conference which saw a variety of debates, panels and discussions on diverse topics in the industry. The following day was much more entertainment-focused, with a storming 14-hour party seeing a plethora of international and local DJs showing off their talents to the 25,000-strong crowd.
With pre-parties and after parties hitting all the major clubs in the city with the influx of international talent throughout the weekend, clubbers were spoilt for choice with stars such as Tiesto, Judge Jules, Ferry Corsten, Richie Hawtin, Tom Stephan, Marco Bailey, Adam Beyer, Benny Benassi, Chris Lawrence and  Misstress Barbara. Although the big event stayed in Buenos Aires this year, other countries such as Chile, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela also got in on the action with the SAMC South American tour which spanned October and kicked off the region’s spring dose of mayhem.

Trance icon DJ Tiesto fled from the decks at US club Crobar last week when cross-dressing basketball superstar Dennis Rodman reportedly ripped his clothes off and mooned at the Dutch cheese-meister.

The New York Post said Rodman then chased after Tiesto screaming sorry and begging him to return, which Tiesto refused to do until the notoriously flamboyant drag queen was ejected from the club.

However, Rodman’s agent Darren Prince denied his client hadn’t been thrown out and told the tabloid that clubbers had instead celebrated the spectacle, chanting ‘Rodman, Rodman, Rodman’, a version Skrufff contributor Larry Tee, who’s played alongside Tiesto as well as DJing for Dennis Rodman , said could be right.

“Americans do LOVE American celebrities, I certainly wouldn’t place money on Tiesto in a Rodman/Tiesto match,” said Larry.

“Particularly since Tiesto’s biggest contribution to dance music is taking off his shirt and adding boyish energy to the DJ game. In fact, I believe he might be partially responsible for the latest DJ trend: lean mean DJ machines are in; plump or steroided DJs are out,” he declared.

“I barely eat nowadays,” the electroclash guru added, “Knowing that hungry DJs are plainly better DJs.”

Tiesto’s embarrassing incident occurred soon after an anonymous satirist taunted him mercilessly in a widely circulated cartoon lampooning trance fans for believing ‘how a record sounds better when Tiesto plays it.’

The cartoon features a grandfather warning teenage girls about avoiding ‘the very dangerous cult of "DJ" worship.”

"Trance has brainwashed peopled into thinking it has the best DJs in the world. It sucked the soul out of the rave scene and replaced it with false gods like PVD,” the grandfather tells his granddaughters, “At the top end of the trance pantheon is Tiesto, the most marketed human stereo ever.”

Evidence of Tiesto’s fallibility also emerged recently when he failed to win DJ Magazine’s latest Top 100 DJs poll (pipped by PVD) and one year earlier, soon after he DJed at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

“Apparently he fluffed his first mix,” DJ’s editor Lesley Wright told Time Out at the time, “Still if you’ve got an audience of four billion, you’ve got a right to be a bit nervous.”  (‘The Truth About Trance’)

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