Djay 4 for Mac is out, and it’s good. But let’s see just how good it is. A good test of a quality of a piece of gear is scratching – it’s visually more interesting, and shows a lot more than knocking out EQ and mixing with sync. So imagine my joy when this clip of acknowledged scratch legend D-Styles turns up pitching him, armed with djay 4 and the entry level Vestax Spin controller, against DJ Cyberia and a QFO. For some, the end of days just happened in this clip.
As I’ve said over and over again, the gear is somewhere down the list of importance when it comes to being a DJ, and is so much more about skill. D-Styles is about as skilled as you’re going to get when it comes to scratching, so it should come as no surprise that he can make djay and spin put out a solid performance.
Granted, D-Styles and Cyberia are holding back. Dave is operating within the safe operational boundaries of the Vestax Spin and djay rather than trying to get his full vinyl based repertoire out of a 4″ wheel. Nor do I think for a second that he’ll ever ditch decks for a controller. But I hope that this video shows that:
a. It’s about skills, not the gear that makes you a good DJ.
b. Even entry level controllers can perform well if used properly.
c. This is a blatant Stokyo promo clip, and that they sell Vestax Spin, Oyaide cables, Selectors and Hifana Serato pressings.
This clip will of course bring out the sell a good number of Spin units to scratch happy noobs, and perhaps established DJs looking for a cost effective backup. But above all, I hope it clearly demonstrates that controllers are capable of more than just button bashing. Nobody says you have to use a controller, just that you can if it’s fit the right tool for the job.