Lloyd Wharton (AKA L Dub)
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Originally from the Chicago area, I learned to mix from listening to the popular DJs on and off the radio / club venues of that era (80's DJs Farley Keith, Steve Hurley, Ron Hardy, etc...). I joined the Army and started to practice in my room during my time off. I decided to try my hand at spinning clubs after I heard local DJs play. I knew I could make people dance, but had little or no success. I was trying to find my niche because in that small town, the music I was used to playing was not popular. I didn't understand at that time you have to be able to read your crowd, adjust as necessary and be prepared musically.
When I went to Germany, I landed a huge opportunity to play with a popular veteran DJ named "Mister Magic". He taught me not to feed into the popular DJ culture at that time of just scratching, playing only the most popular music and sticking only to the same music each time I played. My familiar ground was only House, Funk and Disco music. For awhile, my options were limited. He taught me to read, play and work the crowd by working with whatever I had available in my resource (crates of records and CDs). I also learned not to just lean on records only, but how to manipulate digital media. I started to be successful in various groups crowds, even against other "competing" DJs. We played the military base circuit in Germany and it was popular to have 2 sets of DJs to rotate out every 1 to 2 hours.
There was one event where we played against a very good and popular DJ named "New York's Finest". He had his girlfriend alternated, while I was alternate with "Mr. Magic". Needless to say, I was intimidated because I really did not feel up to the skills of this more seasoned "turntablist". I wanted to "try" doing some scratching and other elaborate tricks, but "Magic" told me not to get drawn into that battle. - besides, the tables we played on were his and he didn't want me ruining his needles! I started out with a moderately slow song and continued to mix other songs with the same beats. A crowd slowly filled the dance floor and sang along with approval. As I continued, I was not sure if this option would fly, but when I looked up the floor was filled, even after 5 consecutive slow songs! My time was drawing to a close and I wanted to hand over the reins to "NY", but he told me "no" and to finish my set. When I eventually handed over the next set, I noticed he even played 2 more slow songs before he went into his normal hard-hitting set. That day was a turning point in my career, to know that it does not matter what, or how other people play. When I came back to the states, my newly learned skill proved to be successful even as I learned to enhance my abilities.
If you are confident in your ability to play from the heart and come prepared with a good selection of music, you will come out better than just playing only what's popular and providing a lot of "flair". You have to play your own set until you get your own niche. I thank my mentor "Mr. Magic" for teaching me that.
Written by Lloyd Wharton (AKA L Dub) of Capitol Heights, MD
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