Some of the worst music selection I have ever heard has occurred whilst in a crowd, waiting for an act to appear on stage at a live gig. Is it the same soundman who can't turn up the vocal when asked during the live gig who selects the shit heap of music that precedes the main act? I was at a N*E*R*D concert once and I remember hearing 'Going Loco Down in Acapulco' by The Four Tops. At a Slayer concert you will probably hear DJ Scooter. Not only craptastic tracks that nobody has heard for a decade, but always supremely inappropriate for the audience.
Surprisingly, at these All Ages Concerts we have been performing at recently the promoter Blaise has taken the initiative to bother to book some decent DJs to play in between the acts. We did a gig a little over a week back at Neighbourhood in West London and a DJ named Silverlink was given the job of holding the crowds attention in between songs. It turned out to be one of the best sets from a DJ I've heard in a long while. It combined electro, grime, uk garage, the obligatory rave classics, videogame soundtracks and other oddities that sat nicely amongst them, as well as a few of his own productions.
He was also decked out properly for the occasion, in a Cassette Playa bleeding eyeballs tee-shirt and some Keith Haring style trousers. It then made sense to hear he is connected to London’s most exciting fashion designer, and flag flyer for New Rave, Cassette Playa. If you aren't aware of her work then take off those cataract glasses you have been wearing for the last nine months. I love her clothes designs and the gifs on her myspace page give me blood vomiting seizures. I have to say I wouldn’t wear them down Watford Town Centre on a Friday night. That however, is kind of litmus test for exciting fashion.