A-Trak: “You never want to become the guy who is too nostalgic.”
A-Trak’s latest interview brings up a question that many club DJs could be struggling with. He states, “You never want to become the guy who is too nostalgic.” But isn’t a bit of nostalgia a good thing?
According to A-Trak having too much nostalgia, at least as a DJ, will make you become a ‘legacy act’. His statement is directed at club DJs, specifically club DJs who spin hip-hop. A-Trak goes on to say that hip-hop music goes through a reinvention every three to five years, so it’s imperative to remain on the cutting edge of what’s new.
A-Trak’s remarks comes from a question that asks about the short shelf-life of club music and how much of what was top 40 can fade so quickly in just a few short years.
What do you think? Should more club DJs take the A-Trak approach or embrace their nostalgia? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Watch the whole interview on Montreal Gazette.