DJ Mix: Greg Wilson Live WMC Set at Electric Pickle, March 24
"Many DJs began to place mixing ahead of programming in terms of priority, selecting what they played not because it was the best record, but because it mixed out of the previous record seamlessly," said Wilson in our WMC Q&A, lamenting the sub-par M.O. of so many contemporary DJs. "This was putting the cart before the horse as far as I'm concerned. I'm all for mixing, but programming is the most important skill a DJ possesses and, in comparison to the DJs of the past, I think that this was an area that suffered."
There were a handful of DJ/producers at WMC this year, e.g. Soul Clap, Jamie Jones and Lee Foss (Hot Natured), and Wolf + Lamb, who have recently returned to the DJ-as-programmer form, re-editing and stamping their signature on select tracks, thus imbuing their live sets with a one-off vitality that gives all those other dime-a-dozen play-by-numbers "DJs" on the scene a run for their money. This re-discovered practice, rooted in the disco and early house that Greg Wilson was spinning back in the day when he was these kids' age, was by all accounts the big breakthrough at WMC 2010.
And having helped pioneer these traditional DJ methods, which he has carrying on faithfully for three decades, made Wilson's presence at WMC this year all the more timely and significant, like a fatherly figure overlooking the promising fledgling efforts of a new generation of artists. Whether you missed Wilson's performance that night, or did make it and have since been clamoring for a recording so you can relive that unforgettably ecstatic groovalicious night, we have a one-hour slice of his live set for your listening pleasure.
Click here to download Greg Wilson's live WMC set at the Electric Pickle.