There is a certain stigma attached with ‘Dj Music’ as you reach your late teens. This is due to growing out of the ned phase as you enter the student one, where teens will metamorphose into their liberal student stereotype. Where once was a love and excitement about ‘Dj Music’, is now replaced by feelings of embaressment and shame. But why is this so? Why can we not look back nostalgically and proudly at our self-made phenomenon?

It was us who built the infrastructure. We set up websites in which teens from all of Scotland were able to download everything needed for free, take part in forums or read the bio of their favourite “Artist”. User numbers of Acoustica Mixcraft and Sony Acid Pro must have skyrocketed without them actually making any money. We set up teams with actual hierarchies and chains of command (Everyone knew it was English’s Mixmysters and Cambo’s Team Techno). We held competitions that included people from all over Scotland and even Ireland. We made celebrities out of mere teenagers clicking at computer screens, who hasn’t heard of Gary McF?

Is it not amazing that we created this all at the age of what? 13? 14? The system we created had probably more people listening to our own music than actual chart stuff.

Thousands spent on marketing campaigns yet our computers were full of this stuff. The story of PCDJ music may be (I feel) unfairly mocked by us as we get older, but the feats achieved were undoubtedly impressive. The way it was able to harness social networking, which was even harder without Facebook or Twitter, to create mass appeal is something to be admired. If I could generate the same heat with my blog I’d easily be able to market it to advertisers.

This was one of the sad sides to the whole thing that, with all it’s popularity, it was unable to be converted to monetary gain. This was due to copyright laws and over saturation. But look at DJ Earworm, he is doing exactly what we did and is getting all the praise. He’s being Heralded as being very original when really he is just doing what we were doing 5 years ago. However the websites did have Paypal accounts for people to donate money but I’m guessing no one did as if a site did have to close there was always going to be other ones to go to.

I’m sure there are still sites out there somewhere with the next generation playing about on their computers and they are probably going through the same stuff we did. The trick is though to let it go when you’re meant to. I bumped into a drunk, 23-year-old DJ Pulse who, in his drunken state, started chatting to me and offered me a beer (I have never met or spoken to the man in my life). He then boastfully explained that he was DJ Pulse (he was on his way to work by the way) and I was not impressed, I felt sorry for him. He played his “music” to me and I had to feign enjoyment (he was a big guy, and drunk). It was sad to see that this guy couldn’t relinquish his grip of the past and the mass exposure and adulation he received. He once was a boy sitting in a bedroom making tunes, which is ok.Now he is just a fat man boring strangers with his exaggerated tales. Or is he the right one? Why should we not allow him his few pleasures? Why should we judge him for listening to 90’s Eurodance (they’re the ones with that classic neddy feel to them) in a track suit, going to work, drinking? Well perhaps we should. And I did.



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16 responses to “PCDJs

  1. GeoffBolton (GEoFFRiE.1 lol)

    Brillant post!

  2. z

    Couldn’t of put it better myself.

    Great post.

  3. English

    Makes a lot of sense mate

  4. Hendo

    Very True, Looking back i wish i had done something simelar to earworm.. maybe i’d be the one rolling in it haha! oh well.

  5. Gary Byrne

    Absolute genius, couldnt have wrote anythin better… Every pc dj has looked at dj earworm and got angry lol

  6. john donnelly

    very well put sir,its a shame we have to grow up,i miss the old days!

  7. Brilliant, Miss the days, Making the tunes. We were all infamous (Very well known) in Scotland, mostly. Wish we actually got somewhere with it all but, was a bit of a waste of talent!

    RIP ‘PCDJ’ Music!

  8. Xander McG

    Absolutely excellent post. Looking back, it really makes me miss the old days and think about how a whole generation of Scottish teenagers could get so caught up in a style of music that was unique to us (and make a name for so many.) It’s just a shame that teenagers these days will hardly have the same feeling we used to get when listening/producing “choons”.

  9. Seanybhoy

    A lot of ppl did manage to make something out of pcdj’ing, not directly, but if you look at david eadie, paul zitkus, theres 2 who took the step into doing the real thing, and doing very well out of it. Btw just for your amusment, that “nostalgia” your talking about is how I found your blog, I googled “PCDJ glasgow” and ended up here, so some ppl do look back fondly!

  10. Owen Murray

    It’s good to know you were part of something that will never be done again. Still can’t help going on Youtube to have a listen to old tunes just for the sake of Nostalgia.

    I still find it mad how it just died how quick it did.

  11. struan

    It’s just a shame that pcdj, the technical side ultralooping and effects etc, never could be appreciated by people that didn’t know pellas, and know what people were actually doing or how it was done. Play an ultralooping tune to anycunt and theyll say its just noise but to a few hundred people throughout scotland it’ll sound amazing, and really impressive. But yeah, fuck Dj earworm, his stuffs easy as hell!

  12. Stephen McGrath

    I always followed pcdj’s and was one myself (not very good). I have a hard drive with hundreds of pellas and nearly every pcdj tune and also a ridiculous amount of originals I had enough to set up a site for old times sake but the fucking hard drive died. I am considering sending it to a specialist to have repaired which will cost hundreds Ohhh and the guy above, you are dead right some people laughed at the noise but they could never understand. Although a lot of my mates loved the tunes as well. It’s really sad PCDJ RIP. I’m Irish and I miss the good old days. I have always wanted to express my opinion which is expressed in this post. AMEN. Gary g Gary mcfffffff

  13. struan

    If anybody knows any sites that still exist get them posted ! would love to make a tune for old times sake but iv lost all my pellas sadly

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