Guest post – Steinski at DEAF 2008
On The Record kicks off a week of DEAF 2008 guest posts with Steinski telling us about what he will be doing in Dublin this weekend. Steinski is Steve Stein, a former New York advertising exec turned cut-and-paste pioneer who …
Steinski is Steve Stein, a former New York advertising exec turned cut-and-paste pioneer who has been a formative influence on such artists as DJ Shadow, Coldcut, Cut Chemist, Girl Talk and Norman Cook. For a good round-up of Steinksi’s work, check out the “What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective” on Illegal Art.
I am, of course, flattered and delighted to be invited to DEAF 2008. Since I’m both speaking and DJ’ing, I can explain my presence in several directions.
Musically, I’ll be playing a wide variety of dance music; old and new hiphop/rap, funk, disco and soul, brazilian and latin, and whatever else I can combine into an interesting program. My introduction to hiphop in the early 80′s occurred at clubs where DJ’s played anything considered even vaguely funky. I try to continue that tradition in my own sets; only one genre for an entire evening gets old for me rather quickly.
Technically, I put my sets together on a laptop with Ableton software. I don’t use vinyl at all, not even as a controller (a la Serato). This is not because I consider myself in the vanguard of futuristic DJs; I don’t run around proclaiming the death of vinyl and the primacy of digital DJ’ing. The fact of the matter is that I’m a rather crap vinyl DJ, and Ableton allows me to make transitions between songs and genres I’d never be able to do any other way. Most people seem relatively pleased at the results.
Vocally, I’ll be speaking about my checkered career and answering questions at Sweetalk. I daresay there will be some discussion of my blogsite, steinski.com. The site allows me to pursue and present a variety of topics I find interesting, including my political views, the airing of which keeps me sane. After the past 8 years of Republican rule in the US and the resulting disasters – domestic, international, and now financial – if I didn’t use this as a forum, I’d be walking the streeets mumbling to myself and waving my hands about. And I occasionally discuss interesting music, books, and things like crop sculpture.