Digging in the crates

Ahmed Ahmed, Steve Benford, Andy Crabtree
2012 Proceedings of the 2012 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '12  
An ethnographic study uncovers the work of nightclub DJs, which extends far beyond the act of mixing tracks to also encompass collecting music, preparing for performances, and promotion and networking. We reveal how DJs value vinyl and digital formats in different ways, acquire music through 'crate digging', prepare physical and digital crates of music before gigs, and how these underpin improvised selections during their performances. We document how DJs interact with promoters, venues,
more » ... and other DJs, revealing an etiquette that governs how they select and share music, and manage an ongoing tension between revealing and hiding metadata so as to maintain a competitive edge. We raise implications for technologies to support DJs, while also shedding light on previous studies of music consumption and sharing in other settings.
doi:10.1145/2207676.2208314 dblp:conf/chi/AhmedBC12 fatcat:g4cyjpbn25fnjc5xcb5w2jbrlq