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She's 69 years old and she is a fuckin' great DJ.
March 4, 2010 2:17 PM   Subscribe

Behind the decks at Queen, the biggest and brashest nightclub in Paris, the DJ lifts her arms to the heavens.
posted by gman (17 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
She seems to be sincere, so I'll grant her respect for having such joi de vivre. Great hair, too. But I hate the whole DJ-as-rock-star thing. A great DJ doesn't need to be watched.
posted by GameDesignerBen at 2:40 PM on March 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


The legendary DJ Derek. The real thing.
posted by silence at 4:28 PM on March 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


Assuming I can still hear when I'm 69, I fully plan on DJing when I can, I don't care if I'm just playing at the home.

A bunch of my friends do a weekly at a small bar in Northern VA where they play rave music on Wednesday nights. It's kind of a low key thing that has a lot of locals there just to drink and play pool (not there for the music), so they get a lot of 'converts' to serious dance music.

One of the regulars was a retired guy in his 60s who just started asking questions about the music, and how DJing works, and eventually he bought turntables and got some of the DJs to show him how to beatmatch, and now he's getting gigs. It happens.

Not to mention that some of the 'old school' are getting up there, too -- how old is Grandmaster Flash now?
posted by empath at 4:34 PM on March 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


That said -- she's just playing standard French electro which is kinda disappointing. 90% chance that someone else is handling her record selection. I'd like to see more video of her sets to see what's she's actually doing up there.
posted by empath at 4:43 PM on March 4, 2010


90% chance that someone else is handling her record selection.

The article explicitly mentions some much younger producer dude helping her out.
posted by sparkletone at 5:15 PM on March 4, 2010


"This year, get ready to be dazzled by the greatest DJ ever known:

Ruth, Flowers."

[Milk spurts out my nose .... NOW] oo-TCH-oo-TCH-oo-TCH....

"Ruth, Flowers. Coming soon!"

[more milk spurts out my nose]
posted by not_on_display at 5:37 PM on March 4, 2010


[oh, and great post... thanks!]
posted by not_on_display at 5:39 PM on March 4, 2010


No comment on the DJ described above. But see Pilots Hate You by Tom Ellard for mockery of arm-waving DJs. Ellard was once doing video backdrops for a DJ. He thought the arm waving was silly, so he turned the camera on the DJ with a trails effect to make the arm waving even sillier. The DJ thought it was great stuff, so waved his arms all the more. Thus even more arm waving feedback. I am an isolationist on the subject of arm waving: let them wave arms or not, just leave me out of it.
posted by eccnineten at 7:13 PM on March 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


As a dj who does the arm waving thing, it's kinda hard to look like you're doing something all the time. And people get excited, so you get excited. When 1000 people are jumping up and down screaming, what are you supposed to do, just stand there?
posted by empath at 7:14 PM on March 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


Story reminds me of another old coffin dodger who can't keep her face off the TV. This old dear is famous for having a shitload of tattoos.

Both of these women appear to be pawns in younger attention whore's get-rich-quick scheme because people know that the media loves to print stories about wacky old women behaving disgracefully.

As far as I'm concerned, the sooner the Grim Reaper catches up with these people, the better off we'll all be.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 8:38 PM on March 4, 2010


As far as I'm concerned, the sooner the Grim Reaper catches up with these people, the better off we'll all be.

you first
posted by empath at 9:15 PM on March 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


the media loves to print stories about wacky old women behaving disgracefully.

Conversely, as soon as old people doing stuff that they enjoy that old people don't typically do quits being novelty, the world will be a much, much better place.
posted by setanor at 11:06 PM on March 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


When 1000 people are jumping up and down screaming, what are you supposed to do, just stand there?

That depends on if they're undead or not. If they are, then definitely not.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 3:18 AM on March 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Behind the decks at Queen, the biggest and brashest nightclub in Paris, the DJ lifts her arms to the heavens

What do you call bingo wings when the old people of today start getting the raver vibe, eh?
posted by MuffinMan at 4:20 AM on March 5, 2010


I almost went to Queen once, because this cooler-than-thou international hipster in college used to go there a lot and I ended up outside it after getting sort of lost in Paris. 20 euros to get in was too expensive for me, so I went somewhere else.

...and then I found five dollars.
posted by oinopaponton at 6:45 AM on March 5, 2010


empath hit the nail on the head. As a professional full time dj for the last 5 years, spinning for the last 13, if the crowd is feeling it im not going to stand there like a dead fish. i bounce around a bit, even toss in some fist pumps. But above all never do i let any of that ever interfere with what my job is: spinning an amazing set.
posted by Addiction at 6:33 PM on March 7, 2010


OMG!!!! Who plays electro house anymore?
posted by Theta States at 9:12 AM on March 8, 2010


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