The Finger Licking DJ
I remember the night like it was yesterday and even though I had noticed this habit in the past it never used to bother me before this evening. Sometime towards the end of 2008, my girlfriend and I were watching a DJ perform at Envy nightclub, when she turned to me and said something like, “This guy licks his fingers like it’s going out of style, it’s fucking gross!”
Indeed it was “fucking gross” and as we stood there and watched, in pure disgust, we both realized that this disease was sneaking into night clubs and infecting DJ’s all over town. (Watch for it the next time you are listening a DJ in a San Diego night club. Is the DJ bathing the records, mixer and turntables with his salivated fingers?)
Hey, it’s one thing if you’re preparing to get down with your bad ass scratching technique and need a little moisture to help with the grip. No problems there, in fact that may be the only plausible explanation as to why this behavior is necessary in the first place.
However, what we’re talking about here is finger licking of immeasurable proportions: lick before scratching, lick before touching the laptop, lick before doing the mix, lick both fingers, lick lick lick. Once you notice the problem it becomes your main concentration and you can’t even hear the music anymore. The finger licking DJ is so hypnotizing that all you can do is stand there and stare with amazement.
As performers, DJ’s do have a responsibility to their audience and some of that involves being visually pleasing. We are saying it here and saying it loud: CUT IT OUT!!! It’s really gross.