Thursday, February 18, 2010

Famous DJ Quotes

Here are some interesting quotes by popular DJ's about trance music. Share if you have more.

"I think all trance DJs deep down are embarrassed by what they play. They take it on the chin! They know deep down that they’re playing watered down techno." - Dave Clarke

"Trance had become a dirty word. Thanks to Ian Van Dahl, Lasgo, Flip 'N' Fill and DJ Sammy, a generation of kids has grown up thinking trance is the shittiest music since country and western." - Paul van Dyk

"Why people used to go to clubs was to have a great time and to forget their troubles and worries and stresses of the week and enjoy themselves and I think that the music was a huge, important part of that" - Paul Oakenfold

"It's not love for music, it's a passion, and it goes beyond liking, and beyond a hobby, it's about a way of living... Music is essential for my life." - Armin Van Buuren

"I think dance music is a beautiful thing, it's a great thing, and that's what I want to show the world: dance music can really bring people together. We're living in a very tough time, and tough times have always been. Its just about showing people we should not be sitting at home being scared for whoever we should be scared for, its about going out, its about meeting people, having a great time with your friends. That's what life is about. It’s not about bullshit or whatever. So I challenge people to come to my shows, see what happens, not to me, but to your friends, to all the people in the club." - Armin van Buuren
"Call us toilet paper because we're on a roll!" - Armin van Buuren

"I wouldn't call myself a leader. I don't want to lead people, I want to tempt them, I want to create a new world for them, just for that very small moment, when they are losing themselves in my music. I want to inspire them" - Paul van Dyk

"I love what guys like Oliver Lieb and Paul van Dyk do. I hate that ATB and those sorts of people have prostituted this stuff. You listen to an ATB track and then you listen to Sasha, and the difference is as obvious as listening to Led Zeppelin and Rachmaninoff." - Brian Transeau

"The problem is a lot of things I hear out here on the radio are not trance - I mean that ATB track I heard the other day - is this trance? This is fucking Tellytubbies music." - Laurent Garnier

"A set is created to make dance the crowd not for listening at home. A electronic set should only be heard in the party and when this party finishes the set shouldn't be heard for nobody, it should only be keeped on the mind of clubbers who were in the event." - Richie Hawtin

"I think trance music is the only music you can listen to without taking drugs. You can really feel the emotions in it. You can get on another level without the drugs. If you listen to techno, it's so monotone that you really need drugs to enjoy it." - Tiesto

"Progressive music is like having sex without an orgasm, it builds and builds but goes no where" - Unknown Author

"The weekend is a time to go out and dance your fucking nuts off. You don't want to do that listening to a boring, 8-minute progressive record." - Ferry Corsten

"Trance for me is more like the basic channel stuff, hypnotic and trance-inducing. The word trance has been bastardized to mean something totally different to what I originally intended and hoped it to be. To be trancy a record has to be monotonous almost, a long sequence without pause without a massive breakdown, up and down. This isn't trance, you can't fall into a trance when your emotions are being dragged up and down." - Mark Reeder
"Since the early days of humankind, dancing was always an expression of feeling good, and making someone feel good is the main intention of DJ'ing. I don't see the point of playing a record that makes people stand there, look at you and say "Umm, very interesting" - Paul van Dyk

"It's about music! Not one music style is better than the other, not one music style is more truly than the other. The whole thing is based on respect. It's all about respect, respect to the music, respect to the DJ's, respect to the crowd and respect to each other. It's all music, music never separates people!" - Carl Cox

"...too many people are simply in it for the money and fame, and not actually interested in producing quality tunes..." - Ian Van Dahl

"I do not see any big differences, it's all about perspective, people who say it was better in the early days are ignorant and are starting to talk like their parents." - Sander Kleinenberg

"This music sounded fresh 20 years ago and will still sound fresh in another 20" - Phil Hartnoll from Orbital
"When I started, DJs weren't in the media, electronic music wasn't in the sales charts and a DJ was the freak in the corner who provided the music while other people had fun. So to do it, you must have been a freak and a music lover." - Paul van Dyk

"For some reason, some people tend to be very negative about trance in particular. I think "trance" as a genre has been declared "dead" by these people and the press for the 6th time now. And yet, it remains to be the most popular genre in dance music. In fact, in my experience, trance has never been bigger as it is right now! Maybe this is because several people have very different definitions of the genre "trance". Some people consider "trance" to be similar to "commercial" or "cheese". For me trance is the only genre that isn't a prisoner of it's own style. People that like real trance, are very open minded to all kinds of dance music. For example, I play a lot of records that are labelled "progressive" or "techno" in my recordstore. Trance to me is a journey through different kinds of dance music, not the formularic crap some call "trance". Trance is part of modern day music now. Face it." - Armin Van Buuren

"The biggest hits along with some classical tracks have been written in 15 minutes. Afterwards, you get that amazing "Yes!" feeling." - Ferry Corsten

"As far as im concerned rhythm is more important than melody and breakdown. After all people are there to dance not fuck around – well that’s what I think when I’m on the dance floor anyway." - John Askew

"Trance is the kind of music that puts smiles on peoples faces. It's designed to make people feel great and forget about the trouble that they may face every day." - Ferry Corsten

"There are people who play records and there are DJ's who blow minds." - Eddie Halliwell

"It was my birthday and as a special surprise my, at the time, 5 year old son came up on stage, with two glowsticks. When he saw all these people dancing and having fun his eyes grew wide and you could see him think "WOW". I asked him to raise his hands with the glowsticks and he was having so much fun. At that moment I saw the same passion for music in his eyes as I have in my heart." - Markus Schulz

"There's a widespread range of negativity at the moment and there's too much bashing on styles and DJ's you know. Keep in mind that not everybody likes the Mona Lisa. Some people think it's not special, other people will cry when they see it. Just be tolerant. There's alot of extremely passionate people out there in the music industry that work hard to create the music." - Markus Schulz

"Don't be a prisoner of your own style!" - Armin van Buuren


  1. I love these quotes! 1st DJ I really got in to was Markus Schultz he was djing here in AZ at a place called the Works... That opened my eyes to a whole new world of the love of music. I would sneak in to the club when I was 14! Now I'm 31 and music is my drug, is my love and makes me happy when everything is just shit!

  2. Love pvd and you have loved history!