C2C Explains Difference Between a DJ and Turntablist

05/17/2013
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(Radio.com) A DJ is much different than a turntablist. Just ask C2C. The French turntable squad of 20Syl, Greem, Atom and Pfeil told Radio.com that basically a DJ does a DJ set, which means the person has two turntables and plays a mix of songs. "He's playing songs from lots of different artists for people to dance," Atom said.

What C2C do as turntablists, though, is use their individual turntables to make their own music. They don't play records. They become the instruments with each member using samples of guitars or drum beats (which they record themselves) to construct original songs. "We interpret our own tracks," Atom explained.

The guys met in high school and bonded over their love of American hip-hop, which helped them define their sound now. C2C discovered jazz and soul music through the samples that were used on songs from some of their favorite artists like Wu-Tang Clan and Gang Starr.

For their 2012 debut, Tetra, the guys who won the DMC World DJ Championship four years in a row from 2003-2006 combined a little bit of everything they listened to as teens. "We have all this musical background and we are trying to mix it with something actual like digital music, electronic music and bring also this '90s hip-hop stuff like the big beats and bass lines," 20Syl said.

The guys have been playing together for 15 years, but didn't start working on their first album until 2010 after taking a break from their side projects. Greem and 20Syl are in a DJ squad called Hocus Pocus, while Atom and Pfeil comprise the DJ duo Beat Torrent. The whole recording process for Tetra took a year and a half, mostly because the band does not use samples and had to personally craft all of the sounds heard on the album. more.

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