What is the future of electronic music? Will the technology eventually take over completely? Will DJs still be on stage in 20 or 30 years from now? These are the questions that scientists, as well as the public, consider when speaking about the future of electronic music. The evolution of music devices and records is so rapid, that some fear we will completely replace humans with robots.
Well, there actually was an attempt to replace a DJ with a robot recently. DJ KUKA, as was the robotic DJ’s name, performed in Karlovy Lazne, the biggest club in Prague. But those who were left speechless by its performance were not really amazed by it.
The robot played popular tracks of Alan Pedestrian’s ‘Discolored’, J Balvin’s ‘Mi Gente’, and Axwell Ingrosso’s ‘More Than You Know’. But despite playing popular and well-accepted songs, the visitors complained about his lack of the feeling for music.
One of the visitors of DJ KUKA’s show commented:
“It can’t feel what the people want to dance to. There is no emotion behind the music. When there is a real person, they know, what fun is like.”
Sure, seeing a robot gig is a futuristic and interesting experience, but people still prefer the energy of the human DJ…for now. The club owner, Adam Lipsansky, pointed out that DJ KUKA is the first robotic DJ in the world, therefore people are intrigued by the new experience it can offer.
Although many were excited to witness this brand-new innovative DJ, the electronic music lovers were not excited by it.
This is sad news for those who were planning to invest in making a DJ robot.
But on the other side, the performance demonstrated how important is the energy and feeling of the DJ, while performing – and not just his selection of the genre or tracks to play.
Many DJs pointed out that they feel the energy of the crowd while performing and this could be another proof that the energy of the crowd and its recognition by the DJ really matters.
Nonetheless, it is not the music production and selection that makes a performance great, but the mixture of DJ’s energy and the transmission of his emotions through music. In the battle of man vs machine, the human DJ is a winner, representing that it is not just the music that matters, but the feeling it ignites.