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The Laptop DJ Handbook: Setups and Techniques of the Modern Performer by Jason Emsley

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Chapter 9. Serato Scratch Live

Societies around the world are commonly understood through their cultural norms; customs, belief structures, mannerisms, and so on all come together to shape an external view (or a popular understanding) of who a group of people are. It’s a classification system that applies well to multilayered groups of like-minded people—collectives, if you will—such as the youth movement constantly redefining DJ culture.

Part of what keeps DJ culture so fresh is the continuous challenge to these norms by a steady stream of new ideas, new talent, and, of course, new tools. Sure, it’s not what it was, but cultural throwbacks are constantly bubbling up through the cracks and being adopted by the next generation of DJs.

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