Being a DJ is more than playing a seamlessly beat matched set. And it's more than being into a certain genre of music and playing it relentlessly. A good DJ is someone who is about finding good new music and helping to form the tastes of others. Gilles Peterson has been DJing for 25 years and not only is a taste-maker - he's pretty much genre defining - credited with the 'invention' of Acid Jazz and Trip Hop genres in the late eighties and early nineties.
He's playing here this week - on Friday night - at the TURNAROUND.
I'm hoping to get to meet the guy; I have massive respect for him - he totally epitomizes what DJing really is all about.
In this interview with The Herald, he talks about how his sets are like a four hour journey; not a 40 minute rush job of the 10 tunes you downloaded that all are 130 bpm. Hah! (I paraphrase heavily)