Overheard on Craigslist San Francisco:
Hi, and thanks to all you rituos brothers for reading my post. Yes, it is true, I am selling my DJ gear as I need the cash. First up is a set of turntables (1200s) played on by myself and with my own genuine autograph. I will autograph them again in front of you and sign a photo of you and me together if you buy them. I am sure you know who I am – I am DJ Mars of San Francisco!!!!!!!
Now that I have your attention, I realise that the price is high but what you are paying for is prestige. I was a big trance DJ and still am but I don’t play much as the scene has gone down. People used to love me and you can ask all the candy ravers. Times are bad now so I must make money where I can and what better than to offer a piece of me to you if you are an admirer or just like me.
The price is firm and I may also throw in a pair of needles to sweeten the deal.
FIRST COME FIRST SERVED!!!!!!!!!
Cash only, sorry.
Seeing that this is San Francisco, I might have qualified what kind of needles he means.
But yes, this is what happens when trance music is in trouble: brother, can you spare a dime, or (in this case) a $2500 asking price?
Hey, it’s another reason to go digital, especially with inexpensive DJ software out there.
Bad news for all those pricey DJ solutions we saw at NAMM, though.
Oh, and as one comment points out, it could all be fake — though maybe it still doesn’t lose its poetic impact, even in that case. Fiction is more interesting than reality, sometimes.
DJ Mars on The DJ List, for those not in the know.
Updated: Yeah, okay, probably really definitely a fake. Phil of the excellent SF Scene blog notes that the ad has now been flagged for removal. Was this a staged commentary on the state of electronic music? Just someone trying to drive up the value of a couple of used turntables? We may never know.
In other news, I see Moby has just posted a wanted ad for a new barbeque grill because he’s decided to start eating meat — what? You don’t think that’s real, either?