Spotify auto-mix could see the end of the wedding DJ
Could Spotify auto-mix eventually mix out DJs?
The whole ‘robot takeover’ has always lurked at the back of our minds, inching ever-closer to such a reality as technology continues to evolve.
“Are our jobs safe?” we ask Google or Siri in a sad irony.
We may think that more ‘mundane’ professions will be replaced first, with the arts standing the test of time, and originality, but this may not be the case for our beloved Disk Jockeys/Jackie’s.
The Spotify auto-mix feature is currently being tested on a few playlists on desktop (for now) which allows songs on shuffle to be properly mixed together.
Instead of skipping tracks and the whole ‘stop-start’ listening, the company wishes to create smooth transitions and epic flow.
DJ AI refers to both artificial intelligence and the Afrikaans slang word ‘Ai,’ which expresses grief.
First it starts with wedding or party DJs losing work because the host can save money by utilising the auto-mix function.
Yes, saving money is great, but that human factor and personality is invaluable.
Next thing bars and restaurants start auto-mixing playlists instead of hiring DJs and then clubs may be next…
Finally, you’re attending festivals where auto-mixes rule the stage and we are left dancing in front of a pc.
Fair enough, these theories may be far-fetched, but certainly not impossible. (I guess nothing is impossible)
It would be an absolute TRAGEDY if human DJs were replaced by auto-mix…. I’m also fairly certain that most people attend events solely based on line-ups, so DJ’s keep your headphones on and remain behind the decks.
Listen to the mixing of a drum and bass playlist here.
There is no news on when the Spotify auto-mix feature will be available, with a spokesperson saying: “We are always testing new products and experiences but have no further news to share at this time.”