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Sven Vath Calls Last Orders for Middle Ranking, Middle Aged DJs

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Saturday, March 5, 2005
Germany's legendary superstar DJ Sven Vath chatted to Skrufff this week and sparked controversy by claiming most 30-something DJs should find other careers.

"If you haven't made it as a DJ by the time you're 35 you should quit," Sven suggested, "Because the young ones are waiting."

"What I mean by "making it' is making it to the big time," the 40 year old techno pioneer explained. "What I see happening right now is that the market for middle class (middle level- Ed) DJs in particular is diminishing; the top class DJs and the low class DJs will still be around, but it's going to be increasingly hard for the middle class DJs to survive," he predicted.

"If you're a middle class DJ and you're 33 or 34 years old and you can't see the light at the end if the tunnel, ie that something is going to explode in the next two or three years, then you should think about having another job as well," he added.

As well as DJing, producing and running various record labels, the massively successful star runs Ibiza superclub Cocoon and has also recently opened a Cocoon club in his hometown of Frankfurt, and stressed that he believes diversification is essential for DJs hoping to survive.

"Some DJs out there are only DJs and it's important to do other things as well as DJing," he advised.

"If you're only DJing the day will come when it all finishes and- phew, it's not that easy. This is my opinion," he concluded.

Sven Vath in the Mix- the Sound of the Fifth Season, is out now on Cocoon Recordings.