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Classic footage of Jeff Mills DJing in Detroit (1983).

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RA: Playing Favourites: Gilles Peterson – Interview

Gilles Peterson on playing what he wants without hubris.

I’m not into just throwing stuff in just to shock people, either. I like to have a flow and to be able to build something beautiful with my music, in a way. I think there is an art. It’s not just about chucking it out there and being eclectic and cool. I don’t agree with that theory. I think that it’s about having finesse and refinement about how you create a DJ set. I can find a connection between Lonnie Liston Smith’s live version of “Welcome To My New World” and DJ Rashad cutting up some old Roy Ayers bits. It’s all joining the dots, basically.

His mixes are indeed little pieces of art.