There’s a real art to DJing. Between curating playlists, playing to the crowd, and seamlessly mixing between often disparate music, there is an undeniable amount of artistic ability required in order to DJ. It’s a form of music-making rooted in as much history as any other style of musical performance. Not to mention all the DJ technology rabbit holes one can go down given their interest and financial means.
DJ Eight Ten, on the other hand, keeps it real. In a time when second wave vinyl music culture is expanding around the world, DJ Eight Ten (aka Jeff Eaton) was making it happen here in Des Moines with monthly events like Pressure Drop, Modern Love, and Born Wild. Each event highlighted different eras and genres of music all curated from Eaton’s (and his co-DJs) own vinyl collection. It’s an impressive feat considering the otherwise digital nature of contemporary DJing.
We would love to see more mingling between the live music and DJ cultures of Des Moines, so kudos to GDP for putting DJ Eight Ten on the list. Catch him and show some vinyl respect as he closes down The Blazing Saddle stage at this year’s Gross Domestic Product.
By Trey Reis of DSM Shows
To learn more about DJ Eight Ten, check out their Facebook page.
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GDP is organized by the nonprofit the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC). Gross Domestic Product 2016 is made possible with the support of Traveler Beer Company, Tallgrass Brewing Company, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Bravo Greater Des Moines, Guitar Center, Hy-Vee, The Blazing Saddle, Saturday Mfg., VolunteerLocal, Wooly’s, DSM Shows, and KFMG 98.9 FM.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an all Iowa music festival held every spring, featuring musical artists from Greater Des Moines and the rest of Iowa. The 11th annual Gross Domestic Product will take place on May 28th, 2016 at venues around the East Village in Des Moines, Iowa! See the full line-up and details here. Gross Domestic Product highlights some of the original songwriters, performers, and recording artists in our community who make Iowa proud! GDP focuses primarily on young, new artists, those who are taking their first steps into creative self-expression through music and doing so in a positive, collaborative way. Each year we highlight a selection of new artists that our community has to offer, along with a few established groups that have had success building careers while living and working in the state we call home.
Established in spring 2006, GDP has featured over 100 musical acts, including House of Large Sizes, The Envy Corps, The Poison Control Center, Christopher the Conquered, Mumford’s, Facecage, and many more.