Driving to work today, I decided to tune into John O’Callaghan’s podcast “Subculture Radio”. I’m not a first timer to his show. In fact, I have been an avid listener for quite sometime and John O’Callaghan fan since I first heard him featured on Armin’s album, A State of Trance 2005. I guess you could say we have some history. Anyways, my only source of music nowadays are podcasts, all day everyday. While listening to Subculture Radio today, I realized John O’Callaghan truly doesn’t give a fuck. “WHAT?”, you may be asking. Let me elaborate. I subscribe to probably about 15 different weekly podcasts that are trance and I can definitely grasp what trends are going on, what is popular, and what is out of the loop. Sometimes I hear the same songs over and over again and sometimes the podcasts all seem to sound the same. However, O’Callaghan’s podcast always has its own sound and like I said, its because he literally does not give a fuck. I really was getting into what he was throwing down, and just thinking about the fact that half of the tracks on there I had never even heard before. It was then that I realized that he hasn’t yet hopped on the “trend train” that I feel EVERY dj has hopped on. He doesn’t play whats popular, he plays what he likes, and ultimately, what I like.
Techno is extremely out of the loop. I feel like nowadays its either trance, dubstep, or house; techno is an abandoned genre that you don’t really hear much of. John O’Callaghan don’t give a fuck, if he wants to play techno he’ll play techno. If he wants to mix some trance in there, he will mix some trance in there. What I love most about him is that fact that time and culture have not really changed his sound. He moves to the beat of his own drum and is a dj that truly doesn’t sound just like everybody else. I’m not sure how many people are old school ravers, meaning they started going to raves BEFORE 2005, but techno was extremely huge. The music wasn’t like it is today. I feel like John O’Callaghan brings me back to my high school years dancing in abandoned warehouses til the sun came up. He knows what he’s doing and he won’t let the ever-changing EDM culture determine how he plays his sets. I love his sound because its techno and he’s not changing for anybody. I feel like his music is timeless and original, and for that John O’Callaghan, I salute you.