Originally Posted by Jink121 View Post

Great article and associated comments, really helpful. There's just one thing I don't get though.

I've seen a couple of videos of Roger Sanchez playing, and completely red-lining the mixer. Also seen it to a lesser extent with Laidback Luke. Whats up there? Is it a lack of knowledge, or a "I don't give a fuck" attitude? Surely you'd expect better from the big professionals...

I'd say a combination of both from my experience.

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I'm a member of all three and the training and certifications I have got from all three has really broaden my skills and knowledge not to mention opened many career doors.