Last night, another band on the bill with us was fairly "nu metal"-oriented. They had a scratcher with a couple of turntables. All I could discern from what he was doing is making a "wiikka wikka weepa" sound every once in a while. I asked the band's bassist afterwards what the guy was guy getting paid. He said the scratcher was doing it for free and is trying to break in with a full time band. I've seen these guys with big-timers such as Incubus and the like (who can afford them). I don't really see any significant musical value to what they do. Yet, they consider themselves "musicians"....(like someone who only plays the triangle, in my view). To me, they are just a "fashion accessory" that makes a band look hip by showing their "black" sensibilities. The latest Bass Player sort of tweaked me because they have an ad for "Turntable Technique: The Art of the DJ" by berklee press. Um, I really don't see any "art" in being a parasite of the creative processes of true musicians who start with an inspiration and an instrument. To me, these guys are analogous to the pre-processed, pre-portioned, "meals in a minute" that busy people use to simulate real cooking. Please, no hip-hop/rap flame wars here guys. I just wondered how you all see it???