Those of you who read these pages no that I am not a fan of Justice’s cock rock techno.  This article accompanied by photo evidence (above) catching Justice playing “live” with an un-plugged MIDI controller is just too funny to pass up.  As someone who has done real live electronic music back in my Team Shadetek days I know how difficult this is to do and do well, so on one level I’m sympathetic, on the other level, you shouldn’t lie to your fans guys.  I stopped doing live electronics when my music took a turn towards hiphop, dancehall and grime and I didn’t think that any of the live improvisation I would do would improve the music.  Since then my show has been me DJing tracks from a laptop, sometimes with effects.  I play lots of un-released new dubs of mine that no one else has and make up my set list as I go along.  I figure that’s worth the price of admission.  You get to hear my music, mixed and selected by me and get a peek into my present sound, IE the future since it always takes so long to get records or CDs out.  I have a new project (more on that soon) that might be appropriate to a live format and so am I actually considering going into loop djing mode (breaking down the tracks into parts and re-constructing live) for that, probably using ableton live, but we’ll see.  However, you will NEVER see me on stage with an un-plugged MIDI controller making faces and pretending to do things that I’m not.  Thanks to Dan @ Dubspot for the link.


  1. if you want to believe them, they said that this was a candid shot in an instance when they had been unplugged. i’m skeptical, but ultimately don’t care

  2. Hey Shadetek san! Still on Justice back… Anytime you are I’m down with you!
    Wether it is plugged or not, Justice plays a music that is anything but new(ten years ago it was simply called techno in France) and nothing close to originality. Thanks also to introduce your views about live mix, because audience has in general no idea of what is playing and the level of difficulty/complexity of what is played… So deejaying is most of the time the way to be efficient. Still a good live like Filastine performances leaves marks on you at a different level…

  3. “It was wicked cold.” said Yo-Yo Ma.


    i dont mind Justice playing “unplugged” — i expect it. their powerful emphasis on style/image cock-rock iconography (unplugged Marshall amps) could teach stare-the-screen “live” laptoppers a lesson i feel. obv we want some element of risk or ‘in the moment’ in live music but completely disregarding the performative side of things isnt really viable these days. hence their performance…


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