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Sticky & Sweet Tour: Montreal Fan Pictures - Part 3

Madonna brings DJ Enferno on board

While some people lament turntablism is a dying art, it has recently received a major boost via the nimble fingers of D.C.-based DJ Enferno. During summer and fall, the 2003 USA DMC champion has rocked crowds numbering into the tens of thousands across Europe and the States, hitting the front of arena stages and letting loose on the ones and twos. Okay, so it might not be pure battle artistry - Enferno (born Eric Jao) is Madonna's official DJ on her current Sticky & Sweet Tour.
Long famous (and infamous) for cherry-picking subcultures, Madonna has parted ways with her longtime tour spinner, the high-energy disco queen Tracy Young. In the aftermath is an increased musical synergy between DJ and diva. Rather than simply warm up the crowds or hit 'play' on a backing track, Enferno has had a strong hand in tweaking the show's sound.
'It's like she's brought this responsibility out of me that I didn't know was even going to be on the table,' Enferno says by phone on a recent morning. (The Sticky & Sweet Tour is, apparently, mostly about work and not too much about play.) 'As far as what I do onstage, imagine taking a band that's got a guitar player, a keyboard player, and tracks coming off the computer, and everyone plays all together. When you add a DJ, you add elements of sound, and you affect sound in a way instrument players can't. Then there's all the things I've been involved in offstage.'

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