Church Swaps Band for DJ During Experimental Worship Service
By Jeff Schapiro, Christian Post Reporter
A Virginia church took a unique approach to worship Sunday morning when it swapped out its band with a Christian DJ in an experimental worship service called “Church Remixed.”
The idea for the unorthodox worship service was a collaboration between Stephen Taylor, community minister for The Church at Clarendon in Arlington, Va., and Hans Daniels, an Atlanta DJ who performs under the name DJ Hans Solo.
Taylor and Daniels, who share a passion for electronic dance music, met each other last year at a Memorial Day party while Taylor was in the Atlanta area visiting relatives, the minister told The Christian Post. They kept in touch, and over time the idea of using a DJ in a worship service grew into a reality.
“He would post a song that was kind of a sort of electronic, beat-driven type worship song and then I would be all over it, sending him feedback, giving him ideas…Over a year, it just sort of simmered between us and we kept feeding off each other,” said Taylor.
Daniels played a blend of contemporary Christian and secular music both before and after the service Sunday, Taylor says. He was joined on stage by one of the church’s praise singers during the service, and the songs he played weren’t altogether unfamiliar to the congregation. He played a version of “Blessed Be Your Name,” for example, but it was unique in that it was mixed with “Praise You” by secular artist Fatboy Slim and “Around the World” by Daft Punk.
Taylor says his church is attended by many young people who are familiar with the hip-hop culture.
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