I had my foray into the realm of DJ this past weekend at the late night for the Ohio University fall dance; and let me tell you, not once did I ever think it would be so nerve-wracking. I kid you not, I spent more than two weeks planning what I was going to play, when I was going to play it and worrying about whether or not anyone would dance to the songs I played. It was a long couple of weeks.
I had never realized just how much thought had to go into the music that we dance to. To me, it was a bit like picking the perfect dress for meeting the my boyfriend’s parents: I know what I liked, and I know what he liked, but would Mom and Dad like it, too?
I kept taking songs out, thinking they were too fast for the last blues set of the night, or they didn’t have that good “blues” fell to them. I’m pretty sure at one point I scrapped the whole list and started over with a blank slate.
I also didn’t want to stick with just “the classics, as much as I might like them. I was playing the last set of the night and, it was almost a sure bet that a lot of those would have already played. As a result, I ended up with a really modern playlist, with a vast majority of my songs being post-2000. I included a song from Adele, some Maroon 5 and surprisingly, I even had Enrique Iglasias on my list. I also had Nora Jones and Florence + The Machine on there as well as my current obsession, Ruthie Foster’s “Death Came A-Knockin'”.
So, now the question I want to ask is: what makes a good DJ set? What is some advice from you more seasoned DJs out there? What songs do you like to dance to?
Now that the first big plunge is out of the way, I really enjoyed the DJing experience. It’s fun to test-dance new music. I’d like to DJ a Lindy set sometime soon.