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Should DJs dictate the music played or the dancers?

 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:46 pm    Post subject: Should DJs dictate the music played or the dancers? Reply with quote

Borrowing from Olly who's suggestion this thread was:

He said :

It is perhaps another interesting chicken/egg question in that; should dancer's musical tastes determine the musical direction at a venue or are dancers influenced or lead by the DJ?

Another question along the same lines is; should the DJ be responsible for introducing new music and expose dancers to more variety, or should they just play what is always played and wait for dancers to initiate any changes?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Obviously there's a lot more to it than the following, but keeping it short and simple:

I think it has to be a balance. A good DJ should be ready to make and listen to suggestions. Then use good judgment to assess how well that suggestion may be received by the majority (for that specific venue) should it get played...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, and a good DJ needs to be able to take criticism without getting defensive!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally I think that the DJ has a responsibility to try and provide the best possible dancing music to the most number of people at the freestyle. Of course there will always be a wide range of tastes at any freestyle but I think it is more likely that more people will enjoy a freestyle if all old favourites are played (because they know the tracks) than if all new (to them) tracks are selected by the DJ. Given both those extremes, then it will be up to the DJ to establish a balance, by playing some well-known tracks while also throwing in some less well-known ones. This way, he/she can introduce new tracks to the dancers, who will remember the ones they enjoyed dancing to. If there are not too many, then there is less chance of people getting disgruntled. Of course the DJ is going to be a big influence on the dancers and he/she must surely be aware of the dancers' reaction the first time they play a new track and choose when or if that track gets played again. I am always looking for good tracks to dance to and it's great when I come across one I haven't heard before. In that situation, I will ask the DJ what it was and I expect it is just that sort of feedback that gives the DJ the inclination to play it again.
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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's very simple really

A good DJ will have lots of folk wanting to go to thier venue again.

I can't really add anymore than that
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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard P wrote, on another thread:
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Nicky wrote:
We all like familiarity; too much diversity can be incredibly daunting.


I'd agree with Nicky on this, I love hearing new music and dancing to tracks I've never heard but I also like a few tracks in the mix that I know really well and can hit every break perfectly!


I think that this says it all really....Yes, we all need to hear a few old favourites during the course of any evening. However, surely everyone would soon get fed up of hearing the same tracks, week in, week out?

I believe that the musical direction at a venue should only be dictated by the dancers to a degree. Its important that any DJ should feel able to introduce us to new and varied tracks to keep things fresh, exciting and new. Otherwise, why bother having a DJ at all? You may as well just sling on a disc of old favoutires each week.....I'll bet it wouldnt be long before those favourite tracks found their way onto the "tracks well past their sell-by date" list!!!
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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nicky wrote:
I believe that the musical direction at a venue should only be dictated by the dancers to a degree. Its important that any DJ should feel able to introduce us to new and varied tracks to keep things fresh, exciting and new. Otherwise, why bother having a DJ at all? You may as well just sling on a disc of old favoutires each week.....I'll bet it wouldnt be long before those favourite tracks found their way onto the "tracks well past their sell-by date" list!!!


I would probably have got flamed for saying this on here, so I am glad you posted this Nicky…

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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

qdos wrote:
I think it's very simple really

A good DJ will have lots of folk wanting to go to thier venue again.

I can't really add anymore than that


Knocked it on the head there
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Should DJs dictate the music played or the dancers?

IMHO... it will depend on venue and nature of the dancers. The local scene has always been dictated by the dancers and as such a DJ puts his neck on the block if he tries to be too adventurous.Rolling Eyes

In other situations a DJ can develop a reputation that attracts more discerning dancers who actually expect the DJ to introduce a good selection of new discoveries. In such situations the DJ becomes the draw for an event. Mark Forster springs to mind as an example.

Marks’s story is interesting in that when he was a standard Ceroc DJ, he was not allowed to be adventurous. His passion for music was suppressed. It was Jive Addiction who spotted his talent and had the right audience at Southport. In putting the right DJ in front of the right audience, Mark quickly blossomed to the top of the DJ ladder. Ceroc then respected Mark’s talent and gave him the Freedom to do likewise for their audiences.
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