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I am making my dj debut at my own farewell party early in June. Admittedly, there is little pressure on me to do anything other than inflict my own tastes upon others. However, I look to ILX for the dos and don'ts of djing, particularly as to any golden rules for opening and closing a set. I listen to lots of different music, and It's proving difficult to construct a set with any sort of consistency, and confine myself to one genre. I am also really concentrating on my first three songs - What qualities should these songs have?

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Friday, 16 May 2003 08:58 (eighteen years ago) link

horns, plenty of

pete b. (pete b.), Friday, 16 May 2003 09:02 (eighteen years ago) link

Well, I WAS thinking of playing "Bitch" by the Stones...

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Friday, 16 May 2003 09:05 (eighteen years ago) link

first song should be friendly/accessible but perhaps also in contrast, possess an essence of 'warning' or menace - to symbolise your arrival, har...the only example i can think of right now is something like The Avalanches' 'Under Inspection'

stevem (blueski), Friday, 16 May 2003 09:11 (eighteen years ago) link

that would probably clear the dancefloor tho, unless you were playing first/early

stevem (blueski), Friday, 16 May 2003 09:11 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm still not sure if this place is going to let people dance, it's more of a bar. I was gonna play the Melt Banana version of "We Will Rock You" (as a statement of intent), but then thought better of it.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Friday, 16 May 2003 09:16 (eighteen years ago) link

Also wanted to play "Energy Flash"!!

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Friday, 16 May 2003 09:17 (eighteen years ago) link

If I had to dj tonight I would surely open with Motley Crues's "New Tattoo" followed by something from Notwist. It think it could give a nice shape to the first part of the set. But please don't write down those infinite lists...you won't follow the schedule and you will have wasted a couple of hours. what kind of venue is it?

francesco, Friday, 16 May 2003 09:33 (eighteen years ago) link

If it's not for dancing then don't confine yourself to one genre or be consistent - see, peasy!

Tico Tico (Tico Tico), Friday, 16 May 2003 09:34 (eighteen years ago) link

That's what I wanted someone to say, Tom! ;)

what kind of venue is it?

It's actually a very long but narrow room with booths either side. The strip of hardwood inbetween could be used for dancing, were one so inclined. I'm not sure how London licensing laws about people "swaying rhythmically to a beat" may constrict us, or not.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Friday, 16 May 2003 09:40 (eighteen years ago) link

So I could stick to my rule of thumb: there's nothing worse than banging music+ massive volume+small club = you're so free to experiment and entertain people in a sophisticated way: switching continuosly thru genres... in this kind of places I tend to perceive the thing as "what would I play to a group of friends in my house"... kind of relaxing...good luck

francesco, Friday, 16 May 2003 10:42 (eighteen years ago) link

play my 'Centraline Lounge mix' while you go to the toilet/bar

stevem (blueski), Friday, 16 May 2003 11:38 (eighteen years ago) link

All ILX0rs arew of course welcome, but it's going to be a bit messy.

And did I mention it's in Camden?

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Friday, 16 May 2003 11:46 (eighteen years ago) link

Nordic, it's the lounge bar innit?

call it chalk farm, it sounnds classier.

I really shouold sort out that place for yoink!

chris (chris), Friday, 16 May 2003 12:45 (eighteen years ago) link

????????


Spot on. My description was obviously v. accurate!

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Friday, 16 May 2003 12:51 (eighteen years ago) link

How did you book it? I've been there twice to find it shut and the manager is never around whenever I call (admittedly not for a while now).

chris (chris), Friday, 16 May 2003 12:55 (eighteen years ago) link

Manager is hardly ever there, it seems. We went in and spoke to a very nice young lady with an accent. Seems there is no set rule as to deposit/fee/capacity, though someone recently blew the speakers there, so they were a bit edgy about deposit (originally asked £300!!). In fact, still waiting for manager to call back and confirm. We have to pretend it's a 21st birthday party so they can stay open late (?????).

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Friday, 16 May 2003 13:00 (eighteen years ago) link

btw, the lady had an accent, that reads like I put one on to speak to her.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Friday, 16 May 2003 13:01 (eighteen years ago) link

escuzze mee madam laaadie caan a av the privalig of a nite in ur cluub

james (james), Friday, 16 May 2003 13:39 (eighteen years ago) link

sorry i shall leave, btw play whatever you want, your party = dj's right to choose, personally i wouldplay disco to make ladies dance, get the ladies dancing

james (james), Friday, 16 May 2003 13:41 (eighteen years ago) link

Don't apologize, I love posts written in funny unplaceable accents. Ladies, yes. Disco, maybe, need more disco.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Friday, 16 May 2003 13:44 (eighteen years ago) link

i believe james was adopting the accent of the sweaty fox

stevem (blueski), Friday, 16 May 2003 13:56 (eighteen years ago) link

the sweaty Pinefox?

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Friday, 16 May 2003 14:02 (eighteen years ago) link

I am finding "Male Stripper" by Man 2 Man meets Mann Parrish to be a real crowd pleaser in many different club environments at the moment. That could be a good one to kick off with, but where to go from there, that's the problem.

colin s barrow (colin s barrow), Saturday, 17 May 2003 00:10 (eighteen years ago) link

Close with something brassy and deep. Open with something tart and sweet.

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Saturday, 17 May 2003 00:32 (eighteen years ago) link

And in the middle, "Move Your Feet"!

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Saturday, 17 May 2003 00:35 (eighteen years ago) link

Don't know your crowd, but remember it's not what you have, it's what you do with it. Just don't get too drunk while spinning. A good DJ can play for the crowd and him/herself effectively if they gauge when people are movin' & shakin' or it's just headnods.

First three,

If you can scratch well(or not), here ya go:

1. Start it up with a sexy hip hop joint or a downtempo track. Nothing bangin', just sweet yet attention grabbing. Make it a track that people aren't exactly familiar with but you wanna make them curious. You must scratch/mix something with it you are sure of your abilities though.
2. Mystic Moods' "Cosmic Sea" is a massive cut to ease into as a second song. Flip it and mix/scratch with something comfy.
3. When the ridiculousness goin' off, the crowd should be into it, then really go into funky overdrive with something like "Theme from Blackbelt Jones" or your holy grail blaxploitation of choice. The party should be off to a good start at this point.

Then when they are getting drunk and frisky and ready to dance,"More, More, More" and "White Lines" are never disappointing spins.


Troll Archer, a Friendly Troll, Saturday, 17 May 2003 01:31 (eighteen years ago) link

"Windowlicker"!

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Saturday, 17 May 2003 02:37 (eighteen years ago) link

(nordique, got your email will reply at length soon)

try to keep it interesting, that's my only advice.

i opened my last set with the books' "enjoy your worries, you may never have them again" with robert ashley's "in sara, mencken, christ & beethoven..."... tried to keep it fun and strange.

closed with a bird songs record that i was messing with into the long intro to the colette no5 DFA mix of casiotone for the painfully alone's "baby it's you"... for me it's just something that makes my hairs stand up on the back of my neck.

gygax! (gygax!), Saturday, 17 May 2003 19:49 (eighteen years ago) link

the "don't get drunk" info is pretty good advice

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Saturday, 17 May 2003 21:03 (eighteen years ago) link

Damn.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Sunday, 18 May 2003 09:41 (eighteen years ago) link

Just hold off until you actually start playing so you don't get tired.

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Sunday, 18 May 2003 16:12 (eighteen years ago) link

four years pass...

i really want to do this in some form or another and i think i have a potential foothold at an older gay bar in town. i know/am casual friends with the manager and i've asked him a few times about an empty monday night slot. he's been a little cool about it so far but encouraged me to come on a monday and hear what the later guy was playing. i'm not really hip to popular gay classics or anything but i think some italo and etc. disco wouldn't bomb? (crowd is older gay dudes and random hustlers.) the manager is an ex-cattle-showing country guy who probably wouldn't get too excited if i talked to him in playlist-ese, which is how i'm used to talking to people about music. but i really think the bar (one of the oldest landmarks in the city but kind of "uncool" now) might benefit from something a little more interesting than what it plays right now -- bring in a younger crowd, etc., but also keep its current clientele psyched to come out.

really my question is how should i make this happen? (obviously the first step would be to go there on a monday night and check it out and talk to manager; i haven't yet because of the holidays and assorted stress.) any things to say / pitfalls to avoid? i really want to dj somewhere, somehow, and right now this seems like my best bet.

in general though, how pathetic and gauche is it these days to do the mp3jay thing with an ipod? i think at this particular bar no one would really give a shit, but if i want to keep it up / do something else... i need to invest in a turntable and start buying vinyl right?

re general dj-ing advice: what's the best way for someone who likes music a lot and likes watching people enjoy music and has music he thinks people would enjoy to start playing enjoyable music for people in a public (or any kind of) setting? keep in mind i'm not very good w/ people or schmoozing but getting better and i feel like this is necessary for my future uh happiness. thanks

strgn, Monday, 31 December 2007 08:43 (fourteen years ago) link

do you have a laptop?

download traktor and use that.

gr8080, Monday, 31 December 2007 08:54 (fourteen years ago) link

Based on my experience I'd give two general pieces of advice:
1) Get used to people making ridiculous wishes for a tune, and generally not understanding you don't have every record they'd like to hear readily available in your bag.
2) Get used to people trying to hit on you.

I've DJed mostly in university student parties though, maybe your club is a more specialized setting so these things won't happen so often.

Tuomas, Monday, 31 December 2007 08:59 (fourteen years ago) link

I am a rock guy that came to the DJ game pretty late. It's a fucking blast getting to play my records for other people.

Here's a few quick tips:

1) unless you are going to do dance nights, you don't need to learn to beat match, scratch, or show off any other "skills"

2) FLOW is the single most important thing you can provide. Don't fuck with the audience repeatedly, even if you're playing adventurous music. At least use the "punishment/reward" concept if you must satisfy yourself

3) Don't be embarrassed to pick up a really cheap and useful book called "How do Dj Right". I read great reviews of it, and was blown away at how simple and correct its methodology is.

***

Other than that, yeah--don't use mp3s if you can help it. That's gay.

Nate Carson, Monday, 31 December 2007 09:01 (fourteen years ago) link

BTW, you don't need to own turntables unless you're going to do a lot of gigs at places that don't already have them. I do recommend investing in your own cartridges though. That will run you around $60 and will save your records from harsh needles on public decks.

Also, in case you didn't get it, my mp3 comment was a joke. I rely heavily on my vinyl collection because I don't beat match or whatever. So I fall back on two things: my great record collection and my immaculate flow.

:)

Nate Carson, Monday, 31 December 2007 09:04 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh yeah, one more thing I've learned: the more drunk the crowd, the less adventurous music the probably want to hear. If you're playing at some club centred around certain genre(s) it might be different, but in general clubs people just want to have a bit of fun and not expand their musical horizons too much.

Tuomas, Monday, 31 December 2007 09:08 (fourteen years ago) link

i've got good flow, thanks. gr8080, no laptop :(. do you think a cheap-ish notebook/laptop w/ traktor or whatever is a better investment for all-purpose dance-ish semi-weirdo dj-ing than a turntable in the future?

tuomas, i'm not gonna be too weird. if anything i'm too sensitive to crowd moods--that is, if i take advice from upthread and don't do it drunk.

strgn, Monday, 31 December 2007 09:16 (fourteen years ago) link

And Nate is correct about not needing specialized DJ skills: if it's not a dance or hip-hop club, people probably don't care shit about such tricks. Basically you just need to learn to use the crossfader and try not to follow one tune with another one in completely different tempo (no slow r'n'b jams immediately after a fast house tune). The only things people will notice are blatant fuck-ups, like accidentally pressing the pause button. Which leads to one more piece of advice - don't get drunk, even if your drinks are on the house. A few drinks might be good to ease the tension, but if you get too drunk the potentiality of such fuck-ups is very high.

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Tuomas, Monday, 31 December 2007 09:18 (fourteen years ago) link

thx tuomas, good advice.

p.s. manager told me cds were the operating media here so i guess that would be best (though i think i can get away w/ an ipod since the mixing "booth" is like above and hidden from anyone and i could probably find a stereo in and bring some jacks). what i really need to do is check out the set-up tomorrow and see how they're mixing em.

strgn, Monday, 31 December 2007 09:22 (fourteen years ago) link

i'd stay away from using your ipod and use cds if you can. burn your best sounding files to cd at least.

gr8080, Monday, 31 December 2007 09:25 (fourteen years ago) link

ok thx

strgn, Monday, 31 December 2007 09:27 (fourteen years ago) link

if you're unfamiliar w/ the basics of using a dj mixer (or even if you are familiar but haven't used the specific type the bar has) see if you can drop in before they open and mess around for half an hour or so, so you can get comfortable with the basics of going from one cd deck to the next.

even if you don't plan on beat matching, the more comfortable you can get with compensating for volume variances between different tracks, minimizing dead air between tracks, perfecting your general flow, etc.

also, bring your own headphones if you have a pair with a 1/4" jack.

gr8080, Monday, 31 December 2007 09:32 (fourteen years ago) link

also, nate otm. at least stop by the book store and spend half an hour thumbing through "how to dj right".

gr8080, Monday, 31 December 2007 09:34 (fourteen years ago) link

ok. i'm not a total mixer n00b but i'm unfamiliar with dual cd mixers if that's really what they have. this is great advice + making me think about what i haven't actually thought about yet because i'm too self-deluded and arrogant. i'll check out the set-up tomorrow if i can and report back for everyone's reading enjoyment. and i've got to grab that book; it looks really really helpful. thx nate!

strgn, Monday, 31 December 2007 09:44 (fourteen years ago) link

dont forget to have fun, too.

dont get too caught up in pre-arranging your music ("i'll play this track and then this track and then this track...") the best part of deejaying, even at a bar w/o a dancefloor, is connecting with the room and seeing where they're at with regard to what you're playing and how that influences your next selection.

if someone makes a request and you have it, play it. if you don't have it, be honest, but use their request as a springboard to a different topic, musical or otherwise. if people are super annoying and complaining about what you're playing or making vague and non-specific requests, tell them that the next deejay plays the kind of stuff they're into and he goes on in an hour.

also don't listen to tuomas; if you get to drink for free take advantage of that shit! its a bar, not a dance club, right?

gr8080, Monday, 31 December 2007 09:59 (fourteen years ago) link

always play 'you make me feel mighty real' by sylvester.

haitch, Monday, 31 December 2007 10:04 (fourteen years ago) link

haha yes! sylvester will not be MIA

strgn, Monday, 31 December 2007 10:13 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah gr8080 i just need to check their set-up and make that work w/ what i have +++++ the flexibility axis. this place is definitely NOT a dance place. people are drinking, eyeing other men and occasionally playing pool. some nights the bar just plays an xm radio station. monday is 'oldies' night but god knows what that means (general '70s/'80s). if anything i need to educate myself on some mainstream (gay) shit from that era to keep the crowd alive. and i am NEVER one to turn down a free drink.

strgn, Monday, 31 December 2007 10:20 (fourteen years ago) link

lol

Communist Hockey Goblin (sleeve), Tuesday, 9 November 2021 01:24 (two months ago) link

Is there something I missed? The whole of my Twitter feed seems to be people talking about people who talk about DJing tonight

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 9 November 2021 01:27 (two months ago) link

I used to have a show on KVRX UT's college station with a friend, it was a blast especially with the calls we would get for requests.

JacobSanders, Tuesday, 9 November 2021 01:29 (two months ago) link

really enjoying your show, sleeve. that bitchin bajas was so good and this 'sky ion' track is right up my street. is the rest of the album as good?

stirmonster, Tuesday, 9 November 2021 01:49 (two months ago) link

yes!! an obscure fave of mine

Communist Hockey Goblin (sleeve), Tuesday, 9 November 2021 01:52 (two months ago) link

https://www.discogs.com/release/1416828-Rupert-Randall-Chappelle-Ozone-Music

he was also in a more minimal synth style 80's duo:
https://www.discogs.com/master/1794607-Arthur-Harrison-Rupert-Chappelle-Jobs-For-America

and has a weird Psychodrama connection as well

Communist Hockey Goblin (sleeve), Tuesday, 9 November 2021 01:54 (two months ago) link

thanks. new to me - will investigate further.

this Alice Damon too!!

stirmonster, Tuesday, 9 November 2021 01:55 (two months ago) link

sleeve, I did college and community radio for years. it was my absolute favorite thing to do and i miss it dearly.

I'm a sovereign jizz citizen (the table is the table), Tuesday, 9 November 2021 22:38 (two months ago) link

i did a community radio show for a few months in moab ut, it was awesome.

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Tuesday, 9 November 2021 22:42 (two months ago) link

I loved doing radio. Was music director of my college station, WOBC in Oberlin and have done a bunch of guest spots on WFMU AND WNYU. I really miss it. When I make mixes at home I get really precious about it and take forever and only do it when invited by someone. Doing a regular live show is such a different feel and vibe. I’ve been lobbying to get a show on The Lot in NYC but apparently no longer have the caché.

I’ve had invites to contribute to other online stations but I just don’t want to record mixes ahead of time. I have to do it live somehow.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 10 November 2021 02:59 (two months ago) link

otm. ive been on fm for various stations for a lot of years now. when the pandemic hit at my station we all started prerecording our shows at home, but it was just 1000% less fun and i figured out how to patch in live from my home studio as fast as i could. i mean i love making mixes and stuff too, but its a different animal, being live is its own thing. it definitely makes me a better DJ, not being able to fuss over things and having to focus.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 10 November 2021 12:51 (two months ago) link

Dan, i was station manager at WOBC when i was there, tho i think we know that about each other.

I'm a sovereign jizz citizen (the table is the table), Wednesday, 10 November 2021 17:18 (two months ago) link

Yeah, when was that again?

I was there from 93-97. I was "freeform music director" second semester of my first year and Music Director the rest of the time.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 10 November 2021 17:35 (two months ago) link

it became more of a "thing" when i was there— only juniors and seniors had higher-level staff positions.

i was freeform director my sophomore and part of my junior year, then was station manager from winter term junior year to fall of senior year— I basically ran the station while having a nervous breakdown (occasionally documented on this forum!) that fall, then took senior spring off. my final semester was spent as electronic director.

this was exactly ten years after you were there, 03-07.

I'm a sovereign jizz citizen (the table is the table), Wednesday, 10 November 2021 22:36 (two months ago) link

speaking of college radio, i'm on air at good ol' KTUH FM Honolulu for the next two hours, raising money for the annual pledge drive.

tune in if y'like: http://ktuh.org

davey, Friday, 12 November 2021 22:58 (two months ago) link

Cheeky plug, but as we're talking radio, and I don't often get to do this, I've got a guest mix playing out tonight at 8pm GMT as part of a show by the Back Room on lovesumerradio.com

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 15 November 2021 14:04 (two months ago) link

Shoot, guess I just missed it. U gonna post it on their Mixcloud?

davey, Tuesday, 16 November 2021 01:55 (two months ago) link

I think it almost certainly will, and if not I'll post it up myself

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 16 November 2021 02:01 (two months ago) link

fun mix! That Jon Talabot remix is a recent favorite of mine as well

davey, Friday, 26 November 2021 11:31 (one month ago) link

yes, it's great - i believe it was our very own mount4in g0at who got me into it and i try and drop it every chance i get. cheers davey!

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Friday, 26 November 2021 11:33 (one month ago) link

so by throwing these parties and connecting with new people here, i've run across this kid whose disco mix is really freaking good. i don't think he's really "trying to dj" but i'm going to ask if he wants to play at the next party we do. i'm going to post the mix here if people don't mind, it isn't like it hasn't gotten plenty of listens but i think it would be funny if suddenly he got 10 new plays from the uk or whatever.

https://soundcloud.com/sam-armend-riz/disco-shoes-on-vinyl-2020mix

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Saturday, 4 December 2021 23:44 (one month ago) link

i'm djing tonight for the first time since early march of 2020. Benefit for Good Room in NYC. I'm djing with the italomatic party in the smaller "bad room". I'm going double-masked and feel weird about it. Wish me luck.

dan selzer, Sunday, 5 December 2021 02:01 (one month ago) link

good luck, dan. i'm sure once you are in about it all you won't feel so weird about it.

stirmonster, Sunday, 5 December 2021 02:27 (one month ago) link

Thanks

dan selzer, Sunday, 5 December 2021 02:48 (one month ago) link

You'll have a great time. Hope you enjoy(ed) it

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Sunday, 5 December 2021 05:32 (one month ago) link

I got called up at last minute last Saturday to play a venue of wanted to play for ages and ages. The booked DJ had pulled out and I ended up doing 5 hour set and had an absolutely blazing time. It was so good to have an audience of people dancing rather than a few people either sitting down drinking or just milling about

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Sunday, 5 December 2021 05:33 (one month ago) link

that's fantastic

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Monday, 6 December 2021 02:58 (one month ago) link

wanna hear how dan's good room experience went

2nd party went great, next one is v day weekend with a disco theme. it's the first one where we're going to charge a cover (novel, i know). also, i'm done warming up for now, going to go second so i can play to dancers. i hope we have enough momentum to pull it off.

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Saturday, 11 December 2021 20:42 (one month ago) link

v-day disco party is a dream DJ scenario for me! bet it's gonna be great

the weekly party i was DJing at prior to lockdown is apparently coming back in january to a different bar (the old one closed in march 2020 - not due to covid, it had been slated to close that month anyway). the new venue is this kinda fancy bar near my house, which is convenient for me. they had a kinda soft re-open this week that i went to and it's a fairly awkward space for a happy hour, not much bar seating, pretty much no space to dance, and the bar itself is kind of $$$ (even the happy hour selections!), but honestly i just want to get back out there again. keep fantasizing about starting my own thing somewhere, too, have a rough concept for it, just gotta put myself out there.

donna rouge, Saturday, 11 December 2021 21:57 (one month ago) link

oh good luck! a v-day disco party with you playing at it is a dream dj experience for me too :). i have a few people in mind locally to ask, but no one who ticks all my boxes tbh.

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Saturday, 11 December 2021 22:21 (one month ago) link

Good Room was GREAT room.

The place was packed, which was surreal. Almost NOBODY wore masks.

I wore 2, an N95 and a custom Il Disc italo cotton mask, with a filter.

There were maybe 4 other people in the whole club who wore masks.

There were a lot of things going in my favor...as a guest I was treated well, like I had my choice of when I djd. As usual I asked for an early set so I could play some slower stuff and warm up, and a more prime time set. I'm used to the early set starting out to an empty floor but by the time I went on around 11:30, people were already dancing. So I was nervous about killing the floor, but I kept it going and built it and by the time I stopped 50 or so minutes later at the end of that first set I was riding high.

Went back on around 1:30 for another hour and had a blast.

The other DJs were all people I've DJ'd with before over the years and all totally nice dudes, Rok One, Facets and last minute guest Danny White. And it was great playing in a real club, where the equipment more or less worked, the monitors were loud and clear, and they brought back regular buckets of iced bottle water, White Label Club Mate and various beers and liquors, though I only had about 4 bottled waters and one Club Mate. This was all in the Bad Room, which is the smaller of the two spaces, but is still a nice little room, bigger than many bars I've ended up.

I mixed decently for the most part, only picked the needle up off the playing record once, got plenty of fist bumps and accolades, met some folks I hadn't yet, saw some old friends etc.

I had fun being mostly a purist. The party is called italo-matic and it's usually Rok One, Facets and Andi80s, who was off throwing her own party with a live Martial Canteral performance, and they often play a mix of italo and freestyle, ebm, 80s synth stuff, new wave etc. When I normally DJ I certainly mix it up but I had fun really limiting it. I played 1 freestyle track and maybe 2 hi-nrg tracks but everything else was not just italo, but like, 82-83 electro italo.

It was a weird scene, I mean I don't go out so much so anything feels weird, but Brooklyn in 2021, during a pandemic? Really weird. Hosts offered me to go back on and tag team some more after 2:30 but I declined...at that point it felt like it was just weirdos who'd dance to anything! I could've had fun but I was totally spent. I hung out people watching and dancing until 4 figuring it'd shut down then (legally in NY bars/clubs are supposed to close at 4) but when they kept going I ghosted. I'm still barely recovered.

dan selzer, Saturday, 11 December 2021 22:27 (one month ago) link

dope

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Saturday, 11 December 2021 22:59 (one month ago) link

aww map :)

sounds fun as hell dan!

i don't really know very many DJs here, like personally. i wanted to meet the DJ at the thing on thursday (he was also one of the regular DJs at that party pre-panny). i think we have some mutual pals, and i dug his set, but i didn't really get a good window for introducing myself. also i usually feel shy/weird about approaching DJs while they're doing their thing, even though i myself don't mind when people do that so long as they're chill and respectful

donna rouge, Saturday, 11 December 2021 23:27 (one month ago) link

social anxiety makes it very hard for me to do cold intros. i compensate somewhat by following up with a message on social media - "i went to your thing it was good sorry i didn't get a chance to say hi". and then it's easier to say hi the next time.

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Sunday, 12 December 2021 00:55 (one month ago) link

peaking of DJing. I'm going on the Lot Radio tonight at 10pm. I love radio and miss it and am curious how much I'll dig this. Been wanting to do this for a while and relish the idea of not being limited to what might work on a dancefloor at any given moment...but also get nervous about the freedom that allows, which has always been an issue with years of DJing listening parties and such. Basically I have an eclectic batch of records and will play from them all, but always get inside my head that somebody will tune in and hear something weird, then turn it off before it gets to whatever would float their boat. Also just the fun but relative difficulty of moving in and out of clubby stuff in a short time. As usually I'm just gonna play it be ear and try to have some fun.

dan selzer, Monday, 20 December 2021 18:23 (four weeks ago) link

gonna be doing my first live radio show since early March of 2020, this afternoon

I can't imagine this is gonna last very long but I'm gonna enjoy it while I can

chaos goblin line cook (sleeve), Monday, 20 December 2021 19:53 (four weeks ago) link

Good luck and enjoy it sleeve!

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 20 December 2021 22:49 (four weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

Would it be crazy to buy a new pair of Technics SL 1200-MK7 turntables (in black)? The published reviews I've read enumerate various design improvements and generally praise the product, but the word on the street is that it isn't as solid as Mk5's or Mk2's, frowning upon the digital pitch slider and lighter weight. Do any ILXors have any recommendations/warnings/advice they could share? I'm for the culture and am more inclined toward Technics, but I've heard that Reloop decks are very good and only half the price.

davey, Saturday, 8 January 2022 10:44 (one week ago) link

I might have an answer now. Reloop's taken a very big lead.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtDn8dVZHHQ

davey, Saturday, 8 January 2022 11:15 (one week ago) link

hooooly shit I just bought two Reloop RP-7000Mk2's, a PLAYdifferently Model 1 and a Mastersounds FX unit :D :D :D

davey, Saturday, 8 January 2022 12:15 (one week ago) link

i've not used the reloop but have disliked the MK7 whenever i've used it.

stirmonster, Saturday, 8 January 2022 12:58 (one week ago) link

there’s a little cheat i do sometimes to nudge a record, where i hold down the current speed button and tap the other speed button.
if it’s at 45 i hold down 45 and tap 33 with the other hand, which will arrest it very briefly to get it back on beat (ish). and vice versa. obviously you can’t do this with very melodic strings or something, because you’ll hear it, but it works with choppy beats. i’m sure this would be frowned upon. anyway i mention it because i bet that a non-technics wouldn’t allow this trick! (“good” comes the chorus okay i know i know)

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 8 January 2022 18:10 (one week ago) link

not a dj at all, but i have that exact same reloop deck and it is every bit as solid and hefty as the guy in that video says. only downside is that you have to buy the lid separately (fifty flipping quid!) but that might not be something you particularly care about

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Saturday, 8 January 2022 18:26 (one week ago) link

I was wondering about that... I think I'm just gonna keep the whole setup covered with one of my trusty Khmer kroma. (I never travel without a kroma, they have a million uses.)

Also, heh, I called the vendor back and upgraded my order to the 8000Mk2, because *checks notes* Serato doesn't make standalone interfaces anymore, I don't want to spend >$2,000 on CDJs, and all standalone DVS interfaces have shitty phono pre-amps anyway.

XP to Tracer: I'm more comfortable pushing or pulling the record's label with an index finger but I'm keen to give that a try :)

davey, Saturday, 8 January 2022 18:50 (one week ago) link

Those look pretty cool but seems weird to be tapping buttons on a turntable.

DJI, Saturday, 8 January 2022 19:13 (one week ago) link

i totally agree! but i think it'll be fun

davey, Saturday, 8 January 2022 19:39 (one week ago) link

i've been chatting with the owner of the new gay bar in town and we're going to try a tea dance party on saturday afternoons starting in march :)

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Monday, 10 January 2022 17:18 (one week ago) link

I'm DJing three nights in a row at the end of the week! Yikes!!

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 10 January 2022 17:31 (one week ago) link

hell yes! tell us about what the nights are like. different crowds i’m guessing?

Tracer Hand, Monday, 10 January 2022 17:46 (one week ago) link


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