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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 (nineteen years ago) link

horns, plenty of

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

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

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

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

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

Also wanted to play "Energy Flash"!!

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

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

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


Spot on. My description was obviously v. accurate!

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

i believe james was adopting the accent of the sweaty fox

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

the sweaty Pinefox?

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

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

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

And in the middle, "Move Your Feet"!

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


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

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

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


Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Sunday, 18 May 2003 09:41 (nineteen 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 (nineteen 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.


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

^i just had to put together the pop tracks i like, or can at least tolerate. that's finally up to more than four hours.

i think last night was the best set i've done that i can remember? just flowed all night. went all over the place but it made sense. i usually notch the intensity down after last call, and i was somewhat surprised to get the most energetic dancing of the night to some darker more sinuous house tracks. i'm pleasantly surprised that more often than not people seem to be into the frankie knuckles / erik k remix of "forever more" by moloko. i do a whole drag karaoke performance to it lol.

ꙮ (map), Saturday, 22 October 2022 01:52 (one month ago) link


o shit the sheriff (NickB), Saturday, 22 October 2022 07:30 (one month ago) link

damn that sounds fun

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Saturday, 22 October 2022 07:53 (one month ago) link

:) the handful of people who are into it seem to have a good time.

and last night was rough. the weekend crowd just wants to sing / scream along to hits. i did ok in that department but definitely had some periods where i lost the floor. it's more stressful because the poppier tracks are 3 ish minutes long so i'm mixing, finding the next track, mixing, next track, etc. spent half the time needing to pee very bad. also had a really entitled requester at the end who i yelled at. he requested david guetta (pronounced david "goota" i guess, idk, i found that pretty funny and pretentious in the moment though) 3 times 15 minutes before i'm ending. literally 3 minutes before i'm wrapping up he barged into the booth and said the dance floor was looking a little sad. no shit bitch it's my last track that's the point. i yelled at him "get the fuck out of my booth" and basically pushed him out which is a no no but god damn i was not in the mood to put up with that shit.

ꙮ (map), Sunday, 23 October 2022 01:33 (one month ago) link

there is a gate that i leave open because the lock is a little wonky but i will probably make sure it's closed after midnight now.

ꙮ (map), Sunday, 23 October 2022 01:35 (one month ago) link

another friday night. shout out to boxedjoy, tim f and stevie d for helping me beef up my playlist. jury's out whether or not i play any david goota

ꙮ (map), Saturday, 5 November 2022 01:16 (three weeks ago) link

I feel like I've improved as a DJ recently. I got called up to do a last minute gig last night and I'm listening back to the set now and it's so fun. It's not so much the song selection, just the blending works really nice

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Saturday, 5 November 2022 10:49 (three weeks ago) link

awesome :)

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 6 November 2022 00:43 (three weeks ago) link

that's gratifying, wtg.

ok that was the first friday night at this club that went really well. i'm finally playing more of what works for these people and really lighting up the floor. so much joy last night! many singalong moments. funny to be playing these huge pop tunes that can sound so slick and crass on their own and instead have this communal almost sacred experience. not to be too over the top about it but it's true. those faces! god, just beautiful. i was really being outward facing and performative too, not usually what i'm best at but for some reason i just slid into it last night.

two highlights. going techno for a minute with tiga's "easy," which is based around the lyric "i don't want to work for my money, i want it to be easy." sick production on it too but a different thing from the buzzy electro house that is an anchor for this floor. people kinda like "what is this?" before the lyrics set in and them everyone is hands in the air.

and dropping "forever more" to a happy settled in group of dancers after last call again, just kind of bathing in the yearning.

still gotta work on the 'i have to pee so bad' situation. hard to bust it to the bathroom when all these "ft. tiesto" kind of things are 3 minutes. speaking of, i'm not familiar with the guy's work at all and have no idea how he's rated here but some of these collabs he's doing lately (charli xcx and then this one called "voodoo") are reliable bombs. anyway i discovered there are outhouses on the side of the club that are usually open, just need 5 minutes tops.

ꙮ (map), Sunday, 6 November 2022 01:01 (three weeks ago) link

maybe something from this for the break


ꙮ (map), Sunday, 6 November 2022 20:17 (three weeks ago) link

I can get to the toilet and back in 3 minutes flat, but it’s never a stress-free piss.

mike t-diva, Sunday, 6 November 2022 20:47 (three weeks ago) link

lol i literally skipped the line on friday, begging this random girl to let me in front of her. she didn't look amused when i thanked her after.

ꙮ (map), Sunday, 6 November 2022 20:50 (three weeks ago) link

my ex used to piss in jugs behind the booth no joke. i have too much exposure for that i think but it's crossed my mind. pee drama is real i could keep posting about it but i'll stop for now lol.

ꙮ (map), Sunday, 6 November 2022 20:52 (three weeks ago) link

My top tips for pee drama:

1. Dance! Last time I played (a 3 hour set), I drank almost 2 liters of water and I never had to pee because I was sweating so much. I'm dancing all the time when I'm DJing.
2. Prepare a minimix of two or three songs so that you have a couple of minutes of free time without interrupting the flow of the mix.
3. 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light'. Gives you time to pee AND smoke (if that's your thing).

ArchCarrier, Monday, 7 November 2022 09:03 (two weeks ago) link

ha i guess that’s the nice thing about a low stakes happy hour. the bathroom is close to my booth so i just put on a longish track and do my business without too much trouble

donna rouge, Monday, 7 November 2022 15:26 (two weeks ago) link

did my usual happy hour tonight. had a couple people come up and tell me they loved my set, and even the host (who can be kinda catty sometimes) told me that the people he was chatting with told him they loved what i was playing. nice little confidence boost! i’m booked to do the “christmas” party next month and i am really psyched about it - it’s always been a dream of mine to do a xmas dj set!

also pro-tip: if you’re using DJM-REC on your phone to record your set, don’t try to take an instagram story while you’re recording or it’ll pause. just learned this the hard way lol. (gonna review what actually recorded and post it on the mixes thread at some point)

donna rouge, Friday, 11 November 2022 06:26 (two weeks ago) link

oh that's really nice to hear dr, way to go. xmas set sounds like fun!

last night was fun, i had a sing/dance-a-long with a random girl to kylie "spinning around"

ꙮ (map), Friday, 18 November 2022 20:56 (one week ago) link

As 3 am rolled around, I wondered if I would need to wrap up, but I kept playing for another hour.


I play in a band and when I tell friends the gig starts at 9p, they're like "but that's my bedtime!"

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Friday, 18 November 2022 21:39 (one week ago) link

From my experience it’s hard to get a dancefloor really going until 1/2am - venue/genre dependent of course.

Chewshabadoo, Sunday, 20 November 2022 11:45 (one week ago) link

was doing my usual sunday thing at the record store, playing jazz funk, disco and deep house vinyl to a crowd of mostly disinterested normies shopping for adele and bon iver records. these dudes come in and are speaking italian, come up to me as i am wrapping up the set. store closing in 20 mins so i’ve stopped mixing and switched to mellow exotica and brazilian type stuff

the store doesn’t have a listening station, they could tell i was wrapping up so they very apologetically asked in broken english if i could audition some disco and krautrock records for them (so they could hear condition)

anyway we get to talking, turns out the older one is beppe loda

the late great, Monday, 21 November 2022 00:57 (six days ago) link


ꙮ (map), Monday, 21 November 2022 01:03 (six days ago) link

note to self, always talk to the italian guys who come in at the end

ꙮ (map), Monday, 21 November 2022 01:03 (six days ago) link

yeah he had proper cute goofy old guy vibes. we were talking about the cosmic jokers record he had grabbed and he excitedly took out his iphone to show me his sms chatz with harald grosskopf

the other wild part cane up while talking to the younger guy (bit older than me, so maybe 50?) who is a local balearic / disco dj who i knew of via reputation and several mutuals. turns out the used rane rotary i randomly stumbled upon and took home from my local guitar center belonged to this guy (not beppe) before it ended up with me.

the late great, Monday, 21 November 2022 01:19 (six days ago) link

it was all, um, fairly cosmic. too bad i have no real social media with which to document these crazy occurences, but at least i have ilx

the late great, Monday, 21 November 2022 01:20 (six days ago) link

oh wow! he just played here the other night but i didn’t go

donna rouge, Monday, 21 November 2022 01:46 (six days ago) link

yeah they played here last night. i was completely unaware, i have no insta but apparently the local party scene is 100% insta-centric now

the late great, Monday, 21 November 2022 01:51 (six days ago) link

actually that’s probably not such a new thing, but i have been totally out of “the scene” since pandemic

the late great, Monday, 21 November 2022 01:52 (six days ago) link

i think i'd read about it from the IG story of a local DJ i follow. there really is this mega-resurgence of parties here over the past year it seems. pity i don't actually go out dancing very much lol

donna rouge, Monday, 21 November 2022 02:23 (six days ago) link

Just saw he played with Lovefingers. I met him on his first visit here, I think Andrew (Lovefingers) still lived in NYC but it was my often partner Tropical Jeremy Campbell who first brought Beppe to NY for a bunch of shows and did a little tour with him. I saw him at PS1 Warm Up and during one visit we had him at our Dazzle Ships party doing a psychedelic motown set. He's a super friendly and funny guy, even if my interaction with him mostly involved gestures. Tracks he played regularly that I copped as my own standards include The Runner by the Three Degrees and L'Ectrique's Struck by Boogie Lightning.

dan selzer, Monday, 21 November 2022 13:48 (six days ago) link

i was at that PS1 set! i went out and bought “struck by boogie lightning” shortly after that set myself, lol

donna rouge, Monday, 21 November 2022 14:56 (six days ago) link

ha, great minds I guess!

dan selzer, Monday, 21 November 2022 14:58 (six days ago) link

The Runner by the Three Degrees was one of my first ever record purchases but it was probably a good decade later that i even clicked it was a Moroder production. they were HUGE in the UK and famous for being Prince, now King Charles' favourite act.

Three Degrees singer Sheila Ferguson is on record as saying "He ruined my love life, and I'll have no problem telling him next time we meet. It's ruined my sex life. I walked over to this guy one time [at a disco] and said: 'Would you like to dance?' and he said, 'I can't dance with you, you're Prince Charles's favourite.'

sorry, thread derail...

stirmonster, Monday, 21 November 2022 20:59 (six days ago) link

worthy anecdote.

dan selzer, Monday, 21 November 2022 21:46 (six days ago) link

The second guy I ever slept with was a member of the Three Degrees fan club. He showed me the newsletters! That sent me out buying all their 45s from the local second hand shop (I might have been a little besotted). They have an extraordinary B-side called “I Like Being A Woman”, with a Sheila Ferguson spoken section that could only have been written by a man.

mike t-diva, Monday, 21 November 2022 22:14 (six days ago) link

there’s a calibre cover of “collage”, very linear (and boring, imo) modern dnb. there’s a string of youtube comments with ppl lauding his songwriting. sad to say i am in those comments, complaining that he’s ripping off the three degrees arrangement of a james gang song

this is all to say (in the spirit of derailing) that “collage” is the only three degrees song i have an opinion on

the late great, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:42 (five days ago) link

the disconet mix of “set me free” is aces

donna rouge, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 01:49 (five days ago) link

"When Will I See You Again" and "TSOP" are kind of undeniable imo. I'm also fond of the Moroder/Faltermeyer era: "Starlight", "The Runner", etc.

TWELVE Michelob stars?!? (seandalai), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 02:28 (five days ago) link

From my experience it’s hard to get a dancefloor really going until 1/2am - venue/genre dependent of course.

I know this to be true, and yet I still always wonder...what is everyone doing until 1 or 2 am????

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 20:26 (four days ago) link

Out drinking? Disco napping?

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 20:26 (four days ago) link

Waiting to get drunk enough / pingers to take effect…

Which begs the question - why not start earlier :D

Chewshabadoo, Thursday, 24 November 2022 16:20 (three days ago) link

Things certainly get started much earlier in Glasgow, for example, when most clubs shut at 2 or 3am.

Chewshabadoo, Thursday, 24 November 2022 16:21 (three days ago) link

4am mostly now.

stirmonster, Thursday, 24 November 2022 16:37 (three days ago) link

Want restrictive laws that mandate everything close by midnight to prevent unwanted pumpkinizings. I’ve finally reached the age where my attitude is “nobody on earth needs to stay up til 4AM. Go out earlier and go to bed at a reasonable hour, you goons.”

an incomprehensible borefest full of elves (hardcore dilettante), Thursday, 24 November 2022 18:44 (three days ago) link

Ted Thursdays: Nothing good happens after 2am pic.twitter.com/gGMZbENL0P

— HIMYM (@OfficialHIMYM) May 30, 2019

sleeve, Thursday, 24 November 2022 18:48 (three days ago) link

My Friday bar sets are 10pm to midnight (although I usually do a warm up from 930), and it’s always frustrating to have to end when the night is at its peak. They’ve started letting me extend by another 15 minutes or so, but it’s not enough, dammit.

I’m on tomorrow night straight after the England/USA World Cup game, which they’re showing upstairs, so that will make for a very different vibe. Curious to see how my Seven Nation Army/Glad To Be Gay mashup will land.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 24 November 2022 21:06 (three days ago) link

i do 9:30 to 1:30 at the gay bar, feel like it's about perfect tbh. fridays the floor starts filling up before 11.

ꙮ (map), Thursday, 24 November 2022 23:20 (three days ago) link

the late nights are probably the hardest thing for me. once a week is ok, my body treats it like an anomaly and readjusts. twice a week back to back and it's like jetlag, takes a day or two for me to get back to normal.

ꙮ (map), Thursday, 24 November 2022 23:22 (three days ago) link

Curious to see how my Seven Nation Army/Glad To Be Gay mashup will land.

ha ha ha! i hope this is actually a thing.

stirmonster, Thursday, 24 November 2022 23:40 (three days ago) link

Yeah, I did it, and it landed fine. Just a couple of drops of the TRB chorus into Seven Nation Army, but the first drop kinda recontextualises its second verse, if anyone was listening that closely! It comes just after 52 minutes in the recording of last night's set.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 26 November 2022 13:09 (yesterday) link

I definitely used to pee in jugs when i DJed a lot.

Longest I ever DJed was 9p- 4:30a or so— my last track was Closer Musik’s “Ride Me” to about seven couples essentially dry jumping on the dance floor. One of my finer moments tbh.

Goose Bigelow, Fowl Gigolo (the table is the table), Saturday, 26 November 2022 20:43 (yesterday) link

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