When I worked on the radio I would play music for a very specific audience. I played rock music with an alternative slant. I worked at three different stations over the course of about five years and each played basically the same thing. I knew all the music. I knew what the people liked and I didn’t care if I was playing something they didn’t... because they would probably like the next song. I had four to six hour shifts and I would ebb and flow over the time slot from fast to slow and I cared not one damn bit whether anyone was dancing. I rarely (if ever) began a new song in the middle of the one currently playing. If the song sucked I might not play it again, but I wouldn’t just fade it out and start over.
This is why I never was a club dj or a party dj or anything of the sort. But for the past two years I’ve done the Vampire’s Ball Halloween party. I do it as a favor for a really good friend, but it pretty much sucks. Old folks want “rock” music. I play Rob Zombie and they complain. The kids complain I’m playing too many oldies, the oldies complain I’m playing too much rap and the hip-hoppers complain I’m playing the wrong kind of rap. I pretty much don’t give a shit about “their” music and try to play halloween themed music. It’s a halloween party after all. They seem to not give a shit about this and just want to dance. I’m dance music deficient. I can’t hear the so called “dance groove”. People would rather dance to Def Leopard than listen to the Pixies or the Cure be sad... on halloween. It doesn’t make sense to me.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to see the girls dance. I even love to see the guys dance... when the floor is packed and you’re the dj, you feel very powerful. At the same time I can’t relate at all to it, so I find it difficult to fake and that makes it less fun for me. Plus you always have the hecklers. The one’s you can’t please and make you feel like you aren’t pleasing anyone. I’m really not sure about next year. This year was better than last, but I don’t think I’m going to do it next year.
Plus I didn’t get to see any of my friends. I was tied to the stage all night...
posted @ 5:51 PM