Saturday night, I had the pleasure of DJ-ing for a West Coast Swing Party at D’Amico Dance Studio. Being in charge of the music can be fun when it works but it sucks when you blow it. It was a huge success, but I work hard at being good at it.
You blow it when you don’t play the right songs for your crowd, or when you force your music one someone else. You blow it when you play songs that don’t make people want to get up and dance; when the floor empties; when you kill the vibe. But when you nail it, it’s a blast. Not only do you get to play all of your favorite songs, but you get to set the pace of the party too if you’re lucky. By that I mean, you read the dancers. Are they energized and ready to keep the energy going? Do they need a slower song to let their heart rate recover? Do they need some smooth groove R&B to make the move on some hottie? Do they need a fresh new song or an oldie? The DJ has to know that.
Saturday night was another home run. I can be overly critical and do too much self evaluation perhaps so I’ll admit, I played one that didn’t go over that well. To fix it I waited for the end of a verse and faded the song out about a minute early and cue-d up a guaranteed winner and got the groove right back on track. I lucked out. Other than that one song ( and it was a great song, it just didn’t fit in the list of songs that I was playing. It was out of place. The audio quality of the song seemed off too, which again tells me, it was not the right song to have played) I know I that I played a great night of dance tunes.
I bet when you hear a few of the songs from my playlist, whether you are a dancer or not, I’ll bet you’ll be movin’ and a groovin’ – guaranteed! Here’s a list of 5 really good songs that I played at the party, with the music videos below that:
1. Good Times Roll by Shaggy (featuring Ty-Arie)
2. Never Got Enough by Charlie Wilson
3. Callin’ U by Outlandish
4. Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5
5. Who by Richard Elliot
Try them out at your next party! Here are the tunes: