DJ Powers: The Line Dance

The true power of the line dance

All events outside the club that include a variety of ages will at some point do a line dance or group participation dance. As a DJ it took me a while to get to the point of being non judge mental about these dances. I was used to be upset that they would take all the hits and turn them into line dances. Its fine when every one in the event knows them but wastes the song when they don’t. They will spend the whole song  trying figure it out lol.

Well you know you will have to play that again right.

Line dance

The one thing Line dances do for people

Crowd participation dances is what some call them. That means that the dance floor is guaranteed to be packed. The dances usually have instructions to them so you don’t have to think once you get the steps down to the routine. One two three four five six seven and eight. Ok enough of the playing.

What is the real power of line dancing man c’mon lol

Here it is plain and simple. The dance floor is packed so no one is singled out and laughed at because of some old time dance moves. People have gotten a little older in age and in mind. There are a lot of old young people too. They haven’t really kept up with the dancing and may feel a little out of place on the dance floor.

The Line dances having the instructions to them that everyone follows is the answer to that dilemma for them.

So the true power of the line dance is “Protection and security”

Line dance

A line dance offers protection to those who are not secure in their 2 step game. It offers security in knowing that they will not be singled out.  Sort of like when people go the gym and feel people are looking at them. They feel more secure when it’s packed.

After the protection and security its just plain fun. Fun equals happy and happy equals laughter and laughter equals more enjoyment and just maybe after a couple of line dances and some drink insecurity flies out the window.  Now its a party. 

Line dance

So hey next time they are sitting in there chairs dancing and looking shy. Offer them some protection and drop in the wobble for the ladies.

Big Ty i’m out

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How to be a DJ: Music like food and I love food

Music is like food. 

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There are times when you just want a certain kind of food. It goes well with the scenery or the weather. Here on the East coast it is freezing temperatures today. Most people love comfort food in the winter. It does something for them lol.

If DJs were chefs

Well in a way we are chefs. Instead of serving up food we serve up a healthy tray full of funk for ya. Riding this theme around the amusement park, its like funnel cake is good with roller coasters. Grill food loves the summer and spring. Whats a morning without eggs right? Ha

Order up.

Well its winter now and the comfort food of choice around my way is chili. People just love chili when it’s cold. Hey who am I to judge I am the chef right. Now lets say DJ’s are the chef. So a bad DJ wouldn’t know that the people wanted chili in the first place. They didn’t do their research.

A good DJ would know about the chili and have it served up hot for the people  boom “here is your chili”.

A great DJ would take that chili and remix the hell out of it.  Probably take some sour cream off the top and drop some cheese and paprika in it. You better believe it will not be regular chili, but it will be chili still.

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The best of us. 

Would break down why people love Chili in the winter. They would dig deep into what is in the chili that gives good winter feelings. Not only that they would then reconstruct something base on their findings that may set the world on fire. They have just served a different dish but kept the comfort. No more chili in the world now. They have created something new.

Ha don’t believe it check out Kool Herc , Frankie Knuckles, Flash, all serving up something different after the break down.

Im out .

 

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How to be a DJ: Your first Gig

Your first Gig. 

Oh you have just got your first gig. You have been practicing in your basement. Perfectly constructing mixes for the enjoyment of your neighbors.  All of a sudden you get that phone call, text or email saying “Hey DJ Funk Nasty” “can you DJ a party for my mom for me”. She goes on to say that its her moms 50th birthday and that you will be a perfect fit. Welcome to the self employed, entrepreneurship, I get money for DJing club.

welcome

Preparing for your first Gig.

No problem here. I see that you are using your imagination about who will be at the party.  Realizing that since it’s Moms that means everybody will show up at this party. Moms love the kids so the children will be there. Moms sisters , friends and cousins have their nicest attire ironed and creased to perfection.  Moms brothers and his friends are at the liquor store getting the party favors.

The teenagers have invited a few of their friends that know moms because she has fed them over the years. Oooooh and I forgot that grandma and granddad will be there. Granddad loves “James Brown” and “the temptations””I know u wanna leave me but I refuse to let u go”.

Always ready 

preparing for your first gig

Who’s afraid Ha palllleeeeesse? You knew it would be a  variety of ages there. You prepared separate playlist for all the age groups.  Since you know that parties all have rhythms and at any time any one of the age groups can dominate the party. YOU ARE PREPARED !!!!!!!

Because you are prepared for any situation that may pop up. You are flowing in the mix in and out of age groups. Dropping hit after hit even got Granddad doing his best Temptations steps with his friends. Moms and the aunties wobbled and cupid shuffled so much they put their flats on.  The young kids danced to the latest dance song. The adults partied of the throwbacks you had lined up . The teenagers even had fun partying with the grown ups.

 

You are doing so good

When you look up and see all the people having a good time you notice someone in the audience looking at you. Oh its the woman who booked you to do the party. Oh and she is looking at you like this

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Thinking to herself how much she loves DJ Funk Nasty. You have just won a loyal client and a agent who will tell everyone about you.

Preparation

BigTy I’m out

 

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