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  • #2632
    Adam Sharizman
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    Hey, I’m joining a talent time in my college for some experience DJing to a crowd. The crowd are a bunch of college students who listen to the local radio a lot and mostly only listen to top 40s. I figured I’d do a top 40 mix and be done with. But then I dislike top 40s songs. I won’t be able to feel my mix if I did top 40. I love trance and if I did a trance mix, I would be feeling my mix and love it. I figured I should let the crowd listen to songs they would probably never heard of and hope it would spark some interest into searching for their own songs and tastes. (Some of these people don’t even know Radiohead man!)

    I would be on stage and since the crowd will be in a hall, it would set the stage pretty good. It’s not like the conditions of a bar or a club where people just want to get drunk and have fun. These people are here to listen to some performers, sober.

    Problem is, I don’t know what would happen if the crowd listened to trance songs they’ve never heard of. Would they hate it or would they love it? I’d start slow with Above and Beyond’s “Love is not Enough” speeding up with Markus Schulz’ “Surreal” and ending with a slightly fast Signalrunner “Corrupted”

    Should I go on with a top40 mix or should I do trance?

    #2635
    Gadabout
    Member

    Sounds like a hit or miss situation. I think its safe to say everyone is going to say go with your gut/heart.
    I personally would approach it like this: the event is a showcase, so im going to showcase what I’m good at. =] . I would, however, also recommend that you take into consideration that you are there to Entertain. So throw a few familiar sounds in there. I did a “showcase” style event a few months ago..i was asked to “do me”..but after seeing the first few DJs “do them”, i noticed the crowd was pretty tired of hearing EDM, so i changed it up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOuzoYsTu5s&feature=channel_video_title
    Final word; Stick to what You do, but do take your crowd into consideration.

    #2649
    mr_john
    Member

    i’d keep the majority top 40 and maybe throw in a popular trance song every now and again depending on how the crowd reacted. Love is not enough strikes me as a bit too chill and melodic to keep a top 40 crowd interested

    #2652
    D-Jam
    Participant

    I see it as if you’re coming on to perform in an artistic sense, play the trance. Imagine telling Bob Dylan to forget his songs and play Def Leppard.

    HOWEVER…if you’re there more to entertain the crowd, like playing in between acts, and nothing that has to do with “artistic performance” then you should play Top 40.

    In all honesty, I tell anyone not to take on gigs where they know the crowd won’t be what they want. So you want to play trance, but know that crowd will probably hate it and want something you hate…you should not have taken the gig then. it’s why I don’t gig much at all. My choices are either to play music I hate in a club, or play music I love alone. If you happen to like what the crowd likes, then go with it.

    I have also heard DJs in your scenario say “yeah, but no one here likes _______” (insert genre there). They’re basically saying no one in their area likes the music the DJ likes, but he wants to play and play the stuff he wants. The worst thing you can do is try to force music the crowd doesn’t like onto a crowd. You’ll hurt your reputation and no one will take you seriously as a DJ to hire.

    Remember Part 13 of that How to Succeed at DJing series. Build something. Go on your college radio or something and do a trance show. Start podcasting, blogging, throw events, whatever. Build it to the point where you can get a crowd out.

    In this case, I say take a chance…but if it blows up in your face, then you know what your scene likes.

    #2673
    pilotmike327
    Member

    D-Jam, post: 2642 wrote: Remember Part 13 of that How to Succeed at DJing series. Build something. Go on your college radio or something and do a trance show. Start podcasting, blogging, throw events, whatever. Build it to the point where you can get a crowd out.

    I think this is the the most important factor for your situation. If you already had a residency somewhere then yea, you can afford to play what YOU truly enjoy. If this wasn’t your case, then what you’re looking for is a break. A chance to continue to play in front of a crowd on a more regular basis. So, personally I would say play what the people like but throw some “you” into the mix. The more frequently you start getting gigs, the more “you” you can throw into the mix.

    This is just one approach though, and my personal opinion.
    Also, a disclaimer: I am a complete noob. I’m just saying what I would do in your situation.
    🙂

    #2674
    Gadabout
    Member

    D-Jam, post: 2642 wrote:
    Remember Part 13 of that How to Succeed at DJing series. Build something. Go on your college radio or something and do a trance show. Start podcasting, blogging, throw events, whatever. Build it to the point where you can get a crowd out.

    In this case, I say take a chance…but if it blows up in your face, then you know what your scene likes.

    +1 =]

    #2687
    D-Jam
    Participant

    Frankly, if you like Trance and they like Top 40, then have some fun with it…maybe jump back to 2002-2004 and pump all that high energy trancey euro pop stuff. Ian Van Dahl, Lasgo, etc…but toss in some drops of “taking you back in time” so they know this is what you meant to do.

    #2781
    Adam Sharizman
    Participant

    Well, the event is more of a showcase with me doing a 20 minute mix, more of a talent showcase than a dancefloor thing. Since it’s my first proper gig I’m a little nervous of what to spin. If it were to be say, a prom chances are high that I’d play more top 40s. But since this is a showcase event I figured I’d let the crowd listen to some different tracks altogether.

    #1000856
    D-Jam
    Participant

    In that case, make a phenomenal 20 min set of the stuff you love and perform is well.

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