Sunday, 7 August 2005

Set list

DJing at Hideout

A set list for Friday's gig is up. Very conventional stuff - haven't done hip-hop in a while, so I thought I'd stick to what I know. But as the fingers got warmed up it all came back to me; much fun.

Incidentally, the music I really love, but I'm not ever sure would work in a bar/club, is old soul music - Motown / Stax / Atlantic stuff. (Am listening to James Brown's "Merry Christmas Baby" now.) I do know the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" seems to work in any setting, but that's such a great song I can't see it failing. Would be fun to try it out one day. Maybe it would be like that DJ gig Rob does near the end of High Fidelity (the novel), where he plays Solomon Burke's "Got to Get You Off My Mind": people gamely trying to dance.

Ah, the wisdom of Nick Hornby:
"When Laura hears the opening bars she spins round and grins and makes several thumbs-up signs, and I start to compile in my head a compilation tape for her, something that's full of stuff she's heard of, and full of stuff she'd play. Tonight, for the first time ever, I can sort of see how it's done."
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hello

ain't no sound like soul music. dont see why it couldn't work in a bar setting, other than that no one in lion city is doing it. maybe you can give it a test spin.

now, if you got people to listen to sam cooke do his thing - ahh.


I should - perhaps one Wednesday or some other quiet night of the week when it really doesn't matter that the crowd is dancing...


It's all in the soul you play. The more music-for-lovers types: Solomon, Barry White, Marvin Gaye (with a couple exceptions), or even Sam and Dave, etc. don't tend to work on the dance floor. But you can play a lot of Otis, and Sam Cooke, and Ray Charles, and Smokey Robinson; with '60s Motown, if it makes you want to tap your toes, and bob your head, and move your shoulders, well, people can probably dance to it.


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