Oh well, let's have a round up. I've had some good gigs and some "everyone want's to stay outside in the warm weather and talk" type gigs. The latter type are fine but a bit too easy for yours truly. The good ones are when it all comes together and the guests want to go wild. I love those. You get inspired and you really want to go for it. You come up with stuff that you may not have played for a while and when they don't run off it's so much better for the DJ. Some crowds are so fickle that if you're not playing Bryan Adams or Los Lobos (Macerina), off they go. If they're the type that are waiting to see what brilliance you are going to gift them with next, it get's so much more interesting. It's no good just sticking with the hundred most cheesy songs of all time either. I would get bored to death and each crowd is different anyway (thank God!).
I used to think it depends on the venue as to how interested the guests are but it's not that simple. I personally think that we're going through a period when a lot of music isn't that interesting. We've had definite big trends over the last ten years of business and of course before that too. I'm the first to admit that apart from a few major artists same-y styles exclusive to them, I'm struggling to find a link. All in all, there's no big exciting thing going on right now and most wedding guests are too young for something solid like say...70's disco and don't seem to go for much from the last ten years as I suppose it just doesn't have the staying power that the older stuff has. For instance: verses sound the same as choruses and solos have disappeared completely. I hear a lot of music and much of it doesn't have the dynamic that it used to. For instance, just compare the FOO FIGHTERS with NIRVANA. The former have their arses licked regularly on radio 1, but the latter were far superior. Compare MICHAEL JACKSON to TINIE TEMPAH...Stuff is going down hill!
Or is it? LILLY ALLEN, MARK RONSON, CALVYN HARRIS...maybe things aren't so bad yet...Such a funny business music isn't it? I bet there's loads of stuff out there that's better then what we're being sold. I used to play new stuff that I thought was good, but until radio 1 caught on, no one would dance to it. By the time it got to number 6 in the chart, everyone was asking for it. Suffice to say, my influence counts for nothing right now so on that note, I'll ship out and shut up for this week. Wherever or whoever you are, have a good one!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC31Oudc5Bg Classic Bird and Fortune..