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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:10 pm    Post subject: Dj Workshop Help? Reply with quote

Who is the best person to teach a DJ Workshop here in Utah?

Near Utah?

Just the Best no matter where they are from?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably Dan Newsome, Colorado. There are others though too.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is hard. Mostly because just because somebody is a great DJ, doesn't mean they can teach how to BE a great DJ.

So in summary... no idea.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I Agree with Buzz... Someone may be a great DJ, but... they may not be able to teach HOW to be one.

Also... define "great DJ". What I think makes a good DJ may not be the same thing that you think makes a good DJ.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 1:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Dj Workshop Help? Reply with quote

Flatfoot wrote:
Who is the best person to teach a DJ Workshop here in Utah?


Me

Flatfoot wrote:
Just the Best no matter where they are from?


Jesse Miner
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 9:26 am    Post subject: Re: Dj Workshop Help? Reply with quote

tommy wrote:
Flatfoot wrote:
Who is the best person to teach a DJ Workshop here in Utah?


Me
I missed the last workshop you did Sad

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Jesse Miner

That would rock.

Btw, there's a swing DJ forum that's archived on Yehoodi. Check it out.

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DJ Rockstar Summit DJ discussion at the Albany Lindy Exchange in 2002. DJ's include Doug Silton, Greg Avakian, Manu Smith, Bill Borgida, Matt Jones, David Jacoby, Jesse Miner and Ope Ayoje.
(April 16, 2002 - 42:19 running time)
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone should just make CDs of the best music to play on swing night, and hand them out to the local venues...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Californicate wrote:
Someone should just make CDs of the best music to play on swing night, and hand them out to the local venues...

How would you define what is the "best music to play on a swing night"?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree. The best DJs I have ever heard adjusted their set according to the dancers and the energy they brought.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I usually shudder at the thought of a DJ pre-selecting music before a dance... at least, if they don't intend on modifying their playlist during the dance.

I've had times where I pre-queued my music during the lessons and never played half of the songs. Since then, my attitude is "why bother?" I grab a song, play it, and my next couple of songs are chosen depending on the reaction of the crowd. I think that's the main thing good DJs should have in common. It's a simple enough skill that even a mediocre DJ like me can attempt to acquire.

In answer to the original question: Why do we need a DJ workshop? All we need to do is instill in everyone's head that they play primarily for the crowd. Give the crowd what they want. If you're playing for a group that's going to want blues, play blues! If they want Dixieland, play dixieland! If they want to hear Dixie Chicks... um, why are you even at that kind of dance to begin with?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

popthestack wrote:
How would you define what is the "best music to play on a swing night"?



Just play what I like...

I'll make you a CD. It'll include "Go Daddy-O" and "Jump Jive 'n Wail!"

By the way.. I was totally just kidding about the whole CD thing.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Cap'n wrote:
If you're playing for a group that's going to want blues, play blues! If they want Dixieland, play dixieland! If they want to hear Dixie Chicks... um, why are you even at that kind of dance to begin with?

So what about if everyone only wants to hear blues all day every day?

Wink Just kidding people, I know it's not really like that here.

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By the way.. I was totally just kidding about the whole CD thing.

This I was aware of.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dude.. You're in utah.. So long as you play 98 percent of your music below 180 you're sure to keep the crowd moving
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Californicate wrote:
I'll make you a CD. It'll include "Go Daddy-O" and "Jump Jive 'n Wail!"

Cool! How do I get in on a deal like that?
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