My Music Requests, an open letter to DJs
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 7:18 pm    Post subject: My Music Requests, an open letter to DJs Reply with quote

Dear Utah (Lindy) DJs,

This is not directed at any one person.

I would appreciate it if you would speed up the music you play. I don't expect everyone to start dancing incredibly fast over night, but a nice mix of faster stuff on a more regular basis would be healthy to our scene. I understand the need to keep as many dancers on the floor, but I still think there's room for faster music. Currently, everything is either very slow or a constant 160 bpm (I'm just guessing). Rarely does anything go higher than that. 160 bpm is not fast. Fast is 200+ bpm, for me.*

Also, try to mix it up more. 10+ songs in a row all with the same speed is not a good mix in my opinion. Play some slow, play some inbetween, and play some really fast stuff too. Please don't mistake me for requesting a really fast song, followed by a really slow slong, followed by a really fast song. Transitions are a good thing I think.

I realize that some DJs are already doing this and I thank you for it. Please continue.

Thank you,
popthestack

* Yes I realize I'm still not that good at fast Lindy and I still stink at balboa, but that speed still applies to what I personally feel is "fast".

All the numbers in this post are guesses. I don't know what bpms I'm actually dancing to. If you're DJing and happen to know the speed of the songs you play, if you think about it let me know. Thanks.

Note: I don't DJ. I don't know what it's like. Please forgive me for any DJ horrors I have suggested unknowingly.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here Here! I have found that my dancing could use some pep of a fast song there and there and we just aren't getting it that often.

I was at a BYU dance about a month or two ago, and Julie DJ'd some faster stuff that wore me out, but was *tremendously* fun. It was the best.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Word!

Also, just fast isn't good enough, but fast with energy! I'd rather dance to a slow song with tons of energy than a super fast song with no energy. I define a song with energy as a song that makes me want to move. If I'm sitting down and a song is played that literally makes me stand up, that is the energy I'm looking for at a dance.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Counter-opinion: I think y'all should keep playing medium-slow songs, but yeah, you should throw in a fast one once in a while (and don't do them in long sets because people need recovery time). I don't mind if 1 in 4 or 5 is really fast as long as we keep the slow in there.

I think we need more slow songs here in general because the newbies and ballroomers are still trying to ditch rhythm and timing and just jump around, pulling on the partner--it's much harder to fake decent swing dancing during slow songs.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know I haven't been dancing long compared to so many others, but the music has been the same tempo for the entire time I've been dancing. True, I don't think I could have learned if it was all fast. I appreciate the slow music, or at least I try. However, I disagree that it should stay at the same tempo. I haven't seen numbers increase since I started dancing. If anything, the numbers have declined. That may just be part of the natural course of our scene, but I don't think it has to be. I believe that higher energy music with a good mix* of faster music would be healthy, and would improve everyone's dancing.

* Unfortunately, a "good mix" is all personal preference. Of course we need slow songs. Slow songs help beginners and advanced dancers alike. Still, more fast music is not going to kill anybody. Scenes with faster music seem to be doing fine, infact better than we're doing. That may be their demographics and locations and all that stuff, but if they have more beginners and more fast music and more advanced dancers that seems to be telling me something.

Also, really slow music has a tendency to draw in less people. Sure, the fast music might spawn more jerk and spin dancers, but if they don't stick around with the slow music, what good is that? Then again, it might just be the energy level of the slow songs played.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

popthestack wrote:
I believe that higher energy music with a good mix* of faster music would be healthy, and would improve everyone's dancing.


We may have some different opinions about the specifics on "good mix", but yeah... start mixing it up, y'all. Variety is good. Higher energy is good too; we could probably use more of that in every tempo-range.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Word to yo mutha, Pop
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll pass that on to my mutha.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So along with this, what good suggestions are out there for fast songs? I'm starting to DJ a little more and am always on the lookout for good songs, slow or fast. A lot of the reason why I don't play too many fast songs is because I don't know of very many! But I would totally be for playing more fast songs if ya'll would throw out some suggestions.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Sultan, are you still willing to get me some of your good tunes?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having just started messing around in Shag/Bal dj sets i've discovered that I love them. The best way that I have found to expand my music collection is to ask the dj's from all bal weekend and other fast events for their music playlist. They usually have it and are willing to share. then it is just a matter of obtaining the actual stuff. If you would like a playlist from me - just let me know.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Elleigh, yes.. and Buzz PM me cause I have a question to ask you about BYU, and as for fast music when you PM me I can give you a playlist to get you started
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I personally can't handle doing Lindy to fast songs, so if anything I'd request more slow stuff <.< *hides from popthestack*

But instead, here's my request. I just think DJs (I'm mainly thinking of the U, 'cause that's the only place where I do Lindy) need to not play too many songs with a similar tempo in a row. When they play a bunch of faster songs in a row, I'm just sitting there for like 20 minutes waiting for a song that I can handle. But on the other hand, if they play nothing but slow stuff, I think it psycholocigally makes people feel tired, & they start loosing interest.

I figure it'd probably be best to play a slow song or two, a medium song or two, a fast song or two, slow, medium, fast, etc. After a fast song, people need a rest, so a slow song should come right after a fast song. But it also might be good to play 2 (but no more than 2) songs w/similar tempos in a row; if people need to rest after a fast song (but don't want to wait 10 minutes for the next slow song), they can rest during the second fast song or the first slow song.

Wow this turned into a ramble...*shuts up now* <.<
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2005 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, definitely don't want too many of the same tempo in a row.
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