Date registered: February 25, 2011
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I think sometimes you have to remember why you play music in a club/bar. It's a business. If you are not making the people want to drink more/spend more then the management has every right to tell you to change the music. I am tired of these self absorbed DJ's who practice mixes at home, get to the club and just play whatever they want without any regard to what the customers actually want to hear. They have what they want to play and they play it come hell or high water. If I was the management I would tell you to pack your crap and go home now and put the 10 year old up there who isn't great at mixing but actually know music people want to hear when they drink.
Using a computer is nothing new by any stretch of the imagination. They are used by very successful DJ's all over the world and it seem that some ego driven DJ's don't want to move with the times and stay terrible and play dead genres of music. I really don't care how long you have played. If you can't make the people want to drink more and stick around until midnight, 1am, 2am, etc then you are pretty much worthless to me as a bar/club owner. Slamming people who use computers to entertain crowds and actually makes them happy just makes you look like you are out of touch with the average person who goes out just to have fun. Most people couldn't give a crap how a song was mixed. What they will remember is the guy/girl who made them and their friends have a good time last night. There is a guy at Shamrock (and a couple other places) lately who does just that. Plays music people want to drink and dance too. Good Dj's actually read the crowd and change their plans when needed. Perhaps a group of high rollers show up and hate techno music (like most normal people). Well, then find what they do like and cater to that. Too many DJ's have no range and you "get stuck" with them on nights when you need diversity. I recall Pop music is called pop music because it it "POPULAR". I don't like all pop music but again, you can't ignore your client base. Playing one kind of music all night is boring and doesn't keep peoples asses on the stool all night. Have a frigging range and that doesn't mean "Well I play techo and electronica!!"
Bottom line, if you are wandering around China you probably can't pack your whole precious collection of vinyl. so using a computer is a godsend. "Computer DJ" usually has a fantastic range of music. You have to understand that most of the foreign community in Chengdu is a transitional one so no one gives a rats ass about some dinosaur DJ's who used to be good in Chengdu. Makes you seem like a butt kisser. If you want to be good in Chengdu or anywhere else for that matter learn how to read a crowd and not just your resume. P.S., 99% of DJ's don't write the music they play, they just regurgitate others music in different ways. So unless you are writing music, leave the ego at home and just play what people want to hear. How do you know? Look at bar sales at the end of the night. /rant off