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Topic: First time DJing at a bar..

  1. Feb 12, 2006 11:09pm by phism
    i think i'm going to be djing march 3rd before and after Reach, SoundsGood, and Deep Thinkers at the RecordBar... i've heretofore only done house parties and the like. i'm kind of nervous about it. any tips?
  2. Feb 13, 2006 05:00pm by MILES - [url]http://www.MilesBonny.com/[/url] Location: KCK
    tip #1 dont be nervous.
  3. Feb 13, 2006 05:15pm by Ben_Fuller
    [quote:8b4d6246c0="MILES"]tip #1 dont be nervous.[/quote:8b4d6246c0] LOL Good luck with that. Tip #2: Don't drink/smoke too much before you play to calm your nerves. It usually makes things worse.
  4. Feb 13, 2006 06:36pm by AJ Location: Downtown Kansas City
    Stay calm and have fun!! Like Ben said, don't drink or smoke too much.
  5. Feb 13, 2006 07:14pm by NRG - livin the art that is life ! www.64111clinic.com fam www.nrginmotion.com massage www.myspace.com/nrginmotion world community Location: havenhouse KCK/ 64111 Clinic 4 Life
    check out the crowd early on and often to see what they are responding to beats, tempo, each other, dancer, drinkers, or cold fish, mind you I DON'T DEEJAY SMILE LOL
  6. Feb 13, 2006 07:50pm by Ben_Fuller
    [quote:7ac8228464="NRG"]check out the crowd early on and often to see what they are responding to beats, tempo, each other, dancer, drinkers, or cold fish, mind you I DON'T DEEJAY SMILE LOL[/quote:7ac8228464] Regardless of whether you dj or not, this is a great idea. However it sounds like he is playing first so it doesn't really apply in this case b/c the club will probably be pretty low key. Just remember something 90% of opening djs forget. You job is to WARM the crowd up...you know...get them lubed up for the main acts. Remember to take into account who is playing after you...and if you are playing later in the night who is before you. Keepin the "flow" of a night going is an important skill. My dad, who was a professional musician for a long time always told me to check out a room before I play it...look at the sound, the dj setup if you are a dj...case the stage if you are performing on it and just try to take in the general vibe of the room. Obviously when a room is full it is totally different than when it is empty, but for a beginner it still could help. Especially if the mixer they have is one you have never played with etc. Anyway good luck! I'm probably try and make it out.
  7. Feb 14, 2006 12:41am by mattx - themerchgirl.com - fueling the underground http://www.diyslipmats.com - custom slipmats $15 Location: Phoenix
    make sure you get at one of the people who has dj'd there before... you never know if the bar is going to have the right connecters or extension cords / plugs...most of the time they do, but it is WAY easier to hit radio shack and spend $5 then it is to not do the gig because you cannot connect to the PA and like everyone else said have fun... when i played , i always got nervous, and therefore focused, and sometimes mad...not fun at all... hang loose and remember the crowd is yours!
  8. Feb 14, 2006 12:54am by phism
    i think i'm on before and after. since it's reach, soundsgood, and deep thinkers i was going to probably start off with mellower shit of course, and afterwards get into the ignorance. i've done parties and shit... and think i did well... i'm very uh, scientific about playing what i think people will want to hear next.. so i'm not worried so much about that as my needle skipping, or since it's a hip-hop crowd, people expecting more uh... showoff stuff.