Thoughts about DJ’ing

The past month has been a very productive month for me in several areas.  First of all, I was able to complete the workout program Hip Hop Abs which is the first workout program that I’ve been able to finish from beginning to end.  It actually started after I went to bed at 9pm with the kids and woke up at 4am.  I figured that since I was already awake, might as well get a work out in.  I youtube’d hip hop abs and did the first two weeks just by pulling the videos up on youtube.  The pro’s to doing this is that it’s free and you have the videos anywhere you have an internet connection.  The con’s to doing this is that on one of the workout routines the sound and video were out of synchronization which definitely threw me off several times. 

So I’ve been waking up early, working out, then practicing on my turntables.  I really like DJ’ing and hope that it is the path I am supposed to pursue.  I have a parent/child dance party as a potential gig coming up so I’ve been working on a set list of songs that kids love.   I’ve been replaying all the parties that I’ve been to in my head and writing down the popular songs that kids have gone crazy for.  Yes, there have been parties where the ones hyping up the dance floor are the little kids.  I remember clearly when my son Trystan at 2 years old kicked off the dance floor at a wedding he was the ring bearer at.  Nobody was on the floor for the first few songs, Trystan was just outside the entrance to the hall playing on the steps when “Moves Like Jagger” came on.  Trystan stopped what he was doing and ran into the hall and started going crazy on the dance floor.  He gathered a crowd, who then started bouncing to the music and then started dancing.  So “Moves Like Jagger” went into the kid dance party play list.

I’ve found that working a dance floor is like investing; having some money can make more money faster than having no money.  Hence having people on the dance floor no matter how many or what age they are gives me something to work with as a DJ.  People attract other people.  So getting the people who are most willing to dance on the floor is step one.  If I have a diverse wedding/event crowd who are in their 20’s and 30’s who are not warmed up to dance to the latest top 40, I may put on some ballroom music for the 60 and 70 year olds.  It may not fill the floor but it will warm it up and give me something to work with.  Another demographic that is always ready to dance are the little kids, I see them watching me as I spin tunes and so I make eye contact and let them know that I’m playing for them.  They love it and dance even more. 

Well, those are my thoughts for today, thank you so much for tuning in.  I’ll be posting a mix in the next couple of days and will hopefully be posting more audio podcasts.  Until next time, I hope you are having a great day!

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