Great DJs…. by G. Spain

Being a DJ Since we’ve all been to a few parties by now; there are some things we begin to notice that determine how good a time we will get for our money. This post just deals with characteristics of great DJs. These are just three things that I think great DJs always do at salsa dances.

Playing Music For The Dancers

These guys know that most of the people don’t come to sit. These DJs play the music that keeps the dancefloor packed.

Letting The Songs End Completely

For these types of parties, great DJs know that the songs need to have an end. It can be frustrating when one song gets mixed into another and the couples just keep dancing. Sure…. they can just stop dancing, but a lot of people I’ve talked to find it awkward to stop in the “middle” of a song. I think there is a fear of seeming rude. When the song ends, people can say thank you and part ways, or make a joint decision to stay on the floor. Either way, there is no miscommunication.

Giving The Dancers Variation (fast, slow, etc.)

For me this applies to the salsa selections made by the DJ. Everyone has a different mix of their favorite songs (old school, new school, fast, slow, etc.). Varying the genre and speed of salsa songs during the night gives everyone a chance to enjoy the music in their own way on the floor.

I hope that others will post their opinions about what makes a great party; whether it be DJs, dance space, lighting, etc. I think anybody organizing a latin dance event will either benefit from the feedback and/or see how things that may seem so small can make such a big difference. Thanks for reading and keep dancing.

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One response to “Great DJs…. by G. Spain

  1. I stumbled across your article and wanted to ask the question, if you had to name 10 songs to have if someone said “play some salsa.?” I know that can be a hard question but let me give you an example. If I were DJing for a New Orleans crowd…as long as I played Second Line & Big Chief, I’m an automatic hero (even if that’s all I had). I need the same info for salsa. If there’s a certain salsa song (or 2, or 3, or 4 or whatever) that gets the party started no matter what…I’d like to know what that is. Same for midtempo or any other tempo variations. Especially if I have a crowd or “true” salsa dancers. Thanks in advance.

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