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by swinginstyle
Mon Apr 26, 2004 10:43 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Exchanges and their DJs
Replies: 57
Views: 18184

I do think an exchange should reflect the city, or at least the image we would want to project. Currently, we're in the planning stages for KCLX 2005. One of our goals to showcase our city's jazz history and we would like the music to reflect that. That may change for late night venues, but that's ...
by swinginstyle
Mon Apr 26, 2004 4:00 am
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Exchanges and their DJs
Replies: 57
Views: 18184

I disagree that exchanges are or should be all about the locals. A party is all about the company--since when is any party about who is throwing it? Parties are thrown to show the guests a good time, and a host is shown off when the guests have a good time. I do think an exchange should reflect the...
by swinginstyle
Mon Apr 26, 2004 3:55 am
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Are you an "opener" or a "closer"?
Replies: 55
Views: 19330

Just thinking about this subject gives me a headache. My worst fear as a closer, or just following someone is duplicating a song already played. My memory sucks and I don't retain things easily.
by swinginstyle
Wed Apr 21, 2004 9:19 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Exchanges and their DJs
Replies: 57
Views: 18184

Exchanges and their DJs

When an exchange contacts a DJ about djing at their exchange, what typically transpires? Do some exchanges demand certain styles of music, or just let you do your thing? I'm just curious. How do you initially gauge what to play?
by swinginstyle
Sat Apr 10, 2004 11:46 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Kansas City Jazz
Replies: 15
Views: 4582

Kansas City Jazz

Could someone explain to me the difference between Kansas City Jazz and other styles? Also, could you supplement this with particular songs, artists, or albums?

De nada
by swinginstyle
Wed Mar 31, 2004 1:01 am
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Pleasing the Dancers
Replies: 26
Views: 9004

Well, this time (3rd time for these dances), I took a lot of time going around the room and asking many dancers their opinions of the music and of the event. For the most part, they were positive, whether they were dancing or not. I tried playing a good variety from 120bpm-200bpm, mixing things arou...
by swinginstyle
Tue Mar 30, 2004 4:43 am
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Pleasing the Dancers
Replies: 26
Views: 9004

Pleasing the Dancers

How does a DJ please the dancers? I've heard you're supposed to read the crowd, but are there hints/tricks for successful crowd reading? I DJ a dance where there are a wide variety of dancers (skill level and swing dance preference, whether it's ecs, lindy, bal, blues, etc). Do you read by looking a...
by swinginstyle
Tue Mar 16, 2004 3:56 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: food songs?
Replies: 66
Views: 21411

It's a parody, though:

Grapefruit Diet - Weird Al
by swinginstyle
Wed Feb 18, 2004 4:44 am
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: On Demand
Replies: 53
Views: 18189

How do you keep the DJ flow going, though?
by swinginstyle
Mon Feb 09, 2004 12:43 am
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: How do you find your new music?
Replies: 35
Views: 11477

Personally, I'm combing through the library for my music and then burning it. It works nicely. My next step right now is to find music that's recommended on dj lists, like the one on lindygroove.com for example.
by swinginstyle
Tue Dec 30, 2003 2:19 am
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Previewing. How do you DJ without it.
Replies: 47
Views: 21702

If you play off a laptop, how do you preview?
by swinginstyle
Thu Dec 18, 2003 2:53 am
Forum: Other Music
Topic: Fast pop music
Replies: 38
Views: 31393

I haven't seen if this is posted or not, but Blu Cantrell's "Swingin" is pretty fast.
by swinginstyle
Wed Dec 17, 2003 3:54 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: ECS/Lindy/WCS - Bridging the Gap
Replies: 173
Views: 41581

My two cents, even though they're a little outdated (it's been a while since I've spent more than 2 weeks there, but I do talk about it with friends), is that KC already has what I think most people would call a "groove" lindy scene. And that's why the lindy and east coast scenes are so divided--th...
by swinginstyle
Wed Dec 17, 2003 3:49 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: ECS/Lindy/WCS - Bridging the Gap
Replies: 173
Views: 41581

Basically, if you want to change a scene, bridge a gap, whatever, it is very helpful, almost critical, to have some teachers on your side or be a teacher yourself. That is my advice to the Kenny. In my mind, teachers are the key element. Teachers can indoctrinate the dancers in their very formative...
by swinginstyle
Wed Dec 17, 2003 3:43 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: ECS/Lindy/WCS - Bridging the Gap
Replies: 173
Views: 41581

Good point, Greg: Kenny--are you asking how to convert people to lindy or how to make lindy hoppers & east coasters happy while at the same venue? Well, I certainly can't make everyone happy. Let me try explaining in a roundabout fashion. What I see are a lot of ECS dancers addicted to speed. The m...