Ron wrote:Face it, we get sick of songs quicker than non-DJs. I'm continually surprised when I ask good, regular dancers, "are you sick of this song, yet?" and they say "No!! I LOVE that song!"
That's actually the trickiest part: accomodating for the difference between my perception and the dancers' perception of what I play too much.
Because I DJ every week, sometimes twice or three times a week, as well as listen to songs several times beforehand to record them onto compilations and otherwise prepare, I get sick of songs far more quickly than the dancers for whom I DJ. Either that, or I end up not playing a song again so as to avoid burning it out. Often, I end up "shelving" a song to prevent burnout before some of my most receptive dancers get a chance to dance to it at all.
Then, because I am a creature of habit, there are other songs that I keep playing every so often out of routine (or when I hit a wall and need something because I ran out of time and the previous song is about to end).
Some people tonight might hear a song for the first time that I have played a lot, whereas some others have coincidentally heard it every time I have played it and get the impression that I'm just being redundant and burning a song out.
Sounds like a complaint, but it's a part of "the game" of being a good DJ.
There ARE also some Lindy Hoppers out there who either have never heard "Wade in the Water" or "Stormy Monday," or who have danced to them only a few times so that they aren't sick of them at all.