Ron wrote:It could be that as us DJs get more experienced and our musical collection and tastes broaden and grow, that we forget to play as much stuff that appeals to the newbies, and I believe any club owner wants to keep attracting the newbies.
Hmm, that really does base off of the theory that the music attracts the newbies. I know for me it was about equal parts the music and a need for a new social activity. However, I think that once these newbies (initially excited about something that swings and the notion of dancing to it) actually start going to dances and workshops, it's the people and instructors that keep them coming back (at first!).
I just can't imagine a newbie thinking to themself, "the place was packed that night, and they were playing vintage swing. I need to find me a place where they play The Atomic Fireballs instead!" or "While I really thought these instructors helped welcome me and taught in an easy-to-follow manner, the Count Basie (any era) they played afterwards will keep me from coming back."
Granted I think the people who will come back forever have a passion for the music. That passion begins to extend to the dance once exposed they're and their ability developed. However, the social aspect is absolutely vital. And, I certainly feel that once people gain a better appreciation/knowledge for/of the dance, their taste in music can easily develop and change.
Basically, a venue attractive to newbies (imho) would consist of quality music, deemed quality by a good-sized crowd of regulars, who look good dancing but are also at least somewhat welcoming to newcomers, and good instructors for the newbies to keep coming back and feeding their thirst for knowledge. Music is a piece of that puzzle, but I think the music needs to satisfy the regulars first and foremost, and not the newcomers
, to keep people coming back.