Appropriate length of an intro

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#16 Post by CafeSavoy » Tue Mar 03, 2009 3:38 pm

Haydn wrote:
CafeSavoy wrote:I have a bunch of songs labeled as "intro" and "goodbye" although I don't remember to use them. Basie, especially has a lot of those.
Do you mean that you thought about using them to start or end a set or evening?
Or a set or segment there of.

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#17 Post by Jose Tello » Wed May 02, 2012 6:37 pm

Moppin' And Boppin' by Fats Waller is a great example of the whole intro dilemma. It's a great tune, except that the intro borders on 30-35 seconds... which may seem like forever to newer dancers?


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#18 Post by trev » Wed May 02, 2012 9:48 pm

I say screw em! Advanced dancers can work with it, and it gives everybody else a chance to chat. Plus, it builds anticipation, which is another tool in the DJ armoury.

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#19 Post by Surreal » Fri May 04, 2012 12:21 am

Sometimes I'll put a song with a long intro (or long outtro) as a breather, especially during a fast set. I'll also use them as transition if I'm making a big tempo change.

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#20 Post by dogpossum » Mon May 07, 2012 7:08 pm

30 seconds is nothing. I'm generally moving towards longer breaks between songs at the moment because it forces dancers to interact. It also gives me a chance to change things up, and it makes dancers realise that I'm not a juke box.

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#21 Post by lipi » Mon May 07, 2012 9:05 pm

That gives me an excellent idea: I'll play a song, and wait to play the next one until someone gives me a dollar.

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