We know how important it is for the DJ at the club
to play the right combination of music to get people to the dance
floor. A wrong decision can clear the floor and a series of wrong
decisions can clear out a club.
Steppers have a fairly well defined group of songs they will step to
which usually consists of a mix of a few standards and a few newer
songs and as long as the DJ has a working knowledge of those songs
they can create a playlist to work from.
Finding and introducing new songs or re-introducing an older song
which may have dropped off the radar can be a challenge for a DJ who
wants to keep it moving on the dance floor without clearing the
floor with the wrong choice. The dedicated DJ will spend hours and
hours listening to music before even adding songs to their
collection and when they do they classify the song and put it in its
place with the other music. That alone doesn't mean a song will be
played at a set or event because there are so many variables
involved. More Below
The discussion gets interesting because you have different crowds in
stepping. You have the 'chitins' circuit' steppers (like Don Vic),
you have the second generation steppers (pre-eight count and
classes), and the new skool (eight count and class taught) all with
very different tastes in music and all these musical needs need to
be catered to.
The fact is there are very few DJ's who can cater to all of these
groups at the same time and mostly it doesn't necessarily have
anything with talent. Instead, it has to do with experience (added
to that talent) that makes the difference. You don't see a DJ who
has been spinning for less than 10 years at most of the biggest sets
because there's a lack of understanding how to mix each groups music
so nobody becomes disillusioned and leave the dance floor.
So who are your favorite DJ's? Who would you like to spin at your
party? If 3,000 of your closest friends came to step would you want
the same DJ to play for them?
Taking inspiration and using it. #steppersbeatcolumn
Once again inspiration strikes when seeing something
completely different from the vision. This morning I saw a piece on
one of the morning shows about what are being called 'Cash Mobs'
which is a spinoff from the original 'flash mobs'.
Like a 'flash mob', a 'cash mob' comes together on social media...
in this instance people are prompted to come together at a targeted
small business where each 'mobber' comes with $20 to spend at that
business. It's been quite successful and has spread to many cities
in the recent past.
So, here is the idea I have. There are a lot of struggling steppers
sets and parties throughout the country that could use help in the
same fashion. What would happen if steppers banded together on
Facebook and decided to have a 'steppers mob' where they would 'mob'
a selected steppers set?
Since steppers are prolific in the sense they will go stepping at
the drop of a hat this could be done weekly in larger steppers
communities where several events happen on the same day. In smaller
communities where there may be only a couple of sets it could be
done monthly while alternating between sets.
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