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Ray Anderson

Friday, August 21, 2009

Don't even ask me...

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 2:53 PM

I would like to take the time this week to talk to you, Mr. and Ms. Party goer...

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had you come up to the dj booth and make requests, which, every now and then is ok. However, if I’m playing, lets say, an old-school hip-hop party, please don’t come to the booth and ask me to play Gucci Mane or Black Eyed Peas. If I’m playing a House night, do not take the time to come to the booth and ask me for “The Cupid Shuffle.” Especially in a place that is not known for that type of music.

I remember one of my first gigs. It was kind of slow, but I was still doing my thing, keeping the mood right. I was spinning house music, in a club that’s known for house music, and I had a chick walk over to the booth. She was nice and cordial, so I returned her vibes when I spoke. After we exchanged greetings, her true inner demon came out, “Umm….are you gonna play this techno shit all night?”

‘scuse me honey...but uhh... this aint techno, this is house.

“Well, whatever….are you gonna play this all night?”

Yes ma’am! Glad you asked. See, this is a House music club and house music is encouraged here.

“Well, can you play something that we know from the radio….”

...so I start to think about the house versions of radio songs that I have. Like the club versions of John Legend songs and Fantasia songs and stuff, but then she opened her mouth and finished her sentence: “…like Peety Pablo”

I died laughing... right in her face... right along with the bartender.

“Sweetie,” the bartender said “we don’t play that kind of music in here... Sorry.”

See, I thought that was funny the first 200 times it happened. Now, it just pisses me off. Would you go into Red Lobster and ask for a McFlurry? Understand your surroundings, your environment, and respect the job the dj is doing before making that stupid request.

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