Since doing more of these disco events whether it be a birthday party, anniversary do or a wedding, I have had some fun but also some tough slogs too, which should be easy and enjoyable events behind the decks.
Now I will admit playing motown or 80’s music is certainly not my cup of tea, however these type of gigs you have to play for the customer and of course the mixed attendees, just like any commercial dj would in a bar but I am more of a club dj who likes to play house or techno.
When I do these gigs ( in all honesty ) it seems like far too much hard work at times – even thought these are rare occasions now. Even if I am handed a list of requests as long as the night itself it seems it is still so hard to keep people happy and the dancefloor going. Now without blowing my own trumpet I certainly do not think it is because of myself, I see a different etiquette for disco dancefloors today. It seems like there are almost musical politics involved now with age gaps the primary issue. Most people don’t get up until after the 9pm buffet when they are drunk and even then it is always mostly the younger generation for the latest music.
When you drop a classic 80’s request or a Motown number the dancefloor usually clears but the old foot tappers are happy.
The reason I am having this rant is more because i have attended a few discos lately where there has been a 50+ year old DJ spinning his tunes and people have commented how the music is crap and whinging about him talking on the mic all the time. Also more people I know have simply opted for a playlist from a laptop or ipod to play at their wedding.
Now I do see there point and I see it from both sides of the fence so it made me wonder…
Is there a requirement for this type of jock anymore?
Do people still appreciate the disco sound now or are we all too snobby and opinionated with music choice now?
Is it deemed too cheesey now?
Now I am certainly not saying this type of DJ is dying, I am simply interested in peoples thoughts about this as most of the Disco’s I have attended recently the DJ has been boring and too cheesey and the vibe certainly didn’t feel right on all occasions. I would love to know what people think about this by leaving comments below. Let us know what the last disco you attended was like and if the dj was any good?