No requests

As I’ve stated before, I’m not really a DJ. While I do sometimes DJ at bars or small parties, I’m not skilled in blending or scratching. Luckily for me, I live in 2012 where all you need to be a DJ is a pulse, a Serrato box and I-tunes.
To be honest, it’s been a while since I spun anywhere cause , well, it’s simply never that fun. At it’s best, you play music for your drunken friends and , at it’s worst, you realize that the world as we know it has gone completely down the crapper. The problem with DJing nowadays is that you’re not allowed to have your own personality. Unless you’re a famous taste maker, you’re just kinda forced to play what people wanna hear (if you wanna keep people inside the place you are djing at). It would be easy to blame some huge corporation for this but, in reality, the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the people. It’s them who want to ehar there shitty songs and it’s them who keep this ball rolling downhill into a world where people will make cases for why LMFAO aren’t THAT bad. As a dj, this is frustrating for any person with a speckle of taste and backbone cause you end up begrudgingly playing shit that you wouldn’t listen to on your own time at gunpoint.
I’ve always fantasized of a party where I could play what I like. Old soul shit, weird hip hop, classic obscure hip hop, random rock songs , old reggae…you know, the shit I listen to on my own time. There was a time when i was like “Hell, I’m a somewhat known musical guy (in some circles). I should be able to do whatever I want and people will be in to it…”
I could not have been more wrong about that. What inevitably would happen every time is that, I’d be spinning at some bar, playing music I like. People would be chilling and drinking. At some point I play a song that starts a few people dancing. That becomes contagious and leads to more people dancing. Now, in theory, this is great cause, as a DJ, getting people to dance is the goal. Better yet if they’re dancing to music you actually enjoy. But the problem is, the theory is flawed. Once people start dancing, that’s when the requests come in. This is when people decide “Okay, enough of this crap, time to impose my will on this human jukebox over here.”
From there, it’s all down hill. And much like the dancing, requests are contagious. Once a person sees another person asking, it opens the door for them to do the same.
I had forgotten about this hell until the other night when I went and visited a friend who was DJing at a bar. He needed a bathroom/smoke break so he asked me to cover for him for 10 minutes. I obliged and within minutes I remembered why I hated doing that shit. I was flooded with terrible people requesting terrible music in a terrible way.
So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at the different type of Song requesters:

1)Drunk girls

I seriously can not think of a worse human being than the drunk girl song requester. Maybe if drunken Hitler was requesting songs but , at least, his requests would be weird…And not Britney Spears or fucking Drake.
Drunk girls are relentless, reckless and entitled when it comes to talking to DJ’s. I think they assume because they own a vagina and I own a penis, I’m going to give a fuck about their opinion on some level. Unfortunately for them, I don’t. I’ve never fucked a drunk song requester girl and it’s not gonna start now. So, as you can imagine, they are less than thrilled when they’re bullshit flirting doesn’t work and they walk away without a single shitty song played.

2)The person with a list

Every now and then you get a person who will hand you a napkin with a list of songs they’d like to hear. They’re almost never polite and just sorta give you a look like “You’re welcome”. If anything on the list is in the ballpark of what I’m playing, I’ll consider it but, typically, it is not.

3)The “If you fail, try again” guy/girl

This is the person who will ask you for something and when you tell them you don’t have it, they sit by you trying to think of another song they could request. Cause, you know, them getting a successful request off is REALLY important.
It’s maddening. The biggest problem with people like this is that 9/10 times, they they don’t take the hint that you not having a song means there’s a good chance you might not have songs like it. For instance” Oh, you don’t have any Pitbull? Okay…You got any Reggaeton? Nope? bout Daddy Yankee?” This kinda thing can go on forever until they either give up or finally reach a meeting point where you, the DJ , agrees to play something just to get them to go away. Most arguments I’ve gotten into with people have stemmed from this type of dipshit. I’m a very calm person and always polite to people but the last time this happened to me, I screamed on some 21 year old girl and told her to get the fuck out of my face. It worked. Perhaps that is the go-to method of getting through to people…

4)The “I’mma just kick it” guy

This is always a guy. Girls come and flirt but they eventually go away. This dude will make himself super comfortable and just look over you shoulder and ask to scroll through your playlists. It blows my mind that anyone cause be that fucking annoying but they do indeed exist.

5)The four leaf clover

This is the person who , somehow, requests the perfect song. It’s happened maybe 2 times in my life and i was blown away. There’s also an off shoot of this who is the person who will request some awesome obscure shit that I know, but don’t own. I appreciate these people and they’re the ONLY people who get a pass.

Okay, Now that we’ve covered the types, let’s go over the worst types of requests…

1)”Can you play some (insert Genre here)?”
To a Dj, this is the most offensive shit ever. It’s basically saying “Hey, i don’t like what you’re playing so play this completely different style of music”.
The amount of times I’ve been playing a set of old soul shit or 90’s hip hop and had some stupid cunt come up to me and be like “Hey, can you play some house music?” in enough to make me go on a killing spree. I think what gets me is the disconnect that person must have from grasping the idea that a DJ is a person and not a monkey there for their amusement. The two problems with this question are a)The requested genre ALWAYS sucks. b)Requesting an entire Genre is pretty fucking vague.
For instance, you ask me if I can play some Reggae. What does that mean? You wanna hear some Toot and the Maytals? Bob Marley? Buju Banton? Or do you just wanna hear Shaggy? I have no idea. Luckily, I don’t give a shit and go fuck yourself.

2)”Can you play the song you just played again?”

Nah bitch…I can’t.
This is especially infuriating when someone requests a song you just played, you tell them you just played it and they’re like “Oh, but I was outside smoking hen you played it”
Oh really??!??!?!?! Lemme just start the fucking entire night over for you then, princess! I wouldn’t want you to miss out on hearing “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley for the millionth time in your life.

3) “Can you play something I can dance to?”
This is only annoying when I’m playing something very danceable. Granted, I understand that they really mean “can you play a song I’m familiar with cause I lack the ability to dance to something I’m not 100% comfortable hearing”.

4) The new pop song hit requested in an empty bar/venue
I get that you wanna drunkly dance with your friends to that new Rihanna song. It’s invigorating to hear her rationalize dating the guy that beat the shit out of her. I get that. But, if it’s dead inside, no one is dancing and people are just kinda chilling, why try to turn it into a club? It’s a bar. Lemme just play good music and save that club shit for the clubs.

I think I’ve told this before but once I was djing and it was the end of the night. Like 3:30. And there we like 5 people in the bar. This drunk dude comes up to me and requests “Jump around” by House of Pain. I just looked at him and said “Dude, do you REALLY want to hear “Jump Around”? Have you not heard it enough in your life?”
He looked back and me and was like “Huh…i guess your right…”
Right then I realized that people who request songs don’t do it cause they have to, they do it because they can. Some are more level headed about it and some are complete lunatics. But, just know, the next time you’re out at a spot and you’re about to go talk to the DJ about whatever shitty song it is you wanna hear, don’t do it. Let him be. Let him do his job. If you don’t like the music, you can leave. Then, you both win cause you don’t wanna hear his music and he doesn’t want you’re dumb ass breathing Vodka tonic breath all up in his ear talking bout “On my god! How do you not own a single Katy Perry song?!?!”
Also, get some taste you fucking ingrates.

61 thoughts on “No requests

    • You’re assuming drunk girls read or pay attention to anything other than their drinks.
      I’ve done that before and it got ignored like a fat girl. All that ended up happening was I’d point to the sign, they’d give me a funny look and request a song anyway.

  1. There’s no way Rihanna writes her own lyrics. Did you ever hear her in an interview? She’s fucking retarded. So I wonder who came up with the idea to write a song about her domestic disputes.

    I saw Shadow and Cut Chemist right around when Slurp came out, that was a good show.

  2. There are also people who like to make requests without knowing the name of the artist or song. “You know, that one song!” Ah yes, that song.
    Then they come back 15 min later after someone else figures out what they were thinking of, and it’s something you would never spin during your set.


  3. I read somewhere that cynicism is defined as pointing out a problem without providing a viable solution… in an effort to better my interacting-with-DJs-etiquette, what is the proper way to request a song? Ask for a specific artist and song and walk away? Never request anything at all?

  4. Amen, brother. It’s the same for radio DJ’s. A recent favorite:

    “Are you taking requests?”
    “Well, no, the show’s over, but now I’m curious. What did you want to hear?”
    “I’d love to hear some Tom Waits.”
    “I’d love to hear some Tom Waits as well, but not on this show. This is Late Night Swing and Big Band of the 20’s 30’s and 40’s.”
    “But I’m in my 20’s!”
    I think you’re misinterpreting the theme we’re going for here.

  5. I once requested a DJ at a local club to play Celine Dion’s “My heart will go on”, he actually did it and everybody left pretty fucking quick, and for some reason I received a few death threats…When requests go wrong.

  6. “I’ve always fantasized of a party where I could play what I like.” – I don’t know if it was this blog or the def jux site but I remember you talked about a regular DJ gig you used to do. I think it was called Block Babies or something. You weren’t able to play what you wanted? I would have thought people were there specifically to hear what YOU wanted to play.

  7. Fucking funny. I will never make a request again (I think I asked for some dj shadow once, he said he didn’t have any but pulled out a quasimoto record)

  8. I have never requested shit from a DJ. When I go to see someone spin, I like the way they put their sound together or I like the music they produce. When I saw you last year (BTW polite and friendly doesn’t describe how awesome you were to us) I had some songs that I hoped I would hear, just like if I went to see a band. I find the best sets are ones that are very thought out, and planned. It is nice when a DJ feels the vibe of the club and changes their set if the club reacts to something, but I have only been to one show of an artist I digged before I went that was a huge disappointment.

    • Not sure if you saw me perform of just saw me dj but there’s definitely a big difference. My performance is thought out way ahead of time while, when I’m djing, I’m just playing other people’s music. Regardless, glad you had a good time.

      • I saw a performance, in Fort Collins, but I know a couple DJ’s that even if they play a house party, they have a general idea of a set in mind. They spend hours working on it, and they will play that set for a couple shows at different venues. I guess because I have been in the room with someone as they go through this process, I might have a different perspective then a bootie shaking drunk girl at a club. I would never want you to tell me how to do my job, so why would I think to tell you how to do your job.

  9. word, blockhead. particularly like your acknowledgment that ” 2012 where all you need to be a DJ is a pulse, a Serrato box and I-tunes.” im sad that as a 23-year-old I never really got to experience DJs as skilled performers, now it’s just rick ross and disco-baiting dipshits pretending their touch-pad on their laptop is a record. you’re right though, it’s people who killed it. simon cowell’s about to nail it all up, too.

  10. …Prince Paul takes requests.

    Is it just as bad when people come up during a set and scream in your face asking for the name of the last song you played? I have been guilty of this.

    • Nah, I don’t mind that. At least it’s involved with what I’m doing. It’s the people who ask for shit that has nothing to do with what I’m doing that irk me the most.

  11. When you were in Houston and the wasted dude yelled, “Marry/Fuck/Kill”…..that was an awesome request. I hope you come back after that massive failure by the promoters…..if you don’t I feel you, I’ll drive to Austin to hear you jam.

    • Fuck, that show was such a bummer, you totally got done by the promoters. You should give Houston another chance sometime, I’d never even heard of the venue you played at.

  12. i would hate to be a dj during a week that a wack artist dies. I would not want to bee in that position to spin leslie carter songs all night.

    • I dj’d the night Michael Jackson died. He’s not wack at all but you can imagine how annoying requests were. I had people asking me to play some M.J. While I was playing M.J. songs. People are the worst.

  13. This reminds me of:

    “i dont come down to where u work, slap the dick out of ur mouth and tell u how to do ur job”

    In response to those who would make requests.

  14. Last time I DJ’d I had some drunk australian come up and request a song. I told him I knew the song he wanted but I didn’t have it tonight. He looked puzzled and went “……its a REALLY good song though.” I told him that yes, it is a good song but, as I said before, I don’t have it tonight. He walked away looking lost.

    Five minutes later he came marching straight back up to me to ask:

    “Can’t you just find it on youtube or something?”

  15. this was so on point. the “fail / try again” people are the worst!

    one time while djing i turned down $100 to play a lady gaga song. probably a bad move but at least i can say i did it for the rest of my life

    • Now that’s scruples! Now if she was hot and offered you a blowjob and you still turned it down, I would respect you as a DJ… but as a man, you would lose some cool points. People would stop and be like, “WTF? Lady Gaga?!” Then all they’d have to do is look over and see a head bobbing from behind the decks and they’d get it, “Oh, I see. Special request.”
      Then the issue of who’s the bigger whore gets a little cloudy.

  16. Lemme just play good music and save that club shit for the clubs.

    i love it. i have been pretty lucky around here (gulf coast so flo) i can go from ike & tina to some fantastic planet sndtrk then to some too $hort. i’m not really a crazy dj or anything but i spin vinyl only and it’s definitely mood enhancing for the bar patrons. so funny i have not read this in awhile and i just had to laugh out loud with most of it. you the bomb balogne. and i would kill to walk into a music selected by you house party. miss the piano dance off days!

  17. First comment for me but I love your blog, mang.
    I am a semi-unsuccessful DJ who is fairly uncompromising with what I want to play vs. what I know people may want to hear. That’s probably why I keep losing gigs. I do it for my own fun though, it aint my career and I always appreciate the 2 out of 10 people that dap me up based on selection.

    Funny Story: I was at a Too Short live show, which I had the honor of last minute warm-up DJ! During Short’s set, some girl asked him to play “Blow the Whistle” after he had already played said song. He responded with some “…this bitch used to the finer things in life…” harshness and then demanded she put up 2 G’s if she wanted to hear it again…. needless to say it did not get another run!

  18. This tells nothing but the truth I cannot tell you how many times I have experienced this in Isla Vista where its more probable to come across a plastic handle than it is water. The bitches on the Billboard top 100 are relentless and they think because they are hot they have some kind of deserved presence on the stand, I felt like I was being punished for playing great music. Great job at SnowGlobe btw, your set sent awesome vibes throughout the weekend. Thanks for the entertaining read.

  19. I simply stop the music when someone comes up and ask for a request, and I’m quite skilled to use $100 words to verbally belittle them in front of everyone.
    That will usually put a stop to requests until the liquor kicks in, after that you’ll need mace or pepper spray.
    You can’t use the mace or pepper spray at the beginning of the festivities as it kills the vibe, you must wait until people get drunk to use it.
    It kills the vibe for a second, but everyone’s drunk, ready to dance, but not ready to get maced.

  20. Great topic, true on so many levels. My very very least favorite or typically, most hated, would have to be the people that not only indulge in the aforementioned acts of tardism, but decide that the best time to deploy the stupid bomb is when you are balls deep in the motions, obviously busy with whatever you got going on. You said it well a few posts up, “people are the worst” haha. Luckily they can be the best as well.

  21. I haven’t seen the worst offense mentioned yet- “can you play something good?”
    -“like what?”
    -“I don’t know… Something good.”
    So now you’ve insulted me, why don’t I do you a favor And play some bullshit I would never claim to be a fan of.
    Personally, of you MUST request a track, it best to do it like this-
    ” hey bro, sounds great! I’d love to hear (blankety blank by blank) if you have a chance”—-AND THEN, hand me five bucks. Of your request doesn’t make me throw up in my mouth, then ill probably try to work it out for you.

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  23. This is a trick I’ve learned: just smile and nod, and don’t play the request. Requesters usually just want to connect and have a chat about music, they just want to be your friend and communicate that they too love music. They just want to approach the DJ. If it’s the right sound and a good request, play it, if not, put your headphones on and pretend you’re at a critical stage in the mix and you can’t be distracted. Drunk girls will get the point that you’re not interested. The mix in your headphones is your safe and private spot, sometimes I put the heads on just to look busy and send the message not to approach me, I love the space and peace and privacy in my headphones. The trick is to gig where your sound and tastes are appropriate, if you’re a house DJ and you’re playing in a country and western bar – well, it’s going to be painful, isn’t it? Requests are part of DJing; stop whining, stop complaining, and make it work, you might never have to say “I’m not really a DJ” again. Also, rather than listening to specific requests, is there a theme that requesters are making, do they seem to want hip-hop? Then play hip-hop. Also, many useful patrons won’t make requests but they are indeed sending clues to what they like, for example, “hey, look, some audience members tap and shake their heads and smile when I play Soul” Then play soul, as it’s being non-verbally requested. The best advice I was ever given was ‘play for the people.’ DJing is far less about the ego of the DJ than most shitty DJ’s think. Boohoo, you’re getting paid to spin, you’re the coolest person in the room, get versatile, get it done, and make the people happy. If you can please the people, and please yourself, and get paid – that’s the mark of a good DJ. This post isn’t much of a surprise as you’re “not really a DJ.” Trying to understand requests when you’re “not really a DJ” is like an illiterate trying to understand Shakespeare.

    • you’ve had vastly different experiences djing than I have. did you even read what I wrote?
      All the points you bring up don’t really apply to anything I said. Like if someone requests hip hop play hip hop. No shit. that’s fine.But what if I’m playing hip hop and someone requests house music. What if I don’t own any house music? Then what? Sometimes it’s not as simple as you appear to think it is.
      Also, it’s not like i was djing at clubs for tons of money. I was playing at bars for fun and very little money. “Playing for the people” is cool and all until the people you’re playing for a just requesting drake for 5 hours. I’m simply not that type of dj. I may not be a technical DJ in the sense that I’m skilled but I’ve been doing it in some way for years now. I have experience and everything I wrote is factual.
      If you are a DJ who is willing to play any and all music, good for you. make your money. but don’t think , for a millisecond that you’re not a little bit of a whore. The second you start playing music you dislike to appease some drunk dipshits, then you’re simply doing a job. To me, djing was never about making money. It was for fun. SO, once it ceased being fun, I stopped. getting people to dance is a good time. But if you’re doing it while playing music you personally loath, you’re just a human jukebox. I don’t care if you’re the greatest blender on the planet, that’s all you are.
      Again, it’s an easy way to make money and if you have no scruples about your own personal taste than I would never knock anyone who did it. but , please, shut the fuck up like DJing is some deeper thing than it really is. “understanding requests” is really simple. Some are good and some are bad. It’s on a person to person basis. The fact you even got into how you ignore people is proof that you know what I’m talking about.

      • Of course I bloody read it, I had been quoting it throughout my reply. Now I’m thinking you couldn’t recognize your own words.
        First off, you ought not tell the people engaging with your sound, DJ craft, (or blog posts) to “shut the fuck up.” It’s not respectful to the people who are giving something, in terms of feedback, to the DJ. If you don’t like people responding, don’t fucking put it out there on the public forum that is the internet to begin with.
        Also, yes, I get it, there are dopes in the audience, but they are YOUR dopes, YOUR audience, man. They showed up, took time out of their day, spent some of their own money, to come listen to YOU, and that’s special. Don’t write them off so quickly as simple dipshits, they are the people who become your fans and supporters and network.
        Furthermore, stop playing for free, dude, you can have it all; play the music you want and get paid, just remember to play your gigs in the right venues, the venues which suit your sound if you’re married to a certain style or genre. If you’re playing in the right venues, you’ll notice that those out-to-lunch requests don’t occur half as much and people won’t be so pissed off that you don’t play the requests. Man, I don’t care if you are the shittiest DJ, you shouldn’t devalue the craft and play for free like that. You only make it harder for those DJ’s prepared to take themselves seriously. I know it’s hard, play for free or don’t play at all, it must feel like that, but imagine if every DJ demanded payment, how much more respect all of us would get. You shouldn’t play for free, friend, because that is what promoters and venue owners – always trying to increase their bottom line – will come to expect, you don’t do yourself or the craft or any other DJ any service by playing for free. You obviously care enough about DJing to blog about it, so you should care enough to demand payment too. Or are you better than all of that money shit? Art for art’s sake, as they say? A true artist bleeding and going broke simply for the love of it. I doubt it, give me a break. Your DJ skills are a skilled trade that add value to the production process within a capitalist paradigm, and as such you should get paid for the labour you are capable of performing. I get it, some gigs, like charity events, might have to be free gigs, what I’m saying is that you should have standards and take yourself seriously because that helps all of us DJ’s. Not every gig is for charity, remember that. Believe this ‘whore’ when he says, DJing is even more fun when there’s some scratch at the end of the night and you’ve earned your keep doing something you love.
        I’ve obviously struck a nerve and only meant to challenge you into thinking about yourself as, indeed, a real DJ, take yourself seriously, man, and stop playing all your gigs for free. You care enough about DJing to get upset about it, thus, you’re passionate enough and should be getting paid for it. You should also respect your audiences. Finally, you’re a performing artist, man, I think every artist has had to feel a bit whorish so as to put food on the table sometimes. Do you think Michelangelo really wanted to paint the Sistine chapel, or was it a way to earn a living? I don’t know, but stop playing for free. At least get yourself a large enough bar-tab to get drunk and buy your friends a round or two.
        Requests are a barometer as to what the crowd is into and what will guarantee you are well received; get versatile if you’ll be playing in open-format venues. Or stick to the venues that suit your exclusive sound. Don’t play Drake, that’s fine, but try and play something that you, as a talented DJ know will be better than Drake, something they might not have heard, get versatile if that’s what your audiences are demanding. Here is another trick for requests I’ve learned: say, “if I don’t have that track, I’ll play something by that artist or another similar sound.” It shows you care about your audience but aren’t prepared to be their bitch. Requests are important, talented house bands used to be able to take them, now talented DJ’s fill that role in the culture, remember that. You are a talented DJ! Make that your mantra. The best piece of advice I can give is to play venues that suit your integrity, tastes and sound. I’d play house music all day too if I could at every gig. But even I don’t want to listen to just house, and I fucking love that shit.
        I dig, man, I hate requests too, especially when they’re coming out of left field, (I once had someone request Metallica during a trip-hop set – good grief!) But to bury one’s own head in the sand and just write requests off as unimportant feedback from unintelligent audience members is foolish. As I said, the requests are clues as to what your audience is into, and if you’re just playing what you want to hear for free anyway, why not just stay in your bedroom and stroke your ego in private?
        I resent that you think I’m whoring myself out because I’m serious about what I can do, but at least I’m not sucking dick for free, which is what I could argue you are doing. I suppose if you like a good cock in your mouth though it’s no worries. I don’t know how someone can love music enough to become a DJ and only be able to play one style or genre. Perhaps I didn’t articulate it well enough in my initial reply, but requests help you better read an audience, and reading an audience is a proper DJ skill. Try to give em’ what they want while maintaining your own integrity, (if you love music and know your repertoire of tracks, it can be done.) Win em’ over, then give em’ what they need which is when you get to play anything you want. Gain their respect by satisfying them, then shock and surprise them with your exquisite DJ tastes.
        I’ve struck a nerve with you, and that’s great. I think it means growth is occurring and you’re realizing that you’ve been looking at requests all wrong.

      •’re thinking of something very different and you wrote me a novel that I simply don’t care to read.
        I’m a producer. I make beats. I create music. When i dj’d (I don’t anymore), it was for fun. Not “for the love of the art”. “djing” as a skill and trade means nothing to me. Props to those who do it and succeed at it but it’s never been something i gave a shit about being good at. I’m fully aware I’m not a good dj (says so in the first paragrapgh of this very article) in the sense of mixing and blending. I simply took jobs where I was given the green light to play whatever I want. I got gigs djing at these little bars cause I’m a somewhat know musician. That’s all. Again, IT WAS FOR FUN. I didn’t do it for free (just not much money). I wasn’t playing clubs. I wasn’t playing for “fans”. This wasn’t my live show. They are completely separate things. I dont know where you picked up on me even beginning to care about my cred as a dj in here but I can assure you, I do not. At all.
        My experience Djing is playing in small bars in NYC for drunk people. Not clubs. Not venues. Places where dance floors are questionable. You clearly have had a much different experience with djing than I have. For one, you take it VERY seriously. I don’t give a shit about it. I’d rather make my own music.
        Here’s the deal though…I primarily played old school rap, some new rap , soul music and occasional rock/80’s music. That’s it. No one was “expanding my horizons” by requesting a drake song. How does this not compute to you? You’re acting as if the people out there who make your typical awful requests (lady gaga, drake, rihanna) are on to next level thing. We’re dealing with the lowest common denominator here. And, again, I’m not playing clubs. This is a mellow bar. Think about the context before you go off and write an uninformed novella about something. It’s funny that you’re talking about “striking a nerve” with me when you’re over here losing your mind over this 3 year old article I wrote.
        What you go through as a dj is obviously a different species than what i go through. You love doing that shit? rock on, bro. More power to you. But, please,, understand that your experience does not apply to mine. Not at all. I could have taken your entire write up and picked it apart paragraph by paragraph to show where I’m coming from (not to disprove you on anything, but to show you how much my experience differs from yours) but that’s simply to long a process and I wrote this piece like 3 years ago. I simply don’t care enough to do that. I’m wondering why i even responded to this…

    • Really dude? REALLY?
      This post has nothing to do with DJ skills or “style (whatever the fuck that means). It’s about annoying entitled people pushing their agendas on you, as a dj. I’m pretty honest about how I’m not even a real dj so, really, what’s you point?
      You must be one of those assholes who makes request cause anyone who’s actually dj’d before knows exactly what I’m talking about.

  24. DJ BEEF

  25. Seems kind of narrow to say ‘always asking for terrible music’ and then turn around and say that all music you don’t like is terrible. Obviously if you have that narrow of a scope of musical interest you should avoid djing in general. Which kinda sounds like the point of the rant, just sorta got into the bit h mode factor instead of getting your point across that you don’t belong in the dj world.

    • I stopped Djing. It says it in the first paragraph. please re-read and see what I’m talking about is a very specific type of djing. Not clubs, not technical skill based.
      And I don’t think all music I don’t like is terrible…but 99% of musical request I’ve gotten have been terrible music. Basic, terrible bullshit.

  26. Wow, you revived this at the perfect time. Tonight was my first night DJing a wedding. It was for a friend of mine, she (the bride) picked all the songs she wanted to hear, I put it all together and filled in some gaps. Wasn’t 10 minutes in, and drunk girls were requesting pop shit that was not in my catalog. My friend finally caved about an hour in, and decided to shut it down: plugged in her iphone and let her shit-bag friends have at it.

    I have heard (from your blog, elsewhere) that this shit is common, but really? my first gig? heartbreaking stuff. I was pumped to do this, but now, I don’t know…

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