There are several ways of dealing with requests that you do not like when you are working in a night club. Option one; go with the “I”™m not doing requests” theory. This is all well and good on a quiet night, but on a Friday or Saturday you do tend to get abused by the customers and then promptly fired by the management. Not so good. Option two; try saying “I”™ll try and fit it in if I”™ve got time.” Unfortunately though, people tend to figure this out after a while. After all, it is just a polite way of saying “bugger off that song is a load of crap”…
Option three; (an option most DJs avoid at all costs) Just play the damn track. Swallow your pride, dust off your NOW albums, and search. This does, unfortunately, create an all new problem to deal with. That problem being that at the moment you are playing Iron Maiden ”“ Run To The Hills, and the attractive blonde that you want to impress has asked you to play Britney Spears ”“ Toxic. Now obviously you can’t just play it next – that would be a hideous contrast of styles. So what do you do? This is where my game comes in, based on the movie game “The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” where in theory you can link any actor to Kevin Bacon within six movies. My game of “Six Degrees” is the challenge to link any one song to another within six other songs. For example,
Iron Maiden ”“ Run to the Hills has a similar metal feel to”¦
- Korn ”“ Freak on a Leash the Nu-Metal elements link to”¦
- Linkin Park ”“ Faint this more up beat track flows into”¦
- Hadouken! ”“ Liquid Lives the Nu-Rave dance style takes us to”¦
- Pendulum ”“ Granite the more poppy feeling guides us to”¦
- Bodyrox ”“ Yeah Yeah and this can finally lead to”¦
Britney Spears ”“ Toxic.
There we are, I have achieved it in five steps.
Now I thought, just for a bit of fun (there will be no prizes), I”™ll give you two songs to connect in the best way you can. Please reply with your entries in the comments section below and we will see what you all come up with. Lets all hope it is better than my attempt above…