Byron (zenin4711) wrote in jr_jitterbugs,

DJs and music choices (warning: rant)

I've noticed a number of swing DJs largely play a particular sound. Fast 20's songs, typically original recordings (eg, the fidelity is often terrible), that are fairly low energy and have incredibly repetitive melodies. To me this music feels like a metronome...there's just not much there to work with, to play off of? No breaks, no real accents, nothing bent a little to do a slide to, nothing. Meh

This music is at the high end (speed wise) of what most decent dancers can lindy to...but even if you can do lindy to it lindy is to "big" at these speeds to fit the very mild melodies. It just feels wrong (huge dance, mild song). Bal and 20's charleston work ok to this stuff in that reguard...but it's still very uneventful a metronome. And there's no variance...ten songs in a row will be this sound...heaven forbid we mix things up a bit. WTF?

It just seems like a very limiting type of music for dancing. Considering how huge a spectrum exists that's boggles my mind why a number of DJs are stuck on this particular vintage "old people's music" sound. They don't even mix it up...they typically play the same exact sets every week. Strangely these DJs are typically pretty young. I've listened to some play very low fidelity live recordings complete with three minutes of the band leader introducing each member of the band over little more then a metronome drum beat. Huh? They obviously don't even watch the crowd as often it's clear with many songs that the floor empties and/or the ones left standing are struggling to dance to it and don't look like they are having a good time.

I'm tempted to buy one of those, "This Music Sucks!", t-shirts. *sigh*

There are some good DJs, but reguardless of the music genre the vast majority of DJs seem to just have bad and/or very limited tastes. I've come up with a theory that they become DJs not because they have good music taste but actually because they have bad music taste. -No one would ever play the horrid songs they requested, they got frustrated, and became a DJ in order to force their bad music to be played.

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