Down the Docks

August 28, 2006

Salsa! and Cha Cha Chá

Filed under: Music, Salsa — ealing @ 6:05 pm

I’ve got a regular DJing slot again, in one of my favourite venues.

It’s a long time since I was the resident salsa DJ at Tiger Tiger in Newcastle – nearly two years. I’ve jobbed a bit since then, but I’ve not had anything regular. So it’s nice to have a regular chance to DJ again.

Salsa! / Bar Salsa on Mondays is a great night, and popular with some good dancers. I’ve been doing some DJing there for a cople of months now. From week to week I’ve had slots varying in length from zero (once) to nearly two hours (pretty often). Tonight I’ll be doing more still, since I’ve got to cover at least the period form nine to eleven. It’s interesting playing outside your own preferred style of music, as you can’t rely on your own aesthetic so much to decide that will go down well and what won’t.

Working out what will fill the dance floor and what won’t is something I’m definitely still learning. I picked up very quickly that a lot of people go for the familiar musically, but there’s a lot more to it than that. What about the people tanding and watching – have you already worn them down, or are they not energised enough by your choices? Are they even here to dance?

I love a lot of cha cha chá music, but I’ve never quite worked out when it should be played. Some weeks people will dance to it, and some weeks they won’t. I’m still trying to figure it out. It’s slow music, so it can be dangerous to the atmosphere you’ve built, but it should also be a nice chilled number for a fairly tired dancers. It doesn’t always seem to work out that way, though. I guess I’ll just have to keep putting in one or two a night until I spot the pattern.


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