I am an old school DJ who started out in the 1980s disco era. This was the time when disc jockeys were first beginning to become recognised as an integral element in any successful club.
Back in those days I used to work two nights a week at a popular central club and I would try to get bookings for various party functions to further bolster my income. But I still had to work part time in a job that I hated in order to make ends meet.
At the various functions where I was booked to play it was expected that I would chat to the audience in between every track I played. I was expected to carry an extensive selection of current chart topping hits as well as a selection of oldies that would inevitably be requested. But what I loved to do was play the club nights which involved mixing tracks into a seamless, continuous musical journey that encouraged people to step onto the dance floor and shake their thing. I always remember the pattern that each club night would follow and the influence that various tracks would have on the crowd when played at different times.
Play a great dance track too early in the evening and it was wasted. But give people enough time to down a few pints of beer, or drink a few cocktails, which were very popular in the eighties and then play the same track and the dance floor would just fill up.
These days I use what I learned to about reading a room and playing tracks that are right for the people and timing them so they are right for the mood in order to make the nights that I play memorable and enjoyable events for everyone. But it’s interesting to note that even these days I am regularly asked to play classic old tracks from the disco days of the 1980s.