DJ Mineh Ishida

33 Contemporary West Coast Swing Songs You Should Already Have

33 Contemporary West Coast Swing Songs You Should Already Have

Jun 29, 2012

West Coast Swing music by definition keeps up with the songs of the times.  That said, a case could be made that just about every top 40 song within our BPM range is a contemporary swing song.  I happen to disagree.  I feel that some songs just dance better.  Even when there is no swing beat, certain rhythm patterns in the music just feel better when you...

West Coast Swing Music – Songs for July 2012

West Coast Swing Music – Songs for July 2012

Jun 26, 2012

For those of you seeking west coast swing music, I’ve got more songs for you for July 2012.  This month, we’re heavy on the contemporary swing songs, but still have some new blues, and one or two more songs influenced by the 60s.   In the last few months, a lot of new R&B and Pop music came to light, swinging us back towards a contemporary...

Will Sound Ruin Your West Coast Swing Event?

Will Sound Ruin Your West Coast Swing Event?

Jun 25, 2012

We’ve all experienced bad quality audio and music at one west coast swing event or another. That subtle feeling that we just can’t dance to the music anymore due to annoyance, or that the music is booming and painful to listen to. Whether volume levels were wrong, equipment was poorly setup, bad quality song files or bad equipment somewhere in the...

Responsibilities for West Coast Swing DJs

Responsibilities for West Coast Swing DJs

Jun 22, 2012

So you’re the local DJ and are responsible for the west coast swing music at your monthly dance. Congratulations. You now can play whatever you want right? Well thats not entirely true. This article addresses some responsibilities you may want to consider when selecting west coast swing songs for your dancers. Who is your audience? What kind of audience do...

25 Blues West Coast Swing Songs

25 Blues West Coast Swing Songs

Jun 20, 2012

The roots of our dance spring from blues music, but there aren’t a lot of places to learn about blues west coast swing songs for the new dancer. At a recent dance event where I was DJing, a new dancer approached me.  He said: “Where can I find blues west coast swing songs for dancing?”  I pondered the question quickly, and decided that I had...