DJ Mineh Ishida

Blues or Contemporary? Or … ?

Blues or Contemporary? Or … ?

Jul 31, 2012

By DJ Marlin Jenkins We’ve all heard it time and time again: “blues or contemporary?” This phrase, often as a question, has found its home in two places: discussions about variety in song selections for DJs and the music options for pro jack and jills. Of course, this is an important – even essential – distinction, especially as...

30 Contemporary R&B & Soul West Coast Swing Songs

30 Contemporary R&B & Soul West Coast Swing Songs

Jul 10, 2012

This is a list of Contemporary R&B and Soul West Coast Swing Songs that have been on my playlists for the last year.  Obviously with only 30 songs, there will be many great songs that aren’t on here, but this is a good list to get you started if you’re looking for some popular rhythmic songs for your playlist. R&B and Soul music make great...

West Coast Swing DJ 101 – How to read a cold crowd

West Coast Swing DJ 101 – How to read a cold crowd

Jul 10, 2012

When you first start playing west coast swing music as a DJ, one of the most important things to learn is how to read the crowd. This article is a starting point. I will be teaching you what I call the West Coast Swing Music Litmus Test ™. Heres the situation. You just started your set. You’re playing in a new town and have no idea what kind of music...