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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...

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...