DJ Mineh Ishida

The history of Swing – Know where we came from

The history of Swing – Know where we came from

Mar 6, 2014

It’s important to know where we came from. I firmly believe that understanding the history of swing leads to a better understanding of our dance as it exists today. Check out this documentary from the BBC about the history of swing and swing dancing.

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...

VIPs of West Coast Swing Music – Victor Loveira Interview (part 1)

VIPs of West Coast Swing Music – Victor Loveira Interview (part 1)

Jun 14, 2012

When discussing west coast swing music, there is no name that is more recognizable than Victor Loveira’s.  He’s won many awards, and plays as DJ and Head DJ at west coast swing events all over the world.  Most recently he won the Wetzel Award.  I had the honor of working with Victor as a DJ at the Michigan Classic, and during that event, he...

How to Guarantee the Best West Coast Swing Music

How to Guarantee the Best West Coast Swing Music

Jun 8, 2012

Do you want to make sure you get the best west coast swing music at the events you attend? The solution is simple. Step One. Pay attention to the music Listen to the music at west coast swing events. Does the DJ play music that fits the crowd? Is there a good mix between blues and contemporary? Is the music too slow or too fast for west coast swing? When...

West Coast Swing Events – 2012 Michigan Classic

West Coast Swing Events – 2012 Michigan Classic

Jun 5, 2012

I had the benefit of being a staff DJ playing west coast swing music at the 2012 Michigan Classic over the last weekend. I have to say, this was an unique event. Doug and Lori Rousar bought the event this year and are just incredible event directors. The projected attendance was 300-400, but they ended up with just shy of 500 attendees! Below are my opinions...

Top 5 things you can avoid to keep your DJ happy

Top 5 things you can avoid to keep your DJ happy

May 31, 2012

Professional DJs spend a lot of time balancing their playlists, trying to keep all the dancers dancing and happy.  Sometimes however, people approach the DJ booth and take certain actions that make the DJ’s job harder.  This article addresses the top 5 things that you can do to help keep your DJ happy and playing great west coast swing music! 1. What...