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DJ Headphones for under $30? | Monoprice 108323 (MEP-839)

DJ Headphones for under $30?  |  Monoprice 108323 (MEP-839)

Aug 13, 2013

The iconic image of a DJ always includes him/her holding their headphones up to one ear while spinning music, or for more relaxed portraits, wearing their headphones around their necks.  There is no denying that a solid set of headphones are a critical tool in the DJ’s toolkit. I’ve recently been looking for a pair of headphones to keep at work.  Being...

Swing Unplugged: Some Thoughts on Acoustic Covers

Swing Unplugged: Some Thoughts on Acoustic Covers

Aug 13, 2013

By DJ Marlin Jenkins In the last couple years, there’s been a lot of discussion in the West Coast Swing community about dancing to acoustic songs. Specifically, acoustic covers have made their way into regular use for routines, comps, and in social dancing. (Hip hop and music with dubstep elements have also exploded in the WCS community recently, but...

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...

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...

My First West Coast Swing Event – DJ Katie Fallon

My First West Coast Swing Event – DJ Katie Fallon

Jun 15, 2012

By DJ Katie Fallon A little over a week ago in Romulus, Michigan, I got the chance to play music at a west coast swing event called the Michigan Classic as a staff DJ. Not only was it an amazing experience because the entire weekend was full of wonderful things and energy, but it was my first time being hired as an event DJ; My eternal thanks given to Doug and...

Will the real West Coast Swing DJ please stand up?

Will the real West Coast Swing DJ please stand up?

Jun 14, 2012

When I’m Djing at a west coast swing dance, I prefer to DJ standing up. I never really noticed that I had this preference until one day, Victor Loveira casually mentioned “Oh, you’re like me, you prefer to stand when you DJ.” Its true. I actually take it one step farther. I stand up and make a fool of myself dancing and singing along...