DJ Mineh Ishida

For Dancers

The history of Swing – Know where we came from

Posted by on 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...

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For DJs

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

Posted by on 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...

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For Event Coordinators

Will Sound Ruin Your West Coast Swing Event?

Posted by on 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...

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WCS Music

Christmas West Coast Swing Music  – Xmas in July

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013

In case you haven’t heard, Doug Rousar and Lori Rousar are having their Xmas in July West Coast Swing Dance this weekend (July 27th, 2013).  In honor of that, We’ve put this...

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Recent Posts

12 West Coast Swing Songs for November 2012

This month, my west coast swing music selection swings more towards contemporary, with songs ranging from club tunes to more subdued acoustic tracks. 1. Chris August – Stranger 2. Chris August – Let the Music Play 3. Jay Sean – Maybe 4. Justin Bieber ft Nicki Minaj) – Beauty and A Beat (This one is for more advanced dancers) 5. Donovan...

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...