soul rebel wrote:I know some selectors, mainly ones in the "revive" scene, like to play records from beginning to end. As a "modern" selector on an "all-round" sound this practice drives me crazy. Of course it depends on what part of the dance we are talking about, but if it's primetime and you're dropping big tunes, tunes that everyone knows, and have heard a million times before, please don't play the whole thing... I'd rather rewind the first 20-30 seconds of Dennis Brown's Revolution 2 or 3 times, than just let the tune go to the end. Alternatively, you can cut it out a the right point, let the crowd sing it, and BOOM drop in the next tune. Work with speeches, effects, etc. There are so many ways to go, which keep the dance flowing, moving, and EXCITING.
And when some of you say don't mix, I hope you mean don't beatmix. But if you drop in the next tune in the same tempo, it helps keep the momentum of the dance.
Then, occasionally, you can make some space, make a little speech, and go again.
I agree with Living Bate that the whole purpose of playing is just totally different in a club or a dance, but I also follow Soul Rebel up here. A selector/soundman also needs to feel when he needs to go to the next one so he doesn't lose the crowd. Even though I love dub, one version after the vocal is enough for me, playing three versions in a row is almost always just plain boring.
I saw Dubkasm do a DJ set in Antwerp once that brought together the best of both worlds for me: no beatmixing or transitions but Stryda chatting in between tunes, keeping contact with the audience and Digistep heating things up with sax and effects. Best example that the deeper experience of the music you have in the dance doesn't exclude some tempo in the tunes and switches to keep things moving...