Something New…

A new venue, a new DJ, a new lady, a new song; any one of these features can your lift your spirits but combined, it makes for an awesome, albeit rare, experience. 

 

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DJ E-Kins at Rooftop.

 

The Joburg dance community is not short of venues, there’s always new people joining and every other week I ‘discover’ a new song. The latest favourite being Roger Moreira’s Amy, however, it’s not new new. But still, until I introduced it to a few top DJ’s, this song was not played locally.

Yes, I am taking credit.

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That’s me taking credit, but actually, Tarryn Dowley took this pic so credit to her too.

So there’s no shortage of these things but, when it comes to DJ’s there’s a problem. Oops wait not a problem, a challenge.

Yes, that sounds positive right, a challenge. You should be asking what’s the challenge for DJ’s cause I’ve got the answer. ehehehe. again I’ll take the credit for this Q & A.

See it’s simple, just as there are dance instructors, there should be uhh, DJ instructors I suppose?

Some ladies – actually only one I know – and gents have taken it upon themselves to study this much-needed art and I hope they progress beyond just playing songs. You see – in my not so humble opinion – a DJ can manage the vibe. And it’s no easy feat.

A few months ago I witnessed how a wanna-be DJ killed off the crowd at the Rooftop. It was a mess. Tarraxha tracks dominated the space, a repeat of a good song left me perplexed at this fuckery, and I refused to attend Rooftop Sundays. Also, I was busy with other stuff like… wait, I regress.

There was no feeling, no forethought, no mixing,  just a mess.

You can have a stunning venue, a few good dancers but if the DJ cannot read the crowd; well, then you are fucked, we all are.

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This is just a cool pic.

Anyway, the skills of Dj E-Kins is now evident at the Rooftop and what a joy it is to dance to another set of tunes. Good tunes I must add. It’s important, I’ve noted, that a DJ bring his style to a party especially when it comes to Kizomba.

To those that don’t know – not that I know it all – there is a difference between Tarraxha, Kizomba, Semba and Zouk. Now I refuse to Tarraxha (firstly you need a partner that can do this but that’s a story for another day) because it requires minimal footwork and lots of grinding.  And I don’t wanna be grinded on.

Kizomba, Semba and Zouk – I refer to it as happy music, keeps you moving and grooving and smiling. Minimal grinding. ehehehehe

And that’s why I dance, to that beat for that feeling for that pleasure. But the DJ needs to bring that feeling first.

So, the challenge is this besides the need for DJ instructors: If you are going to be a DJ please take pride in this trade as people are immediately influenced by what you play, and how.

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