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    Mobile "dj" questions

    Ok....so I'm not exactly a "DJ". I'm not sure if I am on the right website but I'm having trouble finding information so I figured I'd start here. I have about 1000 vinyl albums and play just about everything over the last 60 yrs of rock and roll for friends and family at home. I have a great home stereo setup and wanted to share my appreciation for great music with other people.

    I want to start playing 1-2 hrs sets of NON top 40 rock/pop at local bars. There will be no beat matching. No dance floor, per se. Just great records to play between live music sets.

    I'm not a wedding dj, nor a corporate party dj. I guess im more of a radio dj without the commentary. If you listen to Steven Van Zandt's underground garage show, well.....that's kind of what im after.

    Anyone else on this forum doing this??

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    Sounds cool man, good luck :-)
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    Welcome to the forums.

    Your idea is interesting but I'm not sure if it would work in a bar. Music in bars tends to fall into one of 3 categories:
    Background, in which case no one will hear or appreciate your commentary above the sound of others talking.
    Dancing, in which case the talking will interfere with the dancing.
    Live music - but even then bar bands tend to try to keep the songs flowing.

    For it to work you would have to be very engaging so I'm saying it might be possible but won't be easy.

    Why not just try to host a radio show at a local college station or something?

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    ^He said he's "more of a radio dj without the commentary." So, taking commentary out of the equation, the situations you mentioned may actually work well in a bar.

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    News Flash:

    "PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY LIKE -- THEY ONLY LIKE WHAT THEY KNOW"

    when you work in a bar, you need to LEARN what they know. Does the clientele like the style(s) of music you're likely to play?

    Then again, if you're not getting $$$ for the gig, then its a case of "Beggars Can't Be Choosers."

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    If it makes you happy and you have fun with it then try it out. Music is music, if there is a group to cater too then play it loud
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    Sounds like a great idea... I love rock music. Put some Rush in there and I'll hang all night! But don't expect to get paid much (or at all).

    Thinking from the perspective of a bar owner... why couldn't I just hire you to put your playlist on an iPod? Or pay $36 for Pandora without commercials? What makes the vinyl so special? What if they're scratched!

    (I do think vinyl is something special...) But I don't think most people care/notice. I really think it would be a great thing for true audiophiles... but I don't think you'll get a huge draw.

    @DJMC - The "like what they know thing" is not true for everyone. Such as myself. I LIKE hearing something I never heard before or something more off the beaten track. Many people do. But we account for maybe 5% of the population at best, so we're usually ignored by DJs who play to the "masses".
    Last edited by Sween; 02-08-2012 at 10:10 AM.

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    in the colombian salsa scene vinyl is still used, and many of the nightclubs are owned by collectors and can be seen to have thousands of records behind the dj booth. the djs will play some songs from vinyl, some mp3 and some cds, a lot of people appreciate that, me included.

    not sure if this culture can carry through to the rock scene, but hopefully it will work out for you ,

    building up a following or a social circle who can give you a "core" crowd to attend your nights, and convincing the bar that you can make them money is the key at the end of the day


    let us know

    best of luck

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    He's in Fort Worth, TX....not Austin!

    FYI for people from outside the US: Dallas/Fort Worth TX metro area ("DFW" for short) has the largest number of chain restaurant Headquarters of any place in the country. (Chili's, Applebee's, etc etc). Its an area that has more "followers" (sheep) and more chain restaurants and fast food per square mile than anyplace on this planet.

    Now, in Austin TX, an eclectic town for Texas, they have plenty of universities and high-tech companies, so you'd have more likelihood of having the right demographic for what OP is suggesting.

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    Any concert I've been to has what you are talking about however I don't ever see a DJ during that portion of the night. It's most likely just a playlist. I'm not saying you will be doing concerts I'm just comparing to past experiences. Good luck to ya though

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