Play 90 songs at a school dance!

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Thanks to Bob Fleischmann from Reflex DJ Service for his input on adding massive variety to school dance events.  With the ever-shortening attention spans in the day of Snap Chat, and Twitter, it is incumbent on  school dance DJs to offer shorter song clips and many more familiar songs in a 3 or 4 hour dance event.  Especially during a period where there is a shortage of great dance music (like now) you can keep the dance floor full and fun with the addition of mini “throwbacks” .  Take a look at Bob’s note to the SDN.   If you have some “short edits” that you have used or think might work….send them to me and I’ll pass them along to our SDN members.  Richard@schooldancenetwork.com 

Bob’s note: 
Sites like Crooklyn Clan, MP3ForDJs, and Barbangerz have great “short edits” (or snipz) and “redrums” for a lot of classic Hip-Hop, R&B, 80’s and 90’s tracks.  The short edits allow mixing DJ’s to easily throw in some great classics without having to (and bore) the kids with the entire track.  The redrum tracks are usually older songs with a beefed up bass beat.  Case in point:  Ice Ice Baby is nearly 4 1/2 minutes long.  The short edit is just over two minutes and plays only an intro (for mixing in), the 1st verse, and chorus – followed by a 32 bar outro.  It’s still a relevant song when mixed with some newer ones of the same BPM.  The trick is to keep the flow going and drop some great dance classics in between the latest mega-hits.  Here’s some short edits that work for me in my area:

Gonna Make You Sweat – C&C Music factory

Hip-Hop Hurray – Naughty By Nature (chorus only)

Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough – Michael Jackson

1999 – Prince

Land of 1000 Dances – Wilson Picket (A real oldie!)

That’s The Way I Like It – KC & Sunshine Band

Anything Bee Gees!

Funkytown – Lipps Inc (There’s a great remix out there with heavy bass groove)

I Love Rock N Roll – Joan Jett

We Will Rock You  – Queen

Jump – Kris Cross

Jump – Van Halen (Check out the Barbangerz wedding remix)

It Takes Two – Rob Bass

I could go on…

Another option is to make your own short edits with Audacity or any other quality audio software.   While average DJs are playing 30-40 songs a night at a school dance, you’ll be cranking out up to 90!  Talk about variety and energy!!!  Keep in mind that these only work for “mixing DJs” who can mix and cut quickly.  It takes prep, but you’ll get noticed and hired more than the guy who ‘just presses play’.

Reflex DJ Service

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