*This post requires a pinch of salt and a sense of humor.
You may or may not know that I'm part of a DJ duo called The Roustabouts
. We currently host and co-curate our own club, and have played many awesome places. I love it, and I love people telling me they also love what we do. Unfortunately not everyone, usually after 3 or 4 drinks, seems to care much.
Now, I'd like to assume that the majority of these people aren't rude and careless in their day-to-day lives. In fact, dear reader, you may have also succumbed to the perils of alcohol and found yourself being a bit of a prat. I know I have. I remember, when I was a university student and clubs were a NEW THING [to me], all I wanted to hear was Prince. Not "Kiss", but something a bit less obvious. I imagine there are a few djs that can recall being heckled by a drunk girl. Now I know their pain.
So here's a little list of things to memorize just in case you happen to get drunk and feel that the DJ really needs to acknowledge your existence. 1. If you want to request a song from the DJ, think about it before-hand.
Here's a checklist:
Is the club themed, say, a cabaret club?
If yes, do not request Rihanna.
Is the club currently playing a certain type of music that doesn't work with your request?
If yes, do not request it.
Is the club currently just winding up/just winding down?
If yes, do not request that dancefloor tune.
Do you want to come across as a knuckle-dragging primate?
If yes, request Rihanna*
*I have no issue with Rihanna, we even play some Rihanna occasionally, but she is not the be-all and end-all of music. We get Rihanna requests multiple times a night (previously it was Beyonce, but I guess she's out of vogue). Requesting Rihanna at a cabaret club (or some other themed event such as a speakeasy) is like traveling to Rome, Paris or Barcelona and only eating fish and chips. The fish and chips will still be there when you get back to England. 2. If the DJ doesn't take requests or doesn't have the song you'd like, do not say any of the below: