Being an open format DJ in Cincinnati is both challenging and rewarding. I also think it’s one of the funnest jobs a person could possibly have. Sometimes DJs get caught up in technique and forget that, at the heart of it, being a good DJ is all about song selection. Mixing songs from different genres and eras is not only a test of skill, it’s also a great way to keep people engaged.
The following list of songs comes straight from the history (5/7/13) of my DJ laptop. I played this set to an enthusiastic crowd at Knockback Nat’s in the 7th Street Bar District. Because nature of the bars patrons changes over the course of an evening, I used a couple of different methods to select the songs I played. I started off playing songs similar to what on the jukebox right before I started. Then I “read the crowd” and played a few songs that fit the demographic. From there, I worked in requests and my own discretion to work through the rest of the night. All in all, I cued up about 100 songs, squeezing a little over 6 hours of music into 4 hours of time by beatmatching, cutting and scratching transitions when it made sense.