I have been thinking about writing a lindy Hop DJ blog for some time and I’ve finally decided to start with special thanks to:
1. The lovely Tessa Smith: http://tessasmith.wordpress.com/. I was inspired by her regular blog updates which made me think about writing this blog for my own benefit and development as much as for the enjoyment of others
2. I was encouraged to see that my favourite UK lindyhop DJ Andy Lewis (who was and still is a great inspiration and who helped me find my feet as a fledgeling DJ) has started blogging: http://blog.straycat.me.uk/
So here’s the issue. I currently have literally 1000’s of swinging jazz tracks but due to a previous lack of time, laziness and habit, I generally only ever compile a set from a pool of around 700 or so. This leaves a load of music sitting unheard in the depths of my macbook:-(.
The plan? I am going to rescue said abandoned tracks and listen to my entire collection…..eventually! I will start with the letter “A” and post the most interesting tracks that are sitting there and would be great to dance to but for whatever reason I am not currently playing.
Now don’t get me wrong, there is a good reason why I don’t tap into everything all the time – or at least there was. I most regularly “DJ” at Lindy Fridays which is a regular “entry level” lindy hop class. I believe it helps new dancers if they become accustomed to certain tracks so they can work on things like breaks and improvised steps from the security of knowing the music. Thinking back to when I was a new dancer, there was so much complexity to learning the footwork and trying to understand “frame” that if I was constantly hit with different and new music all the time it might have blown my mind. I enjoyed dancing to the familiar songs because at least I recognised the music…..OK, time to get started! A is for……