“Straight to the point here it’s a tourist destination full of people who just want to get drunk and hear the cheesy songs. “
8 pm on a Typical Saturday night in Shoreditch most people are having a quiet drink, catching up with friends and the stags and hens have already kicked things off nights. Realistically people just want sing along music that they can make a fool out of themselves to. As a dj you try your hardest to do what you are paid to do and keep the energy levels right. At times you find yourself giving in, to their crap song request because they have asked nicely, however some nights you just can’t be bothered and you will nod your head and say you will, but deep down you know you won’t be playing any Britney Spears… Some night’s you get the group of girls who just want to twerk and film themselves for snapchat, they will ask you to play tracks that should be played at 12am prime time not when they walk in at 10pm!
But I live for the special nights, when you walk in and people are just there ready to listen to music. They come, get a drink, find a space, chill, and just wait to be entertained. And for those people you give them what and they then leave with a smile and so do you .
Shoreditch is one of the most diverse places I have ever played as a DJ. You need to come with your A game, because you have to cater to so many different people’s tastes in music. The crowd changes every week and you have to keep up with that or you could cost the club or bar money. It’s a great place for a young dj that’s looking to learn and develop. It hits you so quick any loss of energy, or the wrong turn you take with track selection could cost you 15-20% of your crowds. This is because people come out mainly in groups to celebrate birthdays or work drinks etc. One night you could be playing mainly house and other nights it could be a cheesy night playing popular chart hits, rnb or hip-hop. Never come with a game plan, as it will fail. You learn to read and work a crowd and roll with the punches as the seasons roll by. Summer time will get you a very different crowd, to say late September when young students discover the cool area that is Shoreditch. Younger crowds have very short attention spans so you may need to mix quicker and keep it hyper than you would with an older crowd or with a crowd of people out on hen’s or stags, who usually prefer you not to mix the songs quicker because they want to enjoy the music.
As a DJ it’s a great environment to be in because it’s a constant challenge to keep people happy and when you do it brings great job satisfaction