You cannot ask for much more than that.
I had done my typical limited preparation, all recently burned CDs (from the 6 months) have no labels printed so I have to go by memory. I have at least mixed all the tracks once in my bedroom but generally in a different order.
I was quite excited to be having a full room of potential dancers, for those that don't know, Bridges nightclub is split over two floors, ground and basement, and there were potentially 140 people to come straight in after the excellent boat party to where I was about to play.
However the decks were not set up so everyone was sent downstairs where the music was already playing.
I resigned myself to playing to two people and the staff like last time. I put on my first track and started looking for the second.
Except the second track I had planned to play was on the same CD. And that was the end of my planning.
I had a few tracks that I had recently discovered that I really wanted to play but at least half the tracks were chosen on the night. Some I didn't have a clue what they sounded like before I tried cueing them up.
I enjoy playing this way. Far more fun than having your whole set planned - but each to their own.
Slowly surely the upstairs bar started to fill up and given that the vibe of the boat party had finished up-tempo and everyone was in a party mood, I decided to play house music, often of the more jacking variety rather than my usual more deeper/minimal style that I would play for a warm-up set.
I tried to keep it interesting, playing some slightly more downtempo tracks in between the party monsters.
My particular favourite track that I played was this monster which got a really good reaction:
This was easily my best ever set, it could hardly have gone any better, some really good mixing, no fuck-ups, so many compliments - not only by friends but many randoms too, I must have had 15 or so people come up to me during the night to say how much they loved my set.
Honoured. And more excited now for future sets. Confidence has boomed.
Only slight downside was having my first experience of a laptop DJ setting up to play after me - and of course the sound cut out. Revenge of the laptops! However I totally forgot to sneak up and pull his out whilst he was playing...must remember next time ;-)
A massive thank you to the guys behind Time2Groove, not only for two excellent parties in one day, but especially for the opportunity and I am delighted to have repaid your faith in me.
Next up I am playing around 11:30pm to 00:30am at Hubfest on Saturday 22nd June 2013. I will be DJing after the bands so may have a slightly different style of house music to play for you.
I would be delighted if some can join me - it is only £6 entry and it is an all-day event for those who like bands.
Also I have a new mix up and would be delighted if you had chance to listen.