I cannot say that I was particularly up for DJing after a 6 hour journey back from Hull, arriving home to find no electricity downstairs, no lighting upstairs, a freezing cold house and no internet. I was not amused.
However a few drinks and a practice mix with my very good friend, JP, I was motivated once more.
I had a feeling that it wouldn’t be very busy, and so it proved. It was the antithesis of a sardine tin.
I took over from my aforementioned friend at 11pm to play to myself, initially, and took it down from a tech-house sound to more of a rounded house sound. A few people arrived, however I decided to notch the tempo down a bit and play some deep house (the original kind, not the chart stuff), before bringing it back to house – it was a practice in warming up the crowd as it was totally pointless to bang it out to 15 people.
When I finished, I received a fair few compliments, people liked my music. Which doesn’t surprise me. I can tell my confidence in my mixing is growing too.
I then had a second set in the garden, a rather cold garden, again following a tech-house set. As I had a few potential dancers, I continued to keep the music upbeat however as soon as the garage music inside swiftly ended, my potential dancers went inside never to return, and I was just playing to a handful of shisha pipe smokers – or in reality – just to myself. There was no competing with the indoor warmth.
So I changed tack and drifted towards some minimal, playing this below beauty.
I then decided to go into my own world and just play some Villalobos tracks, and as soon as I had cued up the first, the bouncer came over and gave me the throat-slitting sign, which I presumed was my signal to cut the music as opposed to any particular upcoming danger to my wellbeing.
I enjoyed it and people enjoyed my music which is more important. It was a practice in playing to an empty room which is no bad thing - playing to an empty room is far more difficult than playing to a full dancefloor.
Next up I am back at the Purple Turtle which will be interesting as it falls in my detox month – provisionally Friday 20th February though still to be confirmed.