By: Lina Lecaro and Liz Ohanesian
Flickr/Juan Andres Martinez We know which side he's on
[Editor's Note: In clubland, few topics ignite more heated debates than that of whether DJs should play requests. Writers and DJs Lina Lecaro and Liz Ohanesian lay out both sides of this controversial subject.]
NO REQUESTS: IT'S ABOUT RESPECT
We all know that thanks to technology, anybody can be a DJ these days. But not everyone has the ability to read a crowd and create a room-elevating transition with new killer beats or long-forgotten classics. Those are the unteachable skills that separate the pros from the wannabes.
Unfortunately, in many club and party environments, these abilities are not always appreciated. The lowest-common-denominator party posse doesn't give a crap about the tempo or tension a decksmith might be building throughout the night. They don't even care about beat-matching skills. No, the drunkards who bombard DJ booths to make requests usually care about one thing only: They want to hear "Baby Got Back," and they want to hear it now!More »