10 Ridiculous Things Said To Caribbean DJs
As DJs, we really enjoy our craft. We are happy to be behind the set and sometimes on the mic doing our thing. With this, however, comes a fair share of headaches. It is not all money, girls and fun.
We’ve been amazed by what people say to DJs while we’re cranking out vibes, so we’ve put together our top 10 list of ridiculous things said to Caribbean DJs.
Written from a foreign DJ point of view (This means that we play outside of the Caribbean)
You are of Indian descent, what do you know about Caribbean music?
Never assume that someone can’t play music because of their race. #SeriousTalk
Can you play Trap music instead of this soca stuff
Imagine this! You are in a full-on soca party. The vibes now start, soca pumping hard and a nice Machel tune come on. The girls now start to whine and all of a sudden Trap Queen comes on. Watch how quick the DJ will get fired.
I am leaving now, I want to hear (Insert song here) before I go please
Just because you are leaving the party early, doesn’t mean that you can get your tune by special request, especially if it doesn’t fit in with what is currently playing. When DJs play, we play for our client(s) (the person or group that hires us).
So I know we agreed on your price, but my cousin charges less than half of that.
DJs have bills just like everyone else. The price of gas or transport to and from the venue, the price of equipment, the price of insurance, laptop, mixer etc are all included in our bills… If you know you can’t afford to pay, then you probably shouldn’t have your party in the first place.
I don’t know the name of the song, or who sang it but it’s the one that everyone is playing.
DJs are often amazing creatures blessed with many talents, but sadly we don’t have the ability to read your mind. I mean if we could, we would, so we can play the songs you want to hear. Hopefully in the near future there is an app that can detect what a song is by humming it.
Could you play this song off my phone please, I want to hear it now
Most times, DJs do not bring aux cords because a lot can go wrong with playing music through an aux cord. YouTube quality, inappropriate lyrics, incoming phone calls, mixing into it from our turntables, and the list just goes on. If the song is really that important to you, the best way to respect a DJ at work is to request it politely. We have no idea what you’re about to play because we’re so preoccupied with the task at hand. If the song kills the dance floor, it’s on the DJ and not on you. We do appreciate all genres, but there’s a time for everything. It can take away from what we’re doing and devalue us.