Friday, November 29, 2013

Wednesday Afternoon Mix Playlist 11/272013 - KRFC Ft Collins

Below is the playlist from my weekly radio show on commercial-free community radio. This is in no way a reflection of the kind of music that I typically play at a wedding or other private event. For more about the fascinating differences between DJing live events and DJing on the radio please scroll down to the end of this post.

Complete listing of all my playlists are available here
Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry “Hole In The Wall”
from Smithsonian Folkways American Roots Collection CD Comp (Smithsonian Folkways 1996)

1:07pm Jimi Hendrix “Mannish Boy” from Blues CD Album (Geffen 1994)

1:13pm Dirtfoot “Bathroom Sink” from Bone Sessions CD Album (Dirtfoot 2008)

1:18pm Mojo Nixon “My TV Is Watchin' Me” from Bo Day Shus MP3 Single (Capitol Records 1987)

1:21pm Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams “Pill Poppin Country Wierdo” from Grade A Country CD Album ( 2003) L

1:24pm Stevie Wonder “Hey Harmonica Man” from Defintive Collection CD Album (utv 2002)

1:27pm Melvina Reynolds “Little Boxes” Single (Unknown 1966)

1:28pm Bob Seger “16 Shells Drom A 30-6” from Against The Wind LP Album (Capitol Records 1980)

1:35pm Shearwater “Hurts Like Heaven”from Fellow Travelers CD Album (Sub Pop 2013)

1:40pm Van Halen “A Apolitical Blues” from OU812 CD Album (Warner Brothers 1988)

1:44pm Creedence Clearwater Revival “Cross Tie Walker” from Creedence Country CD Album (Fantasy Records 2004)

1:46pm Tom Petty “Stories We Could Tell” from Pack Up The Plantation Live CD Album (MCA 1985)

1:50pm Carolann Solebello “Brooklyn In The Rain” from Glass of desire CD Album (Elizabeth Records 2009)

1:56pm Elway “Someday, Sea Wolf” from Leavetaking CD Album (Red Scare 2013) L

1:58pm MurderARRRS “Weapon” from Advance (MurderARRRS) L

2:04pm Eric Clapton “Superman Inside” from Reptile CD Album (Reprise 2001)

2:10pm Blues Brothers “Rubber Biscuit” from Briefcase Full of Blues LP Single (Atlantic 1976)

2:15pm Green Day “Outsider” from Rock Against Bush Vol.2 CD Comp (Fat Wreck Chords 2004)

2:17pm Billie Joe & Norah “I Am Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail” from Foreverly MP3 Album (Reprise 2013)

2:22pm John Lee Hooker “Chill Out” from the Healer CD Album (Chameleon 1980)

2:28pm Artichoke “Anarchy In The UK” from Nevermind The Bullocks CD Album (Green Records 2006)

2:31pm The Pretty Sure “Hot Sass!” from Subtle Sabotage CD Album (Hypnotic Turtle Records 2012) L

2:36pm Covergeist “Playing in A Rock And Roll Band” from One More Night CD (Cherry Sound 2013) L

2:41pm Coco Montoya “Ain't No Brakeman” from Dirty Deal CD Album (Alligator Records 2007)

2:46pm Sir Mac Rice “Gloria” from Vanthology (Evidence 2003)

2:49pm 7 Seconds Of Love “Soupy George” from Danger Is Dangerous MP3 Single (2010 7 Seconds of Love 2010)

2:53pm Social Distortion “Bad Luck” from Greatest Hits CD Album (Time Bomb 2007)

2:57pm Galactic “Attack” from Carnivale Electrico's MP3 Album (Unknown 2012)

3:06pm Rufus Thomas “Can Your Monkey Do The Dog” from Very Best of Rufus Thomas: Remastered MP3 Single (Stax 2007)

3:11pm Kenny Wayne Shepherd “King's Highway” from Live! In Chicago CD Album (Roadrunner Records 2010)

3:18pm Luke Redfield “Cowboy Song” from Tusen Tak (Luke Redfield)

3:22pm That 1 Guy “The Moon Is Disgusting” MP3 Single (Pop-Ten Productions/That 1... 2007)

3:30pm North Mississippi Allstars “Snakes In My Bushes” from 51 Phantom (IndieBlu Music 2001)

3:35pm Black Keys “Do The Rump” from The Big Come Up CD Album (Alive Records 2002)

3:38pm Buddy Guy “A Man Of Many Words” from 20th Century Masters: The Best Of Buddy Guy CD Album (MCA 2001)

3:42pm Robert Cray Band “24-7 Man” from Take Your Shoes Off (Unknown)

3:45pm Lipbone Redding “Sacred Ground” from Unbroken (Citizen One Music 2011)

3:53pm Air Dubai “Cashing Down” from All Day CD EP (Air Dubai 2013) L

3:57pm Echo & the Bunnymen “People Are Strange” from Bring On The Dancing Horses Digital‑Library Single (Sire)

It's always so striking to me how the energy level can vary so much from one event to the other. Some audiences will make it seem like they will dance to anything, still others can really challenge a seasoned Disc Jockey to feel like they have delivered a great performance.

The very best thing about DJing for a live audience is the real-time feedback they give you. No words need to be spoken, 50 - 500 people cannot help but let you know how the party is going. This leads to a certain trust and understanding between audience and DJ. This is called "reading a crowd" and is an absolute blast when you are good at it. I also like to encourage people to approach me throughout the night to make requests. This helps to really hone in on what the crowd might is calling for.

DJing on the radio is totally different. No crowd. No Feedback. There might be a handful of phone calls from people who are listening. They might offer a few encouraging words to go along with a question or a request here and there.

I DJ on a non-commercial community radio station which is even different from standard commercial radio. I have total freedom over what I play on daytime radio as long as its FCC compliant and not too aggressive. Some of the more adventurous music is reserved for shows later at night. I take my work and music selections very seriously, I work very hard to play music you won't hear on most radio stations. This includes a lot of local music and other seldom heard tracks from more well known artists.

Community radio allows me to really explore how music can go together and how to transition from one style to another. It's also a lot of fun to play one song and then play something completely different that the listening audience could not have predicted but will in my estimation enjoy.

The biggest difference between DJing for a live audience and an unseen audience in radio land is the difference in music. DJing for a live audience typically demands that you play more recognizable dance friendly music that will appeal to a wide audience. Community radio is a much more open format in which I can play the most amazing music without any consideration to whether or not a song is danceable.

Djing both to live audiences and on community radio is to me what I believe to be the best of two closely related but different worlds. I consider myself very lucky to have one foot in each of these two realms. Experience in one always compliments the other making me a better all around DJ and entertainer with every passing week.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Colorado Wedding DJ - Video Highlights 2013

Many unforgettable evenings spent providing entertainment for so many Colorado and Wyoming newlyweds along with thousands of their guests made for yet another great year at JR Productions DJ.

This year saw many improvements including an expanded light system go into place along with some software upgrades to add even more reliability and professionalism to the overall experience. It did not go unnoticed as this year also saw many venues begin to include JR Productions DJ on their highly coveted "suggested vendors" lists.

I am already hard at work on a new plan for further improvements in 2014. I am most excited about developing a guide on my website to outline all the many choices people have when they are customizing their reception.

Onward and Upword! But first here is a video looking back at JR Productions DJ 2013 Weddings Highlights