Foreground and Background
A few weeks ago I curated a playlist and set up a PA for background music during a craft show. This week I'm "DJ-ing" a showroom party down by the Merchandise Mart.
I don't have a DJ name, but I think it should be DJ Subtle Accompaniment.
There are times when the DJ is the main event and then there are times when the DJ is just there to be all but invisible. I excel at the latter. It's a point of pride.
I saw some posts from a DJ at the Renegade Craft Fair today that was having a hard time with the vendors and the venue. Too loud at those things is unbearable, while too quiet is uncomfortable. The venue for Renegade sucks. They do not consider speaker placement, and they do not choose music that is right for the event. The DJs during Renegade are essentially trying to make it about them: Their tastes, their egos and personalities. That's directly at odds with the event, which is not about music, it's about people talking and shopping and such.
It's really not a great place to play music, and not the right event to have more foreground DJs play at. It's Renegade's fault though, they're not very thoughtful about how music is integrated into their event.
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