Spotify DJ – By @eudaimonicr
By Rachael Simoes
People-pleasing is the name of the game. This was a piece of wisdom Chloë shared with me while I chose between songs on Spotify that were being played out loud, on speakers, at Jay’s party. Or, when I was being a Spotify DJ, should I say.
I stepped on the laptop fairly early on, a total of two dancers supporting the vision. Despite this, I got a fair amount of compliments about my selection. This part of the night consisted mostly of Brasilian-funk. For all the fans out there, here’s a list of some of those bangers.
Sexy Black Timberlake – Channel Tres
Vai Embrazando – MC Zaac, MC Vigary
Conto do Pescador – MC Menor da VG
Cara de Mau – MC Bin Laden
Na Ponte Ela Fica – Delano
Você Me Deixou – MC Fioti
Con Altura – ROSALÍA, J Balvin, El Guincho
LITE SPOTS – KAYTRANADA
I stepped down from the booth (corner of the living room where the laptop was on a weird tall table thing) after a while of selecting so Jay could put some house on. I liaised with my supporters and stole some cranberry juice.
Time went by and I was summoned back to be the life of the party. It was later on in the night, more people were drunk enough to be on the dancefloor. The stakes were high- the right tunes needed to be played for them to stay on the dancefloor.
It was a rocky start. How was I supposed to know people with a degree from Cambridge wouldn’t be familiar with very particular rappers from South East London? People we’re standing, not even a bop of the head. Something needed to change. I had to play what the people wanted. I had to ask “who is my audience?”
I went on Jay’s pre-made “pardy” playlist for some inspiration. The first song I recognised was 21 Questions by 50-Cent. From there on out it was a throwback party. Here’s a list of some of the songs that got the biggest responses.
Turn Me On – Kevin Lyttle
Lip Gloss – Lil Mama
Fergalicious – Fergie
Anaconda – Nicki Minaj
A very short list from a very bad memory. So here’s a bunch of other party song recommendations I possibly played from the night.
Check On It – Beyoncé, Bun B, Slim Thug
Nasty Girl – The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Diddy, Jagged Edge, Nelly & Avery Storm
Señorita – Justin Timberlake
Girls Dem Sugar – Beenie Man, Mya
Clout – Ty Dolla Sign, 21 Savage
Goosebumps – Travis Scott
Sol – 808INK, Sam Wise
Money – Cardi B
Campfire – Aminé
Frontin’ – Pharrell Williams, JAY Z
Fade – Kanye West
Hot In Herre – Nelly
P.I.M.P. – 50 Cent
Beautiful Girls – Sean Kingston
Praise The Lord – A$AP Rocky, Skepta
Ye – Burna Boy
POW – Lethal Bizzle
To be clear, these are songs I think I played at Jay’s house party. All bangers in my eyes, but not the kind of songs I would play in my dream set where everyone has my exact taste in music. Here are some songs that I would play in that scenario.
10 Freaky Girls – Metro Boomin, 21 Savage
Ginza – J Balvin, Anitta
Touch My Body – Mariah Carey
45 With Sam – 808INK, Sam Wise
Bet – Octavian, Skepta, Michael Phantom
Dark Vader – J Hus
Juicy – Doja Cat
Velocidade 6 – Mulher Melancia
In conclusion, I think my first DJ set wasn’t too shabby. Invite me to your house party and give me free drinks so that you can have your very own Spotify DJ. Hope I gave you some new music to add to your playlist.