DJ Ricardo Live at XL NYC: Power Anthem Workout Mix Pride Month June 20 2013 Main Floor Closing Set 2am
Featuring tracks from:
Krewella, Hardwell, Kaskade, Kylie Minogue, Swedish House Mafia, Daft Punk, Icona Pop, Pink, Rihanna, Peter Rauhofer, Calvin Harris, Deborah Cox, Florence + Machine, Tiesto, Sebastian Ingrosso, Feenixpawl, Alexander Burke, Sympho Nympho, East & Young Ft. Tom Cane
Important Statement on this mix:
I was very hesitant to post this live mix, as this dj set was formulated to fit a very specific type of crowd, young gay college boys. But after listening to it several times I decided its important that I showcase my ability to cater to any audience.
As a DJ who’s been djing for over 12 years in NYC, one thing that you learn is that your job as a dj is to:
- Inspire people dance (whatever that takes) which in turn will allow people to,
- go to the bar and buy drinks.
- Introduce new tracks and your sound without losing the dancefloor.
While my preference is to play tech-house and tribal-house all night, the reality is that prior to reaching a super star dj category you have to learn to dj to all kinds of difference audiences. Ive played disco infused sets to older people, hard tribal to circuit muscle boys, sophisticated house to high end clubs and everything in between. I’ve learned that my preferences for music is minor as compared to the ultimate goal, your job as a dj, the reason your getting paid, to make people dance. Does that mean that I just play what the audience wants to hear? Absolutely Not. Its a compromise and if done right everyone ends up happy. Thats when experience comes in, you have to tread a happy medium between audience, your specific sound and the clubs need to make money.
With that in mind, this mix was tailored to fit within a very specific crowd. For this night it was very young gay college boys and their friends hence, the name of the party “20 Something.” This night is a pop-oriented night where top 40 dance music is expected. Luckily, I was booked to play the closing set which gave me a little bit more artistic freedom. This is a tough crowd, they want familiar songs and lose attention fairly quickly. So I gave them a banging ‘EDM’ style set with big buildups and plenty of vocals, drama and electro madness. These boys go to raves like Electric Daisy Carnival and see DJ’s like Axwell and Kaskade. So rather than just play a set of remixed pop songs I gave them a slice of EDM music with enough familiar pop songs to keep them on the dancefloor. And it sure worked! Is it Tacky for my personal taste? Sure. But the most important thing was that I kept my 3 goals. The dancefloor was packed until the very end and lots of hands in the air, which in turn made me very happy, even though it was not exactly what I would personally want to hear. I will say one thing, it was fun playing to a crowd thats losing it to your music. So in turn, everyone turned out happy. enjoy.
Special thanks to Alan Picus & Justin Luke of Boiparty.com