Last night was Depeche Mode vs. Daft Punk at Underground and– OMG!– it was great. We had a big crowd of people who were on the dance floor most of the night. As DJs, that’s all we can ask for in this party world. And when I see you mouthing the words to the newer songs (please note that the DJ sees all when we’re in the tiny clubs), then I’m happy.
I still get pretty nervous when I spin, probably more so now than ever. After two gig-free years, going back into the booth can be a bit daunting. You know how people say you never forget how to ride a bike? Well, I’m pretty sure I did forget that and I thought the same might happen for DJing. That’s why playing vinyl-only sets are really important for me right now. I have to push myself to get back to the technical level I was at back when I was playing three to seven nights a week, often for four-hour stretches. I have to do that in public, in a situation where I could completely embarrass myself, because fear always pushes me forward.
Slowly, I’m getting back into shape. I didn’t forget how to work a crowd and I didn’t forget the basics of beat matching. I try to practice as much as possible, but this week, there was little time and, frankly, my speakers have all but totally crapped out on me. They work when they want to work now. Time for a new pair. But, last night went all right. Most of the set I did on the fly. One mix I had practiced to the point of frustration (thanks to the speaker issue)– it involved dropping the bass and other stuff– and I think turned out alright in the end.
Enough with the self-analysis, though. Time for the set list. Thanks to everyone who made it out to the party.
Depeche Mode “Photographic”
Siouxsie and the Banshees “Christine”
Dum Dum Girls “There Is a Light…”
White Lies “Death”
Joy Division “She’s Lost Control”
Franz Ferdinand “Matinee”
Daft Punk “Aerodynamite”
Green Velvet “La La Land”
Depeche Mode “Personal Jesus”
M83 “Midnight City”
New Order “Bizarre Love Triangle”
Stardust “Music Sounds Better with You”
The Rapture “How Deep Is Your Love?
Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls” (Bobby O. production)
The Faint “Agenda Suicide”
Cold Cave “Icons of Summer”
Human League “Don’t You Want Me”
Depeche Mode “But Not Tonight” (Extended version)
Daft Punk “Digital Love” (Boris Dlugosch Edit)
Ladytron “Evil” (Ewan Pearson mix)
Slam feat. Dot Allison “Visions” (Ewan Pearson extended mix)
Crystal Castles “Suffocation”
Shit Robot “Take Em Up” (John Talabot mix)
Depeche Mode “Fools (Bigger)”