Daren Denker | A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL | Web
1: The “It’s my friend’s birthday,” person
The old favourite: “It’s my friend’s birthday and she wants you to play the “Blah Blah song.” We all know this one. It’s one of the most common ways of people asking for a track. They think you’ll refuse any tune they ask for, so they pretend it’s their friend’s birthday to get you to agree. Of course, it’s rarely their birthday, or their friend’s.
2: Drunk guy that keeps coming back and repeating himself
One of the most common requesters is a drunk guy who is fixated on one tune that has nothing to do with the music you’re playing. It’s a tune that you could never play in any club or party, anywhere. Generally, this guy will have heard this tune a few days ago and will have fallen in love with it. So now, in his drunken state, he thinks you should play it. He’s annoying too, coming back and repeating himself, sometimes swearing if you don’t play it. Even when he gets distracted by a girl and goes away, he’ll eventually come back and ask again. You’ll tell him you don’t have the tune. He might see you have a laptop and tell you to play it directly from YouTube. Then he’ll try to plug his iPhone in and play it from that. Whatever happens, it must get played for him.
3: Girl (and friend) who keep coming back and insisting you play their music
Sometimes, there’s a girl who’ll keep on asking you for different tunes when you play. She’s had a few drinks but still knows what she’s doing and she knows her music a bit. And she’ll have a list of about 10 tunes that she’ll ask for at different points of the night. According to her, you must play them, because they’re so cool and trendy. “What, you don’t know these tunes?! They’re being played at all the clubs downtown!” This girl may get in a huff and disappears, then come back with someone to support her, as if it makes her more powerful. The person she’s with doesn’t really care if you play her track or not, but they pretend they agree with her if it makes their life easier.
4: The Latin music requester
If you’re playing in a Latin country, or a Latin night, this probably doesn’t apply to you. Otherwise, on occasions, you may encounter a group of Latin-music lovers in your crowd. Guess what they want to hear? Yep… Whether you’re playing electro, house, hip hop or rock and indie they’ll come right up to you asking for Latin music. You could be a DJ at an underground jungle vibe party and they’ll still brazenly insist you put on pure Latin music right away. They’ve come all the way from Bogotá, Lima or Santiago just to ask for Latin sounds!
5: Person who asks for something but never knows what
This kind of requester can make you bang your head on the wall. They’ll ask you for something from the 80s, or they’ll ask for commercial chart house music, or something random. But the thing is, they have no idea what. They just know they want to ask you to play something, by someone. For them. If you ask them what it is they want, they don’t know. In fact, what they know about music is summed up nicely in their 20 seconds of blank expression that follows.