An App That Might Help a DJ’s “What Do I Play Next?” Anxiety

During the years I spun music in clubs, there was always that point in the evening when I couldn’t think of what to play next. The dance floor was bangin’, the energy was high and everyone was having a good time. But I’d come up dry. I had less than 30 seconds to find the next song, cue it up and make the mix.  And it had to be exactly the right song if the party was going to continue. Every DJ experiences this. (Back in the days of free-form radio at CFNY, it was the same thing. It was either find something to play or treat everyone to some dead air.)

This brings me to DJ Booth, an app-in-development that aims to reduce if not eliminate the what-the-hell-do-I-play-next problem. Chris provides this description:

DJ Booth recommends songs to a DJ during his/her performance. This valuable assistance could improve a DJ’s set by providing many song titles that the DJ may not have considered playing. DJ Booth transcends various genres of music, making it an extremely versatile tool.

For instance, if you’re currently playing “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk and you would like to play a song from the 80’s; DJ Booth will recommend 5 songs in the same BPM range from the 1980’s. If you’re not satisfied with the 5 songs DJ Booth suggested, then simply press the “next” button and 5 more songs will be recommended.

Like I said, the app is still in development and Chris would like some input. If you have a chance, take the survey here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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