DJing Latin Music
content of this workshop reaches across two knowledge areas: the aspects
of sound; and song selection. It spans a minimum of four weeks but normally
runs for eight; with one 1-hour theoretical session and one evening
hands-on practical per week. Listening and literature research projects
are assigned between each theory session, so that you learn how to build
up a knowledge base to inform your song selection strategies.
As sound is the tool of the trade, it is essential
that you understand its properties and behaviour. All DJs irrespective
of genre should be fluent with this material.
Speed, frequency, wavelength, spread.
Absorption characteristics of air and the human body; room size and
surfaces; standing waves.
Setup, optimisation, levelling (gain vs. volume), best practice.
Compensating for passive systems; media production quality.
Sonic implications - altering frequency balance for a particular effect;
helping the listener.
What makes a Latin music DJ different from a DJ
who simply owns a few salsa compilations, is an intimate understanding
of the needs of the dancing public, and how to choose the appropriate
pieces to satisfy these needs.
- The Professional
versus The Amateur
Reading the audience; understanding the preference register, the needs
of the dancer.
Research skills; critical listening; subjective ranking; expanding
Ear training; indigenous context; transnational context; local context.
Artist, genre, geography, style, epoch, label, producer.
Cueing, tempo changes, group linking, navigating by feel.
- Guest slots
Quick start, DJ as educator; training your audience.
Partially utilised collections; overcoming complacency.