Scruff’s Top 5 ( Luverne Semi Formal, The Firehouse)

It was a great weekend in music for me, I had my first winter formal for 2020 and I continued my weekly residency at The Firehouse in Sioux City. This is the time of the year where most of our events are spread apart, so every school, wedding, and bar event keeps the music flowing and bills paid. I enjoy having a small break in the winter, but serving people is one of my many passions, I’m glad that I get the opportunity to use music as a tool to serve as often as I do.

Friday night I made my way to Luverne, Minnesota for the middle school semi formal. Now the only reason why it’s not a full on formal is due to the fact that only your Sunday best is required for dress code; not a suit and tie or evening gown. This time of the year organizers, students, and of course myself are glad that the weather cooperated and we were able to make the dance work. There have been times that school dances had to be postponed or cancelled due to weather related issues, nonetheless the kids got dressed and were ready to party. I started the night off with some Dua Lipa and some of the newer hits on the radio, that coupled with a few group dances is a great start to a smashing function. With so many trends upon us that change with a blink of an eye I like to take requests from the kids because I feel like it sets me up for success when it’s time for prom, and it keeps me up to date with what is considered “lit” with the younger generation. Dances modeled off the videos found on Tik Tok and other popular sites make particular songs popular. My only issue with some of these songs is the fact that you can’t always find a clean edit or buy them due to the fact that they aren’t on any record labels sometimes. I try the best that I can to play what I can, but I always write down the requests to come back to at a later date. Sometimes a week or two after the event songs are released or I can make an edit bleeping out the swearing and suggestive language.  It amazes me how many slow dances (snowball dances) are requested whenever I do a middle school (junior high) dance. The dance was only 2.5 hours long but I ‘m sure I played at least 8 slow songs. The kids seemed to have a great time and I look forward to coming back if they should have me.

Saturday I made my way down to the Firehouse in Sioux City for another night of music and mayhem. Over the past week I had been researching some of the summer hits of the 2000’s and 2010’s, refreshing my mind with some of the hits that have been forgotten over the years. This is one of my favorite things to do with music. I want to bring you back to a time that you might have let slip away, bring a little youth back to the dance floor. You’d be surprised by how many songs we know or remember once familiar rifts and beats start to play. I know that when I’m looking online I see titles all the time that I’m ooing over. As a DJ it’s my duty to always find those hidden gems, play the hits and their supporting tracks. I can’t say that I’m the best at it, but I am striving to get better. It’s now a part of my weekly routine to look back over the years at the top 200 tracks, picking out those songs that not only keep your body moving but also stimulates the mind. So after a week of researching I played some of these tracks, and got some great responses from the crowd. I burned through quite a few tracks over the first 2 hours of the night, as I continue to do my due diligence 4 hour sets will be like a warmup. With the range of ages that come out to the Firehouse it gets really easy to hit a few decades, I can say that my problem lies ins getting stuck in a genre or decade sometimes. I’m working on it, I know that in order to stay on top of my game I have to keep growing. I have to identify my weaknesses and make them stronger, I feel like I’m on that path and its frustrating and fulfilling at the same time. I’m looking forward to playing next week, pulling out more tracks and broadening my arsenal for the dance floor; keep your body moving and sweating all night long.

  1. My Boo – Usher Ft. Alicia Keys
  2. Strong Feelings – Hood Rich, Rrotik
  3. House Music Is (Amorhouse Remix) – LucaJLove, BRADII
  4. The Pig (Cube Guys Remix) – Marco Fratty
  5. Musc – Madonna

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