ScrumpiesVeteran wrote:Adam, the problem is that the DJs ONLY play the generic stuff and don't have the confidence/ability to play anything different at all. If you ask if they have Edguy (a band - as you know - that has played numerous times at BOA) they look shifty and state "they will have a look". The same applies for numerous other artists.
I have been convinced in previous years that they are playing directly from a memory stick, in track order, especially as they tend to play tracks in the same order each night.
I know from the amount of hard work that you have done over the years that being a metal DJ is no easy task and a thankless one on occasions too, but unfortunately the guys at BOA just come across as lazy.
It would improve in leaps and bounds if you would do the job one year !
Haha, thank you! As I've said before I don't spend a lot of time in the tent after the bands as we retire off to the hotel and I completely agree that there needs to be variety (I'd be very interested to see the DJs setlists after the festival). Like I said, I'm not automatically defending the DJs and if they're ONLY sticking to the standard floor-fillers and classic rock power ballads then no, of course that's lazy and the wrong decision for a Bloodstock after party. But I do think some people's expectations are rather unrealistic when you consider the DJs need to fill the tent and not just cater to a vocal minority.
Whilst it's unreasonable to expect an entire night of the generic, usual songs and nothing else, it's also unreasonable to expect none of those songs or to expect the peak of the night to be anything but big, popular songs. A decent DJ will keep the venue's dance-floor full all night and may 'play it safe' in order to do that. A very good DJ however, will throw in a variety and be willing to try different stuff and if it doesn't work, have a steady collection of songs to fall back on to get the floor back. But even they, in the peak of the night, will not venture too far from what they know will work as, as the night wears on, it only takes one or two tracks to bomb and suddenly you have a mass-exodus on your hands.