“Playing a lounge gig is easy money for a DJ.”
This is what a DJ friend said to me a while ago as we were talking about playing at a bar. On the surface, it might seem as if this was true: You just download a couple of “Café del Mar” and other chill out compilations and you’re ready to go. No one expects that you make anyone dance. You don’t even have to mix. And as long as no one complains and everyone is simply enjoying their cocktail you are doing the right thing and get paid for that. Right?
I guess you could do it that way and get away with it. However, when I was asked to play in the Osman30 (a nice bar and restaurant on the 30th floor of a skyscraper in Cologne) I decided that I wouldn’t make this too easy for me. Money is not my main motivation for DJing (for better or worse) and I know that I will definitely enjoy a gig more when I am happy with the music that I play. After all, I am still a music nerd.
So what I did instead for the two gigs that I played there so far is trying to find exactly the right tunes for the location and occasion. I wanted to play music that is relaxing and can be enjoyed as simply background music but is still interesting enough to listen to if you are paying attention. Also, I wanted to use my mixing skills and not just play one track after the other.
So here’s what I played in the end: A mix of jazzy tunes, slow techno, nu disco, trip hop, latin grooves and more. Enjoy!