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Alright, there's this freshmen dance/dinner thing early October, and I was picked to DJ the music. Sure I'll be playing more upbeat and heavier songs but my teacher asked me to play sad, emotional songs as well. Now, I already have a ton of heavy stuff but I have no clue of what to play for slow dancing music. I don't know a whole lot of slower, more deeper metal song accept for some Dream Theater songs so I would really like some help! Thanks!


BTW I'm really trying to avoid playing pop/country music.


UPDATE (9/16/14) These are all beast! I'm definitely using a lot of these! Thank you!
Last edited by Marihem at Sep 16, 2014,
#9
You should totally play Bridges - Warning if you want deep and sad metal man, people will totally go up and dance to it as well and theyll be slow dancing and crying cause they were so happy that you went to the UG metal forum and asked for that song trust me man I type everything in one sentence so im totally trustworthy
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#11
Why limit yourself to metal?

Sure Warning are perfect, but then there's so much more music that fits the bill that you'd be missing out on.

Here are a few I instantly thought of

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olNfWDRuBNY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKVHko9YIq8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9AG1De6WDk

Or of course, the saddest motif you'll ever hear in a pop song. And I'm not even joking. Such a bitter-sweet melody, gets me every time. Like that aching wistful nostalgia for a time you never knew.
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#12
As a DJ myself, we have a term for what you are trying to do at your dance. It is "making sure that you never get hired to DJ at anything ever again" and it is generally regarded as the best way to make sure that you never get hired to DJ at anything ever again.

You see, when DJing at anything whether it is a school dance, a dance club, a house party, a wedding, etc what music you want to play means absolutely nothing. The key is to play whatever gets people up and dancing so they will stick around (and buy more drinks if it is a club).

If you try to play heavy songs or sad songs or Dream Theater, everybody will hate you and you will probably ruin the whole event.

In all seriousness, you have to play all the stuff that people now know. For a freshmen dance, you can't go wrong with playing straight up Bill Board Hot 100 singles, regardless of whether or not you want to play pop music since it isn't your party and so nobody cares about your opinion.

Otherwise there are plenty of old dance standards like "Can't Touch This", "Baby Got Back", "Poison", "Beat It", "Just a Friend", etc that you can't go wrong with.

Or if you really want to ruin the dance for everyone as well as ruin your rep for the rest of high school, "I Was Buried in Mt Pleasant Cemetery" will make everyone sad real quick. Either that or Hank Williams. Nobody can keep their eyes dry when listening to some good honky tonk music.
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You see, when DJing at anything whether it is a school dance, a dance club, a house party, a wedding, etc what music you want to play means absolutely nothing. The key is to play whatever gets people up and dancing so they will stick around (and buy more drinks if it is a club).


Very much this.
I'm not a DJ, but I feel I've been to enough do's to know a bad one.

My friend had her 18th (5 years ago now, it's scary how time is flying by), and booked a DJ. And basically, she'd collected and given him loads of songs to play beforehand. And whenever these songs were played people got up and danced. But then as soon as the evening got any kind of momentum, he'd stick chart music on, everyone would go and sit down, and the atmosphere died untill he went back to the tracks he'd be provided with.
He basically wasn't very good at reading a room and had clearly decided before hand he would play what he thought was best, which in this case wasn't when he got there. .

I know it's kind of the opposite of the point you're making, in terms of what he played, and that most crowds would prefer the pop stuff. It was more a point about reading your crowd.
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#16
The chart stuff can kind of depend though. It's all about judgement as to whether or not that is a danceable song or not. Some pop stuff is just a no-go. But the good thing about pop stuff is that people will likely know it, and people like hearing stuff they know.

Just taking a quick look at the Hot 100 chart, Shake It Off is at No 1 and that is not a good dance song. Stay With Me is at No 5 and that likewise would not be so good for dances. On the other hand, All About That Bass and Anaconda are at 2 and 3, and those could potentially get 14 year old girls dancing.
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#20
Even though I know metal isn't good for a school dance (unless you go to a metal-head exclusive school), for deep song, play August Burns Red's Spirit Breaker. For a slow metal song, Dethklok has Dethharmonic. And don't forget that Amon Amarth has Embrace of the Endless Ocean. For a regular school dance, you want to be playing the original Tetris song. Up-beat and as fun as can be. I would be so happy if my school would have been playing Tetris.
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#22
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For a slow metal song, Dethklok has Dethharmonic.


How exactly is that slow?
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#23
@theogonia777 - It's slow. Slow to me at least. I'm listening to it right now and it feels really slow to me. Do I have the wrong definition of slow? Okay, for slow, does Carpe Diem by ABR count? Amon Amarth's cover of SOAD's Aerials? Or when he means slow, does he mean like Demon Hunter's Driving Nails?
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#24
Tyranny is slow. Wormphlegm is slow. Nortt is slow. Catacombs is slow. Evoken is slow.
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#25
You are a flamer if you don't play Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart or My Bloody Valentine's Sometimes
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#26
theogonia777 - I don't have the bandwith capability to look those up nor do I know them...but fine. TDWP's Kansas. Slow song, not really vocals (or am I thinking of Chicago?) and sounds awesome.
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#27
Im a conductor and I am really thrown off by some people's perceptions of the word "slow"
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#28
"Slow" is measuring tempos in BPH.
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#32
Earthmover hit me to such an intense degree it was reminiscent of Hvis lyset tar oss. That whole album came out of nowhere and sent me into a fey mood really. Didn't listen to anything else for a whole month. Incredible, incredible album. The decent sized zine/book the reissue came with makes for a wonderful complimentary read as well. Diving into the Antinochean aspects of the album permeates the magic to even further levels.

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#33
Huh! Quite surprised by the Earthmover. Somehow it reminds me of Devin Townsend's "Feather" but heavier
#34
I'm a huge fan of Devin's earlier, desperate years driven by his youthful cynicism and his extroverted burst of introverted suicides. Regardless of if I think it belongs in the same conversation as Deathconciousness or not (it really doesn't), you should give the album a shot. By far one of the greater epochs of my listening history in the recent years. I discovered a profound catharsis and if you can feel a fraction of what I felt, you're in for a treat.
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#35
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"Slow" is measuring tempos in BPH.


I realize this, but overall, isn't "slow" or "fast" an opinion? For example, some people find driving at 70 (this is legal in my state at some places) too fast, while others want to go 80 or 90, arguing that 70 is too slow. Same thing goes for music, to some degree, I believe. I know it's not metal, but if you decide you don't want metal, Mayday Parade's Terrible Things is both sad and slow.
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#36
Deathconciousness is one of the best listening experiences I've ever had. Crank it at three in the morning and it's just too much.
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#37
Quote by theogonia777
"Slow" is measuring tempos in BPH.


Im a conductor and I am really thrown off by some people's perceptions of the word "slow"
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I realize this, but overall, isn't "slow" or "fast" an opinion?


Not at all.
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