For actual competitions, music selection is hard. DJs get an approved list of what songs they can play, and sometimes it’s not enough variety to not double. Thursday’s there isn’t usually a supplied DJ, so you get what someone has on their ipod, and that’s almost a gaurantee to overlap on Friday or Saturday.
For off-seasons, you have to remember that playlist is generated by the hosts of the competition. Duckie, for Duel on the Delaware, takes requests and spends HOURS in front of her computer compliling a list. At the event, she keeps a list of what she’s played and what she hasn’t. She even has a separate playlist for dance songs (good for time outs). But sometimes overlaps STILL happen.
If you want to help, try to address your concern BEFORE an off-season. Find out who’s in charge of the music, suggest some appropriately themed (AND CLEAN) music to the “DJ,” and cross your fingers. That’s the best solution I can offer.
As the DJ for WMRI, I take this as a complement. :rolleyes:
I’ve been compiling my playlist for the better part of my FIRST career and this was the first time I’ve used it for an event. Next time I want to be the DJ, I won’t try to do Field Power Control/Scorekeeping at the same time though. That was a little much with all the field electronics problems we were having.
Sorry, that was a request from a team before the event. The first time they requested it in the morning, I put it on immediately, but apparently their guys who wanted to get out on the field and do the dance were taking the ACT. So they begged me to play it again later in the day and I caved.
While most of the time the music at the events is appropriate, it is often way too loud. Like I-have-to-shout-to-be-heard-by-the-person-next-to-me loud, which constitutes unsafe conditions for prolonged exposure (per OSHA guidelines).
And, it would be a lot nicer if the DJs took some deeper cuts from time to time. Nothing too obscure, but just once [in a while] I’d like to hear something “fresh” in regards to FIRST events.
Maybe it’s O.A.R. Or Muse. Or The Bravery. Or Pendulum. Or Blues Traveler. Or some local/indie bands. It could be anything, really.
I agree. I think I got Rick Roll’d three or four times at TNT this year.
I understand that they have to keep with the FIRST type music but there are so many different songs out there that they don’t need to play the same songs over again.
While I’m hardly satisfied with current competition music, I can’t see a truly appropriate replacement. For example, I’m a metal fanatic, but I can’t see everyone appreciating it. And updating the music every year would be a disaster, since I cannot stomach most of the music that passes for popular on the radio and on MTV.
Out of curiosity, does anyone know how to become a DJ for FIRST events? I’ve got a hefty resume for Audio jobs, and plenty of experience DJing for the radio. SHAMELESS PLUG. I’d definitely be interested in doing some Audio for a competition. I don’t own the equipment, but I know I could run it…
Whem im working in the pits and then driving durring matches I dont even notice the music. I will be honsted I started our reading this thread thinking…what are they talking about? They play music at the competions?..for about half a second.
Between all the cheering, chanting, robots colliding, and running between the pit and the stands I don’t hear to much of an overlap or problem with the music. Variety would be nice, but I think we should give a hand to the DJ’s that have to go though the music. I’ve put together a playlist for an off season event before and while it was just a one day thing there were still problems with it.
I completely agree, try to contact the DJ and give them some ideas, then at least you can listen to some of the music you like.
I agree. I also find that when I am driving, if there is a song I know on (and I can hear it) I tend stop focusing on the game too much and drive on instinct. I drive better that way. (Does that make sense to anyone? I think I may have confused myself a little.)