Top 10 Traits Of A Terrible DJ

Let’s face the facts, we’ve all been out having the night of our lives only to have it interrupted by a beat-mashing menace on a personal mission to make his night better than yours.  Speaking from years of experience both as a DJ and party-goer, I decided to make a list of the top 10 most infuriating, obnoxious, and annoying things that your favorite bedroom DJ does.

10.  Bragging About How “You Killed Your Set”

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Even though the 6 people that were in the bar liked a handful of your songs, maybe tuck the nights accomplishments under your hat and exit quietly.  We’ve all had an awesome night with a few hundred people somewhere, but let’s be honest not every night is a winner.

9. Catching “Scratch Fever”

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Don’t get me wrong, when it comes to technical scratching that adds rhythm, style, and a little flare to a great DJ set I’m all for it.  But for the other 99.4% of DJ’s that think every song needs a collection of their best crab walks and cut scratches, it doesn’t.  It’s time to deal with the fact that it’s very possible your Grandma is the only person who likes your “style.”

8. Texting And Spinning

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We all know how dangerous texting and driving is….playing music for a large crowd of energetic twenty-somethings while firing off selfies or pictures of the “packed club” is just as bad.  Although it might not initially seem to be dangerous, fists will fly if the young man with the neon fanny pack doesn’t get his shout out because you’re too busy updating your Soundlcloud with your latest remix of “Summertime Sadness.”

7. Magical Mixing

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Although new Ibiza resident DJ Paris Hilton might not see anything wrong with this picture, I can assure you there’s a few things missing…..including power, audio connections, and talent. I TOTALLY agree that this guy looks really cool slamming faders and twisting knobs, but I think I would prefer the real thing.

6. Train-Wrecking

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I can’t speak for everyone, but when I think of listening to a DJ I picture a smooth blend of music with clean transitions and a little bit of clever mixing to make things interesting.  What I don’t picture is hearing someone diving from Garth Brooks into Knife Party or dropping the tempo 100bpm so he can hear his favorite 90’s hip hop after an hour long run of dubstep.  There’s a reason you spent $2000 on that mixer, give it a try.

5. The Shirtless DJ

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Have you ever gotten a little bit more than you bargained for?  Me too.  One of my least favorite things is watching a DJ try and whip a crowd of 9 into a frenzy by peeling off layers of clothing and sweating into the crowd.  I’m sure there’s a time and a place for it, maybe Vegas or a pool party?  But I really doubt the high school kids that asked you to play their blacklight party want to see your choice in boxers for the evening.  Remember, this was supposed to be a “benefit show” not a nightmare.

4. And The Beat Goes On…..And On……And On

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If I wanted to hear the same 7 songs I’d sit in my car and turn on the radio.  Although I sadly agree that sometimes a Pitbull anthem is a fun singalong or Lady Gaga is a no brainer for the bachelorette party in the back of the room, I came to hear something new and creative.  I know you have 17 remixes of “Levels” and they all sound equally cool, but would you mind if I made a request?  Play something different.

3. The Sound Effect Killer

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Ever had one of those moments in a club where you’re dancing, having fun, and talking with a new friend, only to have it rudely interrupted by what sounds like gun shots or a train driving through the dance floor?  Remember genius, every time you touch your favorite sound effect button, it’s mildly amplified by the 10,000 watt sound system you’re plugged into.  Things are slightly louder here at ground 0 than they are in your DJ booth, no matter how loud your headphones might be.

2. The Mixtape Master

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We love your music, but there’s a catch.  We didn’t come to hear you yell over every song about how “poppin” the place is, or how “not ready” we are for this next track. Believe it or not, I haven’t found a time in my life where a song came on and I had to leave because I couldn’t handle how AWESOME it was.  There’s nothing wrong with hyping a crowd, but remember, you can talk to yourself anytime during the day.

1. The Sloppy Drunk

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We’ve all had too much fun at some point in our lives, but how many of us do it on a nightly basis for work?  There’s  such a fine line between having a good time, and sucking down 16 Red Bull vodkas before collapsing in a heap next to your monitor.  Drunk DJ-ing can lead to a host of problems from poor song selection to projectile vomiting, and substantially worse ideas like allowing other people to handle your new laptop.  Rule of thumb, maybe mix in a water between those shots so you can make it until at least 9:30.

 

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How a Student Group Raised $13,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research

Students at the University of Montana have teamed up to help support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through a number of community events. The St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn student group was formed in 2012 for one mission: help children fight and overcome cancer.  This past year alone the student group has raised over $13,000 through its main event, Up ‘til Dawn, and other smaller events like Community Tap Night at the Tamarack Brewing Co. and On the Lawn with Up ‘til Dawn.

University of Montana’s St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn student group is made up of fourteen students and is advised by Dr. Emily Plant. This group is responsible for all organization of events and provides hands-on leadership skills to those who are involved. Working as a team, the group members secure donations (both monetary and donated goods/services), secure and prepare venues, and motivate teams and team captains to raise money and attend the Up ‘til Dawn event.

The actual Up ‘til Dawn event runs from midnight to 6:00 AM and is filled with games, activities, prizes, and plenty of food and drinks. Attendees have an opportunity to exercise their competitive sides and win prizes – all while staying up to symbolize the sleepless nights parents go through while waiting to see if their child makes it to the next day. Other events, like Tap Night, are great ways for the community to support such an unbelievable organization. Tap Night is held annually at Tamarack Brewing Co. in downtown Missoula, MT. With this partnership, Tamarack donates 75 cents per pint and $3 per pitcher of beer or root beer sold in a given time frame.

On the Lawn with Up ‘til Dawn will be held in tandem with University of Montana’s Spring Thaw event on May 9, from 2-6 PM. The group will be hosting games and activities on the Oval, as well as giving out some awesome St. Jude swag! We might even give tricycle rides.

Come join us!  2-6 PM Friday, May 9 on the Oval
Come join us! 2-6 PM Friday, May 9 on the Oval

University of Montana’s St. Jude Up ’til Dawn Facebook page can be found here, or follow us on Twitter! @UMUpTilDawn or #UTD406

If you want to support St. Jude’s and the University of Montana Up ‘til Dawn team, click here.

To learn more about St. Jude’s and its mission to cure and prevent diseases, visit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s website, or read more after the photo jump.

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened its doors in 1962 with a dream to treat and cure several types of pediatric cancers. In fifty short years, the survival rate of St. Jude’s patients has jumped from 20% to 80%. The hospital has two main focuses: treatment and research. On the treatment side, any child who is admitted to the hospital receives all treatment at no cost, including lodging, food, and travel for their family. St. Jude has become the leading treatment center for all pediatric cancers because of the organization’s culture of innovation, drive, and hope.

The hospital’s research focuses on “understanding the molecular, genetic and chemical bases of catastrophic diseases in children; identifying cures for such diseases; and promoting their prevention…

These two segments join to form an amazing organization; however, these cutting-edge techniques aren’t cheap. In order to keep St. Jude’s doors open, the hospital runs on a daily operating budget of $1.9 million – and is funded completely through donations. These donations come from events like the ones the Missoula Up ’til Dawn group hosts to help bring the community closer together while supporting a good cause.

The 5 Most Montanan Montanans

“Montana.  Even the name sounds rugged.”  Yes, Montana is a place of rugged lifestyles, here’s a our list of the most Montanan Montanans.  Enjoy!

 

  1. Brian Schweitzer

Not to make a political statement, but the former governor is pretty Montanan.  While in office he never vetoed a bill with a pen, in true Montana style, he used a hot branding iron.

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  1. Dana Carvey

The actor that played Garth Algar in Wayne’s World, along with a litany of other roles, hails from the city of Missoula.   Party on, Garth!

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  1. Evel Knievel

This guy has jumped over more things on his motorcycle than California has beaches.  And as would be expected in Montana from a celebrity of his stature, there is a festival in his honor every summer in his hometown of Butte.  The main event?  Drinking.

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  1. Ted Kaczynski

If there is one thing Montanans love more than anything it’s isolationism.  Mr. Kaczynski had this in spades until the FBI came through his front door at full speed.

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  1. Peggy Hill

Yes. That Peggy Hill. How many times have you won substitute teacher of the year, or a Boggle tournament?  Never.  Sure, she may live in Texas now, but she’s never forgotten her Montana roots. Proud and boisterous, she has Montana blood in her veins!

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12 Gear Grinding Grievances Every UM Student has Encountered.

In the valley of Missoula there sits a school so courageous and undaunted that they could utter one earth-shattering phrase.. one phrase so revolutionary it is said to have been the start of the Revolutionary War itself.  The students of the UNIVERSity of Montana have spoken and they will not be silenced.  They have come to answer the age old question:

YOU KNOW WHAT REALLY GRINDS MY GEARS?

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12. GROUP ADVISING is the worst idea IN THE WORLD” -Emma B.

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we feel ya Emma, we really do.  *tips hat

11.  THE DISTURBING SHORTAGE of British and/or Australian dudes at UM.  -Maddie C.

10. I BLAME THE SQUIRRELS. They’re always conspiring, PLOTTING EVIL ACTS. I heard the lockdown this winter was a COVER UP keeping us from realizing they had snatched up some sort of acorn EXPLOSIVE DEVICE. That’s probably the worst thing about UM in my opinion.   -Gavin H.

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You know what really grinds my gears? 

9.  The other day I BROUGHT SOUP for lunch ASSUMING THERE WERE MICROWAVES in the UC and there WEREN’T.  So I was forced to eat COLD SOUP for lunch.  -Nora R.

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The drama, the intrigue… the horror!  Ps. Nora, look downstairs in the market you might spot one. 

8. The university is considering cutting it’s East Asian studies minor when Montana State just added an EAS major. – Kelsie C.

Oh no! we may have to rely on MSU to order us our favorite Pad-Nam-Prig-Pao from Sa-Wad-Dee next year…

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7.  Without fail, while on campus there will NEVER BE PEACE between the cyclists and the idle amblers.  This friction causes me extreme anxiety.  The cyclists go at ludicrous speeds and refuse to announce themselves.  The walkers are unpredictable and erratic— insistent upon weaving from left to right to span the entire width of the sidewalk, when approaching a flock of those who travel by foot they are adamant about walking four abreast.

Dearest pedestrians, calm the fuck down.  

Dearest Cyclists, announce yo self! 

       Example dialogue between commuters:

      Pedestrian: Who goes there? I’m going stay the course and not make any sudden movements.

      Cyclist: Well ahoy! I’m going to ride around you at a reasonable speed on the port side! 

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You know what really grinds my gears? 

6. The people who only go to the library during FINALS WEEK.  Actually to add on that, the people who watch porn in the library and think no one is watching… Just because you’re in in the basement doesn’t mean it’s appropriate. -James B.

Two out of the three of these guys were looking at porn. No joke. See those tightly crossed legs?
Two out of the three of these guys were looking at porn. No joke. See those tightly crossed legs?

5. How are we supposed to learn about digital marketing if we don’t have internet in our classroom.  Also I agree with Gavin, those squirrels are up to no good.    – Jimbo J.

People always doubt Montanan’s have things like running water and electricity… Let’s prove them wrong.

4. “The LA building is a DREADFUL place in and of itself, but the most frustrating part is why would you put an elevator in the building if i’m not allowed to use it? Just to tease me?” -Lane H.

The answer in short: Yes.  Just to tease you.  You and only you, Lane.

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You know what really grinds my gears? 

3. How about the fact that the sidewalks get more water than the grass?

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University Y U NO FIX THIS?????

2.  The “EYES ONLY” sign placed in the UC Jungle.  Actually the jungle itself.  Why? Just Why? -Natasha L.

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Signs are put up for a reason, someone’s got to tell us who tried to swing across the UC like Tarzan. 

1. Overzealous parking enforcement.  “Oh, you’ve been in that quick stop for twenty five minutes… $25 ticket and LIFE IN PRISON.   We’re also taking your family in for questioning.  One more infraction and it’ll cost you your first born.”

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