Wanna Be Friends With The DJ? Just Don’t Request D.A.N.C.E

We've been around enough turntables in NYC to understand that requesting a song is not the quickest way to get on a DJ's good side, but let's face it, it's inevitable you'll be jonesing for your fave tune. It's a classic scenario for modern-day (er… night) NYers: you're out on the town dancing the night away, but you just know everyone would have a much better time if you could just hear that new Rihanna song — or, any Rihanna song — just one more time. But how do we do it without offending the deej and becoming a pariah of NY nightlife? There's always screaming the name of the song you want to hear or hijacking the DJ booth, but, like, how much more obnoxious could you be? On behalf of DJs everywhere, three reps recently put party-goers out of their (our) misery and spilled all on requesting and tipping—and whether either of those matter at all.
Even if you're not trying to overstep your boundaries or tell anyone how to do their job, requesting a song can be a touchy subject. As DJ-slash-blogger Sarah Lewitinn points out, disk jocks are not "human jukeboxes," but if you really want to give it a go, it's important to be respectful. Advice ranges from a simple, "Be Cool," to a warning to never request "D.A.N.C.E." by Justice (it's "too soon"), but it seems the jocks aren't really willing to change their sets anytime soon. That being said, we still get the feeling that being polite and offering monetary rewards are the best options to maybe, possibly, probably (not) get your way. (Gothamist)

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