Jazzy T Rules
DJ Jazzy T of Renaissance performing at Fully Loaded held at James Bond Beach, St. Mary, July last year. - Nathaniel Stewart photos
The music also differs depending on the type of party. The garrison is more hard core dancehall, and uptown, you're allowed to play more rap and sometimes rock music. The true test of a good selector according to Chin is when you play outside the 'top ten box'- that being songs that are popular now, that are guaranteed to get forwards from the crowd.
"When a selector can go into a dance after all the hype songs bun out and you come in and get beer forwards, that's what makes a good selector," Chin explained.
For 2006 Green Synergy winner and resident disc jock of Margaritaville DJ Nicco, his selecting comes from knowing what his audience wants to hear based on the vibe of the crowd.
He told THE STAR, "I break down the crowd and then play for each section, as long as you make who wants to party enjoy themselves then it's all good. I work with the energy of those who want to party. You can't please everyone, but the job is to please the majority, it's hard work to put the music together in a way that connects with the people."
Razz and Biggy is a Sound that has been known to connect with the people at any type of dance. Members of the Bembe squad, both Razz and Biggy can be seen at Bembe Thursday weekly mixing to please the crowd.
Biggy told THE STAR that for him, being a selector isn't hard work since he has been playing professionally since 2001. However he admits that being a selector isn't for everyone, but requires skills needed to play for every type of crowd.
"You play based on what you want, mixed in with what the crowd wants and where you are. For instance a Bembe crowd is a mixed one, you have party people, dancers, working professionals and a lot of girls, so you have to give them everything... If it's a young crowd they like the high energy, while a more mature crowd might not. There are certain fundamentals you need as a selector," he explained.
You play based on what
you want, mixed in with what the crowd wants and where you are. For instance a Bembe crowd is a mixed one, you have party people, dancers, working professionals and a lot of girls, so you have to give them everything.