In the world of commercial music, the ability for a DJ to seamlessly cross-fade from 1 track to another is without a doubt one of the top 3 signs of their skill. The more seamless the changeover (no noticeable change in beat or tempo) the more skilled the DJ.
In the Salsa Scene however, cross-fading as a measure of a DJ’s skill has been met with much more debate. There are in-fact 2 separate camps;
1. Those for it &
2. Those against it.
Those Against It:
These are usually the dancers that have a deep appreciation for musicality and dance within the music. They like to hit the breaks and groove to the beat.
As we all know, the end of a song usually has the most noticeable break & so these dancers want to hit it and hit it HARD! If a DJ Cross-fades from one song into another, the final break will never be hit and these dancers will feel cheated.
As for the 2nd main reason, well the end of the song means the end of a dance. Once a song ends, everyone says thank-you and moves on to ask other people at the party to dance. When a song cross-fades, the less musically attuned dancers wont know a song has ended which results in them walking on & off the dance-floor at random times during songs rather than simultaneously at the end of a song.
Those for it:
These are usually the more social bees who believe Musical Dead-Space at a social event is a big NO-NO! They have much less qualms about getting on the dance-floor 1/2 way through one song and walking off 1/2 way through the other and much more concerned about there being a constant vibe of music just like at a commercial social event.
So, on my quest to become one of South Africa’s best Salsa DJ’s, I would like to hear what you (yes you reading this blog right now) think. So please give me your opinion:
Do you think Salsa DJ’s should cross-fade songs? (& leave a reason why!)
Till next time, remember to Live, Laugh, Love & Salsa (with some Bachata)…