This article was first published on our original site MyCityLife way back on the 22nd February 2014
The role of the #warmup DJ is an oft repeated and heated topic around fazebook. The general consensus however is their significance: the support DJs make or break the night and often, deserves far more credit than the actual headliner. Careful programming and song selection while reading the room is #paramount. It’s a trial to face an empty room and watch it fill with people who haven’t necessarily come to seem them – a task that requires great maturity and humility. For, unfortunately, the role of the wam up DJ is undervalued, underestimated and undermined – by the very DJs, #ironically, who are meant to be ‘the warm up DJ’. Promoters carefully select warm up DJs because they know how to build the room; to seduce, to heat things up. The warm up DJ has a #task of gentle persuasion minus earth shattering consequences.
As a specialist in sweet house music and resident for Bacchus South Bank and Hedkandi Australia, DJ Benn Hopkins is indeed a stalwart of the industry, having cut his teeth across the years performing in Queensland’s top clubs, events and festivals. As we gear up for when Sundae International and Let’s Get Minimal presents Terence Parker at Fish Lane Studios, The Fox Hotel, Benn Hopkins reveals his Top 5 Warm Up Tunes.
Space Echo: Soul Power
Boris Dlugosch: Follow You
H-Foundation: Tonight (King Britt’s Sexy Mix)
Rob Garza & Neighbour: Called Del Espiritu Santo (Phunktastike Remix)
Iz & Diz: Love Vibe (Jimpster Mix)