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Scratching the surface: My first DJ set

Joe's DJ Set

Just like the rest of the world, I am a huge music lover. And often I find myself raising my eyebrows at DJs in clubs, wondering how they can still be playing Nelly's Ride With Me, or wondering how they can pass off a Spotify playlist as their own setlist. After much deliberation I finally decided that I'd give it a go myself. 

Now I'm by no stretch of the imagination an accomplished DJ- I just know the basics after messing around with a Pioneer controller for a year. But, what I can offer is my extensive music library. Curated over the course of ten years, spanning over 20 days/45GBs/6795 songs worth of music, this is pretty much the only reason I had confidence in performing, because like I say, I'm not really a pro DJ.

Prior, I'd promised some offerings not normally on show at the SU. Often opting for chart, pop and cheese, the SU is generally absent of more hard-hitting music, which is what I was planning on playing. However, you can't really stride into a venue and upset the norm entirely, so my set had an omnipresent air of nostalgia about it. 

Technically, the doors to the SU opened at 9:00, but as I'd imagined, nobody really arrived until 10:30-11:00. So unfortunately, the house-heads and the garage-guys missed out some of that. Then at 11:00 came an hour-ish of drum and bass, featuring some big hits such as Pendulum's Tarantula, or lesser-known jams like Culture Shock's remix of Pistols At Dawn. Then at around the midnight mark was a twisting and turning two hours full of some of electronic music's biggest jams, as well as some of those you may have forgotten about.

I'd finished my planned set with three minutes to spare, and with security guards and staff lurking close, I brought a close to my set with the shut of my laptop. I can't thank the UCA crowd for the reception I received, and the calls for an encore [of sorts] was something that'll stick with me for a long time. The bouncers nodded me clearance, and my set was finalised with Blonde's All Cried Out, followed by closer- Chase & Status' undeniable ypest Hype.

A huge thank you to everybody who came, hope to see you all next time!

Setlist
House - 9:00-10:00
Route 94 – Ain’t Nobody
Amine Edge & Dance – Lost
Disciples – They Don’t Know
50 Cent – In Da Club (Bender Remix)
Jessie Andrews – You Won’t Forget Tonight (ft Comets We Fall)
LANY – ILYSB (Ferdinand Weber Remix)
Gorgon City – Real (ft Yasmin)
Fractual System – Falling Again
Groove Armada – You Got To
Tove Lo – Talking Body (KREAM Remix)
Calvo – Stay In Love (ft Terri B)
Tchami – Promesses (ft Kaleem Taylor)
Galantis – Runaway (U & I) (Lash Remix)
Alex Adair – Make Me Feel Better (Don Diablo & CID Remix)
Curbi – Discharge
Disclosure – Boiling (ft Sinead Harnett)

House/Garage/EDM/Rave/DnB 10:00-11:00
Innercity Life – Goldie
Moving Too Fast (Romina Johnson) – Artful Dodger
Calabria (Firebeatz Remix) – Rune RK
Easy – Mat Zo & Porter Robinson
Feel of Love (Boys Noize & Djedjotronic Remix) – Tensnake
Emergency – Pegboard Nerds
Five Hours – Deorro
Doh Tell Me Dat (Flipo Remix) – Major Lazer
Rhymes – Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo
Forgot About Dre (Drezo Remix) – Dr Dre & Eminem
My Body – Network
Punga – Klingande
The Holiday – Friend Within
Nighthawk – Etnik
Sunrise (Rogue Vogue Remix) – Slaptop
Baile – Hayward
Imperium – Madeon
Recess (ft Fatman Scoop & Kill The Noise) – Skrillex
One Touch (VIP Mix) (ft AlunaGeorge) – Baauer
Reborn – Delta Heavy
Unmissable (Metrik Remix) – Gorgon City
California Love (High Contrast Remix) – Dr Dre & Tupac
Power Curve (Noisia Drive Club Remix) – Hybrid

Drum & Bass - 11:00-12:00
Jakwob - No Place Like Home
Gold Digger (High Contrast Remix)
TC - Get Down Low
DJ Hazard - Mr Happy
DJ Hazard - Bricks Don't Roll
Pendulum - Tarantula
Chase & Status - International (Dimension Remix)
Wilkinson - Afterglow
Nu:Tone - Cannibals (ft Dynamite MC)
The Prodigy - Voodoo People (Pendulum Remix)
Pendulum - Slam
Seinabo Sey - Pistols At Dawn (Culture Shock Remix)
Childish Gambino - 3005 (Friction Remix)
Chase & Status - No Problem
Shy FX & T-Power - Don't Wanna Know
Ayah Marar - The Raver
Chase & Status - Blind Faith

Compilation12:00-2:00
All of The Lights (Interlude)
All of The Lights (Thrizzo Remix)
Run The Jewels - Close Your Eyes
Rihanna - Jump
Modestep - Sunlight
Sam Smith - Stay With Me (Shy FX Remix)
M.I.A. - Paper Planes
The Streets - Fit But You Know It
Fred V & Garfix - Forest Fires (Etherwood Remix)
Sub Focus - Rock It
Major Lazer - Get Free (Andy C Remix)
Teddybears - Cobrastyle
Shy FX & T-Power - Everyday
Flume - Holdin' On
Madeon - Finale
Mark Ronson - Bang Bang Bang
Kanye West - Good Life x M83 - Midnight City
Bondax - Gold (Snakehips Remix)
Gorillaz - 19-2000 (Soulchild Remix)
The Chemical Brothers - Galvanise
Groove Armada - Superstylin' 
Fatboy Slim - Praise You
Justice - D.A.N.C.E.
Route 94 - Ain't Nobody
The Chemical Brothers - Go
Kendrick Lamar - i
Sigala - Easy Love
Friend Within - The Renegade Master
Disclosure - Bang That
Ciara & Justin Timberlake - Love Sex & Magic (Bodhi Remix)
Otto Knows - Million Voices
The Chemical Brothers - Hey Girl Hey Boy
Disclosure - You & Me (Baauer Remix)
Wiley - Wearing My Rolex
Redlight - Source 16
Redlight - Get Out My Head
Nero - Crush On You
Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools (Blood Diamond Remix)
The Prodigy - Omen
Kernkraft 400 - Zombie Nation
Solo 45 - Feed 'Em To The Lions
Underworld - Born Slippy
Chase & Status - Blind Faith
Blonde - All Cried Out
Chase & Status - Hypest Hype