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20’s Versus 30’s: When You’re Up in the Club

DJ Experience, News | Jul 22, 2016   

20’s Versus 30’s: When You’re Up in the Club

DJ’s work at nightclubs every weekend and some week nights, and have to deal with patrons of all age groups. Here we discuss some of those differences.

The nature of entertainment (and modern society) means that disc jockeys have to interact with a wide range of ages. There are a ton of 20-somethings in the music industry, but oftentimes the DJ may be the oldest one at the club. In fact guys like Dieselboy, Tommie Sunshine, Kaskade, Paul Oakenfold and Tiesto are in their late forties and early fifties, and some of their fans are older than that. So you don’t have to worry about being too old be a professional DJ, or go dancing. With that in mind here are some of the ways that going to the club in your twenties is different from your thirties.

Deciding to Go Out

Deciding to Go Out

20’s – If you stay home on a Friday or Saturday night you must be one of the biggest losers of all time. When you have nothing to do you are likely to text several friends asking where the party is.

30’s – You have to go out because they are paying you to work the event, and that is how you obtain food and shelter. Party promoters send you dozens of invitations per week that you mostly ignore.

What to Wear

What to Wear

20’s – You make a beer pong costume consisting of fluffy tutu’s, arm candy, funky sun glasses, fluffies and/or a hand painted t-shirt. Then you go out with a large group of people wearing similar outfits, most likely your roommates.

30’s – You wear a designer clothes from a department store, with real jewelry and fancy shoes it took you many hours of working full time to buy. Then you make fun of people in their 20’s because they look ridiculous in those tutus.

Eating Out

Eating Out

20’s – You take advantage of the dollar menu at a fast food joint almost every night because it’s cheap and open 24 hours a day. The homies are down to roll with you.

30’s – You learned about overly processed factory food in college and now it makes you nauseous. You go to dinner before hitting the club, and have a few drinks while discussing politics and art with elegantly dressed adults.

At the Bar

At the Bar

20’s – The goal of drinking is to consume as much alcohol as humanly possible without passing out or dying. You pre-game with an economically-priced case of beer and a large plastic bottle of liquor because bars are too expensive. You are proud of how much alcohol you can consume.

30’s – At this point you’re either a raging alcoholic, you gave up drinking because you don’t like it, or you have figured out a system of moderation. You can afford to buy your own liquor, but your friend the bartender gives it to you anyway. You get embarrassed if you drink too much.

Smoking Cigarettes

Smoking Cigarettes

20’s – Smoking cigarettes seems like a cool way to keep your hands busy and imitate your favorite actors and rockstars. You can chain smoke easily.

30’s – You quit smoking in your 20’s because you didn’t want to age prematurely, it makes you stink like stale tobacco and you have a smartphone for your hands now. Smoking one cigarette makes you feel like vomiting.

On the Dance Floor

On the Dance Floor

20’s – You want to get to the front by the stage so you can be close to the performer. Dancing in public may be strange and unfamiliar. The mosh pit is totally an option.

30’s – You stand near the back because you don’t want to get crushed by hoards of people, and you pray you’re not the oldest one there. At least you’ve got the moves.

Meeting New People

Meeting New People

20’s – You spend a lot of time “hanging out” with people you barely know getting inebriated in an unfamiliar location. A lot of your friends are older than you. You can hit on pretty much anyone you find attractive, and it’s easier to hook up with random people.

30’s – You avoid situations that involve boring people because you are comfortable with yourself as a person and you have your own apartment. Many of your friends are younger. But your spouse will be very upset if they see you with an attractive stranger.

Going to Concerts

Going to Concerts

20’s – If your favorite DJ/producer comes to town, you are obligated to attend under any circumstances. Music festivals are especially important because all the cool people are going to be there, and you want to post about it on social media too.

30’s – It would be nice to see a live performance of your favorite DJ, but you’re not tripping out because you can barely see the stage anyway. If you can’t get on the guest list then you probably won’t even go because it’s easier to just play the mixtape.

Attitude About DJing

Attitude About DJing

20’s – DJ’s just starting out may get caught up in the game, and spend too much time worrying about little stuff like social media or genre names. If you hear someone is talking smack about you, it’s the worst insult ever.

30’s – At some point you realize that most bars are alike, a lot of social media profiles are fake and everyone talks smack no matter what. You spend a lot of time getting your DJ set to sound good because that is the most important thing.

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