The Anti-EDM DJ: Selector Trev
Selector Trev is Trevor Adams, drummer for Dreamboat and former band member of the Jones Adams Duo. Selector Trev, Adams DJ alter ego has played a number of live shows including Big Kid Prom, Radio Soul Train, and he is the resident opening DJ for funk band Tight Thump. Here are his thoughts on DJing and the Grand Junction music scene. Also, at the end of the article check out Selector Trev's Big Kid Prom "Guilty Pleasures" playlist.
1) How long have you been DJing for? When did you first know this is something you wanted to do? What DJs do you look up too?
Well, over the years I've occasionally thrown on music for people to dance to at parties. And I used to DJ at KMSA in the 90s and 00s and then KAFM in the mid-00s. But it's only very recently that I've started DJing at bars and taking it more seriously. I'd been thinking about trying it for a while and then Dusty Thunders asked me to join him DJing at Sabrosa on Valentine's Day, and that started it off.
2) You approach DJing differently than a lot of other DJs do. Talk about your DJ philosophy.
I just play songs that I think will pack the dance floor full of happy people. I don't manipulate the music at all. I don't mix. I just try to pay attention to the dancers and figure out what will make them happy and keep them dancing. All while playing music that I love, too, of course. Also, when I'm dancing, I want to sing along with the music, so 99% of the songs I play have vocals. With a few exceptions, the instrumental electronic thing just isn't my cup of tea.
3) What's your personal philosophy when putting together a set? You play a lot of different genres, how do you mix it all together in a cohesive way?
Well, I do come up with a playlist beforehand, but I'm always ready to totally switch gears, depending on how people respond to the music. Honestly, I don't worry that much about cohesion. I'm not trying to be an electronic musician. I'm just trying to give people great songs to dance to. I try to make the transitions from song to song make sense, but I'm not beat-matching or doing any technical stuff to blend the songs together. And, as a dancer, I actually like the beat to change from song to song. I like the vibe to change a lot throughout the night, while staying fun and dance-able.
4) Whats the biggest misnomer and pet peeve about the Grand Junction music scene?
As far as DJs go, I would like to see more DJs get out of the EDM box. I don't want to hear instrumental electronic music all night long. That's really why I wanted to start DJing. I would go out dancing and not hear a whole lot of music I liked. Of course, I'm a grumpy old man and I'm sure lots of people do want to hear that.
5) What sound are you obsessed with right now? Where do you see music heading in the next couple years?
There isn't any one sound that I'm obsessed with. Musical trends come and go, but I'm always looking for great songs that are fun to dance to and sing along with. Whether rock or pop or rap or R&B.
6) Anything you'd like to add?
I've been having a lot of fun DJing and have been really happy with the positive reception I've been getting. It's great to see that there are so many people who like to dance to the same kind of music that I do. And thanks!