My recent excursions into San Diego's DJ scene have revealed a scene in desperate need of a refresher course in Club Etiquette 101. Most of these rules are unspoken, but every now and then, direct guidance becomes necessary.
Dance Floor Directive No. 37, for example, states: "He/she is the DJ, not your DJ." Simply put, unless you are at a wedding reception or some comparably vapid disc-jockeyed event, you shouldn't make music requests of the (wo)man behind the turntables. People who violate this rule are no different than the irritating mega-fan at rock shows who screams the name of his favorite song until his lame request is finally performed.
I witnessed a flagrant violation of Directive No. 37 last weekend at the grand opening of the new Museum of Contemporary Art (granted, not necessarily a "club" setting, but far from a bat mitzvah). An apparently displeased partygoer approached Barry Weaver, who was spinning an exceptionally electrolicious set, and shouted, "Can't you play anything else?!" I stood in awe as Weaver avoided the urge to break a 12-inch vinyl record and use it as a scythe to cut off her legs. Instead, maintaining a high level of DJ class, he smirked at Little Miss Malcontent and cranked up the volume. It's a safe bet she won't be attending the next big party Weaver's spinning at: Feb. 3 at TentÃ¡culo Bar in Plaza Pueblo Amigo, Tijuana. Weaver will be joining resident DJs Wero and Monchis for a late night of thick, synthy electro, "new rave" and techno. Be warned, the "Club Etiquette" guidelines still apply on the other side of the border--but they're much less forgiving to dance floor offenders than we are in the States.
One Nation Under a Groove--one of the longest running clubs in San Diego and still one of the hottest parties in all of SoCal--is getting Valentine's Day started early this year on Feb. 10 with The White Room at the Whistle Stop (2236 Fern St). From 9 to 10 p.m., DJs Bart Blackstone and Atari will be spinning the sexy music of Barry White for all you lovers out there, followed by a steamy set of One Nation's rocking blend of electro, '80s, hip-hop and funk. Recent One Nations have been packed to the brim--they have the noise complaints to prove it--so get there early with your sweetie and show her (or him) you have what it takes to make some sweet, sweet love.