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Other research product . 2021

DJing & Reading the Crowd in an EDM Context from a Second Person Perspective

Marchiano, María; Tanco, Matías Germán;
Open Access
Published: 28 Jul 2021
Country: Argentina
Background: DJing is a performance where a DJ plays pre-made electronic dance music’s tracks (EDM) for a dancing crowd during a party. DJs claim they read the crowd in order to play music (Broughton & Brewster, 2002), making DJ-audience interaction very relevant to DJing. The active participation of the crowd that the party requires makes a difference from other performer-audience situations. We think that this could be a case of Second Person Interaction, whose main features involve face-to-face exchanges, direct perception of mental states in others’ body expressions, psychological attributions, changes in both mental states and reciprocal actions (Pérez & Gomila, 2021). Both the musical performance and the one-to-many interaction’s features involved in DJing has not yet been fully described from a second-person perspective. Aims: The research aimed to describe DJ-crowd interaction from the DJ’s perspective, identify its second person features, and analyze the impact of this interaction on music.
Laboratorio para el Estudio de la Experiencia Musical

Música, Electronic dance music, DJ, second person interaction, Performance, audience

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