FIRST SMALL DECKS OF THE YEAR!
As we hope you all know, the first Small Decks of the year is nearly upon us and we are all really excited. In honour of this have a read of what it’s all about, courtesy of one of our lovely committee members:
If we at Small Ideas have one event so spine-tinglingly fantastic it’s worth repeating every month, the prize goes to Small Decks. Guaranteed to be a weekday evening full to the seams of obscure bangers, alcohol fuelled merriment and sparking the most important relationships of your life, it’s just quite simply the place to be.
The premise is simple: for a 30-45min set, anyone in the world can play whatever music they want from any genre, time, space and galaxy. We just organise all the interested chickens in order of who’s playing what, and then we’re off.
To warm up our slightly awkward alternative bones, the evening usually kicks off with a set or two of the strongest tracks from a category that I’m going to call “Probably the Best Songs in the World”. Just think along the lines of like, Talking Heads, Belle and Sebastian, Kate Bush, The Smiths and all the other appropriate guys and dolls in that groove and you’ll be somewhere near.
Things tend to get a bit more experimental as the evening continues and no one’s really sure what’s going to be played next. Will it be liquid dubstep? Will it be a motown mashup? Will it be a 4 hour Can’s-Greatest-Hits set? The anticipation is so heightened it’s incomprehensible.
It’s also almost guaranteed to be the time when this conversation happens the most frequently:
“HIYA MATE I LOVE WHAT YOU’RE PLAYING, WHAT IS I-?”
“WHAT’S THIS SONG? IT’S GREAT”
“I’M REALLY SORRY I LITERALLY CAN’T HEAR YOU”
(*Top tip*: If the person laying down track after track of solid gold is using a CDJ, they’ll most likely give you the CDs they used if you ask nicely- et voila, yer very own free and radical mixtape)
Of course the music has to stop at some point, as all beautiful creatures must eventually die, but we try and keep the party going for as long as the venue will let us. With so many people usually doing such varied sets, the idea is to include everyone. So don’t worry if you’re super into Krautrock, or just can’t get enough of R n B slow jams, we’ve got something to please your palate.
And the beauty of it is, if you think Small Decks is maybe neglecting a genre, or you want a go, all you have to do is let us know you’re keen and we’ll pencil you in. It’s not even necessary to have experience with any form of DJing experience in all honesty, as CDJs are probably the easiest pieces of machinery to operate in the world, and we’ll of course give you a hand getting used to it before your half hour in the sun.
So come on down and give it a go! We love new members; they keep us young and fresh.