It’s been a big debate on the all-new Aaron and Andy.com, one with life-changing ramifications for all of the world. Well, not really!
For months and months Club Ivy hired my co-conspirator, Aaron, as the Friday and Saturday night DJ. He preferred to call himself the Playlist Editor, since he never really mixed like a real DJ. “Come on PE play my song!” Doesn’t quite have the same ring, does it?
But for the past few weeks Aaron has been pushed back to Friday nights only, with a new DJ taking up residence on Saturday nights.
Aaron plays camp, trashy pop music, you see, and apparently that isn’t good enough anymore for a Saturday night crowd.
The move was no doubt initiated by the return of house-music loving Bonar Kuil, after a lengthy stint at Maya. Bonar believes that “radio music” is the realm of “narrow minded 18-year-olds who just want to hear Bad Romance on repeat.” He also says those who like pop music don’t spend money on drinks. The anti-house music complainants “come out with no money and are generally too intoxicated to be on premises anyway”.
I don’t know quite where he gets those facts from, since I have friends who like pop music and buy drinks regularly at Club Ivy and Terrace Bar.
“Gay guys are supposed to be at the forefront of the dance scene, after all, the best club music originated from gay clubs in Europe”, Bonar says. “Sadly, the Wellington crowd are 20 years behind, and would rather mince around mimicking Lady Gaga in Telephone.”
But again, I have to question Bonar’s statements here. I’ve travelled a little bit in my time, and have found that all of the popular gay bars and clubs I’ve been to in the world play upbeat, clubbed-up versions of popular music, or “radio music”, as Bonar calls it. They don’t play house music, although you can find specific gay clubs with that twang if that’s your thing, but it definitely isn’t the norm.
Dee, a user of Aaron and Andy.com, shares much the same sentiment. “I have been to clubs in Los Angeles, New York, Bangkok, Hong Kong, San Fran, London, Paris etc and they have pretty much all played what Bonar would label ‘radio music’.”
Dan, another website visitor, says: “Gay guys love Gaga – and I don’t think that will ever change. If they want radio music then they should get it. Variety is good… making Club Ivy a clone of Maya, Red Square, [and] to some extent Lotus, is not hot; it’s boring.”
And, I must say, I tend to agree. When I’m out drunk with friends, I like to hear music that is familiar. Music I can sing along to. And, dare I say it, music I can mince along to while pretending to be Lady Gaga or Britney or No Angels.
Sorry Bonar, and sorry Club Ivy, but I just find ‘dance’ music to be boring and highly repetitive. I can’t even usually tell when one song begins and another ends.
But, of course, that’s just my opinion. Opinions differ from person to person, and what is amazing to one person is crap to someone else.
I think it’s a case of finding a happy medium, and trying to please as many people as possible.
I have to ask the Club Ivy staff an important question, though: Who were the people that complained about the previous pop music? Did their complaints outweigh the complaints about the new music arrangement? Or is this just a case of ‘we know better’ and ‘it’s our club, so you will go with what we decide and that’s it!’? And you should think long and hard about that, because ultimately it’s the customers who will have the last say.
“At the end of the day, club music on Saturdays is here to stay at Club Ivy”, Bonar says. “Get over it and go listen to your Gaga.”
Hey, I think I might. Friday night could be the new Saturday night. Who’s with me?
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