Dear Wannabe DJ With the iPod: You're Sabotaging the Party!

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I Do Want To Spoil The Party
By Mary Grace Cerni

There are party fouls that can be forgiven. Really egregious ones, even, like peeing in the indoor plants.

But disrupting the music by unplugging the host's device in favor of your own iPod or smartphone? Now that's fucked up.

I was at my friend's house last year, near San Luis Obispo. He was throwing a party, and he put me in charge of the music.

I spent hours grueling over a hot MacBook attempting to form the perfect collection of songs for the event. The playlist would evolve as the night went on - there would be chill, indie-electronic tunes for pre-gaming and beer pong and then hip-hop and pop bangers to go with the later stages of dancing and drunkenness.

The order of the playlist was impeccable, the songs were carefully chosen. It was perfect.

And as the night began, everything was going as planned. My playlist was creating a relaxed vibe and people were having a good time.

Before the inevitable happened.

Some random dude unplugged my MacBook from the speakers and connected his iPhone to start playing the Steve Aoki remix of "Pursuit of Happiness." I wished Steve Aoki could've actually been there to cake this guy in the face. Not only did this dingleberry ruin the party atmosphere with a totally overplayed, outdated, and shitty song, but he also performed the rudest act of modern-day partying - playlist sabotage.

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You are overthinking the whole process. people are going to play whatever feels good to them. they don't need you planning out their entire night to the minute. That's just lame. You need to stop worry about if the music is cool enough for you (and not too trendy)  and just party.

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