Dance shows are big works. Big works are made up of many small works. A dance show takes a team of people, working together. Every contribution matters. But one contribution that no dance show can happen without is the music. Would not be much of a dance show without music! DJs are the unsung heroes of dance. Unless you have DJed a show, you can’t imagine what they go through, chasing music, the time and effort it takes to organize a playlist, adjust their players’ settings to sim conditions so that they don’t crash or stall, and then the pressure of angry divas when the music stuffs up through no fault of their own. DJs seldom get noticed or even thanked. But they are the nerve center of any dance show, so I wanted to highlight them here on Showtime, let everyone get to know them better, and remind them of how much they are appreciated. This is an on-going series.
Xanthia Martian (Xanthia Lisle) has been in SL for eight years, discovering it through a University that she was working for. She has been DJing since she joined our lively virtual community, playing a mix of genres of music. She DJs regularly for Franks Elite and Allura. In addition to this, she is the Owner of Moulin Rouge, Theatre Director, Dancer, Choreographer, Set Builder, Sim Builder, Photographer, Roleplayer… this is one very productive woman! When does she find time to breathe?
Xanthia feels SL is definitely an addiction, but one that has a positive impact on her real life, so she is not complaining! She says she has seen too many changes to count with DJing in SL over theyears, but would like to see, “More stable sims, less cost for sims.” I’ll second that! What is her favourite thing about DJing? “Getting to meet new people.” And her least favourite thing? “When people request songs and don’t tip.”
Xanthia’s advice for people who want to learn how to DJ is pretty direct. “Get a SAM broadcaster and lots of music.” Too easy! Just takes time and dedication, then you are on your way!
Thank you for the time, energy and passion you give to SL dance, Xanthia!