‘Press Play’ is a column that seeks to highlight folks of Stanford and the collections of songs that energy them by their days. Every set up will characteristic completely different Stanford college students, college members or associates, and spotlight a playlist that’s significant to them and their experiences on the Farm.
From Eurotrash to nights at Enchanted Broccoli Forest (EBF), many Stanford college students have a celebration story they both love to inform or will take to their grave. A number of components outline get together: the theme, the folks and — arguably, a very powerful — the music.
Good music helps you escape from the stress of assignments and internship recruitment. Dangerous music reiterates how deep within the trenches you might be.
The problem of making a welcoming and enjoyable get together setting is a activity typically spearheaded by the DJ. Dean Cureton ’26, who has been a DJ at membership occasions and The Arbor, realized the fundamentals of the craft from a Sophomore Faculty class.
“I’ve many associates who’re musicians and already tour as DJs and producers, so I’ve all the time been impressed to study from them,” Cureton mentioned. “I additionally actually wished events right here to play several types of music, and I wished to affect that considerably as a DJ.”
Every DJ has completely different concepts for what will get Stanford college students on their toes. In line with Cureton, Gracielly Abreu ’26 and Francisco “Fran” Alvarez Clemente ’26, some go-to tracks to get folks dancing embody “Solely” by Nicki Minaj, “Pursuit of Happiness” by Child Cudi and “No Me Conoce” by Dangerous Bunny, J Balvin and Jhayco. Cureton has a daily playlist referred to as “turn-up,” whereas the opposite two DJs don’t have a constant setlist.
What do college students search for in get together music? It seems to be a blended bag.
When asking college students to mirror on get together music preferences, responses typically got here with fun; some got here with a half grimace, maybe alluding to an unlucky musical expertise. A recurring demand is for songs that partygoers are accustomed to.
“We want songs we all know and might dance to, even when they’re objectively dangerous songs,” mentioned Eliza Siebers ’26.
Most popular genres seem to differ amongst college students, with pop, rap and home music standing out as favorites.
“I actually favored the music at Phi Psi Barbenheimer,” mentioned Bridget Stuebner ’26, referring to the all-campus occasion that occurred on Oct. 14. “They performed a number of pop and nostalgic 2010s music.”
Alvarez Clemente mentioned college students would specific discontent every time he “went 5 minutes with out taking part in a 2010s throwback.”
Not all college students discover pop and home music interesting at events, nonetheless.
“I don’t just like the music performed at most events, as a result of it’s simply primary pop songs from the 2010s,” mentioned Temi Ogunremi ’26.
Cureton has a transparent favourite style to play at events. “Rap — it’s what I’m most well-versed in and what I listened to rising up, so it’ll all the time be my style of alternative,” he mentioned.
Abreu, who DJs at EBF, prefers to change up the genres she performs to accommodate completely different tastes. Alvarez Clemente, a frequent at Sigma Nu occasions, performs pop music in campus occasions however largely reggaetón and home again house in Miami.
Whereas pop music is probably the most predominantly performed at events, home music appears to be probably the most divisive amongst partygoers. Home music is outlined by its fast, repetitive digital beat, favored by many DJs who need simple transitions between songs. The truth is, the style is outlined by beat fairly than lyrics.
“I’d take ‘Occasion within the USA’ over mid home music any day, however when it’s good — that’s transformative,” mentioned Nora Mousa ’24.
College students’ contrasting musical preferences form DJs’ strategy to curating setlists.
“The position of the Stanford get together DJ has been to seek out the music that’s most generally recognizable and generates probably the most hype,” Cureton mentioned. He believed this strategy was a double-edged sword.
“It’s necessary to ask Stanford partygoers how prepared they’re to let go of their musical expectations and simply be prepared to bop to regardless of the DJ decides to play,” Cureton added. “It’s not possible to please everybody on a regular basis, so possibly it’d assist if all of us have been extra open-minded.”