Om Fusion DJ Guidelines

At Om Fusion, we embrace diversity of dance styles and music genres. On any given night in Seattle, we have dancers from different scenes in both partner and solo dance.  We are excited to hire DJs who are able to play songs with a variety of tempos, dynamics, and accessible to multiple dance styles.

If you are a professional DJ and are interested in playing at Om Fusion, send us an email with the following information. Please read all of the information below first. 

  • List places/events you have played

  • List 5 songs you are the most excited about right now.

  • Name a few of your favorite DJs and why you like them 

If you are a newer DJ, or want to hone your skills, we have private lessons available. Let us know how we can help.

Note: Applying does not guarantee you a DJ slot. We have DJ classes periodically and would encourage all newer DJs to attend. 

DJ Guidelines

  1. Be set up and ready to go 15 minutes before your set. If you are late, you may be replaced or not asked back. 

  2. Be prepared!  Have a working device with music and a back up. Bring a power cord and headsets. 

  3. All music must be high quality recordings (see Bit Rate guidelines below) and downloaded to your device. Do not use wi-fi to play music (ex. YouTube or Spotify)

  4. Always make sure the volume is down on your channel before you plug or unplug your computer. It will cost you $5 if you pop the speakers. Thank you Mission Fusion for this lovely idea. 

  5. Whether you are DJing the first or last set, always zero your channel on the soundboard before you start playing. Get familiar with how to work the soundboard.  

  6. Once your set starts, do a sound check immediately. Walk around the room to each speaker and to the middle of the room.  Listen for sound quality, volume, and if levels need to be adjusted.

  7. Vary the set with tempos and textures of songs, and play a variety of genres. Know what the lesson was that night and include a few songs related to the lesson. For example play a few alt-Tango songs if there was a Tango class, or Waltz timing if it was a Waltz class. This will give the students an opportunity to practice what they have learned. 

  8. Look at the previous DJ's set list so you do not repeat songs. 

  9. Be professional when receiving feedback from dancers and organizers. Organizers want to set you, and the dance, up for success. They may step in to give you feedback during your set. If you can't take feedback, you shouldn't be in the booth. 

  10. If something goes wrong, ask one of the organizers for help ASAP. They can help you trouble shoot.

Bit Rate 

(Thanks,  Mission Fusion for permission to use this. )

  • 128 Kbps: If you have classic tracks sometimes you can only find them in 128, however it would be best if you put in effort to find an upgrade.

  • 192 Kbps: Minimum playable standard over PA

  • 256 Kbps: This is where the vast majority of your tracks should be, nearly indistinguishable from lossless

  • 320 Kbps: The gold standard of MP3, indistinguishable from lossless.