I have a love-hate relationship with open-turntable DJ nights. On one hand, they allow bedroom DJs (myself included) a chance to spin records they love and don't hear enough of in bars and clubs. (In my case, East London grime.) They also democratize the city's packed DJ scene and open the door to non-mainstream sounds.
On the other hand, they allow bedroom DJs to take over the turntables for a specific period of time, stunning the crowd with a lack of beat-matching skills and oddball tastes. (In my case, East London grime.)
The latest anyone-can-DJ night is Wednesdays at Mantis, the underground lounge and dance club in Adams Morgan. All styles of music are welcome, though house is overwhelmingly favored. No experience is necessary, but at least one DJ has already scored a coveted Saturday night slot after turning in a stellar open turntable performance.
Music begins at 9, but DJs may want to show up earlier to sign up. (Last week, though, there were timeslots available when I showed up at 11:30.) Both turntables and CD players are available, but most DJs prefer vinyl. One more piece of advice: Bring your own cartridges/needles if you have them.
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