Take the pill.

You reassure yourself that this is a good idea and swallow the pill. After all, this might be a longer night than your used to and could use a little help staying out. Until now you haven’t taken notice of the music, but oh my god “Shake It” by Metro Station has just come on You LOVE this song. Maybe it’s the drugs or maybe it’s just the intoxicating synths of keyboardist Blake Healey. Either way a sudden urge to dance rushes over you. You’re still sober, you think, but there is a giddy tingle of anticipation flowing through your limbs. What have I just taken? You don’t care. All you care about is getting to the dance floor in time to yell ‘Let’s drop!’

It’s close, but you make it.

“Let’s drop!”

You’re jumping up and down now. You think maybe you should shake it, but everyone knows this is a jumping song. Every thumping kick from Anthony Improgo’s drum kit commands your left arm to pump as high as it can. Enter Mason Musso’s powerful, yet airy, voice. You know every word but your favorite parts are the backup vocals.

“Leave me at the front door!” … “Get inside!”

Without realizing it you’ve fist pumped your way to the middle of the dancefloor. It’s crowded in here. You’re shoulder to shoulder, it’s hot, and you love it. In fact, you’re loving everything right now. This school, these people, every member of Metro Station, you love it all and this puts a great big smile on your face.

As the song ends you realize you have been sweating, like, a lot. You run your fingers through your hair to keep it off your face. It’s so soft, this must be what a unicorn’s mane feels like. It’s incredible and you can’t stop feeling your hair. You make eye contact with a student next to you. You love this person.

“Oh you’re rolling for sure,” they say.

The deep bassline of an EDM song unknown to you overtakes your ears and your body before you can even comprehend what has just been said to you. You don’t even like EDM but right now your body is chained to the music. You can’t stop dancing. It’s utterly cathartic. Song after song you dance without inhibition and without break.

Abruptly the music cuts out. You look over and see that the “DJ” has unplugged their phone and is now walking away from his post. They weren’t even really djing! They were just queuing songs on their phone and now they have abandoned us! At first, this upsets you, but then you realize this is an opportunity. No, it’s a calling! The aux is yours – right here, right now. This is your moment, seize it! You know music. You can do this.

Without hesitation, you assume position behind the DJ stand. Aux in one hand and your phone in another. You’ve never felt this much power before, it’s exhilarating. Yet, with great power comes great responsibility and your responsibility is to pick the perfect song. This song marks your djing debut, it’s your first first song. You want it to reflect your unique taste, to separate you from other DJ’s, but it also needs to please tonight’s crowd.

Your first thought is “Mr. Brightside.” A surefire crowd pleaser at any college function. No no no, you’re better than that. Maybe you take a risk. Play a song they’d never expect or even know. You don’t have much time, the crowd is getting restless. Oh god, the pressure. So what do you choose DJ?

A) Play “Mr. Brightside.”

B) Play something else.