Mitchell Collins

Back row from left to right: Will Meland, Jimy Antonelli, Albert LaValle, Brian Glowniak, Cooper Lienhart Front from left to right: Michael Dietrich, Tommy Gruchala, Bryte Bu Seniors take the photo opportunity at Crystal Gardens inside of Navy Pier during Prom on April 30.

An open letter to the Prom DJ

May 3, 2016

To the dearest of DJs,

I am earnest in my opinion in that “Come on Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners proved a hit with the eclectic seniors at this year’s Prom at Navy Pier’s Crystal Garden. I regret to inform you that was arguably the biggest (and one of the only) hits of the night.

It’s not that you are not talented — I have no idea if you are or not, and this is because of the David Guetta “press-play-and-bump-fist” ideology taken that night. No true remixes, no real scratching of the records, no nothing.

The excess of dubstep, drop-heavy, and “sick beats” gave me and multiple others a large headache. Yes, this is the music of our generation; Tiesto is the chaotic good of the millennium.

But the central question remains: why must you play so much EDM? The biggest downfall of your set was the one slow song that my date and I so terribly missed. Prom is supposed to be fun, but also terribly awkward while dancing to Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”. This crucial point in prom time was completely missed. This was your greatest downfall.

In all, your setlist (or can I say playlist) was enjoyable, most definitely. The sweat was evident, and you even got multiple mosh pits going. One Matt Catalano got so “hype” with your set that he even crowd-surfed. Yet, next year, a bit of advice from this angsty Prom-er, less EDM, more Aerosmith.

Respectfully yours, the underwhelmed hipster

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