In the minds of many, music defines the experience when they go dancing, and the music at StreetSalsa has always been unique. There's a whole range of differing opinions on what the 'best' music is for dancing, and whilst our sets may seem eclectic, the combined collections of our DJs have been curated over the years with a lot of thought.
Our sets have had input from our whole team with hugely diverse tastes. I've gotten into fiercely heated debates with people who are passionate about all types of music, for loads of different reasons and my thoughts have evolved a lot over time.
Whilst I have my own opinions and tastes on music specifically for dancing, my overall philosophy on the subject has been to "live and let dance". That is to say, the best music to dance to is the music you most enjoy dancing to, and you shouldn't let anyone tell you otherwise.
The debate is most heated when the argument is about dancing salsa to salsa music. Quite often, I've heard the exact same point being made on both sides of the fence. People trying to give objective reasons why one is better, for something which is an inherently subjective experience.
I'm not here to make the case for either, I'm here to give you a night with a reasonable mix of styles.
People accuse me of hating on salsa music. They could not be more wrong. I've spent literally thousands of pounds on my music collection in the past 6 years and over three-quarters of that can be attributed to salsa.
On a final note, if there's a phrase I've always wanted to eliminate, then it's so-called "Guilty Pleasures". There is no law when it comes to music, especially for dancing, and neither should there be. If you like the song, then you like it for your own reasons, and you shouldn't have to justify that. If it's your jam, then get on the dance floor and jam.
I started Salsa in early 2012 shortly after moving to Leeds from Brighton. I started learning at a small class in Huddersfield before joining in the fun at StreetSalsa a few months later.
I'm something of an old timer now, and you can find me doing pretty much any job that needs doing every Monday at Smokestack. I'm also part of the team at Leeds University Union's Salsa Society.