This Playlist App Might Be The Cure For The Common Party Douche

You know that moment in college when you’d be hosting a great party, and just as you were starting to feel smug about planning such a great night, some douchebag with a guitar turned off the music and started playing “Wonderwall” on his cheap guitar? While some certainly carry this habit into adulthood, most douches seem to just take on an even more obnoxious habit in its place – boasting of their “part-time DJ gig” and then commandeering whatever laptop the party playlist is cranking out of.

At that point, the whole group is doomed to an evening of ear-bleeding to “experimental” songs they hate. I’m thinking that the new DJ-51 app could be the antidote to this insanity, or if nothing else, an escape from the neurotic process of choosing a party playlist. The app, which was created by the makers of Cachaça 51, connects with the Spotify libraries of the people in a room, using algorithms and artificial intelligence to determine what guests’ musical tastes have in common. Using that information, it comes up with a playlist that everyone in the room will love. It’s egalitarian! It’s DJ dictator-resistant!

That’s great and all, but I’m a person who has always kind of hated the public aspect of Spotify and other music apps – who on my social media feed needs to know that I listened to “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” five times in a row at my desk yesterday or that I hoard obscure musical theatre albums and sort them by decade? In this app, that skeeviness would translate to worrying over whether a less than desirable aspect of my music library would pop up during an event. What kind of shame would await if one of these collective playlists was cranking out nonstop “indie chic” mumbo jumbo and then was suddenly interrupted by a Color Me Badd song from my phone?

I simply cannot deal with being a vibe-ruiner. From what I can tell from the brief exploring of the app I’ve done, that isn’t likely to happen, because it seems that it only pulls from tastes that nearly everyone in the room shares and then digs up songs in the same genre we may not have heard, a la Pandora. I’m going to keep trying it out, and if I experience any public moments of shame, I’ll report back (probably from under the covers, where I’d want to remain for days). So far, I think I’m into it. [Image via Shutterstock]