One thing I truly love about my job as a Mobile DJ is discussing music with my clients.
The great thing is that everyone has different music tastes. This is always reflected in the function. I can say over the past 30 years that no function is ever the same! I really enjoy seeing all age groups having a wonderful time dancing the night away!
As a guide, a typical 5 hour function entails playing about 90 songs. In my experience, between 40%-66% of music played during a function will be some type of request.
What Works Best?
As a vastly experienced Wedding and Function DJ, I have many years of seeing full dance floors and knowing what does and also doesn’t work. My music collection is vast covering all age groups and tastes.
I have 4 key recommendations:
- Pre-Party Meeting – These are advisable and essential for wedding bookings, as I get to meet you and understand in more detail your party and what you and your guests like. It’s also a chance to discuss music.
2. Playlists – These have become popular in the past 15 years. The idea is that a request list is given to the DJ in advance of the function. I have found that a list of around 20 tracks works very well and ensures that the DJ is aware of key songs that need to be played during the evening. I would not advise on large play lists as many requests are usually made by guests during the evening and you also should allow for the DJ to use his expertise to slot in appropropriate floor filling songs during the evening. As I write this article, I am about to review a list of songs for a post-wedding party in Bury St EDmunds. The list contains 15 songs which were given to be at a meeting at the venue.
3. Evening Requests – Very important. Varied requests from all age groups which can be played at the appropriate times during the evening.
4. Don’t Play Songs – I would cover this at a meeting. If there are any specific songs which should be avoided I can ensure these are not played.