To play list or not to play list


To play list or not to play list

This questions goes out to not only our clients but also to all my fellow DJs. The play list, to me, is one of the most valuable tools that any client can offer a dj for their event. When you hire a Dj for your upcoming event, chances are that if you haven't hired them before or do not know them it was through a referral, word of mouth or a meeting at a showcase event. You are not familiar with them and they entertainment company is not familiar with you. They don't know what type of music you listen to or for that matter your guests preferences as well. It's far too easy to blame the dj if your event doesn't go well because nobody got up on the dance floor. If the dj did his homework and asked you for a playlist and didn't play the songs on it, then yes it is on them. If they didn't even bother to ask what type of music do you prefer or did you have any special songs that you wanted played then yes it is on them again. The thing to remember is not all DJs are created equal and what some are good at others may not be. It always goes back to getting the right DJ for your event but you can always help the by giving your Dj a playlist of songs that you would like to hear. I don't know of any professional dj that would look down or be insulted by that because once again, they are not familiar with you or your event and should want it to be the best it possibly can be. The play list should also include a DO NOY PLAY list as well. Let's face it, we hear cupid shuffle, cha cha slide, electric slide, paradise by the dashboard light, and so on in almost all the event you go to. If these are some of the songs you don't want to hear then please let your DJ know that and it also gives him an out when someone requests it. We've had several of our clients put line dances as do not plays and of course there's always one person that comes up and asks for it. We politely say that it was on our do not play and that's it. You also have to consider that not everyone wants to hear Top 40 all night or house music, hip hop or whatever the dj usually spins. The client may want more reggae, latin music, country, maybe they want clean edited songs or songs without suggestive lyrics. These are all things that must be taken into consideration as well because again not all DJs are wiling to stray from their format or what they usually do. The other thing to consider is the type of event your having will also have an impact on the type of music played and how it is played. Having a backyard party where anything goes and it doesn't really matter is a big difference from a formal event such as wedding, sweet 16, or corporate event where you have to be a bit more structured and be considerate of the different ages and background of guests. Playlists also become important at events like weddings and sweet 16, quinces, and mitzvahs where there are formalities like introductions, special dances and candle ceremonies. There are special songs to be played during these times and the dj should have the appropriate music and be aware of what he is playing and be able to transition from these formalities to the regular dancing portions of the event. There is also something to be aware of with making out your list. Keep it short and simple, make it about 25-50 songs. This should just be a must play or a guideline of music you want to hear. If you put a list of 300 songs, chances are that most won't even get played because there has to be a good flow and although you may want to HEAR the song, it may not be a good dance song or a dance floor killer. At any event you're looking at 20-30 songs being played per hour so for a 4 hour event it averages out to no more than about 100 songs played. That doesn't even include dinner music, special songs, introductions, candles, formalities and other things. These are all things to keep in mind. So when you give that play list keep it simple, not something that takes hours to put together. I hope that this was informative and gives you a little insight for when your next big event rolls around and you want to make it the best it can be. If you would like to see some of our top requests lists visit our website and contact us page or our Facebook page to see the top most requested songs for all categories. I look forward to seeing and entertaining you at your next event. Musically Yours, Frank M. FMJ Productions 631-772-6230

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