Pro mobile disco loves music requests taken from the audience on the night as playing this music will increases a sense of the audience participation which in turn helps to build the party atmosphere. However some DJs hate
to take requests as they have already planned their set
in advance and worked out what they think are good mixes
and the best order of play. This approach is great for clubs
when everyone knows what to expect, but not for private functions or family
parties. A party like a Wedding or a Birthday celebration is unique
event and needs a DJ who can alter the tune selection in a instant
and match the music to the mood of the the audience and
the type of occasion.
Music request from the audience 'on the night' is a great way to select the right music selection but sometimes discretion will need to be used. An example of this would be during a Wedding celebration when a teen may want some hip hop with loads of swearing, Gran will not be happy.
On the other hand if an Aunty wanted the classic Bob the Builder, because
10 years ago it was the teens favorite, we would
pretend not to have it. We have had
a situation at a wedding party when the best man, 'for
a laugh' kept asking for tunes that would remind the
happy couple of their previous relationships. We have performed
at many parties when the one guy (who always seems to sit
on his own at the back) has said play something decent like
1970's folk music or some other strange request that
he has no intention of dancing to. This might seem harsh
but a good party DJ will always try to get bums off seats.
Music requested by the audience tend
to fit into one of three groups.
First and the biggest group, music that we would play
anyway, this would include current chart hits or party
favorites. This will be music that fits the occasion and
suits the audience, this music will always go down well and generate a great party atmosphere.
Second is the more useful group and include less well known popular hits
from the past. Often these tunes connect and mean something
to the audience. Perhaps these tunes can pack a dance floor.
This group would include anything requested by the person
booking the party.
Third these are the inappropriate tunes, the ones out
of context or designed to offend somehow. However sometimes
you can get away with playing a record you know will almost clear
the dance floor, because during a long party people will need to have a rest a drink and
a bit of a chat etc. That said, watch out for this type
of request, if you play one naff tune other people will
start to suggest even more obscure tunes to play. Tunes
that may have got the party started back in 1964 but today
will fall flatter than a pancake that was run over by
a steam roller, driven by Anne Widdicome.
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