DJs who play at weddings and private functions are almost always lame and it seems that many grow up actually trying to find ways to be bad rather than trying to play a killer set. I am under no illusion that those who play these types of gigs are not exactly looking to become the next DJ Rama, but that doesn’t mean that they have to be as bad as they are. At every private event of wedding that I attend, I am always angered by these DJs and if you wish to be a good DJ who plays these events, here are the common mistakes to avoid.
Nobody Wants to Hear You
Some of these DJs appear to think that they are on the radio or something like that and they will speak over songs and try and have some chat in-between the records. When you DJ a private event, a party or a wedding you have to understand that nobody wants to hear what you have to say, all they want to hear is you playing songs, and that’s it. To be completely honest I have no idea why they let DJs enter with a microphone!
Read The Crowd
It takes a while to get people warmed up and onto the dance floor, and this for a DJ is basically what they are aiming for, that people dance to the music that they play. It is for this reason why I am constantly bamboozled at the fact that DJs wait so long to get the party started and the people up dancing, before killing it all with a slow song that forces everyone back to their seats. Read the room instead of just sticking to your playlist and have some anthems which are going to keep the partygoers on their feet and dancing all night.
I understand that there is nothing more frustrating for a DJ than people coming up to the booth and making requests, especially after they have spent so long working out the perfect playlist which they are going to drop. With this being said, sometimes people just want to hear a song and as their DJ you should try to accommodate. Now there are some rules which you can certainly adhere to here. The first rule is that nobody makes more than one request, secondly if the requests are getting out of control then stop and finally if the song just doesn’t fit in with your playlist or with the occasion, just don’t play it. The worst thing you can do however is to just say no, especially if people aren’t even dancing to what you have put on.
I mentioned DJ Rama at the top because he is one of the finest event DJs that I have seen, this guy knows how to read the room, he plays music from all genres and decades and he knows just how to portray himself properly as the DJ, and nothing more.