It drives me crazy, and I would imagine it has driven you crazy, when you attend an event and the DJ feels compelled to impress everyone with his “meta-eclectic” mashups. “Wow,” you say to yourself, “I didn’t realize you could (or should) beatmix David Guetta into a Gregorian chant and wrap it around an obscure back track from Christopher Cross.” Unless you are DJing for an audience of music historians or insecure wannabe producers, don’t roll out your new creations when your job is to build a dance floor. I've met some of these folks and, to a person, they carry this attitude that says, "I'm way to skilled for this event and I refuse to play boy bands and if you don't appreciate my genius, the problem is with you." Let me be clear, I have no problem with experimenting and playing around with "Frankentunes." I just don't want them ruining my dance floor.
I believe, and my career has proven, that the most effective way to get things going is to know what the clients (the people hiring you, remember them) like. It may seem old fashioned in this age of digital automated everything but I like to talk to clients and figure out what they like and what their friends like. If you can’t pull together a playlist from these conversations its probably time to get your youtube channel and impress your followers with the way you deftly embedded the theme to "Get Smart" within "Pocketful of Sunshine."
Let's start from a shared agreement that the Chicken Dance, Hokey Pokey and YMCA are not for everyone. Most clients agree that they don't want "cheesy" music played at their event. I have always interpreted this to mean that the music and the presentation of the music should not seem forced or cliched. You want your event to be reflective of you and your guests. Where it becomes challenging for a DJ is coming to a clear and consistent expectation of where to draw the line in the Velveeta. One person's "We Are Family" is another person's "Margaritaville."
DJs should work with you to get a solid understanding of which songs are OK, which songs are maybes if requested and which are grounds for dismissal. You will be well served by giving your DJ Today, DJs can and should be able to draw from the world's catalog of music. The cloud provides us with ready access to nearly every song ever recorded.
With apologies to Meghan Trainor, the quality of sound at an event is dependent upon many factors including bass, treble and mid-range sound as well as the placement of the speakers and the natural acoustics the venue provides. Any good DJ should arrive well before the guests, and have a clear understanding of the sound requirements for your room or outdoor area. In recent years, I have switched to the BOSE L1 Model II PA systems. For weddings, I bring two of the systems and run them through a Numark Mixer. What this means for you, is that 48 individual speakers in four speaker arrays and two powerful sub-woofers will deliver 365 degrees of sound that will be as clear at the back of the room as it is at the DJ table.