So dinner time is almost over.
Everyone is seated in their chairs just mingling. Waiting for their next directions.
The client comes up to you and says: “We are ready to start the dance floor”.
The power is in your hands.
What songs will you play?
How long can you keep them dancing? Do you have enough music?
THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION: Will they like you!?
The Dance Floor is like a Pet Monkey
You want it to listen to you and go along with your directions.
But you’re scared that it’s going to turn around and throw poop in your face.
We want to make sure that you are never scared again.
The steps laid out below will give you the definite way to rock every dance floor!
Why Is the Dance floor Important?
Being a Mobile DJ, we see a lot of different events during a party that we have to support with music.
We can play music for; cocktail hours, slow dances, entrances, dinner time and more.
Each of these events is equally important to being remembered as a DJ.
But the one crucial event that can make sure you get the client referral and get more gigs is the – open format Dance floor.
The Dance floor gives the DJ a chance to control the energy of the party and bring the guests to their “Happy Place”.
STEP 1: Pre-Gig Research
Start off by answering some major questions about the party. Figuring out who will be there is the first step is planning your music.
Question #1: What kind of Party is it?
What is the occasion or the reason for the party?
School Dances will usually have a specific theme.
Birthday parties are meant to focus on 1 specific person.
Weddings/Receptions are geared toward celebrating love between two people.
Depending on occasion you can start gathering what kind of music would be appropriate.
Line Dance Songs like the “Cha Cha Slide” would be popular at High school dances.
A Sweet 16 Girl’s entrance would be backed up with “Hilary Duff’s Super Sweet 16”.
And of course ever since the below video went viral, the number 1 wedding favorite is “Chris Brown – Forever”.
Question #2: How many guests are expected? Any specific age groups?
Knowing the crowd will help you plan and download the appropriate music.
There are some pros/cons of having a bigger and smaller crowd.
A smaller audience will mean that the music will have to be more customized to be successful. But it can also mean you can be remembered easier for future gigs.
A bigger audience will usually have a good mix of people, where your music is bound to be success with some group.
But it may be harder to be easily remembered for future gigs.
Also knowing the age group of who will be there will help you plan the music.
A 50th anniversary party will mostly have guests who will like music from the 70s and 80s.
A 20-something couple getting married will have a lot of Top 40 music preferences.
Question #3: What type of Music Does the Client Like (Most Important)
This is hands down the most important question that will help you prepare for the gig.
After you book the gig, be sure to send over a music preference worksheet.
Get the clients list of “Must Play” and “Do Not Play Songs”.
The DJ does have the power to control the music to make sure everyone is happy.
BUT – do not forget to keep your clients’ music taste in mind.
Pro Tip: Ask the client questions #1 & #2 from above before you send them the music worksheet. This way, they will answer many of these questions for you!
Don’t have a music worksheet? Find it Here.