Thursday, 9 May 2013

idisco A New Trend For Mobile Discos In The North East ? Dont Think So

I DJ’ed a Wedding last week at an undisclosed venue and ended up chatting to one of the Event staff at the end of the night who told me of a new trend .
Being a bit of a trendy guy I enquire what this new trend was.

                                                                         The ‘IDJ

He mentioned to me that he’d seen an increase in bookings where the couple hadn’t booked a DJ but instead had used an iPod to play the music. 
I asked him how these events had gone and his reply was he felt that virtually every couple probably regretted doing so by the end of the night, because at every single event the guests left far earlier than when there was a DJ or band, and he felt it was because there was a marked lack in atmosphere compared to when there was professional entertainment.

I guess with the state of the economy it’s a route that more couples will explore and unless they’ve seen first hand the results they may well just presume that they can create a playlist with songs they like and that everyone will dance, and it’s a shame that they may well discover the hard way that it actually takes a lot of skill to maintain a busy dancefloor at a wedding and keep all the different age groups and music tastes happy throughout the night.

But not having entertainment, or just as bad, not having good entertainment, can make what was a a good day fizzle out instead of ending with a bang, and thus instead of a fantastic wedding celebration, it became a very expensive dinner party that ends early.

Yet another ramble !

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

So you want to get your request played! @ Wynyard Hall ( or anywhere ) Interested then read this guide

I am a DJ based in Durham covering the North East with a mobile disco and DJ services however the below guide is Universal ……. International even!  

Some people genuinely seem to believe that DJs won’t play their requests and thus you can read it in their body language when they approach to ask for a request. No doubt there are awful DJs around or DJs with oversize ego’s that don’t play requests, or worse, say yes to the request when it’s asked but then they don’t play anything that any guests have asked for all night.

For private functions such as weddings and corporate events however, most DJs, and certainly most professional DJs, will always try to play as many requests as possible, because their main aim is to try to make as many of the guests as happy as possible, because that will give the DJ a much more enjoyable night and also by doing that, that will keep the client happy and more importantly (from the DJs point of view!) it increases their prospects of picking up a booking from one of the guests at the event! They are in business like anybody else and always looking to take on more bookings, especially bookings where the prospective client has already seen/heard them.

But, and it’s a big ole butt, a good DJ won’t play a request that is likely to lead to a lot of people leaving the dance-floor, or, even if the dance-floor’s not that busy at the time- they probably won’t play a request that is unlikely to entice people onto the dance-floor. There are exceptions of course, but on the whole this is the attitude most professional DJs will adopt.

How to get your request played?
Simple common sense. You’ve got a lot more chance of getting your track played if you say to a DJ “can you play my track at some stage during the night” than if you give the classic line “I have to leave in 10 minutes, so please play it before I go”! because if you’re leaving in 10 minutes then the DJ has no incentive to play it! Especially if the request doesn’t fit in with the type of music that he’s playing when you ask, and besides, you’re just leaving yourself open to him thinking, well if the request was so important to you, why did you wait until 10 minutes before you leave to ask for it?

The DJs ultimate aim is to get as many people in the room dancing as possible and for as long as possible and so he has to try and decide which tracks are most likely to appeal to as many people in the room as possible as opposed to just keeping one person happy.

Simple psychology also kicks in; if you’re polite to the DJ when asking for a song you’ve got far more chance of getting your song played than if you talk to him like he’s a piece of dirt or being sarcastic. You’re then just giving the DJ a reason not to play your request.

Other good tips to NOT get your song played:

“What songs have you got?” “what do you want?” “I dunno, anything”!
“Have you got anything other than this?”