Creating A Request List 411
There's no question that music will help
define the occasion and go a long way towards you and your guests overall
enjoyment. The task becomes finding the right mix that perfectly
suits the occasion and achieves the desired results.
Here's a few guidelines when working on your request list. Not everything
here has to be set in stone and YOU ultimately will let us know how you
want things to work out. We'll always be flexible and open minded but
remember, we're highly skilled when it comes to reading the crowd and
programming music based on your wishes, dynamics and vibe of the event.
● When working on your request list,
keep in mind not only your personal favorites, but those of your guests as
well. Don't worry if you're not that savvy with what people of all ages
like. That's why you hired a professional DJ who will read the crowd and
play the right song at the right time
● In any given hour, if played continuously, your DJ
can program about 15-16 songs. This averages out to about 60-75
songs in any given 4-5 hour event although if you factor in pauses in
music for various reasons, that number will be slightly less.
● Don't feel compelled to choose each and every song to be played.
What happens with that approach is that your DJ ends up working the list, and not
necessarily working the crowd. You'll want to allow your DJ room to
wisely program music based on your specific wishes and requests along with
guests responses and reactions. Our goal is to set a vibe that's fun
for everyone and we're masters at doing so.
● While we definitely want you to give your song list that personal touch,
be careful about including really eclectic or relatively unknown
artists/songs as part of the mix. People respond very positively to
music they recognize and like. Leaning towards mainstream is
● If you're having
a cocktail hour, this is a great time to just allow guests to mingle and
be with each other without being focused so much on the music. The
music during this time should really be more for atmosphere then anything
else and we'll be able to offer you suggestions based on your event as to
what tends to work well.
● In most cases, dinner music should remain mildly upbeat so that we can
maintain a nice energy level in the room. Classical or especially
soft music is fine in certain settings but for the most part, you'll want
to maintain a certain level of energy in the room. This can change
from situation to situation so count on your DJ to find that right level
for you and your guests.
● Typically, when it come time for dancing, to start we'll gear the music
a little more towards the classics with the idea of appealing to a wide
cross range of ages and tastes. As the evening progresses, so too
with the music. How quick it progresses and where to will be all
about the DJ's ability to read the crowd.
● Our partnership with TopHitsUSA, PromoOnly along with several
other industry licensed music providers, ensures that we're very current
with our music and we're continuously updated on a weekly basis.
Chances are we'll have it in our library before you even know about it!
● Our online music database consists of our most requested songs and proven
crowd pleasers. It is NOT a complete inventory of everything thats available
to you. Truth be told, in this day and age, the world is our
library so if you want it, and we don't already have it, we'll make sure
to get it for you.
● If there's a song that we don't have and is not readily available
through traditional resources and you already have it, simply e-mail or
send us the CD/flash drive and we'll be happy to accommodate playing it
● When working on your list, be sure to categorize your selections
into "Must Play", "Play if Possible" or "Do Not Play" categories.
You can also add specific instructions or even dedications to each title.
● We've designed our online music database to easily search each
song title via iTunes, Amazon and several other music retailers so that
you'll be able to listen to a preview (or even purchase if you like)
specific songs. Searches to these external sites are generally
reliable but may require you to type in your own search terms if a
specific title wasn't immediately found. Included as part of our
database are one of a kind remixes or special versions specific to us that
may not be easily found elsewhere.
● You've been provided with a
special "Guest Request" password which you'll find on the first page of
the packet you received and also on the welcome screen after you login.
You decide who you'd like to share this password with but in most cases,
it's fun to see what your guests favorites are so feel free to tell
everyone. Of course you'll be able to monitor what guests are
suggesting and if there's ever anything listed that you simply just don't
want to have played, it will "magically" disappear.
● It's usually a good idea to allow your guests to make requests during
the event which most times will be honored, but not always guaranteed.
Count on your DJ to use their best judgment based on your wishes and
parameters and whether it fits in well with the event.
● When logging in, your guests will NOT have access to your online
planners or personal information. Their access is restricted to the
music database only.
Take a peek at our online
music database. How many of your favorites can you find?