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Some of the parties we do are themed to include mostly one type of music i.e. a current chart music for teenagers, or a retro night party with only 80's music etc. But for a general party, for people of mixed ages its worth considering good Party music is not necessarily the same as good music. For example many people would list classical music amongst their all time favorites, yet its unlikely classical music will ever fill a disco dance floor. Likewise few people would ever listen to a tune like Y.M.C.A at home, but at many parties its a must play record. This is because in a party situation most people relax into a collective sprit of goodwill and think "its a party, lets have a laugh and join in anyway". To create this feeling the DJ must first find the right balance. During the average party there will be time for about 70 tunes, so there is no room for error. Finding the right balance can be very tricky and takes experience. Every DJ will be aware of a current sure fire floor filling track guaranteed to work, the problem is once this is played what happens next. Apart from Mobile disco equipment the music collection is the most important tool of the DJ trade. The key to being a good DJ is to have a vast music collection which includes all the top pop from past and present charts, and to know what works best on the dance floor. We always ask for a play list of your favorite records and take requests on the night.

Requested Music

Requests are always welcome, However there are times when discretion needs to be used. For instance at a kids party or school disco it would be wrong to play a record with graphic lyrics or inappropriate subject matter, no matter how high it was in the charts or how many times it was requested. Likewise if it was a teenagers party with the music focused towards this age group, and one of the parents, who was propping up the bar asked for a 1970's folk tune we would have to pretend not to have it. It might seem hash but its important to maintain continuity and play music that will get bums of seats. If you play one out of context tune you will get many more strange requests and rather than bonding together the party may begin to fragment. A party DJ always needs to remember, good party music is not the same as good music.

Current Chart Music DJS

We have all the current chart tunes, and will often play a lot of the less danceable stuff early on. People that are not keen on chart music won't really notice or care what's played at this point but it will show others you have a variety of music that is likely to include their favorites. Playing some popular current tunes early gives party goers of all ages confidence its going to be a great night. However its best to keep some top tunes for when the party really gets going. Our Music collection is ever expanding and we can usually obtain any specially requested music we do not have as long as it is legally available on UK release.

Golden oldies

This is a naff expression for some great music eg 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's old school etc.When choosing what to play it helps to know the difference between which tunes are great to dance to and which tunes are great to listen to. In a mixed aged party, its a good idea to play the listen to tracks at the start of the evening along with the less danceable chart music and save the best dance tracks for later. This way you can mix the latest, with the greatest floor filling party tracks.

Party Dances/ Cheesy Party DJs

Using a balance of old and new popular music will help to create the feeling of collective goodwill mentioned earlier. At this point people will bond together and put aside their own personal preferences and usually join in the fun. This is the moment party dances where invented for, nobody listens to this stuff at home but in a party it can pack the dance floor. However its wise not to over do it, unless its a kids party one or two party dances might work but more than this is too many for most people.

Family Party Djs and party's with a wide age range

For this type of party if the DJ thinks "for the old folk lets play all the golden oldies now, and then stick on some club tunes to liven things up later" its likely the evening will be a flop. By playing all the golden oldies first, the people who would prefer this type of music will probably not yet be in the party mood and will still be having a bit of a chat etc. Also at the same time the people who would prefer the club stuff will be thinking "this DJ is rubbish" and they may even loose confidence and go home early. The DJ should be aiming to create group cohesion that will encourage everyone of all ages to join in, once the party has warmed up. If the warm up part of the evening has gone well and after a drink or two most people will go with the flow. The 70 something's will dance to the latest club stuff and teenagers will Dance to the sounds of the sixties. An ideal family party will have Gran on the dance floor with the teenage gran kids, and dad showing us how to break dance.