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I've got to DJ at a wedding...

Post by holyzombiejesus » Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:57 am

...so what shall I play?

I think the guests will be roughly 1/3 relatives/ older people, 1/3 'normal' people and 1/3 hipsterish types. Think I have an hour slot. So far, I'm thinking of Motown, girl groups, a bit of Northern Soul and some Blondie/ Roxy/ some decent indie stuff. Someone suggested The Jam. I no longer talk to that person. The bride asked for wall to wall B&S (and Gorkys!?) but the groom has strictly forbidden this so might just play Lazy Line..., maybe some Stereolab too? I dunno. I don't really want to go in to full on 'wedding dj' mode by just playing dead obvious songs but equally want people there to enjoy it. I was thinking that I may play something contemporary and fashionable to impress the hipster element but then realised that I have absolutely no idea what is fashionable. The only thing I could think of was LCD Soundsystem (All My Friends might be nice for a wedding) but then realised that it's nearly 10 years old! Then I thought it might be nice to play some Jonathan Richman but as if any fucker will give a shit about him. I used to DJ lots last millenium and it usually went down really well but it's not like anyone is going to rush on to the dancefloor to Nothing Can Stop Us Now or Get Out Of My Dream in 2015.

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Post by noLooking » Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:01 am

holyzombiejesus wrote:maybe some Stereolab too?
Shoe in for the first dance.



I dunno. I don't really want to go in to full on 'wedding dj' mode by just playing dead obvious songs but equally want people there to enjoy it. I was thinking that I may play something contemporary and fashionable to impress the hipster element but then realised that I have absolutely no idea what is fashionable.
Music is so fragmented these days that nothing is obviously fashionable in the way it was up until about ten years ago. You'll either end up playing something really obscure that you won't be thanked for, or something utterly tedious like War on Drugs, which just isn't worth the bother. It's probably best to stick with the greatest hits of about twenty years ago at latest, it's the only thing everyone can unite around, apart from obscure ten minute Stereolab songs.

If anyone wants me, I'll be putting on some slippers and drinking a nice cup of cocoa.

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Re: I've got to DJ at a wedding...

Post by tonieee » Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:07 am

If it were me I'd play roughly 50/50 stuff that the bride and groom like (which presumably a lot of their friends like too) and popular songs that most people will know.

You say what you played before used to go down really well - it probably still will. People don't expect cutting edge at a wedding disco. I wouldn't worry too much about playing anything too obscure - at weddings there's usually enough people who will dance to anything anyway.

And yes definitely you should always play Jonathan Richman.

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Re: I've got to DJ at a wedding...

Post by Dan Pop-o-matic » Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:52 am

Can't go wrong with "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift. The hipsters will love it, the nans will love it, everyone loves it.

Also you're not officially married under the eyes of Pop until "Come On Eileen" has been played at your wedding, so might want to get that in there.

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Post by Trev » Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:24 am

Dan Pop-o-matic wrote:Can't go wrong with "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift. The hipsters will love it, the nans will love it, everyone loves it.
I don't really like Taylor Swift. At all.

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Post by Dan Pop-o-matic » Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:26 pm

Trev wrote:
Dan Pop-o-matic wrote:Can't go wrong with "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift. The hipsters will love it, the nans will love it, everyone loves it.
I don't really like Taylor Swift. At all.

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You don't like Carly Rae, you don't like Taylor. What' wrong with you? What happened to make you this way Trev?

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Post by Trev » Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:45 pm

Dan Pop-o-matic wrote:
You don't like Carly Rae, you don't like Taylor. What' wrong with you? What happened to make you this way Trev?
I got taste. :-)

I like some classic pop tunage - just don't hear it from these no-marks.

Sorry. As you were.

As for weddings just play songs from people that died recently. That always gets people dancing.
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Re: I've got to DJ at a wedding...

Post by Dan Pop-o-matic » Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:22 pm

Oh gods yeah. Hit 'em with some Bowie .

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Post by noLooking » Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:21 pm

Trev wrote:As for weddings just play songs from people that died recently. That always gets people dancing.
I was thinking 'Hotel California', some interminable Hawkwind song and Tin Machine. Or the second side of 'Low'. Get 'em moving.
Dan Pop-o-matic wrote:Also you're not officially married under the eyes of Pop until "Come On Eileen" has been played at your wedding, so might want to get that in there.
I believe this is mandatory.

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Post by Gordon » Sun Jan 31, 2016 12:59 pm

All the single ladies.
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Post by holyzombiejesus » Sun Jan 31, 2016 1:08 pm

Thanks everyone! I don't really have any pop music on vinyl (although I think I've got Milkshake on 12" somewhere) so can't play that stuff. So far, I've got some obvious girl group/ Motown & Northern stuff (Baby I Love You, Slow Fizz, Stoned Love, River Deep, I can't Help Myself, Tainted Love, The Snake and some other bits), a few lesser heard things like Daddy You've Just Gotta Let Him In and Peanut Duck (and Working on a Building of Love because Jeremy Corbyn), some Roxy, Blondie and then some B&S/ Pulp/ Stereolab/Camera Obscura.

I may also need to play stuff when people arrive for the evening which doesn't need to be fit for the dancefloor. That'd be much more fun. I could play O'Malley's Bar and Chalet Lines and Boy Meets Girl So What.

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Re: I've got to DJ at a wedding...

Post by holyzombiejesus » Sun Jan 31, 2016 1:08 pm

Trev wrote:
As for weddings just play songs from people that died recently. That always gets people dancing.
The Floral Dance?

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Post by Wheatabeat » Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:58 pm

The only gigs I tend to DJ at these days are weddings really. I love them, when the bride and groom have decent music tastes at least. At the end of the day, it is their day, but guests always want a good boogie so you really need to reign in the indulgence. I've done one when the brief was strictly either Indian bangra music (the bride was Indian) or vintage rock music. I quickly realised it just wasn't what a huge part of the guests wanted and felt really awkward.

I did 5 weddings last year. Whilst the brief was generally indie enough, shall we say, there was only one where the bridge and groom were indiepop kids. And even that, there were a handful of hand-picked indiepop songs that they insisted one and the rest was thinks like Kate Bush, Bowie, Dee-Lite, Motown and great pop. It made for such a fun party. The big songs of the night tended to be stuff they loved when they themselves were kids, so Britpop generally.

I'd also suggest don't be too embarrassed or crestfallen when it's about an hour and half in and no-one's really dancing. Everyone tends to get going later which is frustrating when you have an early-ish cut-off time. And also play an absolute stonker straight after their 'first dance'. It's when you have a captive audience and a great opportunity. This Charming Man, as obvious as it is worked great once.

I love DJing weddings me anyway. There's tons of guilty pleasure stuff you can shamelessly play real loud.
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Re: I've got to DJ at a wedding...

Post by islandhopper » Mon Feb 01, 2016 6:20 pm

Dan Pop-o-matic wrote:Can't go wrong with "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift. The hipsters will love it, the nans will love it, everyone loves it.

Also you're not officially married under the eyes of Pop until "Come On Eileen" has been played at your wedding, so might want to get that in there.
Yes! Shake It Off went down a storm at our wedding and was a great moment at Lynsosaurus's too. I don't think we had Come On Eileen but I saw Grandmaster Flash DJ last week and even he sticks it into his set!

It's a complicated business but I definitely think going for a generally more mainstream mix (and it's not as if any songs I don't actually like were played) and seeing everyone enjoying themselves is better than a night of your obscure favourites and your relatives sitting confused on the sidelines.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Sat Feb 27, 2016 1:24 pm

islandhopper wrote: Yes! Shake It Off went down a storm at our wedding and was a great moment at Lynsosaurus's too. I don't think we had Come On Eileen but I saw Grandmaster Flash DJ last week and even he sticks it into his set!
Hah! I was just coming here to say this very thing. I was in the toilet when Shake It Off was played at both your wedding and my wedding. GUTTED. I managed to rush back in when it was played at yours but my wedding dress presented some logistical problems that hindered my progress at my own wedding. Luckily someone took a video of everyone dancing to it...

We did a big list of songs we'd like to have played, and we also asked all our guests to pick a song they'd like to hear, and in the end half the songs on our list completely cleared the dance floor, so my friends who were DJing just played what worked at the time and it was fucking brilliant. I don't even remember half of what was played, but I do remember dancing a LOT.

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Post by islandhopper » Sat Feb 27, 2016 1:49 pm

lynsosaurus wrote:
We did a big list of songs we'd like to have played, and we also asked all our guests to pick a song they'd like to hear, and in the end half the songs on our list completely cleared the dance floor, so my friends who were DJing just played what worked at the time and it was fucking brilliant. I don't even remember half of what was played, but I do remember dancing a LOT.
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Re: I've got to DJ at a wedding...

Post by lynsosaurus » Sat Feb 27, 2016 3:33 pm

Well, obviously I couldn't forget that.

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