Guest Post By: DJ Jimmie Espo, Move It Music DJ and Lighting
I like to think of true wedding DJs as symphony conductors. Like the conductor and his baton, we use the perfect mix of music to inspire a diverse crowd of guests to dance. Without the perfect mix, guests will eventually lose their rhythm and abandon the once full dance floor.
This “perfect mix” cannot be planned, but is spontaneously created by reading the energy of the crowd. What can be planned and practiced is the technique and skill to provide a diverse mix of music that not only appeals to all ages and genres, but keeps guests dancing to songs that they would normally not dance to. The outcome is a dance floor filled with guests of all generations…a true family event.
Most DJs fail at this technique because they rely on the bad habit of “sets,” or long groups of music from the same genre. While this is great for the guests that love this genre, the rest will lose interest and retreat to their tables. Once these guests lose interest, it is difficult to get them back on the floor. Learning how to create the perfect mix requires the DJ to think out of the box and mix together songs that normally would belong in different sets. By alternating genres and decades of music, all of your guests want to keep dancing in anticipation for next great song.
Example mixes would be:
“I Got a Feelin” by Black Eyed Peas
“Rock This Party” by Bob Sinclair
“PTY” by Michael Jackson
“I Can’t Help Myself” by The Four Tops
“You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” by Barry White
“This Is How We Do It” by Montel Jordan
“Poison” by Bel Biv Devoe
Beat-mixing songs together will keep a consistent tempo and help to sustain the energy on the dance floor, but this cannot always be done. This is where other DJ skills come into play. Skills such as cuts and record breaks can help to transition between songs. Also, using effects and filters, your DJ can be creative while not ruining the integrity or the original song.
Another great way to keep all decades of guests dancing together is to play remixes or “mashups.” Old classic songs remixed to new beats can really bring crowds together on the dance floor. A great DJ knows what remixes are done well and be a hit at your wedding.
Some great songs to remix are:
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
“Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
“Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns and Roses
“Billie Jean” by Micheal Jackson
Find a DJ that understands how important the perfect mix is to your wedding. Ask questions about his/her mixing techniques and how they plan to keep all of your family and friends on the dance floor together. Inquire about remixes and ask to hear some of them to be sure that they sound great.
Remember, the right DJ with the perfect mix can make your wedding the best it can be.
DJ Jimmie Espo, CEO of Move It Music DJ and Lighting, has been a successful disc jockey in Boston for over 20 years. His versatile resume spans from Boston’s hottest night clubs in the mid ‘90’s, to becoming the accomplished, premier wedding DJ and master of ceremonies he is today.