DJ Rama – Tips on DJing at a Party
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a DJ then we have some great tips which you should bear in mind the next time that you are asked to provide the music for a party. The wonderful DJ Rama began his successful career as a party DJ before taking on some of the nations biggest clubs and events, and he has been kind enough to offer some of his hints and tips for how to really deliver one of the best party sets. There is some things to avoid and some things to try so let’s get into it and see if we can help you up your game at the next party.
The first thing that you must aim to avoid when DJing at a party is going in with a hard and fast set list. Whilst it is important to have mapped out an hour or so of music, the idea that you are going to stick to it is wrong as things will always change. Because of this you should have your loose set but also be flexible to switch it up as and when required.
Keep Them Dancing
One of the most frustrating things that so many party DJs do is to get people on the dance floor with a great couple of songs, have the people dancing and smiling, only to drop some completely different genre which forces a mass dancefloor exodus and sends everyone back to their seats. You have to learn how to read the room, and how to ensure that people get up and stay on the dancefloor. If you get people dancing every time you put some 70s funk on then keep it up, don’t take risks.
Not About You
When you are a party DJ it is important to remember that in reality this is not about you and whilst you are more than welcome to drop the occasional track which you like, the key is to keep the revelers entertained. Even if this means playing music which you don’t particularly enjoy, you have to remember that this is a paid gig just like any other, and think of it as just some good practice for when you are able to rock a set of your own style and choices.
People love to make requests and the only suggestion to be made here is that you should decide early whether or not you will be accepting requests and then stick to that rule. If you take some requests from some and then not from others then people may get frustrated, and if you accept requests from all and sundry then you have to anticipate people coming up to you all night as you are trying to find and cue the next song. DJ Rama suggests a no-request policy here, which allows you to focus entirely on the music and making sure that everyone has a great time.
Bear these tips in mind the next time that you drop a party set.