Gig Prep - What is your M.O. ?

djcrazychris

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Jun 12, 2018
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ok....so heres the CC WAY...lol

i have generic folders that COULD work pretty much anywhere... They are organized by bpm... and filled with anything i might ever play....ever...

So...picture this...

WEDDING 70BPM
WEDDING 80BPM
WEDDING 90BPM
WEDDING 100BPM

etc etc

THEN
PARTY 70BPM
PARTY 80BPM

etc etc

This is all above and beyond folders organized by genre...era....etc... along with line dance folders and novelty song folders.... DINNER ...COCKTAIL....FAST DINNER... TEEN DINNER....JAZZ DINNER....etc etc...

SO THEN

when im doing a wedding with lots of requests i add them into NEW FOLDERS listed under the brides name...

example:

MAGGIE DINNER
MAGGIE COCKTAIL
MAGGIE SPECIAL DANCES
MAGGIE GRAND ENTRANCE
MAGGIE 70
MAGGIE 80

etc

I list all of their must plays at the top...and then browse my WEDDING FOLDERS or PARTY FOLDERS and add in floor fillers or stuff i havent played in a while to the BRIDES FOLDERS...

Those STAPLE folders are ever changing and updated constantly...i get in there and play in my spare time...keeping it organic

so....now im at a wedding... im kicking off dancing...im in the MAGGIE 120BPM folder and i notice that people are loving disco... but ive flew through the few disco tracks i set aside...a couple clicks and im in the DISCO folder....grabbing a couple extra to keep it going

im prepared for anything...and im not scrolling for hours through my whole unorganized collection

cc
 

steve149

Veni, Vidi, Lusi
Staff member
Sep 26, 2011
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Prospect, CT
ok....so heres the CC WAY...lol

i have generic folders that COULD work pretty much anywhere... They are organized by bpm... and filled with anything i might ever play....ever...

So...picture this...

WEDDING 70BPM
WEDDING 80BPM
WEDDING 90BPM
WEDDING 100BPM

etc etc

THEN
PARTY 70BPM
PARTY 80BPM

etc etc

This is all above and beyond folders organized by genre...era....etc... along with line dance folders and novelty song folders.... DINNER ...COCKTAIL....FAST DINNER... TEEN DINNER....JAZZ DINNER....etc etc...

SO THEN

when im doing a wedding with lots of requests i add them into NEW FOLDERS listed under the brides name...

example:

MAGGIE DINNER
MAGGIE COCKTAIL
MAGGIE SPECIAL DANCES
MAGGIE GRAND ENTRANCE
MAGGIE 70
MAGGIE 80

etc

I list all of their must plays at the top...and then browse my WEDDING FOLDERS or PARTY FOLDERS and add in floor fillers or stuff i havent played in a while to the BRIDES FOLDERS...

Those STAPLE folders are ever changing and updated constantly...i get in there and play in my spare time...keeping it organic

so....now im at a wedding... im kicking off dancing...im in the MAGGIE 120BPM folder and i notice that people are loving disco... but ive flew through the few disco tracks i set aside...a couple clicks and im in the DISCO folder....grabbing a couple extra to keep it going

im prepared for anything...and im not scrolling for hours through my whole unorganized collection

cc
A nice happy medium between rigidity and winging it ...
 

TJS

GetSomeJuJu
Nov 8, 2018
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Ankeny, IA
www.jujulab.rocks
ok....so heres the CC WAY...lol

i have generic folders that COULD work pretty much anywhere... They are organized by bpm... and filled with anything i might ever play....ever...

So...picture this...

WEDDING 70BPM
WEDDING 80BPM
WEDDING 90BPM
WEDDING 100BPM

etc etc

THEN
PARTY 70BPM
PARTY 80BPM

etc etc

This is all above and beyond folders organized by genre...era....etc... along with line dance folders and novelty song folders.... DINNER ...COCKTAIL....FAST DINNER... TEEN DINNER....JAZZ DINNER....etc etc...

SO THEN

when im doing a wedding with lots of requests i add them into NEW FOLDERS listed under the brides name...

example:

MAGGIE DINNER
MAGGIE COCKTAIL
MAGGIE SPECIAL DANCES
MAGGIE GRAND ENTRANCE
MAGGIE 70
MAGGIE 80

etc

I list all of their must plays at the top...and then browse my WEDDING FOLDERS or PARTY FOLDERS and add in floor fillers or stuff i havent played in a while to the BRIDES FOLDERS...

Those STAPLE folders are ever changing and updated constantly...i get in there and play in my spare time...keeping it organic

so....now im at a wedding... im kicking off dancing...im in the MAGGIE 120BPM folder and i notice that people are loving disco... but ive flew through the few disco tracks i set aside...a couple clicks and im in the DISCO folder....grabbing a couple extra to keep it going

im prepared for anything...and im not scrolling for hours through my whole unorganized collection

cc

Huge help Chris! That really helped to explain your process in tangible terms and it makes a ton of sense. :cheers:
 

IceBurghDJ

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Apr 17, 2015
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Never.

Prep is making a folder with the events (for a wedding, etc, like first dance, entrance, cake cutting, etc) another for their requests/must plays, which I will do for school dances.

Other than that, no.

I have folders of dance types (slow, country hits, rap, motown, etc), by years (80s, 90s, 00s, etc), cocktail and dinner folders (love songs, pop hits, lounge, etc).

Since I"m doing a lot more school dances (averaging one ever 10 days this fall so far) I'm working harder on making lists for that - next list will be 'clean' as in content...did a preK to 4th halloween dance, a christian school homecoming...kids WILL dance to more 'mundane' songs. Some of the ones that got the best reception are inxs songs..queen..toto...
 

Scott Hanna

DJ Extraordinaire
Oct 25, 2006
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Cleveland, OH
www.djincleveland.com
I only check to make sure I have the requested tracks on their list...
and make sure I acquire the songs I don't have.
This is my music prep. Making sureI have the music needed. At the event, My music choices are based on client planning discussions, their requests and reading the crowd.

My pre-event planning is mostly based on MCing and understanding client needs

I have many lists...my software calls them catagries... That I'll reference.
Have catagries by decade, by genre, by wedding time (cocktail, dinner, late dinner upbeat,slow dance)

Many songs will fit in more than one catagory.

I'll view catagries by #of plays first so the most popular are the first I see. I'll then switch the view in BPM order.

At events, I'll always have a number of songs in the play list, but I'll constantly make changes, moving songs up, down, or removing them all together. I'll also have client requests in my prepare list, kind as like the sideview list in VDJ.