Gig Prep - What is your M.O. ?

djcrazychris

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When I do a pre-gig search...
I usually find a bunch of "gems" that I think will fit very well with this week's gig.

But inevitably...I get to the gig and realize that I was much more excited about playing them...
than the crowd was about dancing to them!
yeah....placement is important... and sometimes they dont work as hoped...but id feel real stale if i didnt try and evolve my selections

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Ausumm

No Matter Where You Go... There You Are!
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yeah....placement is important... and sometimes they dont work as hoped...but id feel real stale if i didnt try and evolve my selections

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Or, you get a request at a gig for a song you're not sure about...
but it goes over SPLENDIDLY.
I had that with Backstreet Boys a while back.

Even if you mistakenly assume that it will work with other groups...
you are still inspired to try new things (even if they are OLD things)
 

DJ Bobcat

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I'm a little late to this thread, but I'll wade in... It depends on the event. If you do fund-raiser events (like I do a lot of) with cocktails, dinner, speeches, and social time, I can almost script the entire night. If it's a corporate event (like an office party), I have a bunch of playlists (crates) of specific types of music that I might play (i.e.; Country Slow Dance, 60's R&B, Jazz Vocal, 80's Pop Fast, Etc., Etc.). The lists are laid out in such a way that the tracks on it flow well together, but I might play 3 or 4 from one list, then move to another list. It kinda depends on what the crowd is diggin'. If I get a request, I slide it in with complementary tracks from one of the lists. Every once in a blue moon, I'll think of something that isn't on any of my lists, and I'll drag it in, but mostly I stick to what's on my playlists. I have too many tracks in my library to just wing it without narrowing down the choices, 'cause I'm old and my memory isn't as good as it used to be, so the playlists make it appear as if I'm not as feeble as I actually am. :laugh: I generally create a few new playlists specifically for each event, but some lists are constant (like "Line Dances" or "50's Rockabilly" for instance). This MO works for me.:djsmug: