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MIXMASTERMACHOM

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Got an event to do on April 18th in Union, NJ at a VFW Hall. The time for the event is usual to me. 6:30-10:30. It's an international event meaning the DJ will have to play a lot of different music for this event. Spanish music, 80's 90's house music, reggae and so on.

I just found out today that the person who is organizing the event doesn't want anybody bothering the DJ. So no one can make a request at all.

I was told the person organizing the event talked with people attending the event and got them to give her songs they want to hear at the event. First time I had this happen. My friend said he's had it happen to him. They knew he had all the music they wanted for the event and nobody could make a request.

I've heard of DJs who don't take requests but never nothing like this. This should be an interesting event. We both said we don't have a problem with people asking for a request. I'm comfortable with taking request. If it fits the type of event we're doing and it will work, I will play it. Of course sometimes a request will clear the dance floor. I'm just happy with all my years of experience I usually can quickly recover the dance floor. So I'm leaving my partner to be the DJ for this event. My job will be taking pictures and video.

So he will have a list of songs to go by which will be a big help with this event. No issues just do as you're told and, do your best and get paid.

Oh let me add it's a costume event.
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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I was just wanting to see on here how many DJs have experienced a client not allowing anybody to request a song from the DJ? Especially when I heard the client doesn't want anybody to bother the DJ at the event.
 

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we've done a lot of events where the client specified no requests...not because they "didn't want anyone to bother the dj" but because they wanted a specific flow of music. On our planner we ask if we can take guest requests, if there are any must-plays, or any never-plays. All part of the routine.
 

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We both said we don't have a problem with people asking for a request. I'm comfortable with taking request. If it fits the type of event we're doing and it will work, I will play it. Of course sometimes a request will clear the dance floor. I'm just happy with all my years of experience I usually can quickly recover the dance floor. So I'm leaving my partner to be the DJ for this event.
Evidently your dance floor recovery "skills" are not what got you this event.
The organizer could have easily made a playlist on an Ipod, and put it on "AUTO".
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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Please go back and read the threads from the other times you asked this question.
No sir. Reread what I said. This is a first for us. I'm wondering if the lady tells the people attending the event they can't make any request or how is that handled?
 

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No sir. Reread what I said. This is a first for us. I'm wondering if the lady tells the people attending the event they can't make any request or how is that handled?
See....there's the rub.... She's in no way going to be the enforcer of this rule... in fact...9 times out of 10 a client wanting this will cave the minute the first person wants something played. However you are now in a situation where you have to respect her wishes ...so it will be you or your partners job to explain to every single person who wants to request something why you can't play it... and you cant paint your client as "the meanie" so it will be on you to handle each case delicately.

Being a professional dj is about so much more than speakers and songs...

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See....there's the rub.... She's in no way going to be the enforcer of this rule... in fact...9 times out of 10 a client wanting this will cave the minute the first person wants something played. However you are now in a situation where you have to respect her wishes ...so it will be you or your partners job to explain to every single person who wants to request something why you can't play it... and you cant paint your client as "the meanie" so it will be on you to handle each case delicately.

Being a professional dj is about so much more than speakers and songs...

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I put a like to your post but please explain to me how do you not make the client look like a meanie? People come up to the DJ looking to make a request and you have to tell them you're not allowed to take any requests. Who do you think people will think that told the DJ they can't take requests?

Anyhow I thought about Itigger and I get what you're thinking and that is my dislike of a client giving the DJ a play list. This event should be a lot of fun. I believe it was at the end of January or the very beginning of February the client contacted my partners GF about us doing this event. . Besides that they aren't waiting till the last minute to give you a play list.

What sucks is when you've agreed to do an event for a client and at the last minute want to spring a play list of songs they want for the event. Like you don't have a life outside of the business. I guess some think it should be a breeze for a DJ to get music for their event or you should have the songs they want already. As you know certain songs or versions of a certain song are not always real easy to get. This is one I'm looking forward to being the entertainment company doing this event. I usually don't get excited about doing events. Occasionally I find one that I really feel good about.
 

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I put a like to your post but please explain to me how do you not make the client look like a meanie? People come up to the DJ looking to make a request and you have to tell them you're not allowed to take any requests. Who do you think people will think that told the DJ they can't take requests?
That my friend is what separates the professionals from the amateurs... and you sir will have to figure that out on your own.

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Who wants to bet a Washington there's a thread within a month where he feels hes being disrespected because someone requested something that broke up his mad jamz ;)
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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And the girl friend booked it...

not sure how this could be considered his "gig" in any way...lol

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I'm not sure who booked the event for us. All I know is I was told one of her GF's contacted her about us doing the event and it was agreed that we would be doing the event.
 

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I'm not sure who booked the event for us. All I know is I was told one of her GF's contacted her about us doing the event and it was agreed that we would be doing the event.
so you didn't book the event and you aren't playing the event. Then what does requests or not even matter?
 

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I was just wanting to see on here how many DJs have experienced a client not allowing anybody to request a song from the DJ? Especially when I heard the client doesn't want anybody to bother the DJ at the event.
This is really simple.

1) You cannot stop people from approaching you unless you remove the DJ booth area from a public area.

2) People will ask you stuff anyway.

3) You should not tell them "no, I can't take your request" - all you ever have to say is... "I''ll see what I can do" and go back to work.
 

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no more than you'll be making, why give it another thought,??
 
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MIXMASTERMACHOM

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This is really simple.

1) You cannot stop people from approaching you unless you remove the DJ booth area from a public area.

2) People will ask you stuff anyway.

3) You should not tell them "no, I can't take your request" - all you ever have to say is... "I''ll see what I can do" and go back to work.
I just got off the phone with my friend who nailed it. When he has done events like that, when they came to him he would just tell them to go see the client and let them make the decision. He said those 2 people didn't come back after that. That's a great way to do things. Put the ball in the clients court so you don't look bad.
 

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I just got off the phone with my friend who nailed it. When he has done events like that, when they came to him he would just tell them to go see the client and let them make the decision. He said those 2 people didn't come back after that. That's a great way to do things. Put the ball in the clients court so you don't look bad.
Now your client spends their night putting out fires.... thats not going to endear her to your service...

your friends advice serves himself...not the client.

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