Why not just ask them for what songs they and their families enjoy? It’s what I do... also makes the event more personalized rather than guessing what they’d enjoy.I have a groom this week who is half Puerto Rican. I have a moderate grasp of Latina but if anyone has a good dance playlist they could share, I would appreciate it.
As blueline mentioned its hard to say... you can't just go throwing out latin songs and assume they'll work without knowing what that specific crowd appreciates. You can say salsa, but you could be working with a crowd that thinks Marc Anthony is corny and played out, whereas another crowd loves him... some may prefer traditional sounds and some prefer more of reggaeton and latin pop... which is a whole different category and all depends on how up to date they are with their music.I've already done that. Was just hoping for some extra ammo from my DJ friends.
And this is why I say you have to ask your clients. I’ve done a very good amount of Puerto Rican and Latin influenced weddings and quinceneras and have never had any of those songs or artists requested (with exception of el gran combo).I'm still in NY working off of my sons laptop - all my good stuff is at home in Florida. However, this is a good Salsa -
Frankie Ruiz - Puerto Rico
This is a slow song. Most version's BPM will be more like a Bolero, so slow the tempo a little more with your software -
Javier Solis - En Mi Viejo San Juan
Almost anything by El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. Ojos Chinos, El Aguacero, Sin Salsa No Hay Paraiso, etc.
I understand - but ever since the hurricane hit the island, there has been a strong "Nationalistic" feeling, and I've had LOTS of requests for those two songs from adults - they are certainly not meant for a quinceañera .And this is why I say you have to ask your clients. I’ve done a very good amount of Puerto Rican and Latin influenced weddings and quinceneras and have never had any of those songs or artists requested (with exception of el gran combo).
agreed... there’s definitely nothing wrong with the suggestions... but it just shows how different even a Puerto Rican from Florida is compared to one from Nj/nyc and their preferences. I’ve actually only done one quinceanera recently, it’s mostly Latin influenced weddings I do.I understand - but ever since the hurricane hit the island, there has been a strong "Nationalistic" feeling, and I've had LOTS of requests for those two songs from adults - they are certainly not meant for a quinceañera .
These are just suggestions, and Rick has said he already asked the family. He's the DJ and it's still his responsibility to read the floor.
It seems you have these instances in where you're waiting on info or follow ups... and I used to have those situations all the time. In the last year and a half I started doing something different that has had 100% effectiveness. During the meeting, anything that I don't get an answer for, or needs confirmation, or follow up, or need lists of music, I mark in my notes with an asterisk. After all of my finalizations with the couple, I send an email with "follow up" questions that I tell them still need responses for based on those asterisks. For example, if there is a parent dance still missing, or a confirmation still needed on a timeline change, I list it. In the past I'd have conversations with couples, but by the end of it couples forget what they need to get you, or misunderstood what you were asking in the moment... an email correspondence in writing helps keep things organized. I also have deadlines depending on what info is missing (around 10-14 days before the event depending on the amount of info missing), and once the deadline reaches I follow up saying I really need the info ASAP, to which I get it within 24hrs. There's never a situation that I don't get everything I need and relatively on time. I then do a follow up call 2-3 days before the event to run through things one last time, and to confirm I received their info and understood it properly.Guys, I've asked the family. No idea if the groom will respond or not. I do have a general list of latina music, which I've used at other events. It's a pot-shot whether or not anything I have will go over or not. I'm just trying to do diligence, possibly in the absence of any input from the groom. At this point, all suggestions are appreciated and I'll preview each of them and make notes and try to guess whether it will help or not. Thanks again for all assistance.
I suspect Rick can't see this (I'm on his "he hurt my feewings" list) but for others, any extra ammo we might provide would be generic, at best. Like any culture, there are variant traditions, expectations and preferences that are as varied as the individuals within.I've already done that. Was just hoping for some extra ammo from my DJ friends.
There's an idea. Send them a list of popular Latin artists...you could be working with a crowd that thinks Marc Anthony is corny and played out, whereas another crowd loves him...
The latina things I've done have always been positive. I did a site survey with the bride's father earlier this week and he told me the groom said his side would be into dancing and that I needed to have a hotspot to download. I asked him for a list but don't expect it at this point. My best bet is to do some googling and listening to tracks and try to put together a good, dance-able list of tracks, with the expectation that they'll likely have a flurry of requests. Pretty much all of the latina events that I've done they weren't overly picky about tracks. They just appreciated me making an attempt. I'm just trying to do some extra diligence and expect this one to turn out well also.Seems like some of you have had a bad "Latin" experience - it has been just the opposite for me. necessary.