- Nov 6, 2006
I didn't suggest you play the whole song or the exact radio version. I'm suggesting that in a mobile setting the priority with respect to the dance floor is familiarity. People respond to DJs they can musically trust.I think there are more than enough mobile DJs playing the full version of songs as they appeared on radio. And while I certainly don't think I go overboard with remixes in a wedding environment, using them tastefully and other tools to get into and out of songs creatively works. As does some selective word play and other fun ways to not sound like exactly every other wedding DJ in town.
The number of DJs who claim to be "different" is well, everybody. In reality (and I get to hear a lot of DJs) their personal departures are off-putting and when we compare the DJ's assessment of the crowd to the crowd's assessment of the DJ it's not hard to identify the disconnect.
It's far more rewarding to differentiate ourselves on the basis of knowing how to rotate a dance floor, produce entertainment, and professionally host formality. The songs are already popular hits before we play them. There isn't anything we're going to do with the music that will sustain a dance floor more than continuity and familiarity.
It's often possible to find great DJs who don't mix at all that are better received and in more demand than those who do - the latter choosing music on the basis of his mix rather than the people he serves.