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Last Night a DJ Saved My Life!
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Posted: 11/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

By Cherisse Challenger


Last night a DJ saved my life! Maybe the reality isn’t as dramatic as I’m making it sound, but the right music really can make or break your event. I do not want bass pulsing out of the speakers at a Memorial Day ceremony, and I do not want elevator music at a trendy product launch. What I do want is the right music to shape the vibe of my event.

Here are a few things to think about when planning the music for your upcoming event:

  1. What tone do you want to set? Think about the experience you want your guests to have when they enter the space. Should they be “Dancing on the Ceiling” or “Livin’ on a Prayer”? Think about the feeling you want to give the crowd. The right music will help establish the atmosphere you want to achieve.

  2. What should guests be doing? If you want them to network, pay attention to the volume. No one likes a stranger screaming his name into their ears.

  3. If your event goes through highs and lows, you can strategize which music to play at different points throughout the night. Try easing guests in with some familiar music that has a nice beat, calming it down right before speeches, turning the energy all the way up for the after-party and mellowing the crowd out about 30 minutes before the event ends. 

  4. You can incorporate fun songs that play off your event. For example, at a charity poker event, open the doors for your players to the tune of “For the Love of Money” by the O’Jays (it works for Donald Trump!). At a bat mitzvah or Sweet Sixteen party, turn on Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

  5. For a mixed crowd, don’t be afraid to mix old favorites with new hits. People will love hearing familiar tunes from their heyday, and some will feel more comfortable bobbing their heads to tunes they’ve recently heard on the radio.