As the one behind the music, you’re the one who will make or break the party – whether you’re the DJ at a wedding or a club, or the sound engineer for a band in a large or small venue.

Here are a few things to remember, especially if you’re just starting out:

The Music Is About Them, Not You

Whether you like a song or not, guests will only get moving on the floor if they like what they hear. You’ve heard that god awful song at least thousand times, but if it’s what they want to hear, then play it. Watch the crowd. Pay attention to requests.

Keep A Log And Watch The Charts

Music is fluid. Some tunes have what’s known as a “high burn.” These kinds of songs are the ones that come out of nowhere, are hot for about ten seconds and then just get annoying every damn time you hear it. But still, they love it, and the song sits at the top. But you’ll know when it’s time to rest a tune. The requests will stop coming in, the crowd will thin as soon as they hear those first few beats, and then you’re left with an empty dance floor — a bloody death to both DJs and live bands. Don’t let that happen. Be smart. Pay attention.

Mix It Up!

Keep the music fresh, and shuffle your playlist. There’s a reason no one listens to the radio anymore. (Aside from all the commercials, that is.) They play the same 10 songs over and over, and the same songs play on every station. Sometimes you can’t seem to get away from it. Don’t be the radio. Don’t let them punch the button. Play the favorites, but mix in a new tune every few songs to see how the crowd reacts.

Your job is to make people happy. Happy people are dancing people. So match those beats, pump the crowd and show them a good time!

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