Are you a DJ? Get in here! Putting together a wedding playlist for a reception is an art. Trust me, it really is.
Just think about it; as a DJ you have the task of putting together a set of about 150 songs (with about 2 minutes of playtime each) that will be able to get the whole audience singing (and maybe even some reminiscing). It’s a bit of a daunting task, wouldn’t you say?
You’ll also probably be dealing with people walking up to you and requesting certain songs (I mean, this is Nigeria and everyone wants to be pleased), some of which will take the mood of your dance floor and throw it out the window.
With all that in mind, you might do well to consider the following tips for setting up a playlist and DJ’ing the life out of a wedding reception:
PLAY THE HITS
No matter how much you control the wedding reception and the dance floor, there are certain songs that people want to hear and which they expect you to play. Feel free to oblige.
This is the same reason why people hear the same songs time and again at weddings and other events- simply because they appeal to them! These are the songs that are able to keep the dance floor populated. Songs lie Iyawo Mi (Timi Dakolo) or Eminado (Don Jazzy and Tiwa Savage) will definitely do just fine.
FEEL FREE TO MIX THE NEW WITH THE OLD
Hey, who said Luck Be a Lady (Frank Sinatra) still doesn’t kill it?
Inasmuch as you want to keep things modern and conventional to please the younger people in your wedding, it is also essential to take things back every now and then.
Think about it; there really is no downside
- Contrary to popular belief, a lot of young people will definitely not mind
- Old people will have the opportunity to get in on the action as well and soak up some of that nostalgia
- Let’s face it; how many legit love songs do we still have in this day and age that can run a wedding from start to finish?
KEEP IT 90% FAST SONGS, 10% SLOW SONGS
Without a doubt, an awesome wedding reception will have an amalgamation of high moments and slow moments. There is time for people to dance and let themselves go, at which point a song like Iskaba (Wande Coal) might be appropriate, and there are times when they need to get close and dance together, where you can throw in All of Me (John Legend).
The balance is what you need to keep in mind.
If I had to give you a ratio, I’ll recommend playing about 90% upbeat songs and 10% slow jams. Basically, throw in a slow song after about 10 to 12 fast-paced ones. The truth is that people want them… they just don’t want them as much as they at the fast ones!
DON’T LEAVE ANY SILENCE BETWEEN SONGS
When you’re working as a DJ, even a silence period that lasts just 3 seconds is able to kill the momentum that you’ve spent the last 90 minutes building. The ability to seamlessly and fluidly move between sons is very (I repeat; VERY) important.
DOWNLOAD THE SONGS BEFORE YOU GET TO THE VENUE
I cannot possibly stress this enough; make sure to have your sings ready before you get to the venue. If not for anything, for the fact that it portrays a professional and trained persona.
MAKE SURE TO KEEP THNGS PG
For the love of God in heaven, remember that you’re at a wedding reception. You have old people, ministers and clergymen, and LITTLE CHILDREN present. Try as much as possible to control the use of cuss words and certain terms that are better left in the Urban Dictionary.