Sadly, One More Song DJ Scott retired from his DJ career this year. With over 20 years of experience in playing at weddings, corporate functions and private parties, Scott has seen it all! To help you plan the musical entertainment for your next celebration, we asked Scott to share what he has learned over the years!
Choosing your venue
Many clients are unaware of the rules and regulations that allow venues to operate within. When scoping for that perfect place, it’s useful to ask if there are sound restrictions that limit how loud music can be played, and at what time it must cease. This is particularly relevant for inner city venues, where residential buildings have been recently constructed, but may also apply to country venues such as wineries. Also enquire about liquor licensing requirements such as what time alcohol can be served until – it can often vary depending on the day and time.
Choosing the type of entertainment
The variety of entertainment you offer your guests is limited only by your imagination. One of the more notable gigs was a same-sex marriage – which occurred long before the term was even brought into our lexicon – who had a fondness for the movie Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert. The hosts presented a drag show that mimicked some of the well-known movie scenes and made sure that performers were dressed in flamboyant costumes and danced on the bar. The crowd loved it and the music was easy to program for their disco vibe. Remember, just let the entertainment reflect a piece of who you are.
Briefing your entertainment provider
It’s a must! But just how much direction you provide for an entertainer comes down to a client’s personality and style. Some clients leave it to the entertainer’s discretion to ‘work the crowd’; other clients, however, like to personalise the night and highlight distinct moments; for example, playing a theme song as a speaker is introduced. At one end-of-year Christmas bash, I was informed that a piano recital would be performed by a guest while I played background jazz. Talk about cool! Whatever your requirements are, it’s always important to discuss these well in advance, but also be flexible in case an event requires late changes. I think that the best entertainers are those people who can quickly adapt to impromptu situations.
Selecting music to suit different tastes
Well, you can’t please everyone, but you can certainly try, which is why I would rotate genres within my sets. For instance, the initial hours of a function are a good time to play some acid jazz (think Café del Mar) and progress on to some Latin vibes and chilled out beats. Then, switch to some 70s funk and current R&B and see how the music is received. Skilled performers can recognise when music needs to be changed and adjust accordingly. I remember a large wedding where the traditional wedding winners just weren’t appealing to the crowd. It wasn’t until I overhead someone talk about electronic dance music that I switched it up with some ‘doof doof’ and brought the house down (or should that be the arms up in the air?) with some fun-style trance.
DJ or live musicians (or both) – what works and when?
DJ all the way! Okay, I’m being a little biased here (and also joking), but this is one of the most frequently asked questions. Entertainers can be suited for variety of situations; DJs tend to work better when there’s a number of quick songs required in succession or to play extended sets. Musicians play shorter, punchier sets and have the ability to interact with the crowd a little easier. But why limit yourself to just one type of performer? Have both as they can complement each other’s musical styles.
What makes a good dance floor?
There’s one key ingredient that is rarely mentioned yet is so important: and that’s for the client to take the lead and start dancing. If you’re a wedding client who craves a pumping dance floor, lead by example and your guests will follow. If you have organised a band or a Christmas party, make sure you have a core group of people ready to take centre stage. Sometimes, however, music is not just about making people dance. A great time can be had just by playing the right music at the appropriate time. And that’s a great way to think about any kind of entertainment performance: timing is everything!
Are you planning your wedding, corporate event or a party? Contact us to speak about your entertainment!