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How to Deal With Drunken Playlist Requests

If you’re new to the DJ scene, knowing how to deal with drunken requests can make or break your night. In this blog we share some of our past experiences when encountering those annoying playlist requests.

Being a DJ isn’t easy. Your job as a DJ is to read the crowd and keep the dance floor filled. To the average Joe this sounds easy but it really isn’t.

 

How well you DJ also has a direct impact on:

  • The amount of people visiting to the venue
  • How long are people willing to stay in the venue and spend money at the bar
  • How many revisit the same venue at a later date because of the music
  • And finally, getting booked again!
     

With all of the above the cleared up – you’ve also got to watch out for those who have one too many to drink and start asking you to play their song NOW! Because they’re about to leave.
 

If you’re new to the DJ scene, knowing how to deal with drunken requests can make or break your night. In this blog we share some of our past experiences when encountering those annoying playlist requests.
 

  1. The one who uses your booth as a drinks stand

Keep your booth tidy for health and safety reason. Print in block capitals on an A4 sized laminated card:

‘HIGH VOLTAGE: DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DRINK HERE’.

Doing this will prevent any unwanted permanent damage to your DJ equipment.

 

  1. The one whose playlist request must be played now
     

The secret is to be diplomatic without loosing control of your mixing, don't let small talk break your flow. Acknowledge the person with eye contact or let them know you’ll be with them soon.
 

Keep a notebook and pen ready to make it easier to communicate with the person requesting a song whilst your current track is playing. If you don't have the song they requested, simply let the person know you don’t have that song – the person will normally acknowledge what you said and request another song.
 

If the request won't go with the BPM you are playing at the time, inform the person that you may play that song later on. But remember you’re not playing for one person so don’t feel pressured to commit.
 

  1. The one who keeps talking to you and won’t go away
     

You have the overly friendly ones (I actually like them) and the abusive ones. Try to find time to smile and have some small talk with the friendly ones. If however they invade your personal space, explain politely that you are working and your DJ equipment is very expensive
 

Ignore the abusive ones, simply prioritise and focus on your main clients. The vast majority of people in the venue are enjoying your work and having fun on the dance floor. You’ll easily be able to spot the abusive ones in group.


Public and private venues normally have security so if necessary ask for assistance.

 

I hope my blog post has helped you. Share your experiences in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading,

By Sanjeev

27/04/2017
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