If you are thinking about having a house-party or hiring a venue you will probably be wanting to hire the services of a DJ. A good DJ will know exactly what to play by reading the crowd. Here are some things to consider when you need to know how to select a DJ for your party.
The first consideration when throwing a party is working out which type of music to play. At a wedding reception or family celebration there will be people of all ages. Therefore it may be better to hire a DJ who is experienced with these types of parties and will play classic pop tunes that everyone knows and loves.
If you are going to have a house party for your mates then you will find that there is a lot of choice of music genres. It is probably best to play the kind of music you know your friends like. Up to the minute dance music may be best, such as Dubstep or Progressive House.
One great way to have a party is hire several DJs, all of whom play a particular genre of music. For example you could begin your party with classic reggae and finish with some fast drum and bass.
Experienced DJs are able to read the crowd of dancers and play music accordingly. This is an important skill to have when playing dance music, as the rhythms and tempos can reflect the behavior of the crowd. This can make a party last all night.
These days DJs use their laptop and DJ software, such as Traktor. Although many still prefer to use decks and vinyl. Some hip hop style DJs produce their own music out of sampled beats and snippets of music, as well remixing dance tracks. Top Hip Hop and Breakbeat DJs such as DJ Shadow and DJ Food use these techniques and often produce track as they play their set.
Sometimes the choice is easy if you have seen a particular DJ before. If you are at a party and the DJ is to your liking it is well worth asking them for their card or contact details. Your friends or family members may also be able to make recommendations, especially if they have thrown a party of their own. Good DJs will want to know as many details regarding the party as possible. It is worth taking a look at the DJs music collection and ask them what they know about music. Some DJs tend to play the music that they would like to hear, but this approach rarely works well.
So if you are trying to figure out how to select a DJ why not follow steps above. Good DJs are not difficult to find, but the right one will know exactly how to create the perfect party so that all the guests will still be talking about it in years to come.