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When we take a booking for one of our DJ’s, no matter what type of wedding, party or occasion we always suggest to our clients they provide us with a playlist of music they want to be played. In addition to a blacklist of any tracks that they want to ensure are not played. Whilst this is not a necessity and some clients leave the playlist completely up to us, for those that do, it gives us a good idea of the personal music taste of our clients and an insight into what might work on the night.
This also gives us a chance to plan a rough playlist for the evening allowing us to concentrate on DJing and reading the crowd on the night. We also offer a free download facility, meaning that if there is a track we don’t have in our library we can download with ease on the night in most scenarios. Once downloaded the 320kb high definition track can be dropped straight onto our DJ controller and mixed in straight away.
Whilst we never stick exactly to a playlist unless our client wants us to, it is extremely important to have a good knowledge of favourite songs and requests your wedding or party host want to hear. This way we have a starting point for the music and can work out the rough direction we want to take the music to dependant on the crowd at the event. We carefully ensure we have fit in any of our clients favourite songs and excluded any genres or songs our clients have blacklisted.
We would never however advise on picking a playlist and sticking to it song for song, as this usually would not work at an event. There are many factors for this such as the mood and taste of the event guests, the atmosphere on the night, song requests on the night and much more. A playlist is more of a musical taste guide than a set format for the whole evening.
One thing many of our clients forget to bear in mind when compiling there playlist is background music, this in our eyes is equally as important as the music for the peak time in the event. Background music sets the mood for the event and warms things up for what is in store for the rest of the evening. Just like a club DJ playing a warmup set, the act of warming up a crowd is as important as the main event. There’s nothing worse than walking into an event and hearing blaring music playing so loudly it prevents your guests from holding a conversation. Most special occasions are a time for friends and family who probably haven’t seen each other in a long time to catch up, the dancing can wait till later on. Just as important as the level of the music, the actual track selection is vital.
When planning a playlist we always take into account the ages and tastes of our clients and the type of event they are hosting. If the event is a wedding for example; the norm is that there will be several hours of dining & speeches, this will need a subtle playlist to match. Most wedding guests won’t want to hear Metallica being played whilst trying to enjoy a pâté or choosing a fitting bread roll for their soup. In the same instance a 16th birthday party is unlikely to want to listen to Babylon by David Gray when their friends are arriving.
We have compiled a list of the most requested wedding background music tracks from our clients over the past few years. These are from mixed aged clients for a variety of different weddings. Whilst these have been selected by our wedding clients many of our other clients holding parties and events have also found the songs appropriate:
Top wedding background music requests in no particular order:
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- Morcheeba – The Sea.
- Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees.
- David Gray – Babylon.
- Jennifer Hudson – Spotlight.
- Gotye & Kimbra – Somebody That I used To Know.
- Ben Howard – Keep Your Head Up.
- Ed Sheeran – Kiss Me.
- Simply Red – Holding Back The Years.
- Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind.
- Emeli Sandé – Next To Me.
- The Cure – Friday I’m In Love.
- Sam Smith – Latch (Acoustic Version).
- Maroon 5 – She Will Be Loved.
- Norah Jones – Come Away With Me.
- Michael Bublé – Everything.
- Adele – Someone Like You.
- Moby – Porcelain.
- The La’s – There She Goes (Acoustic Version).
- Maverick Sabre – I Need (Acoustic Version).
- Emeli Sandé – Heaven.
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- Amy Winehouse – Valerie (BBC Live Lounge Version).
- Coldplay – Don’t Panic.
- Gabrielle – Out Of Reach.
- Ellie Goulding – How Long Will I Love You.
- Natalie Imbruglia – Torn.
- Birdy – Skinny Love.
- Eagle Eyed Cherry – Save Tonight.
- The Calling – Wherever You Will Go.
- Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me.
- Nina Simone – Feeling Good.
- Passenger – Let Her Go.
- Colbie Caillat – Bubbly.
- Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles.
- John Legend – Ordinary People.
- The Goo Goo Dolls – Iris.
- Counting Crows – Accidentally In Love.
- Lily Allen – Somewhere Only We know.
- Alicia Keys – Emire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down.
- U2 – One
- Ed Sheeran – Lego House.
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The list above captures a very small amount of our clients favourite wedding background music tracks. This list may not be suitable for all types of weddings and ages as all weddings differ from each other.
We can also supply background music playlist samples for a range of other events and parties.