3) Head to a retailer and pick up as many of the "Now That's What I Call Music" volumes you can. Better yet, order them online.
Personally, if I were in your situation, I would network with another DJ in your area. You'll spend far less money hiring a DJ for the dance portion than you would buying the necessary equipment and music.
This way, you can gradually add the music and equipment over time instead of rushing to get it all in less than a month.
Sounds like they are asking alot of you rintincop. I would refer it to someone with a library. Not worth the headache. which you will have after trying to put together a library on such short notice. Good luck though!
2 to 3 hours of material is roughly 40 to 60 songs. Not a problem if you aren't concerned about sustaining a dance floor and taking requests.
Building a library that is well researched and capable of entertaining the wide range of musical tastes at a reception is time consuming and expensive. The Rotations sets are a great starter but you'll have huge holes for things people will expect to hear.
Is this something you plan to do a lot? Or is this going to be a one off thing?
As a one shot thing you are better off subcontracting a DJ to provide that time and pass the cost off to the client. You'll be sinking a grand or two into this endeavor otherwise.
If you want to transisition into a multi-threat service and supply "canned" music regularly, by all means take a look at the DJU courses. I believe there is some information in there on "Essential" pieces for a libarary.
FIRST AND FOREMOST.....Establish what type of music the clients wants to fill the 2 hours. There is no need to be buying the latest pop hits if all they want is 60s music. Why buy country when all they want is rap.
Once you have established what they want, go a little farther with the client and have them break it down. What percentage of each genre do they want? Here again, no need to spend money that doesn't need to be spent.
When you can answer those 2 questions above, I bet we as a group can put together a 2 hour program of suggestions. I would then go to Itunes and buy what you need.
I don't want to sound negative, but why on earth would anyone accept a DJ job and not have the proper equipment, music collection, and knowledge? Sure, the bride may have saved money by only hiring one person to do both jobs, but why on earth wouldn't you be honest and up front with her and tell her that you didn't have the proper stuff to do the job as a DJ too? This is what give PROFESSIONAL DJ's a bad rap!!!
I know if I were you, I would have been a man and have been up front with the bride and would have told her the truth and would have recommended her to hire someone else!!! Money or not. Now, if I were you, I'd go ahead and tell her...
But, if you don't and decide to try to do the job yourself, I would personally go rent a dual disc cd player and a DJ mixer, figure out how to use them, figure out a set list from each decade of music, and do quite a bit of research on performing as a DJ with all of the proper announcements and helping out the bride and groom choose a sequence of events.
A totally uncalled for comment Ron. You should be ashamed of yourself for that and I think an apology is in order..
Before jumping into the subscription serices, I think you need to ask yourself whether or not this is something you want to pursue on a regular basis. If this is a one-time deal, I'd follow Aaron's advice and download some music from iTunes ot WalMart.com, burn everything to CD, then use your portable CD players to play the music. If using iTunes, you can still put the songs on the iPod and have it as back-up or if you need to play a song that is on a cd that's currently in use. For another list of songs, go to http://www.mobilebeat.com and look for the annual Top 200 list.
Why should I apologize for someone accepting a job without having a library, equipment and proper experience to do the job the right way? It would be like me accepting a job as a live musician without knowing how to play an instrument. I'd sure hate to go out and do a job and hear people say, "Man, that DJ sucked. He had no idea what he was doing at all!!" I'm just afraid that's what's going to happen to our musician friend here.
I've turned down many jobs due to honesty and integrity. If I feel I'm not the right person for the job, I'll tell the client, "I'm sorry, I don't feel I am the right DJ for your event" I think he should do the same.
Excuse me for the negativity, but this is what gives professional DJ's a bad rap!!!
Honesty is the best policy, agree or not. I am not insulting anyone. I said a man would admit if he is capable or not, whether it be me or anyone else. Agreed? I already said I'd be man enough. What's wrong with honesty?
I'm leaning towards agreeing with Ron. In a previous post, I believe rintincop indicated spending $50 for music was more money than he wanted to spend. If I read his post correctly, he darn sure shouldn't have taken the job. Let's see, no gear, no music, and no want to spend the cash are the ingredients for a piss poor party. I agree with Ron. This does not make the profession look professional.
Ok look at it this way, someone goes can you DJ my wedding and by the way can you bake my wedding cake also. Yes I prob could bake a cake, I have the basic kitchen tools to do it, I would prob have to go out and buy some supplies, is it going to be a professional job prob not. I would have no clue of what I am doing because I don't have the tools to do it right but I prob could figure it out. Same applies here. In a way this is almost like hiring a freind who want to be a dj do a wedding. We get mad at people having weddings when they say I got a freind who has every cd in the world and they are going to dj my wedding but then he comes with a home stereo. This is just the opposite, he got the pro equiptment not the music library.
What people will do just to make a extra buck. If you can handle the job or have the right resourses don't do it.
On second thought, I vote for having the bride and groom hire you for live music and a professional DJ for the dancing portion. The dis-service you are doing to the couple on their wedding day can't be fixed if it comes out less than professional. Mixing between an iPod and a portable CD player and not knowing the music is a nightmare waiting to happen.