Weddings - They are a-changing

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Ausumm

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I hate, no, HATE, to admit this, but for Weddings, I keep the MB Top 200 list handy in my browser. I'm not dependent on it, but I like being able to use it as something against which to check my choices (not individual choices, but over the course of the event) and to jog my memory.
http://www.mobilebeat.com/top-200/
No need to be ashamed to admit it. A reference list (or two) is a necessity for me since I've gone digital.
President's use teleprompters.
Comedians use cheat sheets.
Newscasters have scripts...
why can't we have something to fall back on?
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
No need to be ashamed to admit it. A reference list (or two) is a necessity for me since I've gone digital.
President's use teleprompters.
Comedians use cheat sheets.
Newscasters have scripts...
why can't we have something to fall back on?
You bring up a great point. Back in the days of vinyl, I could SEE my entire collection as I was thumbing through a particular BPM range of a milk-crate. It was harder with CDs (given they had so many titles on one disc...with microscopic writing) Today with music being digital, intangible and my collection gigantic, a cheat sheet is justified. Thanx man! -Z-
 

KennyZail

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No need to be ashamed to admit it. A reference list (or two) is a necessity for me since I've gone digital.
President's use teleprompters.
Comedians use cheat sheets.
Newscasters have scripts...
why can't we have something to fall back on?
Absolutely! - No one "wings it" anymore. Click-tracks, EDM software, retakes, slicing, noise cancellations, Photoshop, laugh tracks, ear monitors, key changing systems, rhythm machines, lighting software, - anyone who is doing it 'live' deserves a lot of credit!
 

Old_Goat

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I was wondering if anyone else has some classic wedding songs that they seldom use anymore...
I haven't heard in ages, thank the GAWDS..."Color My World".

At one point I was at over 100 weddings in a row, (from either side of the board), without ONE different song.
 

KennyZail

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Colour My World, was a first dance song for a few years, but it had such a loooong intro that it quickly faded. :)
 

mediajack

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Robert's observation is spot-on.

This is similar to programming a radio station. It's all about demographics. Radio stations -- regardless of format -- ALL have target demographics. When I used to program Top 40 radio, I always had to remember that "core listener" within the target demo.

If you think about it, DJing weddings is no different. "Core wedding songs" (if you will) will evolve over the years. As time goes on, songs will drop off.

Sadly, I'll still hear (way too many) DJ's whose musical selection sound like it hasn't evolved in 30 years, as they are clueless as to the age of their client -- the bride & groom!

Not too long ago, I was packing up from an early wedding (there was another wedding going on in another room) & in the 20-25 minutes I was packing up/loading up my SUV, I kid you not -- I did NOT hear ONE song that came out AFTER 1982 (the 'most recent' he played was "Mickey"). And I saw the B&G & their wedding party as they were arriving. They were the "average age" for a B&G. And their dance floor was empty.

What is the average age of the average bride (and groom)?
That will (pretty much) tell you what the B&G listened to in junior high/school/college.

The same will go for most of their friends they'll be inviting (outside of the older/younger folks, as I'm focusing on the 'core'). My focus, for my standard wedding, has been digging up those forgotten Top 40 hits from the early 2000's (& mid-to-late 90's) that these B&G's (for the most part) grew up listening to in jr. high/high school/college. "Yeah!" might be 10 years old this year, but it still packs the floor.

It also helps that a song like that is not getting that much radio play anymore -- even on Adult Top 40 stations whose target demo is a upper-20's to mid-30's woman.
 

UNDJ

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Lots of great info here.

I too have to use a cheat sheet from time to time. I just keep a Word doc up on my laptop for "inspiration". Like someone else mentioned, my CD crate used to be my inspiration.

Here's a great set I've been playing for the past 6 months that hasn't failed yet...

PITBULL - TIMBER (cold ending, then I slam right into...)
ICONA POP - I LOVE IT (same exact BPM as TIMBER). Now, a well-known line in the song is "I'm a 90s chick", so I then go into...
SPICE GIRLS - WANNABE (pandemonium ensues)
BACKSTREET BOYS - EVERYBODY (even the dudes are going crazy at this point; it's funny to watch)
Then I'll do either N SYNC - BYE BYE BYE or BRITNEY SPEARS - BABY HIT ME ONE MORE TIME (I even once got away with SOULDECISION - FADED, but those people were really drunk)

Try it. I hope it works for you too! Like others have mentioned, if you play a few songs that are about 15 years old, the "youngsters" will eat it up!
 

robertbenda

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PITBULL - TIMBER (cold ending, then I slam right into...)
ICONA POP - I LOVE IT (same exact BPM as TIMBER). Now, a well-known line in the song is "I'm a 90s chick", so I then go into...
SPICE GIRLS - WANNABE (pandemonium ensues)
BACKSTREET BOYS - EVERYBODY (even the dudes are going crazy at this point; it's funny to watch)
Then I'll do either N SYNC - BYE BYE BYE or BRITNEY SPEARS - BABY HIT ME ONE MORE TIME
But... what about the greatest love song of our time: "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys?
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
But... what about the greatest love song of our time: "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys?
I really prefer Bob Saget's version....

***WARNING*** Contains F-Bomb & other potentially offensive material, but is funny as heck

[video=youtube;a8sCORuqZQY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8sCORuqZQY[/video]
 
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