DJs who say nothing and DJs that talk to much.
Essentially there are three types of DJs these are radio DJs, club DJs and party DJs. A radio
DJ will obviously need to use the microphone a lot, where
as a club DJ will almost never do mic work. A party DJ however
needs to do something in between and although a microphone
is an as essential part of the DJs kit its over use can kill
the party atmosphere.
Some party DJs describe themselves as personality DJs and think introducing every record and
cracking corny jokes throughout the night they are being hugely entertaining and
everyone will love them. Others are Mic shy and fumble even basic important announcements. One of the worst DJ mistakes is to introduce
a record that everyone knows or give an opinion on how
good or bad they think a record is. Worst still are
DJs that insist on telling the audience what the last
record was before saying what the next record is going
to be. If its general party like a wedding, anniversary or
birthday party etc the DJ will almost certainly be playing
a mix of music that is very familiar, its not radio so record introductions
are not necessary. We think the microphone
is a tool that should not be over used, but used in the right way does help build the
To build the party the DJ needs not just to play the
right music at the right time but encourage a feeling
of collective goodwill that gets everyone joining in.
In the early part of the evening we use the microphone
to make important announcements such as the buffet is being served or the cake is about to be cut etc. Later we mention we would love to get some requests and that we hope everyone will enjoy the evening. As the evening
develops we would again remind everyone that we play
requests and that it would be great to see loads of
dancing. As the evening moves on and the music tempo
increases there is normally a point when the ice breaks
and the dance floor suddenly fills up. It would be a
disaster to use the mic at this time as people can become
more self conscious, instead its very important to keep
the momentum going and continue to build the party to
the next level. The next record will be more popular than the one playing and with this more people will hit the dance floor.
When the party moves into the next phase and the ice has melted then we use the mic when
changing from one style of music into something that's completely
different. Parties such as weddings, anniversary's, birthdays
etc will require the DJ to play a mix of music from 1950s
rock and roll to the current charts etc, and sometimes the
best way to blend the changes is simply to do a talk over.
We also use the microphone to introduce requests and make
special dedications. The reason for this is that this will
encourage others who did not hear the earlier announcements
to give the DJ requests of their own and this always helps to
develop a sense of involvement that makes a great party.
For party DJs take know how to use a Microphone but do not overuse it contact Pro Mobile Discos for all special celebrations.