Thursday, 14 May 2015
Reading The Crowd Is Just Lip Service
We are sure you have heard the expression “read the crowd” before. Most DJs will toss that phrase out when explaining what they do and how they do it. At Canberra Mobile DJ hire we know that reading the crowd is all fine and good, but if you don’t DO anything with the information it gives you, then it’s pointless! It is like cramming for a test, but then forgetting everything the first time you’re faced with a real-life situation. We have been to countless events, as DJs and as part of the crowd, so we know a thing or two about reading the crowd. More importantly, we know what to DO when the reading is done!
Reading the crowd is an important aspect of DJing, not to be overlooked. You have to actually SEE what people are doing, not what you think they are doing, or expected them to do, or wish they would do. For example, are they actually dancing? How much of the crowd is dancing and how many are sitting down? How long have they been sitting? Do they get up or sit down every time a certain kind of music is played? There are finer details too, like are people smiling? Do they cheer or look exasperated when new songs begin? Are they getting more or less enthusiastic in their dance moves? Once a DJ has collected this important information, they then need to actually use it! If funk songs are making everyone but a few die-hards leave the floor for a fresh cocktail, change course! If people cheer every time you play a cheesy 80’s song, keep them coming! Using these details to direct your music choices is the touchstone of an outstanding DJ.
At Canberra Mobile DJ hire, we have a whole crew of outstanding DJs that can not only read crowds, but can also use that knowledge to do great things–like keep your guests happy and grooving all night long!