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After downloading the songs comes culling a playlist.
You don't want it to be too top heavy.
It needs to be a steady incline in fun.
You can't focus too much on one or two genres because you then run the risk of alienating people who don't like those one or two genres.
You have to anticipate requests.
You have to include slow songs.
You have to include fast songs.
You have to properly space the songs.
You have to over plan and include more songs than you need.
You can't have any songs that swear.
You can't have any songs with inappropriate themes.
You have to achieve the impossible.
You would think this would be enough but in actuality it is only beginning. Once your playlist is finally ready it's time for the dance to begin. In a perfect world I could just set my laptop up to the sound system, walk away and go have fun with everyone else. Sadly the world isn't perfect and I get to spend the entire evening (save for the slow songs) sitting on the stage trying to figure out which song I should play next to keep things going. If your lucky your preset playlist won't change much. If you aren't you will have changed absolutely everything by the end of the night. On the night of the Sweet Meet I wasn't lucky. I started with what was originally #17 on my playlist and it just went downhill from there. Here's a link to a quick spreadsheet I put together for this blog of my playlist for the Sweet Meet. It's color coded to show you everything I played and everything else I planned on playing.
A few notes that you might find interesting about that playlist. You won't find Ke$ha anywhere on there. Not only is she devoid of musical talent, she is also trash and her songs are all about being a whore aka not appropriate. The song "Teach Me How To Dougie" was in fact played, though quite begrudgingly. They requested it around song #5. As you can see I held out until song #17 to play it. The logic to that is simple really. That song/dance is retarded. You know who should be doing the Dougie? Paul Wall. You know who shouldn't? Over privileged self-indulgent white people. No. Knock it off. I only played it because they literally hounded me all night with requests for it and I wanted to shut them up. It was futile however as with three songs left the self appointed voice of the people came up to me and said "Man you gotta play Dougie again!" I simply said "No. No I do not." and went back to my business of playing good music. Needless to say if I ever DJ a dance again I have learned my lesson and I will simply tell these annoying brats that I don't have their stupid song.
|Pictured: How Mormon Women Spend Slow Dances|