Well, it was our friends Miranda and Mike’s wedding on Saturday, and I was lucky enough to be asked to DJ the night!
I spent all week preparing since I knew this was going to be quite a different experience than DJ’ing a swing night. I got all my music in order (lots of 80s stuff, as requested by the bridge and groom). No BPMs though, I was going to go more by the feel!
It all went quite well. I did have 1 technical hiccup though, damn my portable CD player for not working as a backup! Only 2-3 minutes of music downtime 😦
But one major difference for me was the in between song thing. On a swing night, the song finishes, and I find I can wait up to quite a few seconds until putting on the next song if I want – since people usually take their partners off the floor and get ready to ask for another dance, etc.
However, on Sat night, when one song finishes, everyone is just standing there, like waiting! I didn’t do any realtime mixing between songs, so it was like “Oh! People are just waiting on the dance floor – I better put on the next tune right away!”. Hmmm.. Maybe it’s a symptom of not having a partner dance.
Anyway, it all seemed OK in the end, floor had dancers for nearly the whole evening and even one of their friends, a DJ, said well done at the end. All over now! Note to self – have a backup CD player working next time!