Requests can make or break a DJ, and I get asked often how I handle them. As a patron of an event, you need to realize that just because you ask me, doesn’t mean I will play your request. Don’t take it personally. Either I simply just don’t have the song, or more than likely, it just won’t gel well with the event, or that current atmosphere. No one wants to hear Motley Crue when people are having a great time dancing to Katy Perry. As a DJ I’m going to let that top 40 train ride as long as people are filling the dance floor.
Every event is different. Weddings, for example, I tend to play it cautiously with requests. Typically the Bride and Groom has already given me a list of songs they want to hear, and although we try to please everyone, our first priority are the newlyweds. I often suggest to people that when sending out your invitations, you include a spot for people to request a song when they RSVP. That way not only can the DJ be prepared, but it gives a general idea of what that crowd wants to hear, and no one is disappointed.
Other events, such as a Christmas or birthday party tend to be more of an all-request type scenario, respectfully. As a DJ I enjoy the variety and challenge that taking requests can bring.
That being said, I’m probably not going to play ‘Take This Job and Shove It’ at your corporate event or ‘Crazy Bitch’ at Granny’s 80s birthday bash.
The bottom line is, feel free to make those requests to your DJ, but don’t get offended if it just simply can’t be played.
Respect the event. Respect the DJ.