Sunday, January 27, 2013

International multicultural parties, weddings, events DJs, music and performance

                    As an entertainer it can be very difficult keeping the crowd happy. As a mobile DJ, band or entertainer, you always have to keep in mind what will please your audience and keeps their attention to the show. It's hard enough to perform to an audience of kids, teens, adults and senior citizens. But it's even more difficult playing to a crowd of many ages that include a multicultural mixture of guests. So what do you do when your audience is everything from American to Chinese to Indian and Spanish? You answered it, play Rap music! JUST KIDDING! There are several songs, artists and styles of music that appeal to a wide variety of guests. 

               So what type of music is now (more than ever) the kind of music that in many cases can get those guests partying on the dance floor? Electronic dance music! It's true, electronic dance music is found in many music styles all over the planet. Including Gangnam Style, DJ's got us falling in love again, Disco, house music, hip hop, Flo Rida, bollywood & hindi music, latin music, and many more. There are so many styles and artists that can appeal to your audience from numerous cultures. Psy's gangnam style is a great party pleaser because of it's dance feel, house music blend and rhythmic hip hop sound. Plus the dance moves are something universal. 

                 Some other great songs that can appeal to American crowds, Latin crowds and Indian crowds are Enuria Calabria and Mr Saxobeat. They have some great features in common. They have a dancey latin groove that also include a saxophone that many crowds enjoy. Some other good hip hop style artists are Usher, David Guetta, Rihanna, Dev dancing in the dark, Taio Cruz Dynamite and more. These songs are in the modern hip hop dance genre and are great to get a mixed audience onto the dance floor. When in doubt.... a good latin hiphop beat is a crowd motivator at many events.

                 Here are some other recommendations for either the host of the party or the DJ performing. If you are hosting the party and hiring a DJ or band to perform it's good to provide a small list of songs that you would like played. You can even ask some of your guests attending, their favorite artists or songs. Line dances are a great way to get everyone involved. It's best to start with the cupid shuffle and cha cha slide. Getting into the more cheesy style songs such as the chicken dance, hokey pokey and macarena are ok depending on the crowd you have but may not be as fun as the modern style songs. Another idea is to create a mix of songs ahead of time and have them prepared for the party. You can make an hour mix with some english, spanish, indian, etc songs. Parties where they enjoy Hindi or bollywood music also like disco music. It's a good choice to get the guests up on the floor. Do your research and look on the internet for lists of top songs in the styles you want. Try to mix up the songs so every type of person gets to hear something they want. Be creative and make it fun! Good interaction and a good mix of music will guarantee a successful event. 

Sincerely,   DJ Billman

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Elementary School Dances Sock Hops parties music list and help

                  For those mobile DJs and kids entertainers I have compiled a great set list of songs to play at Elementary School Dances that will keep the non-stop flow of your school dance. The best tip I can give you to keep the kids going the whole time is fun party music and lots of interaction and group participation. 

                  Some great ideas for getting the kids involved in the party / school dance are Cha Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Cotton Eyed Joe, Gangnam Style, Limbo, (Limbo Rock and Hot Hot Hot great songs for that) Freeze Dance contest, play upbeat party songs and stop the music every 20-30 seconds, hula hoop contests, Chain link contest where 2 lines get a hula hoop and have to climb through the hula hoop until they get to the end and not break the chain link. A couple others are YMCA, Hokey Pokey and of course the Chicken Dance. Another good one for both kids and adults is to have a few prizes to hand out and do a twist contest.

                   Below is a compiled list of very popular 2012 and 2013 School Dance songs especially set for Elementary School Dances, sock hops, dance parties and more. Most if not all should be clean but it would be wise to check your music over. Remember anything you play that's top 40 or dance music should be clean versions. I can also tell you about some other games you can play to so feel free to add your questions and comments.

Michael Franti – Say hey I love you                               
 Lady Gaga – Just Dance
Owl City – Fireflies                                                           
 Chris Brown – Forever
One Direction – What makes you beautiful                   
Smash Mouth – I’m a believer
B.O.B. – Magic                                                                  
Sean Kingston – Eenie Meenie
Carly Rae Jepson – This kiss                                                 
Taio Cruz – Dynamite
Iyaz – Solo                                                                                        
 Taylor Swift – Our song
Katy Perry – Firework                                                           
The Wanted – Glad you came
Justin Bieber – As long as you love me                             
Usher – DJ got us falling in love
Black Eyed Peas – I gotta feeling                                         
Willow Smith – Whip my hair back and forth
Carly Rae Jepson – Call me maybe                                  
LMFAO – Party Rock
Jay Sean – Down                                                                 
 Flo Rida – Wild ones
One Direction – One thing                                 
 Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow
Justin Bieber – Baby                                            
 High School musical – We’re all in this together
Miley Cyrus – See you again                                             
Taylor Swift – Fifteen (slow song)
Cascada – Evacuate the dance floor                                
Venga Boys – We like to party
Demi Lovato – Give your heart a break                      
 Miley Cyrus – Party in the USA
One Direction – Live while we’re young                            
Sugarland – Stuck like glue
Justin Bieber – Somebody to love                                
 Beyonce – Single ladies
Jay Sean – Do you remember                                             
Reel 2 Reel – I like to move it
Baha Men – Who let the dogs out                                       
 Britney Spears – till the world ends
Black Eyed Peas – Time of your life                     
Michael Jackson – Thriller (fade out after half way)
The Wanted – Chasing the sun                                        
Taio Cruz – Break your heart
Sean Kingston – Fire burning                                            
 Selena Gomez – Love you like a love song
Kesha – Blow                                                                       
Jonas Brothers – Year 3000
Justin Bieber – One time                                                    
Sister Sledge – We are family

This music list will fill up a 3 hour dance maximum and definitely a 2-2 1/2 hour school dance just alone and with games more. Best of luck to those mobile djs and even party planners setting up dance for their students. 

Sincerely,   DJ Billman