Saturday, May 18, 2013

Music List for Family Events, Festivals, Charity events, picnics, music list walkathons, tips on hiring your family event DJ

                                Some great tips on hiring a DJ for your next charity event, festival, walkathon, or corporate function. Whether you believe it or not the music 75 percent of the time makes or breaks an event. If you hire a DJ who is part time or does it as a hobby chances are you could be taking a risk if their performing in front of hundreds of people. You don't want heavy rap music or death metal or even the latest Dubstep jam blasting out your guests. A lot of DJs are going to play what they feel works and not what appeals to the crowd. 

                                Tip number one is; have the DJ who is performing for you give you a general idea of what kinds of music and/or artists, songs they will be mixing throughout your event. They can even send you a small list of songs they plan to use. Tip number two is; always check with a reference or 2 to make sure they have a credible background in performing at family style events. Hiring Uncle George or the guy you saw at the karaoke bar may not work out to well. It's a risk and can either be pretty good or not good at all. Tip number three is; how is their general personality? Your attitude and personality can make you or break you as a DJ or performer. Talking with an extremely flexible and motivated DJ can put a lot of people at ease. If you're unsure of somebody providing the service for you because they don't sound to professional on the phone, return your phone calls and emails in a timely manner or even their voicemail message. That can tell you whether they actually have experience. For example; if you call someone who is a true professional and you hear "Yo this is Bobby leave a message." This will tell you how serious they are. If you call a company and hear something similar to, "Hello and thanks for calling Pro entertainment DJs, our website is........, we're unavailable at this time, kindly leave a message and we'll return your call." This is a sign that they put effort into making sure their professional sounding. 

                                   On that note, you will know whether you're talking to someone who is right for your family event, picnic, festival or walkathon by their overall persona. Here is a fantastic music list of modern music you can use at just about any special event for all age groups. 

Coldplay – Viva la vida

Ed Shereen – A Team
Fun – Some nights
Baha Men – Who let the dogs out
Demi Lovato – Give your heart a break
Alexandria Stan – Saxo Beat
Michael Franti – Say hey I love you                               
B.O.B. – Magic
Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow
Calvin Harris – Feel so close
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call me Maybe
One Direction – What makes you beautiful                 
Cascada – Evacuate the dancefloor
Chris Brown – Forever
Jackson 5 – I want you back
Cobra Starship – you make me feel  
Enuria – Calabria
Flo Rida – Good feeling
Justin Bieber – Somebody to love
Carly Rae Jepen & Owl City – Good time
Venga Boys – We like to party
Psy – Gangnam Style
Rihanna & Calvin Harris – We found love
Sugarland – Stuck like glue
Stevie Wonder – Bad mama jama
Reel 2 Reel – I like to move it
Taio Cruz – Dynamite
The Wanted – Glad you came
Train – Hey Soul sister
Willow Smith – Whip my hair
Afroman – Take over control
Jay Sean – Do you remember
Will Smith – Getting Jiggy Wit it
Smash Mouth – Allstar
Aqua – Barbie Girl
Jonas Brothers – Year 3000
Maroon 5 – Makes me wonder
Buster Poindexter – Hot Hot Hot
Pitbull – Feel this moment
The Wanted – Glad you came

Carly Rae Jepsen – The Kiss

Flo Rida – wild ones
Icono Pop – I love i
Black Eyed Peas – Let’s get it starte
Iyaz – Solo
Jay Sean – Down
Justin Bieber – Beauty & a beat
High School Musical – We’re all in this together
Karmin – Brokenhearted
Cheryl Lynn – Got to be real
Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
Lady Gaga – Just dance
Smash Mouth – I’m a believer
LMFAO – Party Rock
Matt & Kim – Let’s go
Krewella – Alive
Metro Station – Seventeen Forever
Kool & the Gang – Celebration
Mike Posner – Please don’t go
Miley Cyrus – Party in the USA
Pitbull & Havana Brown – We run the night
NeYo – let me love you
Sean Kingston – Eenie Meenie
Shakira – Waka Waka
Taio Cruz – Higher
Taylor Swift – You belong to me
Usher – DJ got us falling in love – Scream & Shou
Black Eyed Peas – Time of your life
Calvin Harris – Let’s go
One Direction – One thing      
Sister Sledge – We are family            
Quad City DJs – C’mon ride the train
Shakira – Hips don’t lie       
Michael Franti – Sound of Sunshine
Metro Station – Shake it              
Earth Wind & Fire – Shining Star
James Brown – I feel good
Rihanna – Please don’t stop the music
The Wanted – Chasing the sun

Here is a very large side note to this music list. (Make Sure the DJ or whomever is mixing the music has the clean versions to any of these songs.) These songs are all great having the radio edited versions. So for those of you requiring clean music, please let your music specialist know to have the radio edited versions of this list. You can print this list and use it if you want. It goes perfectly with most events. 

Happy family event hunting!

- Billman

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