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So You Wanna Decide The Band’s Playlist?

July 13, 2013 by  
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On rare occasions, a buyer will want to determine the band’s playlist for the evening. Undoubtedly, the thought process is as follows: “It’s my party and in order for me to have the best time, the band needs to play only songs that I like.” While having a few songs on a do not play list is fine, and requesting some songs off of the band’s song list is also fine, the best way to ruin your event is to micro manage the entire list.

In essence the band is relegated to being a glorified DJ. I’m sure even a DJ would have problems with this and here is why. Entertainers base their song selections on criteria such as genre, tempo, popularity, age appeal, volume, etc. Often times the set is arranged whereby one song segues into another. Well if we’re not allowed to play the next song, we have to stop and then start another song that is on the list. Our goal is to keep people dancing. It breaks the momentum, and interrupts the flow of the performance when we have to pick and choose songs in this manner. Although song selection is important, there are so many other factors involved in a band making your event a success.

Bottom line is, you should feel free to set certain parameters, however, the more songs you add to a do not play or play list, the more difficult it is for the performer to establish continuity in the show. Besides you may want to keep your guest in mind. They may like many of the do not play songs. Often times the guest will request a song on the do not play list, and we tell them that we’re not allowed to play that song tonight. You chose the band for a reason. Let us do what we do best. The Maxx performs over 150 dates a year. Trust us, we got you. I’m just saying…

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