With our DJ and photo booth business, we provide services for weddings, parties, quinceaneras and corporate events every weekend, all year long in the Austin and Central Texas area. As technology has evolved, more and more, we're getting couples asking us if they can simply email us a link to their Spotify playlist, or a picture of their iTunes playlist, to use at their event. While this is quite helpful, we suggest that you keep in mind that we can only play about 15-20 songs per hour. Don't forget that the key moments, such as: first dance, father/daughter and mother/son dances, cake cutting, garter/bouquet toss, and other moments, can also take an additional 30-45 minutes. So if your wedding, quinceanera, party or event is 5 hours, including ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner, this only leaves about 2.5 hours for the key moments and dance, assuming everything goes according to schedule. So at most, make your playlist about 50 songs.
Another tip to keep in mind when making your playlist is to minimize the number of ballads or slow songs you play. If you have a few must-play slow songs, the DJ will most likely play them during dinner or cocktail hour, unless you specifically ask to play them during the dance. With only 2-2.5 hours of dance time, we do our best to keep the party fun and energetic! Sure, we may play a slow song or two, but no more than that, unless you ask us to. Also, don't forget that many people often request songs, so be sure to let the DJ know whether it is okay to take requests. Keep in mind, everyone has different musical tastes!
If you absolutely want everything that's on your Spotify (or any) playlist played, keep in mind that DJs play songs in "sets." This means that we group songs together by tempo and genre. The music just flows better this way. It sounds much better to have genres and tempos played together, versus playing a faster tempo dance song, then a slow song, then a country song, then a hip hop song, right after each other. So if you've ever wondered why DJs play 2-3 Country (or any genre) songs in a row, this is why. So if you give us a playlist, keep in mind that the order may change, depending on the genre and tempo of the songs.
If you simply want the DJ to play your Spotify playlist exactly as it is, regardless of tempo or genre, this can be done, but keep in mind that it may not sound great to be switching up music and tempos so often. If this is what you want, you could easily just rent a sound system and let your playlist play, which would save you some money. This isn't ideal, but it's possible. :)
We hope these tips have been helpful. As always, please contact us if you have any additional questions and we're always happy to help!
-Austin's Best DJs Team
Austin's Best DJs
We've taken our decades of experience and compiled it into a few helpful articles, to help you plan your wedding or event!