As we grow up we learn there are things you should do, and not do to people. This is not any different for a DJ. Some of these may seem more obvious than others, but here is a list of what you should, and should not do to a DJ.
1. Don’t get on stage. The DJ already has enough to worry about, they don’t need to add the unpredictability of audience members coming on stage to it.
2. Don’t put your bags, jackets or drinks on the decks or stage. This helps if you plan for the occasion and setting. Most venues have a bag check, use it. If you bought a drink be prepared to hold it. There is a lot of money on that stage, you don’t want to be the one that ruins it.
3. Don’t use the flash on your camera. Not only is that annoying for the DJ, but the audience as well.
4. Don’t tell the DJ what kind of music to play. Many DJs do a lot of research on their audience before they play, because of this they have an idea of what they want to play before hand. It is not your job to tell them how to do theirs.
We are sorry but you can not make a request. You are not attending a wedding, you can’t make a request.
1. Do show your appreciation for songs, and use your voice for positive, well-thought-out feedback. Though you can’t make a request, you can use your voice to show what you are liking, or not liking.
2. Do be nice to security, managers, and bar staff. Everyone in the venue wants things to go smoothly for the DJ and attendees. Being nice to staff helps with the feel of the night.
3. Do clap and holler for an encore. If you want more music, don’t be afraid to let the DJ know. They may not be able to do it, but at least they will know that you liked their set.
4. Do dance. You are there to have a good time and move a bit. Nobody cares how you dance, just dance. If a DJ sees a crowd of people moving, they know they are doing something right.
What are some do’s and don’ts that you have? Let us know in the comments below!