Jun 28 2013
You have chosen the best homecoming dresses, you have your date all prepped and you are raring to go. It is your first prom night. But did you know the music in the night’s playlist could dampen or liven your party spirits? Literally speaking, no prom party is complete without a good music playlist. It doesn’t matter how immaculate your prom dress looks, you simply need music to make the night complete. But what music should you play for the prom if you were to be the DJ?
The Role of Music in a Prom Party
To answer the above question, it is important that you consider what role music plays in a prom party.Musicat a prom party sets the mood for the prom and also plays a very crucial role in enforcing the event’s theme. For instance, if the event is to be a futuristic teen rebellion theme, hard rock will probably bang through the walls and the roofs of the auditorium (remember this is just an example).A more sober prom party on the other hand will probably incorporate some jazz and waltz-dance music in the playlist.
What this tells us is that the mood and theme of the prom party will definitely dictate what the DJ slots in the deck. Some prom parties may however have rigid regulations that govern the type of music to be played at the party. As a DJ, make sure that you have information related to the type of music you should play at your fingertips to avoid raising the ire of the school administrators.
Music also forms a major part and attraction for the prom. After all, the prom night is all about dressing up in cute cocktail dresses and dancing the night away. It offers a chance to relive the bygone days when music was still music and chivalry was encoded in every man’s heart. But does this mean that you should play oldies during the prom party?
Not at all. The golden rule to observe when selecting a prom playlist is to ensure that the music complements the mood at the party and sends the revelers to the dance floor as opposed to sleep. Play music that syncs with your audience and you will be on your way to making a fabulous night for everyone.
Make sure that you have enough music to last the night, and an additional hour’s or two worth of it. The amount of music you carry will however be determined by whether you play from your own playlist or you take requests. If you are to play the requests, the best advice is to take all the music in that year’s billboard’s top 100 songs.
Another great tip to creating a great prom night playlist that will make revelers want to get out their homecoming dresses is to include all the latest hits in the playlist. Everybody loves the latest music, especially if it is dance-able. As a DJ, it is your ultimate role to fulfill this need.
Finally, you need to be tactful about the choice of music during the various stages of the prom night. The music you play during the prom dinner should be different from the ones you play after the dinner. The rule of thumb has always been to play all the energetic music first and savethe slow beat music for the last hours of the party when people might be tired and not willing to dance.