Gary Oldis - International Nightclub DJ

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Empty Dancefloor

For good DJs, an empty dancefloor isn't a problem, it's an enjoyable challenge.

Sometimes, you have a crowd that just don't wanna dance. One night everyone's dancing on the ceiling, while the next week you have a weird set of people who just want to drink and chat! Here are a few tips to help you get the party started..

Have some Secret Weapon Tracks

Make a list of tracks you can play that will instantly fill the floor. You should only use these sparingly. Make sure that around half of these are well-known classic party anthems and the other half dancefloor dynamite that you've made or found yourself.

Don't ignore top 40 hits or old party hits because you don't like them. You may hate Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Wanna Have Fun or the latest latest cheesy chart hit but these tunes can spark life into a dull night for you. If you really find it painful to play music that's considered cheesy, then find or make remixes of well-known hits to play instead.

Busy  Dancefloor

Classic Floorfillers

  • Summer Of 69 - Bryan Adams
  • Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon
  • Shake It Off - Taylor-Swift
  • Happy - Pharrel Williams
  • Valerie - Mark Ronson Feat. Amy Winehouse

Classic Girlie Songs

  • Young Hearts, Run Free - Candi Staton
  • It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
  • Dancing Queen - Abba
  • Crazy In Love - Beyonce
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston

Target The Girls

When it comes to the dancefloor it's all about the girls. Why is this? Because when girls dance, not only do they look good but you'll see an army of boys follow them straight onto the floor to trying to impress them.

The boys just don't care what music is playing, they'll just head to the floor when they see a girl they fancy and dance near her to try and start a conversation.

Use your experience to make a list of proven girlie tunes, then play them when you feel the dancefloor needs a boost. You'll see those ladies liven up the dancefloor pretty quickly. Then watch the boys follow them blindly onto the floor, and have a good laugh watching them.

Ask For & Play Requests

Whatever venue you are playing, get the crowd on your side by asking for requests, use your talent to try and fit them into your sets, see it as a challenge to find a bridge between Mysterious Girl and Living On A Prayer. A few ways to get ignored for the rest of the night are shown below.

 

And Finally - Drunken Requests

The festive season or large groups celebrating are the worst time for these, here are a few classics.

Good luck in getting a request played - there can't be a DJ anywhere who hasn't heard these lines a thousand times....