(Closed) DJ Apps?

posted 4 years ago in Music
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper

I used to be a club dj so a world apart from a wedding dj, but other than just pressing play to songs, a good event dj should be able to mix and read the crowd and circulate the floor.  An app can’t do that.  Sure you can get apps that help mix in key or whatever but unless you really can predict the mood of the moment in advance id suggest using an itunes playlist and setting the tracks up in the order you think you’ll want them. Bear in mind to keep a good floor it’s rare to play a whole track, so you might want to shorten them and use the fade mixer facility in iTunes. 

 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We had no DJ and it was awesome. We delegated a friend to announce the cake cutting, etc. Otherwise someone just had to hit play on our playlist. We used itunes and hooked a laptop up to the speakers. If you search around, you can find places to download music for CHEAP. I can’t remember where we got our music, but it was like 10 cents a song or something. I was a little bit nervous having no actual DJ, but it worked out and saved us a ton of money!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

our reception is more cocktail style/laid back so we are planing to put together a spotify premium playlist or a mix of stations and play it over the venues speakers. We can control it via phone or ipad to pause it. I think if you are having a more formal affair it may be difficult to do without a DJ.

 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I’m planning on doing no DJ too (many people I know, including myself, used to DJ in high school). Just renting sound equip beforehand, hooking a laptop up to the mixer, and… well I DID have a nice songza playlist going until Google had to come along and screw that up. =(
So not really sure what my plan is now. On the fence between A) making a static, prefaded playlist, B) finding another site like Songza (do any others actually play commercial-free without paying?), or C) just letting a friend go wild with YouTube or something. Ugh. So messed up now. I had thought of DJ apps too, but the problem is I think they’re usually made for businesses and cost a damn fortune. Part of me wants to just turn the radio on at this point.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

keevolpi:  My Darling Husband said that he used this to download our music. 🙂 http://www.mp3million.com/

We seperated songs into folders in itunes so it was easy to figure out what song was our first dance song, etc. 🙂

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 9 months ago by  mrsblueeyes.
Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We are doing this as well. I’ve found several helpful articles and blogs, but really like the one below because she included her playlists (score!). 

http://www.snixykitchen.com/dj-your-own-wedding/

This one was also helpful because they had a staff writer who successfully DIY DJ’d her wedding (the first link is to their main article, the second is to the staff writer’s specific post on her wedding). 

http://apracticalwedding.com/2013/11/self-dj-wedding/

http://apracticalwedding.com/2009/09/djing-your-wedding-with-ipod/

We ultimately decided that it would be worth it to just do it ourselves – DJ’s in our area are pretty expensive (minimum of $900 for someone that doesn’t even have great reviews). We just can’t justify spending that much on something when it’s potentially not “quality” (DJs with good reviews start around $1500). We have hired some people to do a show at the end of the dinner hour, it’s something that’s really unique and we think our guests will love. We decided to prioritize that over a regular DJ – crossing our fingers that it’s a choice that pays off :). We are planning to hire an intern from either my office or my fiance’s (someone who would not be offended by not being “invited” to the wedding) and offering to pay $100-200, free food, etc for them to “guard” the music and press play/troubleshoot minor issues (i.e. if the sound is set too high). We feel good about it, but I guess we’ll see! Good luck with yours as well!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’ve been following this thread and I love all these suggestions! Thank you ladies for posting!

I just wanted to mention that if you really do want a DJ but they are just too expensive try Thumbtack.  Everyone I found online was *so* expensive!  Went on thumbtack and received a ton of very reasonable offers within a few hours.  Their websites, reviews, etc. are on their profiles and most of them are willing to negotiate.  We ended up finding one for about 25% of the lowest price we’d previously received.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

After speaking with one of my friends, he successfully ran a Spotify playlist at his wedding! The ads are pretty far in between… or honestly maybe I’ll just do all the prep work now (making a custom list) and then go premium for the month of (it’s like $10?) so I can have no ads, offline files in case something happens, etc. Seems like the best plan for DIY at the moment.

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