Christmas Party Gig Prep – New Old Christmas Music?

July 23, 2018 by Brian S. Redd

Hello, everybody. I’m doing gig prep for a Christmas party that we’re going to do tomorrow. Blanca and I do it together every year, and I think this is the fourth or fifth year in a row. I can’t believe they keep bringing us back. Now, dinner and cocktail go for quite a while at this party, and during this time, they like Christmas music. But they have very specific likes. They like classic Christmas music. They don’t want new stuff or things that are unfamiliar. I know there’s a lot of cool new stuff out there, but they don’t dig it at all.

So what I have to do is play the classics. And this is not a unique situation. Most of the holiday parties that I do don’t want new Christmas music. If they don’t know it, they actually get angry. The boss will come up and say, hey, what is this stuff? I’ve gotten some pretty neat stuff from Europe. Some of the classics over there, or some of the currents over there, from the UK, and they just don’t dig them at all. They want stuff that’s familiar for these holiday parties. I don’t know if you guys are into that as well.

But, you know, after several years in a row doing this same party, I don’t want to do the same Christmas music, but I need to do classics. So I’m kind of in a rock and a hard place. I’m going to grab some things that I don’t have, some stuff from Charlie Brown’s Christmas. I think that’ll be nice to throw into the mix. I have Linus and Lucy, but there are other cool tracks on that Charlie Brown Christmas album I’m going to grab. And, hell, maybe some other things, too.

But what do you guys play for your holiday music at your Christmas parties? Do you do the classics; do you do the new stuff? Are they cool with the new stuff? Because they’re not cool with the new stuff at my parties. If you’ve got some cool Christmas songs, I’d love for you to let us know what they are down in the comments section, stuff that people are responding well to or people like, let us know. So that’s it for now. Hopefully we get a lighting video up before I go to bed tonight. Thanks for watching. Practice and enjoy.


Brian S. Redd Brian S. Redd (56 Posts)

Although he can be seen Djing in places like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, or even the UK & Europe, DJ Brian Redd is proud to call Milwaukee home. Brian specializes in mobile events such as wedding receptions, corporate events, quinceañeras, parties and special occasions. He has also been a resident DJ at several major Milwaukee night clubs and also performs at Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival. From the beginning Brian has had a passion for music. His talent emerged at the young age of 13 when he was asked to DJ at a local skating rink. After realizing his calling he progressed on to weddings and mobile gigs and by age 18 he was DJing regularly at nightclubs. He understands people & what motivates them music wise, which helps keep them on the dance floor. Brian has been recognized for his work in various DJ publications both domestic and abroad. He has made a name for himself in the DJ community where he is known and respected as an industry consultant. This recognition has led to his contributions as a writer for Disc Jockey News. A true international DJ, Brian travels worldwide to not only perform but to educate and share industry ideas and concepts with DJs everywhere. His career has gone to the next level working with industry leading manufactures bringing new products and services to his peers helping them become better DJs.

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