Make a Playlist to Play LESS!

June 20, 2016 by Jason Rubio

Simply saying the word “playlist” in a conversation among DJs seems to bring up a lot of controversy. Many DJs are anti-playlist and I’ve even heard DJs say “making a playlist is not for real DJs, it’s cheating.” However, in the DJ world, “work smarter, not harder” is the phrase to live by. Whether you’re a bar/club DJ or a mobile DJ, creating a playlist will make your job easier. I’m not saying create a playlist and simply press play, and don’t mix, take requests, or deviate from it, but make a playlist to help you have an easier time at every gig, every time.

For weddings and quinceaneras, make a playlist on iTunes, or whichever music player you use, and put the ceremony songs it in the exact order that you’ll need to play them in. The last thing you want to do is start out the event, playing the wrong songs, or the right songs, but in the wrong order. Simply make a playlist and label it accordingly, like “Jessica Wedding Ceremony 6/19,” or Jessica’s Quince 6/19. Put those songs in your playlist and you’ll be 100% sure to play the right song, at the right time, every time! This eliminates you having to use a controller, CDJs, turntables, or whatever you use. Be sure to have your ceremony timeline printed out, and simply click forward, as needed, throughout the ceremony!

Additionally, you can also create a playlist for cocktail hour, and dinner for weddings or other private events. This makes it easier, since you won’t have to cue up songs for at least the first 1-2 hours of the wedding or at least the first hour of a quinceanera. You can even make a playlist for the “key moments” of a wedding, such as the first dance, father/daughter, mother/son, cake song(s), last song, etc. Once you play the first dances, you can then turn on your controller/turntables during the last song, open your software and you’re ready to go! For bar/club DJs and mobile DJs, you can make a playlist and put your “go-to songs,” hot new songs, and guaranteed “floor-fillers” in there, so you don’t forget to play them. You can even use some mixes you created ahead of time, to play for the first hour of the night, when it tends to be less busy (at bars).

Whether you’re using a playlist for a bar/club gig, or a private event, you saved yourself lots of time (searching for songs at bars) and “played less” by not having to mix or use your turntables/controller, for a good portion of the event. So for your next event, be smart, create your playlist before the day of the event, and then you’ll simply sit back and let the playlist play for dinner and/or cocktail hour, making money the easy way!

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Jason Rubio is the co-owner and founder of Austin’s Best DJs, a professional DJ & photo booth company that provides music and entertainment for hundreds of weddings and events in the Austin and central Texas area. Jason started his DJ career as a mobile DJ, at age 13, and has since DJ’ed thousands of events, providing music and entertainment for clubs, bars, radio, concerts, festivals and various other events. In addition to writing for Mobile Beat, Jason also writes “The DJ Insider,” and has been featured in Canadian Special Events Magazine, Wedding Planner Magazine, and numerous other sites and publications. Jason is also a graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education, as well as a Master’s of Public Administration, from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Contact Jason Rubio at

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