My #1 Secret Weapon to Keep the Dance Floor Packed!

November 23, 2016 by Jason Rubio

When you hear the word “DJ” many things may come to mind. When most people hear the word “DJ” and most likely think of a club DJ, playing at a packed dance club. We all know that the DJ wears many hats, especially mobile DJs, but a DJ’s primary responsibility is to entertain the crowd and hopefully, get everyone dancing.

We always tell our clients, we want you to go home with sore legs and feet. Personally, my goal is to keep the dance-floor filled with people, from start to finish. This sounds like an easy task, but it isn’t so easy for every DJ. For bar DJs, it can be easy if the DJ has been playing at the bar/club for a while and knows what the crowd likes. He/she simply has to play what that crowd wants to hear and people will dance (especially when the alcohol kicks in). 🙂

For mobile DJs, it’s a bit trickier. The person/people who hired the DJ are usually the ones who tell you what they want to hear. It’s always best to discuss the music selection with your clients before the event. Find out their music preferences, favorite artists, must-play songs, and do-not-play songs, too! We like to have it all in writing, to refer to throughout the night. The one problem with doing this, however, is that the couple may tell you what they love, but their guests may have entirely different tastes in music. This can be problematic, since the couple may be happy, but then be unhappy when they realize their guests aren’t dancing. They may come up to you and say “hey, forget our list, just play what will get them dancing.” We’ve had this happen numerous times.

So if no one is dancing, what songs should you play, to get people dancing? My solution: play the hits! Hit songs became hits, because everyone loved these songs, which made them “hits.” So make several playlists of different genres with the top hits for that genre, decade, or style. If you run out of ideas while at an event, simply open your lists up and voila, any of those songs are great to play! Check out some playlists from our online music library. Simply click the link, below, then click “online library.” Then select “popular lists.” You’ll see plenty of helpful lists to use for your events! Playlist Examples

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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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