13 Things You Should Not Say To A Club DJ
The job of a DJ is to get you entertained when you go to the party. Sometime they work all night playing fast-paced music. Whether he’s a bar or club DJ, they are still working hard to play for the crowd and feel good when they see the crowd dancing to their music.
You go to the club to have fun, enjoy the music, boozed out but do not disturb the DJ while he/she is working. Saying things that are not related can be disrespectful or annoying to the DJ. Here are the 13 things NOT to say to a club DJ.
1. Yo bro!
If you are a stranger, try not to say ‘Yo Bro!‘ to a DJ when it’s the first time meeting him in the booth because the DJ don’t even know who are you. You can be polite and greet him by stage name or DJ name.
2. Can I hang out with you in the booth
No, please don’t hang out in the DJ booth because this might interrupt or disturb the DJ concentration. Unless you are given special permission, you are good to hang out but even if you are a VVVIP or invited guest there also golden rules behind the DJ booth such as don’t touch the DJ deck, don’t put drink near equipment, don’t sit (on or near) the booth etc. A DJ booth is a working place and presentation only for the DJ.
3. Do you know this song? It goes like this.
It goes like this, ‘Nah dah nah dahh dahh dah…, you know?’. Asking the DJ if he/she knows the song and then sing it to them or show it on your mobile phone is ridiculous. They can’t even hear you in such a loud and noisy environment.
4. How can you not have that song, dude?
Usually, the DJs have done some ‘homework, arranging tracklist or playlist before they go to work. The kind of ‘popular’ songs you’re looking for might not be in their playlist so don’t go request for a song that only you like.
5. Request commercial songs when they play Techno
You don’t go to a Techno themed night and request commercial or EDM songs. A themed night is where the DJ will perform only a certain genre for the night. Techno for Techno, and definitely no song request so the DJ can go with the music flow.
6. Hey, can you turn that down?
Asking the DJ to turn down the music is disrespectful. It’s a club and the party is on for everyone. Unless in certain circumstances or emergency, only the club management has the rights to turn it down. You know the song by Lil Jon, Turn Down For What!
7. It’s my birthday, play this song!
Requesting a song for your birthday at a busy nightclub is totally a no-no. The DJ spin music for the crowd and not only for you. You can just sit tight, enjoy your birthday party and the music, that’s all. In some clubs, you can request for Birthday announcement but not the special song of yours. Let the DJ make the choice for you.
8. I have a few songs I want you to play
DJs are not your jukebox, you can’t simply ask or request them to play songs you like. They work for the club to entertain the crowd and not only you. Don’t go asking them to play your Spotify playlist.
9. Can I use the mic?
No. Only the MC or the DJ himself can use the mic. MC use the mic to hype up the dance scene. Using mic without permission while they are spinning or mixing a track can disrupt their performance.
10. Can you make a living by DJing?
You don’t go asking the DJ how they make or how much they make. It’s private and confidential. Some take DJing as a hobby, a passion and also a career.
11. Making non-related requests
Don’t simply go make non-related requests or disturb the DJ when they are performing. DJ booth is not a place like a counter for you to make a request. Stay away in distance from the DJ booth so they can do their job.
12. Do you have guestlist for my friends?
It can be annoying when you ask guestlist for friends while they are working. Guestlist is something you can simply ask for if you are a stranger. It’s not so hard to pay the entrance fee and get a free drink to show support for your favourite DJs of the night.
13. That song really good, dude what are those song names?
DJ doesn’t have time to answer all your questions while they are working in the club. If you want to know the songs, you can use an app like SoundHound to find out the song easily.
All these questions can be very annoying and are the things you should not say to club DJs. You should also know the basic rules of things to do and not to do in the club which you can check out basic club rules & guide.