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Classy Lounge Style 50th Birthday Music

To pick or not to pick your event music, that question comes up all the time. Many DJs do not allow their clients to pick any music at all, or maybe just a few tunes. Then there are those, like us at Total Entertainment Music, that allow you to have your day, your way...always.

My client RJ called a few weeks back and asked if I would work with someone who wanted to make their own playlist, and she complained that all the music she hears at recent events just seems to be the same. I said sure thing, I am happy to help you and I just happen to have that evening open as I had only booked an afternoon event and was free. I took the job!

She told me before we contracted, she was planning her 50th at the Casino Lodge in Saratoga, a very cool place, for about 60 people all around her age. (mine too!) She wanted specific tunes for the 7-9 pm cocktail and dinner period, and wanted to do a short welcome speech around 7:45 pm. Then she said at 9:00 pm I want you to turn it up and work off the second list I give you. No interaction needed, just let the music do the talking. (and great beat mixing too of course!). Once again, I accepted her terms. Then I got the list a week before the event....

7:00 - 9:00 pm Cocktail and Dinner List

This list was so awesome, I made to mixes of them to use at the event. Set list below is not the order of the music played.

Beautiful IBIZA Beach Lounge - Del Mar Chillout Mix

Walk on the Wild Side – Lou Reed (Rocco Raimundo Remix)

The State of the Union - Thievery Corportion

6 Underground - Sneaker Pimps

That Boy - Mofro

Breathe me - Mylo Remix - Sia

Khalghi Stomp - Transgender Underground

Devil Woman - Marcy Playground

Wicked Games - Anna Naklab

One Love in my Life Time - Diana Ross

Slowly - Max Sedgley

Muy Tranquilo - Street Bangers

Missing My Baby - G Love

Web of Deception - Thievery Corporation

Go slow - Amber Jolene

Feel Up - Grace Jones

I couldn’t love you more - Sade

Liberation Front - Theivery Corp

Atomic Bomb - William Onyeabor

Starshine - Honeyroot

No Rain - Blind Melon

Fenomenom – Pacific Memories

No right angles - Eighty Mile Beach

The Hop - Radio Citizen

Fade into You – Mazzy Star

Prayer In C – Lily Wood

As tears go by - Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful

Hang on to your love - Sade

Two Sons in the Sky - Davi

What I Got - Sublime

Who Will stop the rain - Creedence

The Gift of Freedom - Charles Webster House

Finally Moving - Pretty Lights

Wish I knew you -The Revivalists

Save Me - Dave Matthews

Here's the two cocktail/dinner mixes I made, and I mixed in a few loose songs from her list in between to cover the time. The first mix had more vocals in it, and covered more of the cocktail period before her welcome toast. The second was used primarily for dinner and had less vocals but helped set the tone for the party to follow.

9:00-11:00 pm Dance Party Set

Here I used primarily dance remixes, club versions and extended version to seamlessly flow the dancing. They danced non-stop for 2 hours straight! Songs listed below not played in this order.

Lets Dance - David Bowie

Rapture - Blondie

Crazy In Love Beyonce and Jay Z

Jack White - Corporation

Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars

Make It Happen - Badboe

Brick – Dazz

Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke

Sho Nuff – Fatboy Slim

Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground

Miss You - Rolling Stones

When You're Dancing - Cassian

West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys

If everybody looked the same Groove Armada

Proud Mary – Tina and Ike

Feet don’t fail me now - Need to Breathe

Rocksteady - Aretha Franklin

Lady Marmalade - Christine Aguilera Lil Kim

All summer long - Kid Rock

Get Lucky - Daft Punk

Le Freak - Chic

Take Over Control - Afrojack

Groove is in the Heart - Deee-lite

Finally Moving - Pretty Lights

Starry Eyed Surprise - Paul Oakenfold

Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc

Best Girl - Mercury

Avicii - Levels

Billy Jean & Thriller - Michael Jackson

We are Family - Sister Sledge

Shout -Isley Brothers

Vogue - Madonna

Respect - Aretha

Burning Down the House - Talking Heads

American Girl - Tom Petty

Final song of the night from her list, You know how we do it - Ice Cube. I got a huge round of applause which was very cool, but I credited RJ for picking the music. Many guests said they had not heard that style of mixing in many years at events. Having a good DJ that not only knows the music but also knows how to program it is the key to a good celebration and flow.

Congrats RJ and thanks so much for having me spin your birthday party! ~DJ Mark :-)

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