Scruff’s Top 5

Over this past weekend I have realized a few things: regardless of your age, identifying with the next generations choice of music trends will be quite puzzling, and teenagers will always try to see what they can get away with when asking for songs; thinking that the DJ is: A) too old to know the meanings behind the words, B) cool enough no to care about responsibility and payment. I’m not sure which logic I take more insulting, but I do know that whether or not my coolness factor is affected, or my age is questioned, I will always try to do what I can to make sure the kids have fun….Responsibly. It’s still wedding season and on saturday night I continued the celebrating of unions with song and dance in Plymouth county.

Friday night I didn’t have to travel far for my homecoming, as a matter of fact if it weren’t for having to haul equipment I could have walked to my event. It was Sheldon’s homecoming and as usual I look forward to kicking it in town, the kids usually go hard and at the end of the night making it back to my bed isn’t too far to bear. I set up for the event around 8p.m. that night, hoping that by the time I was finished the game would be over and happy smiles would commence. Well I got half of what I hoped for, the game was over around 9p.m., but the kids weren’t smiling; they had lost the game. I knew this was going to make my job a little harder, it’s easy to keep the energy going after a win. The kids ask for some of their favorite tracks, and celebrate that sweet victory. It was now my job to help forget that painful defeat with the sounds of music. Though the tracks might not change much, the energy is different. I had to be on point, which brings a little pressure on me, but i’m always down for a challenge. I started the night off with some Panic! At the Disco, and worked my way into Post Malone and Drake. About halfway through the dance I started to get requests, now the songs these kids asked for were bangers, but they definitely weren’t school appropriate. Not gonna lie it’s not even the songs, it’s what the kids do or say when the song plays. As a business owner you learn to read your audience, and in the case of schools you know your location. Lil Jon’s get low is an instant classic, party rocker, booty dropper, etc. I won’t play it at school events, it’s not the bumping and grinding on the dance floor, the kids will find a way to do that anyhow, and I play clean versions of all my music in these instances so it’s not even that. I don’t play the song because you can filter out swearing that may come out the speakers, you can’t filter a room full of teenagers wanting to be rebels by screaming skeet skeet mother*** (You can fill in the rest). In order to avoid that catastrophe, I don’t play it. Of course you get the boos but when it comes down to it, I’m not gonna mess up my company’s reputation, and the opportunity to continue to get paid by the school over a 5 min song.

Saturday afternoon I made my way back to The Le Mars Convention Center for the Harrison Wedding. I arrived between 1 and 1:30p.m. to set up sound, and up lights around the room for the celebration. guests started to arrive around 3 for the social and I was ready to rock and roll. I played some soft music in the background while the room filled with laughter and reunions. Around 5p.m. the bridal party showed up and it was time for introductions. I had just finished a book by Michael Walter which discussed the importance of projecting your voice, smiling while speaking, and knowing that introductions were the most important piece of the evening. Now, I know that i’ve been doing weddings for quite some time now, but after reading that book i’ve started to become more aware of doing those things. As the MC and DJ for the evening, I want to make sure all guests feel welcome, and look for my voice when it’s time for directions. With that said I put on a big smile and off we go. The reception went off without a hitch, after dinner, speeches, the shoe game, and garter auction we danced the night away. The bride and groom looked stunning, and you could tell that they were starting their marriage off on a good foot. It was a real honor to celebrate with the newlyweds, I can only imagine what’s in store for them in the future.

  1. No Good – Zonderling & Don Diablo 
  2. Lick It – Valentino Khan 
  3. Air Jordan – Simion 
  4. In Too Deep – Toby Green 
  5. Let It Go – Gorgon City & Naations 

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