Live bands will always aim to get the dance floor full and making the right song choice is key to this. The band will want the dance floor to be busy more than anyone else and so they will naturally want to perform floor fillers that get the crowd up and dancing. There is nothing worse for a live band than having an empty dance floor…
Remember a live band is all about energy and dynamics, Creating a perfect party atmosphere and seeing a crowd respond will always help a live band give their best!
Some live bands will lean more towards a certain genre or era of music. For example, male fronted guitar bands will certainly at point play some rock music, whereas a female fronted band will more than likely perform pop, Funk and soul music. A younger band will probably have more contemporary and chart orientated song lists compared to an older band that will know more 70’s and 80’s hits. That saying, there are still plenty of great young and old bands that can cover all era’s very well.
Choosing Songs From The Band Repertoire List:
Most live bands are always happy to get some input from clients before the gig. They will want to know the age range of the guests and if there is a certain style you are after.
Most bands will be happy to have a few requests put in, but will be reluctant to have their entire song list dictated to them. The band are the professionals and will know what works best to get the crowd going, so trust their judgement.
If there are any requests you have that the band don’t know then you have the option of putting these songs on an iPod for the disco part during the bands break between their sets. It’s so easy nowadays for a client to simply share a spotify playlist so that the band can download it to their device and play it through the PA system during the evening. This way the client will have full control over the disco music for when the band aren’t playing.
Should I Let The Band Decide What To Play:
The band will always be happy to be left to make their own decisions when it comes to song choice The difference between a professional wedding band and a local pub band are worlds apart. Professional bands will perform week in, week out at weddings and parties and they will play what they perform best, and what has worked well at previous events.
Wedding and party bands are all about playing songs that audiences respond and dance to, Whereas a cheaper local pub band are more than likely going to play songs of their own choice that will be more performance based.
So back to choosing what songs the band will play, A fair compromise would be for the client to suggest a handful of his or her own personal favourite songs from the repertoire list & then the band will choose the rest that will work best from their experience.