This weekend I DJ’d a wedding for two good friends (that’s right, representin’ both the bride and the groom), and after some deliberation, named Mike, Ian, and Alec (cousins of the bride) MVP’s of the Dance Floor.
John introduced the “balloon” dance, a move in which he inflated an imaginary balloon and passed it around the dance floor, Ian’s power moves were insane, including a slide across the parquet that left a hole in his black dress slacks, and Alec acted as both hypeman and wingman for his brother Ian and cousin John.
(above: John, Ian, and Alec, party starters extraordinaire!)
Though I’m a few weddings and high-profile-after-parties away from considering myself in the same league as Mark Ronson, I felt adequately good about my performance–I played most of the bride and groom’s requests, stayed far away from the hokey-pokey, and managed to sneak in a couple under-the-radar goodies (which, by the way, the bride and groom gave me freedom to play–just so you know):
Most Indie I Got All Night
Vampire Weekend, “A-Punk”
It didn’t get the “pop” I wanted, BUT–it also didn’t clear the dance floor. “A-Punk” is a couple weddings shy of being in the same league as “Whoomp! There It Is.”
Most Indie I Got All Night With Best Crowd Participation
Franz Ferdinand, “Take Me Out”
Even if you don’t know the song, that break down at the beginning will get you every time.
Most ClichÃ© I Got All Night
Red Nex, “Cotton Eye Joe”
It was a request from a cousin who was earning his stripes on the dance floor. Though I’m not a fan of the song, it did cause a dance-floor full of people to break out into a late night square-dance pit.
Biggest Crowd Reaction
The Isley Brothers, “Shout”
I got away without playing “The Macarena” or “The Electric Slide” (thank goodness), but I had to include this one–it’s one of those classic songs that gets everyone out on the dance floor. To add a little twist, I did a back-and-forth medley between a disco remix of the Beastie Boys’ “Intergalactic.” The stop-down before Adrock’s “D-r-r-rop” gives you plenty of options to tinker around.
Request of the Night
It’s not so much the request, but how it was requested. During dessert, a young kid came up to me, almost looking a little agitated and asked, “When are you going to play ‘Love Shack?'”
Testing the Waters
While the dance tent was empty I played Hot Chip’s “Shake a Fist.” I really wanted to play it during peak reception hours, but I was afraid some attendees wouldn’t vibe with it. After I played the song, a caterer came up to me and asked, “Who is this? They’re good!” Even though Hot Chip didn’t get played during regulation, at least they have a new fan now.
Choreographed Dance Performance of the Night
“Rip it Up,” Little Richard
The bride and groom followed their first slow dance by showing off some newly acquired swing moves. Come to think of it, maybe I should have given them MVP’s of the Dance Floor.