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5 Things You Should Never Ask A DJ

DJ Experience, News | Sep 24, 2015

5 Things You Should Never Ask A DJ

OK. We get it. You are the center of the universe. Planets, solar systems, and galaxies beyond are all dependent on your center of gravity. Existence itself relies on you and you alone. So why the hell would a DJ get so annoyed when you ask for a simple request like a Justin Beiber remix? If you don’t know the answer, please read on…

1. GUEST LIST REQUESTS

“Hey [your DJ friend]. Can you put a few peeps on the guest list? It’s just me, Carlos, Johnny, Sarah, Michelle, Ben…”

Even if your DJ “friend” can put you on the list, you should never ask a DJ that favor. You’re putting your DJ friend in a bad position with the venue’s management. Be patient and wait like everyone else. Besides, be happy that your friend is getting to play at popular venues!

2. TOUCH/MESS WITH THE DJ’s GEAR

“Sup dude. Can I scratch real quick? I promise I won’t mess up your gear.”

If you want to get in a fight with a 6’3” 250 pound security guard named Tiny, then messing with a DJ’s gear and equipment is one of the fastest ways to tussle with Tiny. Do not, under any circumstances mess with DJ gear. If you do, pray that you have good health coverage.

3. DANCE WITH THE DJ/DANCE IN THE BOOTH WITHOUT PERMISSION

If you think it’s a good idea to join a DJ in a 3×5 space with thousands of dollars of equipment surrounding you while you flail your booty and arms in random directions, then you definitely need a lesson in common sense. Unless the DJ personally invites you to the booth, please refrain from making a fool of yourself. You will be kicked out of the club faster than you can say twerk.

4. TRY TO PROMOTE YOUR LOCAL MUSIC

“Yo. I’m a local musician. Can you bump my track real quick?”

Even if you adamantly feel your music will take the world by storm, will unlock the mystery of life, and create everlasting world peace, do not do something as tasteless as try to promote your music. You will only piss off the DJ.

5. SONG REQUESTS

Let’s play what YOU and your friends want to hear all night. It’s not like there are hundreds of other people in this club with varying musical tastes. Humble thyself. There are many people who have different musical preferences. If you don’t like the DJ’s set – leave; you’re a mature adult and you are free to go to a different venue that plays your favorite music.

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More DJ etiquette tips to share? Comment below and share your personal experiences! We’d love to hear them.

  • DJ Rob4Real

    What ’bout “I’m ALSO A DJ , I know bla bla trust me” )))

    • Elio Jr Gizzi

      Oh yeah that one too

  • Jerr1233

    I don’t mind an occasional request…especially if its in the scope of what I’ve been playing. I hate the people with the request that completely doesn’t fit or the people that think that you are now their human jukebox and will play whatever they want you to. That’s why I take request and then play them when I feel the time is right….a healthy tip can help make the right time sooner than later though.

  • Elizabeth de Moya

    Whatever. You live for guest list requests.

  • djemir

    No… we really don’t live for your request… I personally don’t mind a few requests every now and then since sometimes it helps me remember a few tracks I should throw in later and helps keep you up with music trends but overall DJs have done their homework ahead of time and sometimes requests just mess up a DJs head as they are already trying to think a song or two ahead and a request just throws their game off a little… other times it helps remind us just depends on the timing f the request. Also if you are treating the DJ like a Jukebox… then pay him like a jukebox and drop a $5, a $20 or as some people have in the past a $100 just saying… I once had a guy say hey can you play some Tupac… I said sure in a little bit… He dropped a $100 can you play it next? Well hell Turntable Stop sound ChigggaChigggaChigga (scratch)… Ain’t nothing but a gangsta Party… party…) LOL – http://www.djemir.com

    • Dizzy

      I agree 1000% with everything you just said.

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