It’s the start of a brand new year, did you have a good one? We’ve had a lot of DJs asking us for some tips for next year to make it even better and to avoid those mistakes all DJs have made at new years eve parties. New Years Eve is the hi-light of many DJs, the biggest nights of the year where they get to play great music, make loads of money and have fun in the process.
The biggest part of New Years Eve is the countdown to the new year, everyone wants to know when its going to happen and have a proper countdown they can join in with. As the DJ it is normally your job to announce the countdown. To make your guests night go off perfectly make sure you let them know at 15 minutes before hand that the new year is about to start and preferably throughout the night to get them pumped. This gives them time to go and get that last drink of the year, find their friends and be in the best possible position to see the new year. But what about people who think you are too early or too late? A good idea is to have a TV on somewhere, with the sound off showing a live broadcast. That way not only will you be exactly on time but everyone will feel part of something bigger seeing the whole world celebrate with them.
How should you plan your night out? What music to play and when? You have complete control of the night so it really is up to you, as the DJ you should know your crowd but heres some ideas. Maybe start the night with some classics and then after the countdown play some of the years biggest hits. Alternatively play some of the years biggest hits before the countdown, saying goodbye to those classics and start the new year with up and coming tunes mixed in with some proper classics you know everyone will enjoy. I guess what we are saying is try to make the changing of the clock signal a change with the music you play.
Don’t forget that because it is New Years Eve that the crowd may not be your typical customers or they may be people who only come once or twice a year, so try to show them exactly what you do every night you DJ buy throw in some more diverse music as this crowd won’t be your typical weekend crowd.
Auld Lang Syne is a New Year’s Eve traditional post countdown song, its not New Years without this playing, its expected. So make sure you cue up this song just before the countdown so you are ready to play it after announcing ‘Happy New Year’ to everyone. Be warned though as some countries expect different songs, so make sure you research the proper song for where you are playing. Make sure you choose a short and sweet version of this song, enough for people to see in the new year but not long enough to bore the crowd, a couple of minutes is a good enough length.
The announcement is probably the most important part of the whole NYE countdown. What should you say? Just counting down and shouting happy new year can be enough but if you are being paid to play you should probably say something like ‘On behalf of all the staff and management at [insert club name here], I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!’
A great way to make some additional cash is to buy a box load of glow sticks, wrist bands, glasses and poppers. Either sell these very cheaply at the start of the night by the DJ booth or throw them out to the crowd for doing certain things, like being the most enthusiastic dancer. What ever it takes to make the crowd happy and get the room pumped up.