BLOGS How a DJ Signifies the End of an Event
Some events can feel like they last a lifetime that leave many wondering, “Is it over yet?” As an event planner, it’s important to hire a DJ that not only knows how to read the room, but also knows how to wrap an event up naturally. Here’s how a DJ can signify the end of an event.
Reading the Room
It’s easier said than done, but a good DJ can signify the end of an event just by reading the room. For example, if you’re DJ’ing at a club, take note of the partiers in the room and examine their behavior. Are they high energy or are they starting to gas out? Do you notice if people are showing signs of tiredness (heavy breathing, slower movements, etc.)? Are people slowly dispersing from the dance floor?
Whichever the case may be, you’ll want to control the room’s dynamics and leave a good lasting impression before the energy fizzles out.
Verbally Communicating with Clients
When signaling the end of an event, you’ll have to take a number of different factors into account. Consider this situation: your time on stage is running out and the crowd is tiring out. How can you wrap the event up? Well, you have a couple of options here.
One of the most straightforward ways to do so: verbally communicate with your clients! As you start playing your concluding songs, give the crowd a heads up with ample time (and thank them!) that the event is coming to a close. Think along the lines of: “We’re going to be wrapping in 10 minutes, we want to thank you all for coming out and making tonight one to remember!” This will give them time to begin exiting the dance floor and gathering their belongings.
Furthermore, when talking to the guests, you can weave in a message to the event gatherers, which will guarantee a pop from the crowd. Think: “Let’s give it up for the bride and groom one more time!” or “Let’s wish him Happy Birthday once more!”
Selecting a Final Song
While it may seem like a pressing issue, selecting a final song to end an event isn’t necessarily the be-all, end-all when signaling the end of an event. Despite such, it is a concept to be aware of depending on your type of gig. Consider this: you’re DJing at a 2000s hip-hop night. After running through a selection of high-energy songs, you’ll eventually want to segue into something at a slower tempo.
Lowering the tempo, however, isn’t necessarily indicative of an event’s end; rather, it’s a prelude of. Once that lull in energy is created, you can rope listeners and guests in one last time with a track they’ve been waiting to hear all night. So if we’re doing 2000s hip-hop night, you might opt for OutKast’s “Ms. Jackson” or Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” — songs that are easily identifiable by the masses. This will ensure one last burst of energy and leave a lasting memory of the event.
Tips to Signal the End of an Event
On top of verbally communicating and selecting an appropriate final song, you can begin slowly fading the music out by lowering the volume as time goes on. Eventually, that will dissipate the energy in the room and alert the audience the event is wrapping up.
And depending on the venue, once the final song of the night has been played, you can play some really low background music while everyone gathers their belongings. This is another chance to play something recognizable — like the “Friends” theme song.
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