Crowd plays an important role in a DJ performance. When the crowd doesn’t respond to your music then it is an issue.
Of course, DJs should enjoy the music they are playing, and especially enjoy sharing it with a crowd. That’s not to say they need to jump around and run all over the place, but if they are looking around and not acknowledging the crowd or their mood at all, they might as well just put on a prerecorded mix.
Here are a few ideas to do it.
Interact with your crowd and keep them entertained
If you ask yourself how often should you interact with the crowd, or in other words, how often should you grab the mic and start talking…, there are no rules there, but you can follow this:
Showmanship + Skills + music selection = An Entertaining Performance
Mostly, it will depend on the style of music you are playing. Most underground house DJs just focus on their set. EDM are more about the performance and interaction.
There is no set amount of times you should interact with a crowd because it all depends on the crowd and the vibe. Imagine if you have a dead crowd (this will happen sometimes) and it
won’t be your fault you’re playing the right music, but the crowd just somehow isn’t into it or they’re just not in the mood.
Make your mood the same level as the crowd. If you ask them to raise their hands or raise their cell phones, it’s best if you raise your hands as well. The crowd needs a leader to follow and you can become that leader.
Don’t be shy and Talk to the audience
You’re the master of ceremonies, so master it. Talk to people, take requests, chat with friendly dancers and ask if everyone is having a good time. Be the face of the party and keep the good vibes.
Likewise, it’s good to know when to shut up. Talking to a crowd can be great, but no more than an hour is a good rule of thumb. You’ll ruin the atmosphere if you talk between songs all the time.
A good tip is to use icebreakers to make the crowd feel more comfortable. For example:
- You can prepare a couple of funny questions beforehand to ask them before the party. It’s a classic for engaging with the audience.
- Ask if someone in the audience can explain what are celebrating or what they expect for the party.
Use the Chat: Ask for Emojis to let you know
If you are performing in a streaming music session, you can use the chat to know how the party is going. Ask your audience to write with emojis in the chat to know what they think of the set or the song that is playing.
In the same way, you could show polls on the livestream and ask the crowd anything you consider to answer in the chat.
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