It’s the holiday season and that means the venues I work at host a good amount of private parties. I don’t spin a whole lot of these things, but I did get to do two this past week. My question is this:
Is there anything worse at private events than not knowing who’s in charge?
I guess it’s different for me than some of you, since I didn’t book the party and I’m just a hired gun. But I’m always frustrated when I get requests and I wonder how important the person is who requested the song. Is this the CEO? Do I actually have to acknowledge his request to play “Moves Like Jagger” again, after playing it 10 minutes ago? Is this the VP? Do I really need to play “YMCA” next, even though everyone is dancing to “Party Rock Anthem” now. Normally, I would just give a fake smile to these people and then ignore them, but in these situations I always wonder if I have to listen to the person.