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S3, EP9: What’s your musical “vibe”?

CategoriesMusic tips.
03 Feb, 2023

If you’re planning your wedding, you might be overwhelmed with articulating what music you do and do not like as a couple. We have a solution for you, which we chat about on this episode!

To help our clients with defining their music tastes, we’ve created 8 playlists organised by musical “vibe”.

We came up with these by reflecting on the types of clients that we attract and the best parties we’ve played to date. This resulted in a handful of playlists that represent the very best of the songs that make our weddings awesome.

Your music tastes may fall into more than one category but the main thing about these playlists is they transcend genres, decades and artists. They’re grouped according to their overall “vibe”! We’ve uploaded samples of each of these to our Spotify – you can check them out in our blog on our vibe playlists.

On this episode of Project Engaged, we discuss these different playlists in a bit more detail!


Full episode transcription

Welcome to Project Engaged, a podcast for fun loving couples planning their non traditional wedding.

Aleks: We’re wedding DJs Aleks and Eddy Mac from Melbourne. We run a business called One More Song, and our tagline is No More Nutbush.

Eddy: In this podcast, we’ll share our wedding experiences and chat to some of our past couples.

Aleks: We’ll also interview bold wedding suppliers who share our philosophy of your wedding being a celebration of you as a couple and one epic party.

Eddy: Let’s get into today’s episode. And we’re back for another episode of Project Engaged.

Aleks: Do you know you always lead the episode?

Eddy: Okay, rewind. You go.

Aleks: Welcome one and all.

Eddy: Okay. No, that’s why I lead welcome one and all. Where did that come from?

Aleks: No, I think it’s because you’re in charge of the control panel.

Eddy: Yes. So for all those that are playing at home, I mute during the intro. And so once I’ve unmuted, I just go straight into it. Yeah.

Aleks: So there’s no awkward silences. Fair enough. Fair enough. Shall we do our quick weekend roundup?

Eddy: I think we should. Wow. Okay. That never gets old.

Aleks: It’s also never consistent.

Eddy: It’s never consistent. I like to change things up a little bit. I’m using two different buttons to do those. Just, again, for those that are playing at home, which probably get a better one than that, but this is what we have right now, so it’ll.

Aleks: It’ll happen. Anyway, so last weekend I was. I had one wedding, which felt like a luxury. I think I had one. Anyway, um, it was for a lovely couple, Kate and Zach, at Cadella park, which is in Kyneton. North, northeast, northwest.

Eddy: Yes.

Aleks: Um, so this, um, was a great night. It was very hot that day. It was 37. Anyway, um, got to work with Jess from Fern and stone for. I’ve worked with her a few times. She’s a legend.

Eddy: Yes.

Aleks: Lots of fun. So this couple were very relaxed. So relaxed, in fact, they didn’t give me any song requests. Not one song request. So that was, you know, interesting. And also, no, do not plays.

Eddy: Oh, okay. So on both sides.

Aleks: On both sides of the equation. But they did mention they liked Rufus. Client liaison and flight for. So that kind of gives you a good idea. And I went back on my notes, and, you know, they weren’t kind of huge r and b people, so it was very kind of dancy, focused on kind of dancing music, which all music is dancing music when we play it for dance floor, but, you know, kind of got into, like, some classic house and EDM staff and a few guest requests as well. Typical, you know, give me gimme Sergeant Sleek. Just a good mix of stuff. So, yeah, it ended up fine. But for background, I really indulge in the indie.

Eddy: Indie vibes. Yeah, fair enough.

Aleks: I was in my element. I’m like, okay, they like client liaison. We are going to play some indie, some awesome indie electronic and kind of folky rock stuff. So it was fun.

Eddy: Excellent. I had two gigs over the weekend last weekend. The first one was on the Friday at Panama dining room. Super, super chilled clients. The one request they had for the end of the night was the horses. And I know that’s a super polarising choice. You either love it or you do not love it. I’ve had clients in particular, a bride come up to me after saying, no horses all the way through the lead up to the wedding, had a few drinks and said, actually, I’ve changed my mind.

Aleks: And you’re like, should I.

Eddy: Should I.

Aleks: Am I going to get into trouble?

Eddy: Yeah, it’s one of those tracks that, yeah, definitely divides people. But it was so much fun. Yeah. So that was a good one. And then on the Saturday, I found myself at Coombe Yarra Valley.

Aleks: I like how you just like, found yourself, like, oh, hey, what am I doing?

Eddy: I just appeared. And it was. Yeah, it was a lot of hip hop, r and b and some pop stuff as well from like the two thousands 2010 era.

Aleks: Good era. And I saw the first dance video that you took and what tune did they.

Eddy: Yeah, so, yes, so it was kind of split into two. Two halves. So I put a video up of the first half. They came into jump around, which was really cool, and they had this choreographed kind of fun dance and then it kind of got a little bit more serious after that. I think it went into a Jack Johnson tune and they had a bit of a more traditional waltz, I suppose. But it’s pretty cool seeing the different types of entrances and dances that our couples are doing these days. Long gone are those really traditional three minute long dances. They’ve sort of been replaced with something fun. Not always choreographed, but just. Just having a good fun time with the moment and maybe making it a minute, a minute and a half, and then you sort of waving people in to join the dance with you.

Aleks: Yeah, we always encourage that anyway, regardless of what’s happening. Well, unless you’ve got a four minute choreographed thing.

Eddy: Yeah. It’s not often that we see that we don’t see. Hey, I mean, you know, it’s just something else you’re gonna have to do. In the lead up to learn a whole dance. And as it goes, it’s usually the case that one side of the couple is a better dancer than the other.

Aleks: And we’ll remember the steps.

Eddy: And we’ll remember the steps. Always say, you know what? You know, if you’re the only two that know the steps, no one’s gonna know if you get it wrong.

Aleks: Yeah. Just have your poker face on. No one will know. Awesome. Well, shall we get stuck into today’s episode? So it’s just us today, and we’re super passionate about this one. Whoops. There goes my very loud.

Eddy: Sorry on silence.

Aleks: I know, podcasting 101. We’re talking about musical vibe. So this stems back to a little while ago. A couple of months ago, I think we sat down and we were talking about better ways to capture our couple’s music tastes. What more could we be doing? Because some people struggle with being able to articulate what they like, so they might, when they hear something, they’ll know they love it. Say they’re out, you know, at a bar or something, but they don’t know the artists. They might not necessarily know the genre or sub genre.

Eddy: Yes.

Aleks: So it’s like, how can we get the most out of our couples, not only just for ourselves selfie sakes, but also for the couples to think, do you know what? I actually likes a wider variety of music than I thought. Or actually get them to kind of think and open up.

Eddy: Yeah, yeah, exactly. And just to add on to what you said, changing your thoughts process from what particular genres do I like to what is the vibe that I’m after? And I know that, you know, saying the vibe is quite open and very fairy type of thing. Thing. But the more you delve into it, the more of an understanding you’re going to have as both an individual and a couple in the context of a wedding, what you want to hear and what you’re going to get down to.

Aleks: Yeah. So what we did, basically was sat down and specified. I think it’s six. I don’t know how many. We’ll go through them. One, two.

Eddy: I’m just counting them now. I believe it’s six, or I think it’s like eight, actually.

Aleks: Oh, wow.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: So we chose kind of eight. They’re categories, basically, of musical sort of vibe and buckets. Buckets. Buckets is a good word. And they kind of take different genres. Artists. Yeah. Different decades. Exactly. And put them into one kind of similar sort of feeling vibe bucket atmosphere. It’ll make a lot more sense once.

Eddy: We go through them, you’re probably thinking, what?

Aleks: Yeah, what the hell? But just to explain. So we basically sat down and we created these different vibe playlists in our library. So they’re, you know, a few hours each. There’s plenty of songs in there. But then we thought, what if we actually shared these with our couples and gave them a sample?

Eddy: Yes. So just to, again, jump on. On board, we haven’t given everything away. We’ve given probably, what, like ten ish tracks per vibe playlist. Yeah. Which we’ve uploaded to our Spotify account.

Aleks: Yes.

Eddy: And by the way, there is a blog on this, so we obviously share that in the notes and, you know, all that kind of stuff so that everybody knows where to go to if they do want to see it. But it’s also included as a link in our party brief, which is the questionnaire that builds our brief, basically, that we provide to our couples once they’ve signed.

Aleks: Yeah, yeah. So that’s kind of the big update. So, previously we had asked couples to tick, you know, the genres that they want to hear the most of and.

Eddy: Which is quite rudimentary, really.

Aleks: Yeah. Yeah. I would look at. And it covered different decades as well. So we. We kind of classify that within genres. But, you know, what we were finding, again, some people don’t. Don’t know what they like, necessarily. And so giving them, like, a sample playlist helps, I think, to be able to actually listen to the tunes.

Eddy: It helps to basically let them know and let us know, obviously, you know, even if they don’t like that particular photo. Oh, that’s not me. Yeah, I don’t like those artists. Whatever. Or on the flip side, that’s great. Yes. I couldn’t explain it myself, but that’s exactly what I’m looking for.

Aleks: Exactly. Yeah. And I think there’s also something about context, like being able to hear ten songs together and say, do you know what? I liked all of those. They were all different. Different artists. Completely different. They might be very different genres or decades or whatever, but I liked the feeling. I liked the kind of atmosphere that was created by hearing those tunes.

Eddy: Exactly. And as a whole, if you were to stumble on this blog before you booked, you know, say, us or your DJ in general, it’s quite helpful to find a page like this that just shows the types of music that certain DJ’s would play and we put a hand on our hearts and we would stand behind all of the tracks that we put into these playlists. You know, obviously, if you know anything about us, we stay away from the really sort of cheesy, cringe type stuff. But, you know, if you look at this playlist and I’ve seen ten tracks in this particular vibe playlist or bucket, we’ve got probably, you know, 70 more sitting in our library of a similar vein.

Aleks: Yes, that’s right. Yep. So we’re going to go through the lists and just kind of explain what each vibe sort of means.

Eddy: Yeah, I’m just. I’m just thinking now that people listening to this thinking, what are they talking about?

Aleks: I know, I feel like it’s like one of those clickbait articles.

Eddy: Exactly.

Aleks: Are they going to get into it or what?

Eddy: Yeah, so we’re going to get into it now. So first of all, we’re going to list the name of the particular playlist that we’re talking about. We call them crates in the DJ world rather than playlist.

Aleks: And a crate is what, where you carry your records.

Eddy: Yeah, but it’s now been digitised, basically, so we don’t break our backs.

Aleks: Yeah.

Eddy: Coming to your weddings. So the first one. Are we ready?

Aleks: Yeah.

Eddy: Okay. The first one we have is dance through the decades.

Aleks: Or dance.

Eddy: Or dance, if you like, from Adelaide.

Aleks: Yeah. So this one. So just to kind of explain. So this one includes genres like house music, EDM. So electronic dance music, old school dance kind of tunes. New school dance tunes. Because, you know, like, house music was very different on the charts in the early two thousands or late nineties compared to the house music that makes its way to the charts and becomes popular now, which is more like a techy, you know, I’m not going to say fisher. Dom. Dollar.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: Woo.

Eddy: Something like.

Aleks: Yeah, something like that. Very different. So for us, this vibe playlist is really, you know, what we love, really.

Eddy: Four to the floor.

Aleks: Exactly like that. 1234. And when you hear it, when you listen to these songs, you get it.

Eddy: So I’m gonna list these songs now. So. So there’s ten of them. And again, this is just a sampler. So we’ve got blue Monday by new order.

Aleks: I wish you could play music on this, but we can’t. Yep.

Eddy: We’re not gonna do this for everyone.

Aleks: Which is a cool kinda eighties synth bang.

Eddy: Yeah, exactly. Sing hallelujah. Sing hallelujah.

Aleks: Yeah. Nineties.

Eddy: Nineties. Sweet dreams are made of this track. Murder on the dance floor. Sophie Ellis Bextor. Jackie Jack, Jack.

Aleks: Jackie, Jack, Jackie.

Eddy: Everybody knows that one. Give me everything pitbull. So this is where you started to see that difference, I suppose, yeah. Levels, of course, by Avicii. Rest in peace. This girl, the cooking on three burners. Cool. Edits. Praise you. The purple disco machine edit.

Aleks: Updated. Updated. Yep.

Eddy: And I like this one. The San Francisco Dom dollar. If you don’t know that track, have a listen to it. It’s an absolute banger.

Aleks: San Fran disco.

Eddy: Yes.

Aleks: Yes.

Eddy: Sorry, friend.

Aleks: There you go.

Eddy: San Francisco. Where’s your disco?

Aleks: I believe so. Yeah. There is a real mix of stuff in there, I have to say. And I suppose if you like this particular playlist, you’re a more dancy person. We then can take that into the background part of your wedding or event. So I would say, you know, most of the tunes we have put into the samples are the dance floor tunes, but they can easily be translated to more background stuff. So, you know, for example, with this particular vibe, the kind of more dancy vibe, Calvin Harris has some, you know, and Avicii have some kind of more mellow, more mellow, more chilled, sort of dancey tunes. There’s, you know, some house remixes of classic Michael Jackson that we have. We’ve got quite a lot of house remixes of disco tunes that are a little bit more mellow than super upbeat dance floor tracks. So we can incorporate all of that.

Eddy: Yeah. Or there are some edits that we have that you probably wouldn’t find on Spotify, for instance, that sort of, I suppose, take those older tunes, give them a bit of a refresh and put a four to the four type beat down, if that’s your vibe. So, yeah, there you go. So that is dance through or dance through the decades.

Aleks: I do like that one. That’s a great one.

Eddy: It’s one of my favourites.

Aleks: Yes, it’s awesome. Great. Next one I also love. This one is cool kids.

Eddy: Cool kids.

Aleks: Now, if you’re a cool kid, you know you’re a cool kid. Do you reckon? Or you’re too cool to know you.

Eddy: Say that you’re a cool kid. You’re not a cool kid, but no.

Aleks: Judgement if you took these.

Eddy: Yeah, so, cool kids. So we’re meaning indie. So indie everything. So indie folk, indie electronic, of course, indie rock and some indie old school stuff like the new wave and synthesis type pop that came out of the eighties.

Aleks: Yeah. So there is gonna be a little bit of crossover for some of these. You know. Obviously, we’ve already seen that there’s gonna be a bit of crossover with eighties stuff. And again, it just highlights the different genres that were popular in a particular decade. Like, eighties isn’t just corny, girls just wanna have fun stuff. There’s so much music that you can choose from. So cool, kids, we’ll just go through the tunes and if I’ve got.

Eddy: Is it working?

Aleks: Yes. So I’ve got, um, one of my favourites. Now, this is more of a background shoot, young folks.

Eddy: So I would. Okay, so I would almost play devil’s advocate on that. It is a background tune, but almost ready to dance.

Aleks: Yes, yes.

Eddy: In fact, it can start dance floors particular song.

Aleks: Yeah, yeah. And it depends on what’s happening. Like, if it’s a cocktail wedding, you might. Oh, people be dancing.

Eddy: People are moving around. Anyway.

Aleks: Two, one, two. Azilia banks.

Eddy: Whoo.

Aleks: Amazing. That is a banger. Here’s another one. That is when people just ready to dance off. White limousine, client liaison.

Eddy: Love this one.

Aleks: Yep. Listermania, Phoenix. Yep. With the right crowd. Definitely goes off.

Eddy: This one’s an interesting one. This next one.

Aleks: This next one’s interesting. Yeah. I would like to see the feedback on this. Cars. Gary Newman, which is an example of that. Eighty’s it is very cool. All right. My favourite song of all time, shooting stars, bag raiders. Easily could go into dance through the decades too, by the way, but is a little bit more indie. Indie flavour. Dance the moment. Tame impala. Tame impala is always good. He’s a throwback. UFO. Sneaky sounds.

Eddy: Oh, yes.

Aleks: Any sneaky, any sneaky.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: Time to pretend. Mgmt.

Eddy: Great.

Aleks: Mgmt is awesome. And this is such a fun singalong last night, the strokes.

Eddy: I mean, you reading out most of these takes me back to the joints that I used to go to as a young lady. Like, it’s.

Aleks: I know, a young lad. Oh, my God.

Eddy: Younger lad.

Aleks: It was only 20 years ago.

Eddy: It wasn’t that long.

Aleks: 15 years ago. Yeah, exactly. And this is all. I kind of like that early, like 2000 to 2010.

Eddy: It was a very, very good time in music.

Aleks: It was a great time, music when indie stuff was on the charts. But anyway, that’s cool, kids.

Eddy: That’s cool, kids. Okay, so the next one. And look, by the way, these are in no particular order, to be honest. They’re just sort of the way. No, the way it happened.

Aleks: And I have to say, we have excluded particular genres from, like, country, pub rock, trance, more, maybe more obscure stuff that.

Eddy: Yeah. And why? Why have we excluded. Okay, so trance. Let’s put trance aside for a second. There are some more commercial trans based traps.

Aleks: Yeah.

Eddy: Like, you know, quite good. Like sandstorm.

Aleks: Yep.

Eddy: Potentially you could call it a trance. There’ll be trance heads out there that are probably listening to this saying, that’s wrong.

Aleks: Yep.

Eddy: But why have you excluded those particular genres.

Aleks: Country, because we don’t like playing it and our couples don’t like it, and. And pub rock, because it can be very polarising and I think that if a couple really wants pub rock tunes, they will note that down anyway in their requests.

Eddy: Yes.

Aleks: And it’s not something that I personally would default to. It is not my preference to dance floor.

Eddy: Perfect. Yes. So I’m glad we fleshed that out. And it’s so good that you’ve said that. What we default to because, you know, over the years, we’ve built a particular, obviously a particular brand and particular style of music. And this is just such a good insight into, you know, taste testing the types of tunes we play.

Aleks: Yeah, yeah. That we play, that we play. That we like to play. And, you know, we’ve, as you mentioned, we have chosen tunes that we know work really well.

Eddy: Yes.

Aleks: There are other tunes within these genres that we might not play just because they’re not.

Eddy: Unless they’re requested.

Aleks: Unless they’re requested, the couple. Yeah. So this is very much based on our experience and our library and what we like to play.

Eddy: Yes.

Aleks: And what we know works within genres. But, yeah, what we default to. I will never default to pub rock. It is not. You know, I would rather choose a mainstream, fun dance, dancey, sort of.

Eddy: And when you say pub rock.

Aleks: Yeah.

Eddy: What do you mean?

Aleks: Like Bon Jovi and John Farnham and the horses.

Eddy: AC DC.

Aleks: I mean, that’s not rock, but, yeah, AC DC, that stuff is. Yeah. It’s not something I would. And mostly because most of our couples, as I mentioned, if they want it, they will let us know. And it’s normally, like, for family requests and stuff, or very specific late night songs.

Eddy: Yes.

Aleks: So this is stuff that we would default to. This is sort of similar to our ultimate 40 wedding bangers, where we’ve put together 40 tunes that work every time. Tunes we love to play. If we had no brief, we would play them. Yes, this is similar. This is like an extension, basically, and organised into buckets, if that makes sense.

Eddy: Exactly. And you know what? We should probably put that particular playlist on this blog as well, so that when couples jump on, they can see our ultimate 40. It’s on our website anyway, under the DJ mixes page.

Aleks: Yep.

Eddy: But it’s worth putting in here. All right, moving on. The next one we have is down and dirty.

Aleks: I mean, I like sculpting.

Eddy: I like them.

Aleks: That’s how they put them together.

Eddy: I like them all. So tell us about the down and dirty vibe crate.

Aleks: So it’s mostly made up of hip hop, r and b and Latin. Reggaeton.

Eddy: Awesome.

Aleks: Latin and Oregon.

Eddy: Excellent. Okay, so let’s go with the track listings. Feel so good. Maze.

Aleks: When you hear it, you will know it.

Eddy: Yes. What achieve or mace, I should say. Is it maze or mace?

Aleks: I don’t know.

Eddy: I don’t know. PDD’s in there as well.

Aleks: Yes.

Eddy: By the way. Or I think he was puff Daddy back then.

Aleks: He was.

Eddy: Yeah. Leaving it up. Ja rule.

Aleks: Oh, yeah.

Eddy: Yep. Hypnotise biggie.

Aleks: Oh, yeah. That’s a late night.

Eddy: There’s a late night jam. I mean, a lot of these a bit later on, I think. Um, particularly this one. The next episode. Snoop and Doctor Dre.

Aleks: Yeah.

Eddy: Yeah. Usher.

Aleks: Yeah, yeah, that’s a good one.

Eddy: Luda and little John. There’s a little crew on that one. Temperature by Sean Paul.

Aleks: That’s a great reset the dance floor.

Eddy: Yeah, it’s a really good one to get from there. Maybe there 100 sort of bpm. This is real DJ talk, right? Like a slower, typical hip hop r and B tempo to more vie. Like a Ford of the floor.

Aleks: Like a more dancey. It’s like a 125 bpm, which is like a lot of house tunes around that, so. Yeah, yeah, I always use it for that.

Eddy: And it’s just an iconic start every, like, within like a second, you know.

Aleks: What’s the oldies? Love it, too.

Eddy: Oh, yeah.

Aleks: It’s actually way older than I thought.

Eddy: That’s get right jlo.

Aleks: Oh, my God. Her best song.

Eddy: Mmm. Oh, she’s got a lot of good songs.

Aleks: Yeah, yeah. It’s one of my favourites.

Eddy: This one’s a good one. This is more of a latin flavour. Me gente by J Balvin. Yeah. So cool. Very cool. Bootylicious. Destiny’s child classic. And this one, I think this is a bit of a wild card, this last one, but I’m glad we included it. Promiscuous Nellie Frittato, Timberland.

Aleks: It’s a good one. And there were a few songs around that era.

Eddy: Oh, yeah, Timberland.

Aleks: So we had the way I are. Oh, yeah, that’s a good one.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: We’re going through this. Reminding me.

Eddy: Well, yeah, actually it’s. It’s good to actually sit down. All right, so that’s, um, that’s down and dirty. Any other thoughts on that particular crate by playlist?

Aleks: It’s just great. You will know if you like it. And I have to say, a wedding I played a couple of weeks ago was all the 3 hours of it of like. Was background, and I played all this stuff, but at a back, you know, at the appropriate. Choosing the appropriate kind of energy level. And it just went off and people were dancing and stuff. I wasn’t playing the next episode at dinner, but I was playing a lot of p. Diddy.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: Mellow tunes, building it up and getting into more of the, like, living it up Jarl, you know, Ashanti, that sort of thing, but.

Eddy: Exactly.

Aleks: So much fun. So, yeah, this stuff works really well all night. I mean, you wouldn’t play this particular vibe all night. You could probably mix it up with another one. That’s what we should mention as well. You won’t fit into just one. And we certainly wouldn’t recommend.

Eddy: Yeah, exactly. So, it’s funny, we’ve seen patterns start to occur based on, if you, like, say, down and dirty, you probably may also, like, like, EDM or dancey stuff to kind of COVID that. Like, the age old one is I love house and I love R and B.

Aleks: Yes.

Eddy: That those two couple up really, really well.

Aleks: And the second generation thing, too, like we were saying when, you know, like, old school r and B’s and hip hop is still so popular and so is, like, classic house and they were all around the same.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: Time.

Eddy: Yeah, exactly. Exactly.

Aleks: That makes sense. All right, the next one is also awesome.

Eddy: Yes.

Aleks: Get funky, get funky.

Eddy: So what do we mean by get funky? It is funk, soul, disco, and a little bit of sort of funky vocal house in there for good measure. So, Aleks, take us through the ten tunes we have in this particular crate.

Aleks: Very happily, if I can get to it. Here we go. All right, first of all, we’ve got move on up. Curtis Mayfield.

Eddy: This is one of the tracks I absolutely love to play just before something’s going to happen. So, you know, before the couple gonna enter or before a round of speeches, just to get that blood flowing and up a little bit.

Aleks: It’s very energetic. It up, yeah. And very well known to pick up the pieces. Average white band. It’s one of the only instrumental tunes I would ever play. It’s got. I think it’s got a little bit.

Eddy: It’s got a little bit of vocal.

Aleks: Piece at the end, but, um. Yeah, very funky funk tune. Papa’s got a brand new bag. James Brown. I have played this for dance floor and I’ve always played it.

Eddy: Such a good reaction with this track.

Aleks: James Brown. I mean, how can you go wrong? Also, when you’ve got sax, all of these tunes have to come out. Respect. Aretha Franklin.

Eddy: Yep. That is in our ultimate tried and tested.

Aleks: Tried and tested. Got to give it up. Marvin Gaye. Coolest cocktail kind of tune ever.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: It’s sophisticated.

Eddy: Oh, yeah.

Aleks: Body funk. Purple disco machine.

Eddy: Okay, so this is where there’s sort of the more house here. Stuff comes in.

Aleks: Housey stuff. Newer stuff. Um, super popular. That one. This is one of my favourites. Do your thing. Basement jacks.

Eddy: Oh, yeah. Yeah. Great song.

Aleks: Epic. Epic. And definitely, like, transcends ages. Low rider war.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: The fun, funny.

Eddy: It’s very good.

Aleks: Like, I don’t know what it is about it.

Eddy: You can play it background and you can play a dance floor.

Aleks: Yeah, you could. And you get the hips moving. Stuck in the middle of. With you.

Eddy: Yep.

Aleks: Steelers. Wheel.

Eddy: Awesome.

Aleks: Very well known. And finally get down. Saturday night. Oh, Oliver.

Eddy: Love that one.

Aleks: Cheetah. Cheetah. Cheatham. Yeah. That’s a great one. That’s, again, kind of like before dance floor, when people sort of like, you know.

Eddy: Yeah. I’d say the majority of these songs are for that time where we’re almost at dance floor and we’re really, really starting to warm guests up.

Aleks: Yeah.

Eddy: To get on the dance floor. Yeah. Very good.

Aleks: Have a listen if you want a mood booster. That’s the one.

Eddy: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. Absolutely. Next one is mainstream pop. Yes, on the mainstream.

Aleks: I’ve actually given these playlists to a few couples, and this one comes up a lot. So this one is really about those commercial hits, those really popular songs. We’ve got the eighties, nineties, the noughties. And today mostly because the other stuff is covered, you know, like, anything earlier than that is kind of covered with some of our other playlists, which you be able to see in a bit.

Eddy: Yeah. So these tunes perhaps aren’t as edgy as some of the other ones. You know, for instance, what you would find in our get funky list.

Aleks: Yeah.

Eddy: But they will appeal to most people.

Aleks: Most people. And. Yeah, definitely.

Eddy: All right, let’s go through them. So, first cab off the rank is you make my dreams come true. Hall of notes.

Aleks: Such a happy song.

Eddy: Yeah, yeah. It’s a really fun 1 September. Earth, wind and fire.

Aleks: How could you not? That would be rude.

Eddy: Crazy in love. Beyonce, Jay Z, it’s raining men, the weather girls, the OG. I really only play this version. I tend not to play the Jerry.

Aleks: I play Jerry Haleyball. But it is a very popular sing along with groomsmen. I found particularly something about it.

Eddy: Yeah, yeah. He just makes people come alive. Rock this party. Everybody dance now this is the Bob Sinclair.

Aleks: I mean, it takes an old nineties dance tune and it just. Yeah, it works so well. It works with everyone.

Eddy: Yeah. Take on me. Uh huh.

Aleks: Great tune.

Eddy: Late night, late night love is in the air jumper young classic. Yeah. Yeah. And now a little contemporary juice by Lizzo.

Aleks: Yes. That’s a good one.

Eddy: Really, really cool. I’m loving a lot of what Lizzo’s doing at the moment.

Aleks: Yeah, definitely.

Eddy: The next one is hey ya by outcast.

Aleks: Oh, so good.

Eddy: And the next one is. Yeah, look for the right crowd. It’s. It’s really. It’s like the right age and the right. Yeah, well, yeah. Our age crowd, etc. Untouched. The Veronica’s.

Aleks: Yes. Banger.

Eddy: It has been called the new national anthem by. By some. I don’t know, I don’t have an appeal. Wow. That’s quite a bit. But, um. Yeah, it’s. It’s an absolute weapon, that one.

Aleks: And, you know, I have to say, even though we have some edges up, nothing wrong with mainstream pork.

Eddy: Absolutely nothing wrong.

Aleks: It is their floor fillers, dance floor fillers. You know, we’ve chosen tunes that aren’t corny, but they’re super popular.

Eddy: And there will be songs. I mean, there are songs in this particular playlist or crate or whatever you want to call it, that I will play almost every time. Every wedding. Almost.

Aleks: Yeah.

Eddy: Yeah. At least one of them.

Aleks: So that is a good sign.

Eddy: Yes. Moving, moving right along the next.

Aleks: Yes. I love all these lists. Okay. Old souls.

Eddy: Oh, old souls. Okay, so what we mean is fifties, sixties, seventies, bit of eighties pop and rock and roll, Motown. When I mean by rock and roll, I don’t mean pub rock like foo fighters rock, I mean the soft rock. So the classic rock and roll, which you’ll see, surely. And of course some disco.

Aleks: Yes. Shall I go through the tunes?

Eddy: Please.

Aleks: All right. This is fun. One. Number one, you never can tell. Chuck Berry from Pulp Fiction.

Eddy: Love it.

Aleks: Yeah. If you do it fee first dance. Bonus points.

Eddy: And bonus bonus points if you play the song with the intro, the vocal intro from the movie. Yeah.

Aleks: What. What do you do while that happens?

Eddy: You just walk on up to the dance floor and, you know, people freaking up. Yeah, good point.

Aleks: Yeah, they know what’s coming. Alright, next one. I would play most gigs except for those people who hate this artist. And that would be dancing Queen AbbA. Whoo.

Eddy: Yes, I did play that last weekend.

Aleks: Great for the oldies. You didn’t.

Eddy: I did.

Aleks: Oh, yeah. So did I. Great for the Audi’s and great for the drunk young ones.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: So, yeah, something for everyone. Here we go. We’ve repeated ourselves respect Aretha Franklin. So that was in mainstream pop.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: And also appearing here or get funky, some crossover. Ain’t no mountain high enough. Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell. Which is an absolute wedding classic. Another classic from the eighties. I want to dance with somebody. Whitney Houston.

Eddy: Which very well could have been in the mainstream pop.

Aleks: Yes.

Eddy: Playlist as well.

Aleks: Yes, definitely. I will survive Gloria.

Eddy: Love it.

Aleks: And I would put that in a similar category to its reigning man.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: You don’t agree? Although this is more of a disco tune. Yeah, yeah. But in terms of sing along value, of course. Similar. Love this next one. Don’t you want me? The Human League. I’m going to be spitting that this Sunday. Very, very cool. And it’s also had a facelift by purple disco machine too. I like that version. Boogie Wonderland. Earth, wind and fire and the emotions.

Eddy: Love that one.

Aleks: Epic disco track. Oh, one of my favourite eighties track is up next. Jump for my love, the Pointer sisters.

Eddy: It’s actually funny that these two are together because I usually mix jump for my love after Boogie Wonderland. Yeah, it works really well.

Aleks: Yeah. Similar tempo. And the last one is. Don’t you forget about me, simple minds.

Eddy: Ooh, that’s. Yeah. One of my favourites. And could have, well have landed in the cool kids vibe too.

Aleks: Yeah, I agree. I do agree. Especially with like, when you think about the cool kids as well. If you think about older stuff, like you said, like kind of indie rock older, like, you know, the cure and stuff. And you might also have like David Bowie, that kind of vibe. So cookies isn’t just kind of that 2000.

Eddy: Yeah, exactly.

Aleks: Awesome. Do you want to go through the next one?

Eddy: I will. We are slowly getting to the end. We’ve got two more. Two more to go. So the next one.

Aleks: Thank you for staying this long.

Eddy: Thank you for, you know, staying with us on this. The next one we have is Gen Z.

Aleks: I like this one. So we’ve got in here nineties anthems, naughties in two thousand and ten s. And of course today’s hits. So really nothing before the nineties.

Eddy: Yeah. And the list goes like this party in the USA, Miley Cyrus.

Aleks: Oh, yeah.

Eddy: Big energy.

Aleks: Yeah.

Eddy: The latto track that I think what found its way from TikTok or something to. I sound old even just saying that, to be honest.

Aleks: So let’s just, you know, I have had fantasy. The original requested more than big energy.

Eddy: Yes.

Aleks: Silly.

Eddy: Yeah. Lizzo again. Good as hell.

Aleks: Great one.

Eddy: Doja cat say so.

Aleks: Oh, yeah.

Eddy: The pinal remix of Cold Heart. Elton John. Jewellery bar.

Aleks: Still works a treat.

Eddy: Rasputin, the Majestic Bony M version.

Aleks: Play it pretty much every gig.

Eddy: Have to say, blank space. Taylor Swift is one of my favourite late night sing along.

Aleks: Yes, I agree. I agree. I prefer it to shake it off.

Eddy: This is one that’s had a bit of resurgence. Fergalicious, Fergie. Will I am. It’s a fun song. You little beauty by Fisher.

Aleks: Whoo.

Eddy: Oh, yeah. And last but not least is the do it to it. The a craze. Yeah, craze. The craze that it was.

Aleks: The craze that it was and still.

Eddy: Is on the dance floor.

Aleks: Oh, it’s awesome. Yeah. So good. That’s a really fun one. Really fun. All right, we’ve come up to the final one.

Eddy: Whoo. So what is our final vibe playlist, Aleks?

Aleks: It is one that we always talk about, which is Sunday sesh.

Eddy: Ooh. Okay, so Sunday sesh. We’re talking more background vibes. So we’re talking picture yourself at a. One of the new inner city Melbourne bars just opened everybody’s day. There’s such a vibe. And we’re talking funk souls playing chilled electronics, some indie r and b and neo soul.

Aleks: Yes. Oh, no. I’m gonna have to pronounce these names. I love all of these tunes and definitely played a lot of them for my indie wedding. All right, first 1 August 10, Crangbin.

Eddy: Yeah, that’s what I would have gone with.

Aleks: I did. I did play and someone came up to me and said, excuse me, are you playing Karangban? And I’m like, I am.

Eddy: And now I know how to pronounce it.

Aleks: And I’m like, that’s excellent. That it is known. Yeah, that’s a really, really, really cool tune. Spooky. Dusty Springfield. Bit of a throwback, more MGMT, electric feel. Very fun. That one’s quite upbeat. Next up, we have crave you flight facilities.

Eddy: Flight facilities is an artist that I find gets requested almost the most. For background.

Aleks: Yes. Yeah, it does. I agree.

Eddy: For us.

Aleks: For us. Yep. Be about you, Winston Surfshark. I love that song.

Eddy: Anything that Winston does. Absolutely.

Aleks: It’s amazing. So good. I got it again. The moment. Tame impala.

Eddy: Yes.

Aleks: Any tame impala? Oh, this one’s a throwback. Can I kick it a tribe?

Eddy: Yes, you can.

Aleks: Amazing.

Eddy: Oh, yeah. I love all this, like, chilled hip hop stuff.

Aleks: Yeah. This next one, people might not know. Definitely worth having a listen is 1976 RJD.

Eddy: It’s actually funny you mention that because I’ve got a shout out. Alex Motta from Motta Weddings, photography. I was playing this when we worked here the last. He’s like, oh, I love this song.

Aleks: I love it when you play a track and you’re like, I don’t know if I’ll know this, but it’ll be a good vibe. And then someone just comes up to me, he’s like, yes. Good on you, Alex.

Eddy: The next one is one of my all time favourites too.

Aleks: Yeah. Oh, keep the fire burning. Gwen McCray. Made famous by our boys from the inspired unemployed, no doubt.

Eddy: Yeah. And shout out to one of our industry friends, Tim, who was also a DJ. He requested this. We were at section eight with a few different DJs.

Aleks: Hello, catch up.

Eddy: Had a little catch up, little social session and he actually requested this song and the DJ, eventually a different DJ played it. I think the first one said no and then another one started and it was one of the best things I’ve ever seen.

Aleks: Yeah, I know.

Eddy: He is a trooper. He is.

Aleks: He has the dance moves and finally Sundream Rufus the solo.

Eddy: Okay. Rufus is also heavily requested for background and dance lore vibes.

Aleks: Yeah, I agree. Yes. Well, we got through them all. So. So what of it? Our listeners are thinking, what of it?

Eddy: What did we just hear?

Aleks: Okay, well, two things. So if you are a couple of hours, you will see that in your party brief questionnaire. There is a new question now.

Eddy: We’ve just updated it, literally.

Aleks: So sorry about spring it on you. Hope you’re listening to this so when you jump in, you can actually tick the vibe playlist that you like the most.

Eddy: One or more?

Aleks: One or more.

Eddy: If you like them all.

Aleks: Yep.

Eddy: Hell, why not just take them all?

Aleks: And if you’re not a client of ours, we hope that they’re helpful in bringing your DJ and giving more of a sense of the type, types of tunes that you want to hear at your wedding or event. And if you’re a supplier, enjoy. Or, you know, you might be responsible for playing. I know some celebrants who stay on as MC’s are actually responsible for music as well for the reception. So this might be helpful. Might be helpful.

Eddy: As long as it helps someone somewhere, then I’m happy.

Aleks: And you know what? Play them one after another and you’ve got yourself a bloody epic playlist, I have to say.

Eddy: Yeah, yeah. In fact, I might just do that very soon.

Aleks: All right, let’s do that. As always, thank you so much for listening. We’d love to hear from you. We always get random people pop up and say, oh, we love your podcast. We found it really helpful, and we’re like, oh, people listen to it. That’s nice.

Eddy: That is nice. And look, you know, I think it’s on our outro. But if you do find it useful, please jump onto Apple podcasts. Give us five stars if you think we are worth it, because, yeah, look, it’s great when people stumble across this podcast and get something out of it.

Aleks: Definitely. All right, take care. We’ll chat soon.

Eddy: Bye, guys.

Aleks: Bye. Thanks for tuning in. If you’re enjoying project engaged, please hit the subscribe button on your fave podcast app.

Eddy: You can also follow us on Instagram, @projectengaged, and @onemoresongdjs.

Aleks: We’ll see you next time. And until then, have fun out there.

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