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I have an amazing idea, but I have no idea how I would ever get about it, help guys!
or how to do it so it's just never happened
book an appropriate venue. advertise it with flyers and talking and facebook and stuff. make it happen. it's pretty easy really. maybe you need to hire pa and dj stuff if the venue doesn't have it. maybe more if you put a band on. that's all these is to it
i'm in then
i'll do it after my dinner. i'm going to have a pasty x
here's your step by step guide:
- find a SMALL room above a pub you can afford to hire
- make sure it's one which already has decks and a PA in
- choose your night to do it
- work out if you want to charge or not, and how much
- make a Facebook page and invite all your friends
- make a poster for the venue, and some flyers if you can afford them
- send listings to local papers/magazines about a month in advance
- tell EVERYONE YOU KNOW to come all the time
ON THE NIGHT
- get there very early in case anything goes wrong
- panic when people don't arrive dead on your start time, then realise what time you would turn up
- play some songs and enjoy watching people dance.
My main piece of advice in terms of music is don't do it for yourself. Don't think 'oh, I never hear this 20 minute long B-side played in a club, that would be great!'. Whatever your genre, play songs that your target audience KNOW and will dance to, otherwise you'll be playing to an empty floor and you might as well be in your bedroom.
also an optional is to make friends with people at the venue, especially the manager' then they might let you have it for free. that's what we did.
The only other thing was get big enough to move to a bigger place.
Music advice above is bang on - if you have the slightest doubt people won't dance, allow it
Make friends with the bar staff. If they like you and your night things become an awful lot easier (and the occasional free drink)
If the place has shared equipment, look after it. Bar staff at the phoenix were always complaining to me that I was the only *promoter* who actually brought the decks back to them at the end of the night. Also turn things down. Nothing worse than plugging in at full volume (because a. you'll go deaf and b. has a habit of blowing the speakers)
plus don't forget that you can use social media to promote the NEXT clubnight by posting the current or latest one's playlists, pictures (+tagging), even have a twitter hashtag etc.
don't overdo it during the actual event though
where they projected the name and artist of the song that was playing onto the wall, that was cool and useful.
but just project 'you probably won't have heard of them' each time
I would add...
on the night...
- DON'T be a cunt to venue management, staff or security.
- DON'T get power boozed.
- DO pay someone reliable to hand out flyers and take names for a mailing list (old fashioned promoting techniques still work. Don't think a Facebook event alone will cut it!).
- DO look after that equipment. Pioneer DJM mixer and CDJs == over £3,000 worth of stuff. It doesn't like to have a drink and the person promoting the next club night is gonna be pissed at you cos they have to use a crappy Numark twin CD deck instead cos your neglect caused the Pioneer stuff to go in for servicing.
- DON'T let your mate play with the effects buttons.
- DON'T get enthralled by the pretty red lights on the mixer. Turn that fucker down.
- DON'T skip each song after 30 seconds cos you're bored.
- DON'T skip the end of 'Mr Blue Sky', you idiot.
- DON'T spend the whole of your DJ set looking at your phone.
- If you're using Technics then bring your own cartridges and needles and don't pinch the venue's, you cheap, pikey fucker.
- If you have to resort to 'Groove Is In The Heart', then you've already lost. Song only acceptable on '90s nights.
- DO play songs for the crowd, NOT yourself.
- DON'T hand out flyers right in front of / in the queue of / inside a rival venue/pub. That's just uncouth. And it'll mean the manager of your venue gets a nasty phone call / a visit from some heavy built dudes in black puffer jackets.
phew, had a few things to get off my chest there. O:-)
Only absolute cocshafts refer to their club nights as parties.
This along with people calling gigs a "show" irk the hell out of me.
and a show to the whole evening, I find.
Someone will come and stand next to the decks and pretend to scratch.
Saw someone get on stage and do it to Dermot O'Leary at Latitude. Felt great relief it didn't just happen to me
yeah this is true. it used to happen to me, and it used to happen to my friend that used cdjs as well
A good one recently was someone asking me to play that song from that film Decadence.
And flicking the volume switches, turning things off etc.
As I was really good mates with the bouncer as we'd be doing it there a while I simply had him thrown out.
Giving him a little wave as the bouncer dragged him out and his friends pleaded and offered me money for him to be allowed back brought a massive troll face to my visage
That is terrifyingly accurate
It's basically a faux-wedding-reception. Plenty of suits, cheese and disco music.
Get friendly with a local club owner is preferable, if not just find one that's a realistic size for how many people you can pull.
Be prepared to make a loss (make sure you can afford to make a loss)
Facebook event is a given, but just invite people, don't keep pestering people via their inbox to come.
Make an attractive poster for the web, and similar flyers for physical distribution
Make sure you got a shit-load of music (depends if you'll happily reject requests or not)
That's about it... Good luck. I'm bricking it a bit myself
Experienced people giving much better advice
If your night becomes a regular thing, get it listed on hen party websites.
this stuff's really useful