Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Wedding DJ Playlist >

My name is James Barlow am I a Midlands-based wedding singer and DJ entertaining at 80+ wedding receptions each year throughout the UK.

The below is the entire evening play list from a recent wedding where I was both singer and DJ. To give you an idea of how a typical evening might be structured the list includes the tracks featured in both my singing and DJ sets on this particular evening.

The happy couple and friends were young and lively and requested current chart and 90s music. Parents and grandparents loved 60s and 70s and there was a large Irish contingent, so some traditional Irish songs were thrown in for good measure.

It's really important to note that EVERY WEDDING RECEPTION IS DIFFERENT. I do not play a pre-selected list of tracks and always seamlessly mix music live on the day - no iPods or pre-arranged play lists! This DJ set, as with every set that I do, was completely tailored to take into account several factors:

1. Requests from the bride and groom before the day
2. Requests from the guests on the day
3. My judgement and expertise on the night - 'reading the crowd' based on age, sex and their reaction to different kinds of tracks on the dance floor. The key is playing a wide range of tracks to suit everyone in attendance.

THIS WORKS! The dance floor was full for the entire evening.

You will see from the list a really good mixture of bride and groom requests, guests' requests and my own input.

Click here for more information about my singing and DJ services


The list is comprised of:

You Send Me (First Dance)
Aretha Franklin
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Michael Buble
You To Me Are Everything
The Real Thing
Dance The Night Away
The Mavericks
Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison
Sweet Home Alabama
Lynard Skynard
Stuck In The Middle With You
Steelers Wheel
All Night Long
Lionel Richie
You're The First, The Last, My Everything
Barry White
Walking On Sunshine
Katrina And The Waves
You Can't Hurry Love
Phil Collins
I'm In The Mood For Dancing
YMCA Village People
Disco Inferno
The Trampps
I Gotta Feeling
Black Eyed Peas
Gangnam Style (강남스타일)
Scream & Shout (Feat. Britney Spears) [Radio Edit]
Candy (Radio Edit)
Robbie Williams
Troublemaker (Feat. Flo Rida)
Olly Murs
9 To 5
Dolly Parton
Young Hearts Run Free
Candi Staton
Blame On The Boogie
The Jacksons
Take A Chance On Me
We Are Family
Sister Sledge
Lulu & The Luvvers
La Bamba
Los Lobos
Great Balls Of Fire
Jerry Lee Lewis
Jailhouse Rock
Elvis Presley
Rock Around The Clock
Bill Haley & The Comets
Tutti Frutti
Little Richard
Love Reallly Hurts Without You
Billy Ocean
Amy Winehouse
Relight My Fire
Take That
Billie Jean
Michael Jackson
Build Me Up Buttercup
I’m A Believer
The Foundations
The Monkees
I Want You Back
Jackson 5
Kool & The Gang
Mr Brightside
The Killers
Jump Around
House Of Pain
Walk This Way
Run Dmc Feat. Aerosmith
Ice Ice Baby
Vanilla Ice
Can't Touch This
Mc Hammer
Fresh Prince Of Bel Air (Tv-Edit)
Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Boom! Shake The Room
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Everybody Get Up (Radio Edit)
The Galway Girl
Steve Earle
Wild Rover
The Dubliners
Tell Me Ma
Sham Rock
Uptown Girl
Billy Joel
Don't Stop Me Now
Livin' On A Prayer
Bon Jovi
Don't Stop Believin'
What Makes You Beautiful
One Direction
Groove Is In The Heart
Show Me Love
Robin S
Livin Joy
Single Ladies
Livin Joy
Turn Around
Phats And Small
Set U Free
N Trance
Let Me Be Your Fantasy
Baby D
Feel The Love
Dancing Queen
Love Is In The Air
Can't Take My Eyes Off You
My Girl
How Deep Is Your Love
Wonderful Tonight
John Paul Young
Andy Williams
The Temptations
Take That
Eric Clapton
The Galway Girl
Steve Earle

Monday, 18 February 2013

Top Ten First Dance Tracks 2012 >

Here is my updated list of the top ten first dance tracks of 2012, based on all my weddings last year.

I definitely saw more variation in choices in 2012 with some really excellent and original choices. The really good news about this year's list is that all of the songs are available for me to sing live!

For a more complete list of the songs in my live repertoire see my song list page.

1. Adele - Make You Feel My Love
2. Lonestar - Amazed
3. Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up
4. Michael Buble - Crazy Love
5. Bruno Mars / Boyce Avenue - Just The Way You Are
6. Nat King Cole - L.O.V.E
7. Joe Cocker - You Are So Beautiful
8. Take That  - Rule The World
9. Lionel Richie / Diana Ross - Endless Love
10. Tom Baxter - Better

Perfect Wedding Magazine Article

Last summer I was asked to contribute to an article about wedding themes to the UK's most popular wedding magazine - Perfect Wedding Magazine.

My topic was my main areas of expertise, how to add a theme to your evening and particularly - dance floor filling!

Step-by-step - Disco Fever.

James Barlow shares three steps to the perfect dancefloor!

1. Ask your band or DJ to play a few themed songs at the beginning of your night to set the atmostphere. Have a musical-themed hour and pick a genre like swing or you could even have a retro Eighties half-hour.

2. Tie your first dance in with your theme - or see if your DJ can prepare a special mix or 'mash up' pf special themed songs.

3. Jazz up your evening reception by hriing a LED dance floor. have one with flashing multi-coloured panels for a Seventies theme

I'm hoping to contribute to more publications in 2013 - watch this space!

Friday, 15 February 2013

New Web Site Launch!

I've been busy giving the web site a complete design overhaul. I've improved the interface, it should be a much better vistor experience with a bigger resolution with lots more images. The blog has also been integrated more effectively with the rest of site and shall be contributed to much more often - I promise!

I hope you like it, feel free to get in touch with any feedback.


Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Priest House Wedding Fayre

I'll be at the Priest House Wedding Fayre, Castle Donington, Derbyshire this Sunday. I'll be singing background rat pack, swing, love songs all day 12 - 4pm - just stop me if you want a chat. Free entry, glass of bucks fizz and goody bag. No registration / pre-booking required.

THE PRIEST HOUSE HOTEL, Kings Mills, Castle Donington, Derbyshire, DE74 2RR.

Everyone is welcome!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

The Deluxe Package set up - leaner, meaner and now available in multiple rooms!

Due to some recent equipment changes and upgrades I can now offer the Deluxe Package  - live singing during your wedding breakfast and singer / DJ in the evening - where your wedding breakfast and evening reception are in different rooms.

Having always been a popular request, logistically moving equipment from one room to another quickly enough for the commencement of your evening party was tricky. However, with some recent equipment upgrades, a second evening set up can be installed elsewhere in your venue during your wedding breakfast ready for your evening reception to begin almost instantaneously!

The new wedding breakfast set up also has a much smaller footprint - just 0.5m x 0.5m for mixing desk and processors and two speakers, just 0.45m x 0.35m each. You can enjoy some excellent live music whilst you eat in the smallest of rooms.

I can also now offer, depending on your location, live singing during your reception drinks as an option in the Deluxe Package.

If you are currently booked in for the Standard Package you can add either of these options (live singing during your wedding breakfast OR reception drinks) for just an extra £200.

Contact me for more details.