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The Perfect Blend of Music

Jory and Steven were so happy they chose Elite Sounds to DJ their wedding. DJ Francisco was able to seamlessly mix their requests with their guests' requests for optimum dance floor success! #elitesoundskc

Creating Vibe...... Music Secrets To Create The Perfect Atmosphere

"Rat Pack + Jazz Are Great
...but I want something different for my cocktail music!"

if the sentiment above describes you, then you were destined to see this blog post today. :)  While traditional styles typically played during cocktail hour work great, and make sense for the right atmosphere, they definitely are not a "one size fits all" genre when it comes to fitting the atmosphere of many of today's venues.

If Your Venue Were A Song, What Would It Sound Like?

Okay, the question is weird, but think about it!  The venue, decor, and music all brand your event a particular way.  And that WAY should be cohesive! 

Confused?...Let's Check Out A Couple Of Examples Below.

Check out The Gallery Event Space in Power & Light.  What are some words that come to mind?  Modern, trendy, minimalistic? DEFINITELY!.....which is why a cocktail hour in this space should resemble the same feel.

This playlist was created for the trendy rooms of Kansas City.  You'll hear some housey / jazz sounds that are a perfect fit for events needing the cocktail hour to be uniquely different :)  It's definitely not for every person or venue, but if used correctly, your guests will take notice and appreciate the atmosphere you have created.

Ultra Lounge Cocktail Playlist


An Elite Sounds favorite.... Foundation Event Space in the historic KC West Bottoms.  What words can be used to describe the character of this space?  Rustic, a hint of industrial, eclectic with a true hipsteresque (is this even a word?) vibe?  

Yet another playlist that defies the norm to provide a truly unique feel for a venue with this much character.  While it's not the only style that makes sense, it's definitely one that has not been played out, or a part of every other event that your guests have attended recently.  

Indie / Alternative Cocktail Playlist


Need More Help Creating The Perfect Playlist For Your Event?

We are here to help!!  If you need to have a quick conversation over the phone, or want to come in for a consultation to talk through your event in more detail, LET US KNOW!  We are super laid back, and have advice that has come through performing at thousands of events over the years. 

The Wedding Workout Playlist

The Wedding Workout Playlist

Your wedding is coming up soon! Here is a playlist of upbeat music for your workout. We included some wedding hits along with current hits to keep you moving!

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The Ultimate Wedding Playlist

Unsure of what tracks get the party going? Here is a playlist of some tracks that haven't let us down. Follow it. Download it. Enjoy it.

The Ultimate Wedding Playlist

Contact us for more information on how we can collaborate to make your dance floor and your event a success!

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Back to School

The school year is here and we have you covered from your Back to School Dance all the way to Prom.

Consider This When Choosing Your Wedding Reception Music

Wondering what direction to take the night musically? Here is a little insight on how to work together with your DJ to make your reception better than all of your friends’!  :)

Look at the night in 3 different parts and make requests that fit in each one:

1st Part:  This is after the ceremony has concluded and all of your guests are making their way to the bar for cocktails.  This time of the night should be FUN!!  You can help with this by picking out fun music.  No Enya or super slow jams here......we want guests experiencing an upbeat vibe that makes them want to stay out of their seats, mingle, and drink!  Now, we definitely don’t expect them to rage on the dance floor either so your track selection should be those which have a great energy, represent your personality as a couple, but would most likely never get used for the dancing part of the night.  

Example Cocktail Playlist

As cocktails conclude, and we begin the dinner portion of the night dial it back a notch.  Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis or maybe even acoustic versions of some of your favorites can be used to create the vibe that fits this time of night and the branding of your wedding.

Example Dinner Playlist

2nd Part:  This is the part of the night where we open up the dance floor but there is a lack of inebriation on your guests part.   This is where you want to think about throwing in some Motown and Classic party tracks that everyone knows.  Some of your older guests will respond well to these tracks and it gives you, as the bride and groom, a chance to spend time with them on the dance floor!  You can thank us later after seeing your amazing dance pics with Aunt Carol!

3rd Part:  When guests are on their 15th glass of your signature cocktail and they feel like they will live forever, you have reached the 3rd part of the night.  This is where you want to consider some of your more hip hop and house influenced tracks that typically caterer to the younger audience.  Turn Down For What, Get get the picture.  Throwbacks and sing-a-longs will also get the job done so be sure to give them the props they deserve by including them in your playlist as well.

While thinking about your reception in 3 different parts will help you in selecting the right mix of music, it won’t guarantee a packed dance floor.  ONLY THE BRIDE, GROOM, AND WEDDING PARTY can guarantee that.  You are the guests of honor.  Your guests are there to spend time with you, and they will likely do that on the dance floor if you lead them there. Let us help you get there.