Summer 2017 HI-FI[VE] Mix | DJ Shawn Frady

One of things we pride ourselves on at B-Boy Productions is having some of the most talented music mixers (aka DJs) in the area bar none. Not only is programming important but the way songs are segued in and out are just as vital. From time to time, our DJs will put together a mix to showcase their skills. This Summer 2017 HI-FI(VE) Mix by DJ Shawn Frady is our latest entry. While this mix doesn’t represent what he’d play at a specific event, what you will get from it, beyond a fantastic jam packed 30 minute musical journey of a wide range of genres, is the thought put behind the track selection. Every song has a purpose with where it is placed and how it is layered in and out. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing to it wherever you’re listening. This is a live mix – meaning that this wasn’t constructed in a studio. Shawn was behind the decks and mixing this live.  He then added some voice drops in post production. This is important because anybody can sit behind a computer desk and string a few songs together. At an event, you don’t have that luxury. The DJ has to be able to mix live.

DJ Shawn Frady Summer 2017 HI-FI(VE)

To stream or download this mix, click here.  The complete track listing is below.

1. Rocketship by Marcus Marr

2. Don’t Turn The Lights On – Chromeo

3. The Sound [Sneaker Snob Remix] – by The 1975

4. You Don’t Know Me [Denis First Remix] – Jax Jones feat Raye

5. Something Just Like This [Stash Konig Remix] – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

6. Blame [Xmix] – Bastille

7. Late Night – Odesza

8. Out Strong – Future feat. The Weeknd

9. Dirt Of Your Shoulder – Jay-Z

10. Humble – Kendrick Lamar

11. Slide – Calvin Harris

12. Big Fish – Vince Staples feat. Juicy J

13. Unforgettable [Kameo Trap Remix] – French Montana feat. Swae lee

14. Don’t Tell ‘Em [DaaHype Remix] – Jeremih feat. YG

15. This Is How We Bend Ova [JD Live VIP Flip] – Montell Jordan vs Lil Jon vs Gozzi

16. Can’t Feel My Face [Truffle Butter BB Blend] – The Weeknd vs Drake

17. All Night [KAYTRANADA Extended Mix] – Chance The Rapper

18. Shining – DJ Khaled feat. Beyonce & Jay-Z

19. Somebody [Gazzo Remix] – Natalie La Rosa feat. Jeremih

20. In The Air Tonight – Alex Midi feat. Delacey

21. Ocean Drive [Shaun Frank Remix] – Duke Dumont

22. Passionfruit [DJ Manyhats Afrobeat Remix Dub Mix] – Drake

23. Around The World [Low Kicks 2017 Remix] – Daft Punk

24. Nightcrawler – ZHU

B-Boy Productions Summer 2017 Spotify Playlist

How is everyone’s summer going? We still have a little more than a month left so time to share our B-Boy Productions DJs’ Summer 2017 Spotify Playlist is here! This list definitely has a hip hop bent (a few explicit tracks) but outside of country, you should see a wide range of genre diversity. We’ve got some throwbacks, some cool covers, EDM, indie, Top 40 with a few “Song of the Summer” contenders (Despacito anyone?). We add to it frequently so be sure to check often. If you haven’t subscribed to our Spotify Channel, do it today! Enjoy!

Summer 2017 Spotify Playlist

DJ Brian B
Music Sounds Better – NEIL FRANCES
Digital Perfection – Lefti, Coyle Girelli
Turn Up On The Weekend – Branchez, Big Wet
Dancing Queen – Daelcolm
Waiting On The Summer (Penguin Prison Remix) – VHS Collection

DJ Charles Egstad
ELEMENT. – Kendrick Lamar
Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
In Da Club – 50 Cent

DJ Dan Davis
Move To L.A. – Tyga
Insane In The Brain – Cypress Hill
Another Life (The Him Remix) – Afrojack, David Guetta, Ester Dean, The Him

DJ Jae Richie
Wild Thoughts – DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller
Love Galore – SZA, Travis Scott
Despacito (Remix) – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber

DJ Josh Woeckener
Luvly – Joakim Karud
Tipsy – Black Shadow, Rupee
Girl – James Deen feat. Clairo
Humble – Crvde feat. Emma Sameth
Welcome To LA – Oliver Tree

DJ Shawn Frady
Stay For It – RL Grime, Miguel
Line Of Sight – Odesza feat. Wynne & Mansionair
Here With You – Lost Frequencies, Netsky
Know No Better – Major Lazer, Travis Scott, Camilia Cabello, Quavo

Top Wedding Sing-Along Songs

We love lists and anything music related that can help our clients. With that in mind, we present to you the Top Wedding Sing-along Songs. If you’re looking for song ideas to give your DJ or band to play, consider these on our list. From our personal experience, they go over really well. Your crowd will instantly engage and it will take your event energy to a higher level.

Top Wedding Sing-Along

In no particular order, here are some of our recommendations:

  • No Scrubs – TLC
  • Piano Man – Billy Joel
  • Closer – The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
  • FourFiveSeconds – Rihanna, Kaye West and Paul McCartney
  • Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  • Shout – Otis Day & The Knights
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  • It’s Wasn’t Me – Shaggy feat. Ricardo Ducent
  • Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  • Get Low – Lil Jon & The Eastside Boys feat. Ying Yang Twins
  • This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
  • Shots – LMFAO feat. Lil Jon
  • Dynamite – Taio Cruz
  • I Love It – Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX
  • Old Time Rock And Roll – Bob Seger
  • Yeah – Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris
  • Baby Got Back – Sir Mix A Lot
  • Ride With Me – Nelly
  • Mo Money Mo Problems – Notorious B.I.G. feat. Mase and Puff Daddy
  • Work From Home – Fifth Harmony
  • Poison – Bel Biv Devoe
  • Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds
  • I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
  • Girl Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
  • Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
  • Super Freak – Rick James
  • Hot In Herre – Nelly
  • Blow – Ke$ha
  • Timber – Pitbull feat. Ke$ha
  • Give Me Everything Tonight – Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer
  • Danza Kuduro – Don Omar feat. Lucenzo
  • Return Of The Mack – Mark Morrison
  • Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  • Hold On – Wilson Phillips
  • Friends In Low Places – Garth Brooks
  • Bust A Move – Young MC
  • Firework – Katy Perry
  • Tuesday – I Love Makonnen feat. Drake
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston

What would you add to this list? Comment below. Need more event or song ideas? Contact us and we’ll be glad to help.

B-Boy Productions Spring 2017 Spotify Playlist

Spring 2017 Spotify Playlist

A new season brings a brand new playlist – the B-Boy Productions Spring 2017 Spotify Playlist is here! We say it every time a new playlist comes out but it is so true – the music is as diverse as the DJs on our staff. It spans the spectrum genre-wise once again – from Pop to Latin to Indie to you name it. Just about every genre is represented here so you’re bound to find at least one or two tracks you like. While we have a lot of tracks that are hot off the press, not all are brand new – some of our DJs have included some throwbacks (hello Steely Dan). If you haven’t subscribed to our Spotify Channel, do it today! Happy listening!

Spring 2017 Spotify Playlist

DJ Brian B
Anywhere – Dillon Francis feat. Will Heard
Lovers – StéLouse feat. Brave
Howlin’ To The Moon – Topaz Jones

DJ Charles Egstad
Through The Wire – Kanye West
Deacon Blues – Steely Dan
Mask Off – Future

DJ Dan Davis
Humble – Kendrick Lamar
Epilogue – Keaton Henson
No Witness – LP

DJ Irving G
Elements – Kendrick Lamar
Ispy – Kyle feat. Lil Yachty
Si No Vuelves – Gente De Zona

DJ Jae Richie
Party – Chris Brown, Usher, Gucci
Vivir Mi Vida – Marc Anthony
I Think of You – Jeremih, Big Sean, Chris Brown

DJ Josh B
Perm – Bruno Mars
Andromeda – Gorillaz feat. D.R.A.M.

DJ Josh Woeckener
The Book Of Love – Gavin James
Love Yourself – Mary J Blige, Kanye West
Angels – Chance The Rapper feat. Saba

DJ Shawn Frady
Daisy – Goodbye June
Chainsmoking – Jacob Banks
It Is Well – Toulouse

Band vs DJ – Everything you need to know to find the right music for your wedding

 We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams, wandering by lone sea-breakers, and sitting by desolate streams;—World-losers and world-forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams: Yet we are the movers and shakers Of the world for ever, it seems. Arthur O’Shaughnessy

Choosing a Band or DJ…So, how do you find the right music for your wedding?

The question as to whether to hire a band vs DJ for a wedding reception isn’t a new one. Let’s be honest – the band was and still is king of wedding entertainment as far as most couple’s perceptions go.  The DJ has been playing catch-up since making a significant presence in the wedding industry during the 1980s and the gap is definitely closing. Though our company’s bread and butter is our DJ service, we have two bands on our roster that we book out regularly.

find the right music for your wedding

There are a few different factors that you should consider when deciding on your type of wedding entertainment:

BUDGET: Most wedding bands will be composed of at least 4 pieces but will more likely be a minimum of 6-7 pieces. Based on the sheer amount of people in the band, plus rider requirements, there is often a wide margin between the cost of a live band versus a DJ/MC for your wedding. Depending on the amount of production (including a lighting tech, separate MC, etc.) and the talent level/name recognition, a DJ could get close to the band rate but often this is not the case.

THE LIVE ELEMENT: There is something to be said about the “live” element of a band. The music can feel more alive and the great bands have vocalists that are fantastic at interacting with the crowd. That is a huge positive for a band. One drawback, however, is that bands typically will take breaks throughout their events utilizing an iPad or house music to fill the time they’re gone. DJs don’t require breaks and live-mixing tracks can give guests the feeling that the entertainment never stops. Couple this with great crowd interaction from a talented DJ/MC and you can have an entertainer that feels every bit as present.

SPACE: Depending on the size of both the band and the venue, this should not be overlooked. Bands aren’t just the talent and their instruments.  There is significant more “backline” (amps, monitors, staging, etc.).  If you have a big ballroom with a modest crowd size, this is no doubt a positive as it’ll fill the space and make it feel like a packed house. However if your venue has limited space. the live band may take up too large of a footprint. Conversely, a DJ has lower space requirements, only needing enough room for speakers, lighting and their DJ equipment.

MUSIC LIBRARY: For some, this is a deal breaker.  A band will provide the couple with a playlist of what they can play at their wedding. This is fantastic if you like everything on their list.  Another advantage is that you know the boundaries of exactly what they will/won’t play. The negative is having guests ask for songs not on their list or if you want a specific song for your formality dance(s) and need the band to learn some material.  Not all bands are willing to learn new music and those that do, may charge for it (understandable, as it may be a song they will only ever play for your event).  A DJ, on the other hand, should have more music on hand than can possibly be played at your event. This advantage has your wedding DJ ready for any request that may come their way or if they sense a shift in where to take the crowd and need to make adjustments during the reception.

MC VALUE: Not always talked about, the MC component is critical. The great bands have a lead vocalist trained in wedding protocol to make the traditional announcements.  The same could be said for DJs.  The great DJs should have gone through an MC course to know how to segue through formalities and lead the evening. Our entire staff goes through an 18 week MC course before ever stepping in front of a wedding crowd. It’s that important to us. As an entertainment expert, let me say this: The MC component will make or break the entertainment portion of your event. Worst case scenario, the DJ or band loses power, are they trained to deal with being able to keep the party going somehow? One wise person I know said, “You should entertain as if the whole crowd is blind and can’t see what’s happening on the dance floor.  If you’re leading them with your voice and not just the music, they’ll know how good the party is.”  There’s a lot of truth in that. The best way to check the skill set is to ask for video. Here’s a simple video from a go-pro of one of our DJs and within 2 minutes you can tell this MC is extremely proficient.

Band or DJ: Why not BOTH?!

Here’s an idea: why not combine the two and get the best of both worlds?  In this scenario, the band generally takes the lead (at least in the beginning of the night). Here’s a few ideas of how this could work:

BAND PLUS MC ONLY: As stated above, the great DJs should be polished MCs.  If nothing else, hire someone for this element along with the band.  They will take off the pressure from a band where this may not be their strong suit.  The MC can handle the grand entrance, formality dance(s), and other necessary announcing as needed in an articulate, professional manner. With no DJ gear necessary, this could potentially warrant a discounted rate as well.

BAND PLUS DJ/MC: The advantage to this is not only can you address the MC concern mentioned above, but now you have the DJ to fill in the gaps musically when the band goes on breaks or they need to play songs that the band doesn’t know. The shift back and forth in energy from band to DJ can be a good thing with excellent entertainers that know know how to work off one another. NOTE: It’s critical for the DJ to get the band song list ahead of time and not step on toes and play music that the band is planning on playing. DJs have more flexibility music-wise and should adjust around the band’s song list.

BAND PLUS AFTER PARTY DJ: For those that don’t want the party to stop and are looking to add a twist to the entertainment, this is a great option. As soon as the band is done, the guests walk to a different room or venue and a DJ is there ready to rock the hardcore party crowd.  Add in some late night snacks and beverages and it has the potential to be what everyone is talking about the next day.

 

Every couple is unique and your wedding entertainment should fit what you’re looking for. We offer both Bands and DJs for that very reason. Need more ideas? Contact us and we’ll be glad to talk through what your vision is for your wedding day and guide you as best we can.

UPDATED: B-Boy Productions Winter Hot Spotify Playlist

Winter 2017 Hot Spotify Playlist: Part 2

Our DJs have added some fresh new songs to our Winter 2017 Spotify playlist that we initially posted at the beginning of the year. You are going to love these tracks! Such an eclectic selection – from Top 40 to Dance to Indie Rock to Hip Hop to a throwback or two. Now, keep in mind, these aren’t necessarily songs we’re playing out at events (though a few are); this just gives you an insight into what all of our DJs are listening to at the moment. Seriously, if you haven’t subscribed to our Spotify Channel, you need to get on it ASAP. This will keep you “in the know” of music you may not be aware of. Happy listening!

Hot Spotify Playlist

DJ Brian B
On My Way (EDX’s Miami Sunset Remix) – Tiësto feat. Bright Sparks
I Got You (The White Panda Remix) – Bebe Rexha
Feel Good – Gryffin & Illenium feat. Daya
How Will I Know (Sony Vice Remix) – Nicole Fasano feat. Anni

DJ Charles Egstad
Friends – Francis And The Lights feat. Bon Iver
Glowed Up – KAYTRANDA feat. Anderson .Paak
Shut Up And Groove – Masengo & Medasin

DJ Dan Davis
Cloud 9 – Jamiroquai
Do You Remember – Jarryd James
Hood Go Crazy – Tech N9ne feat. 2 Chainz & B.O.B.

DJ Irving G
Zaddy – Ty Dolla $ign
Everyday – Ariana Grande feat. Future
That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars

DJ Jae Richie
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Wicked – Future
Shining – DJ Khaled, Beyoncé, Jay-Z
Party – Chris Brown feat. Usher & Gucci Mane

DJ Josh B
What You Do to My Soul – Air Traffic Controller
Death Of A Bachelor – Panic! At The Disco
Save My Soul – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

DJ Josh Woeckener
Blessings – Lecrae feat. Ty Dolla $ign
Sidewalks – The Weeknd feat. Kendrick Lamar
I Think She Like Me – Rick Ross feat. Ty Dolla $ign
Shivers N Gold – StéLouse feat. Mascolo

DJ Shawn Frady
Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man
Smoke – Mosa Wild
Tearing Me Up – Bob Moses

Your Valentine’s Day Playlist 2017

You didn’t think we’d let this Valentine’s Day go by without a musical soundtrack from us, now did you? It was interesting to see the different paths our staff took on some of their favorite love songs – I think we have just about every genre covered in this Valentine’s Day Playlist. You can stream this playlist here.  Oh and you’re welcome.

Valentine's Day Playlist

The song picks went like this:

Brian B

  • Sweet Disposition – Temper Trap
  • Turn Your Lights Down Low – Bob Marley feat. Lauryn Hill
  • All 4 Love – Color Me Badd
  • Free / Into The Mystic – Zac Brown Band feat. Clare Bowen
  • If You Really Love Me – Stevie Wonder

Charles Egstad

  • She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5
  • Dancing On My Own by Calum Scott
  • Tear In My Heart by Twenty One Pilots

Dan Davis

  • Will Do by TV On The Radio
  • Ordinary People by John Legend
  • Fade Into You by Mazzy Star
  • Glycerine by Bush

Irving Gil

  • 1+1 by Beyonce
  • The Way by Jill Scott
  • It Won’t Stop by Sevyyn Streeter

Josh Bausch

  • You Are The Best Thing by Ray Lamontagne
  • Never Stop by SafetySuit
  • Just Like Heaven (Cure Cover) by Gatsby’s American Dream

Josh Woeckener

  • Love by Musiq Soulchild
  • Summer Rain by Carl Thomas
  • Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls
  • That’s All by Michael Buble

Jovan Richie

  • All My Life by K-Ci & JoJo
  • Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis

Shawn Frady

  • So Good To Me by Chris Malinchack
  • Electric Indigo by The Paper Kites
  • Nothing I Can Do by Savio

B-Boy DJ Winter 2017 Playlist is LIVE!

What we’re listening to this Winter

With a New Year comes a fresh set of music from our B-Boy DJs. This year, we’ve decided to keep “seasonal” playlists and update them monthly. Our first month’s selections have been added to the Winter 2017 playlist. As we mention all the time, our DJs are quite diverse and that diversity is reflected in the song picks for the month. That said, hip hop dominated the picks. But along with those are some EDM, Pop and a few recurrent tracks. Click on the picture below to be taken directly to the playlist.

Our Winter 2017 playlist

DJ Irving G
Paris – The Chainsmokers
Freal Luv – Far East Movement feat. Chanyeol & Tinashe
Betta Riddim – Riton feat Kah-Lo
Team – Krewella

DJ Dan Davis
Let Go – Deadmau5, Grabbitz
Till It’s Gone – Yelawolf
Dorks – Aesop Rock

DJ Charles
Call Tickertron – Run The Jewels
Feel No Ways – Drake
Nobody Speak – DJ Shadow, Run The Jewels

DJ Josh W
Plans (Acoustic Mix) – Elephante feat. Brandyn Burnette
Bounce Back – Big Sean
Wanderlust – Blackbear

DJ Josh B
Blown – DNCE

2016 Holiday Music B-Boy DJ Playlist

2016 Holiday Music… B-Boy Style

‘Tis the season and if this picture of one of our own, DJ Shawn Frady, doesn’t put you in the holiday spirit, we’re sure our 2016 Holiday Music B-Boy DJ Playlist will. Almost every genre is represented here. You can stream all of our picks for FREE with Spotify by clicking here.

2016 Holiday Music

The Holiday Music Playlist Details

We started it off with a jazzy throwback track from 1993 called “Tinseltown” by Ronny Jordan. This is a staple in our holiday party cocktail hour sets and has that holiday feel without being a true holiday song. Keeping the instrumental vibe, our next entry is “Wizards In Winter” from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s 2004 album, The Last Christmas Eve. DJ Josh B contributed a cool blend of “Winter Wonderland” and “Don’t Worry Be Happy” off of Pentatonix’s latest holiday album featuring Tori Kelly.

Holding down the old school hip hop is DJ Irving G who selected “Christmas in Hollis” by Run DMC. We throw it back even further to John Lennon’s classic “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” courtesy of DJ Dan Davis. Our resident crooner expert, DJ Josh Woeckener, added in Michael Bublé’s duet with Shania Twain of “White Christmas”. Want some holiday R&B? No problem – DJ Jae Richie gave us a few! The Boyz II Men version of “Let It Snow” has harmonies for days. He also selected the Temptations’ “Silent Night” and Chris Brown’s “This Christmas” to round out the genre! How about some high energy EDM holiday music? DJ Charles contributed the “Carol of the Bells” version by Papercha$her. The breakdown is pretty sick!

How about a little top 40? DJ Brian B brings us the iconic Mariah Carey holiday track “All I Want For Christmas” with a twist – an appearance by Justin Bieber. If you’re a Sam Smith fan, his version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is something you’ll love. DJ Rhoda Woeckener rounded out our initial holiday song picks with the classic “Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole.

Check the playlist often as we’ll continue adding tracks all month.

New Sample DJ Mix by Brian B

Who doesn’t enjoy listening to a good DJ mix? Especially for the gym, work, commuting, house parties, pre-game, etc? Well, our own DJ Brian B has put together a Sample DJ mix for you utilize however you’d like.

A good DJ Mix is a Swatch of Sound

Often, we get clients who ask us for samples of our work. One of the advantages of going with B-Boy DJs is that we all have such a wide variety of mixing styles, etc. While this particular mix isn’t indicative of exactly how your event would be mixed (we have a diverse clientele that we customize for), it is a good example of Brian B’s styling. As one client put it, “Brian knows how to arrange music.” He has a knack for weaving tempos, crossing genres, creative transitions, custom editing and mixing “smart” by using wordplay and other techniques in his bag of tricks. This mix is a perfect example of why you’d want to hire a DJ rather than go with a Spotify playlist or an iPod for your event. You just can’t replicate a lot of what DJs do by simply having access to a “song list”.

Sample DJ Mix by DJ Brian B

Photo Courtesy of Rae Leytham Photography

In this particular mix, he’s put together 40 songs within a 75 minute time-frame. It’s primarily Top 40 based with hits from the Summer as well as this Fall’s Hits with a ton of custom mashups and his own edits along with a few throwbacks. Trust me, you will definitely move to this one.

If you want to download your OWN FREE copy of this (as well as past B-Boy DJ Mixes), you can do that through iTunes by clicking here. You can even subscribe and the mixes will automatically appear in your feed when released.

The other option is to stream the mix by clicking play on the widget below. If you enjoy it, please click that little “heart” on the right and share it with your friends. Enjoy!

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