Inappropriate Wedding Songs That Make You Go Hmm

As wedding DJs, part of our planning process is asking our clients for song requests for their reception. As you can imagine, we see a lot of the same requested tunes. We also get some new tunes that will catch our attention. Every now and then, however, a title or two will be on the list that will have us ponder if it really is appropriate for a wedding (even if the song has a good groove). With that, we present to you a sampling of actual client song requests we’ve been given – “Inappropriate Wedding Songs That make you Go Hmm” (in no particular order).

Inappropriate Wedding Songs That Make You Go Hmm

 

  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2
  • Bad Day – Daniel Powter
  • 99 Problems – Jay-Z
  • The Thunder Rolls – Garth Brooks
  • Call Me When It’s Over – Chris Brown
  • Lips Of An Angel – Hinder
  • Help – The Beatles
  • I Keep Forgettin (We’re Not In Love Anymore) – Michael McDonald
  • I’m In Luv With A Stripper – T-Pain feat. Mike Jones
  • Goodbye Earl – Dixie Chicks
  • Don’t You Want Me – The Human League
  • I Said I Loved You But I Lied – Michael Bolton
  • Ready To Run – Dixie Chicks
  • Treat You Better – Shawn Mendes
  • Tyrone – Erykah Badu
  • Me & Mrs. Jones – Billy Paul
  • Tempted (By The Fruit Of Another) – Squeeze
  • It’s Wasn’t Me – Shaggy feat. Ricardo Ducent
  • Tip Drill – Nely
  • In The Closet (Part 1- 3464) – R Kelly
  • Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
  • Creep – TLC
  • Part Time Lover – Steve Wonder
  • Hit ‘Em Up Style – Blu Cantrell
  • (It’s Too Late To) Apologize – OneRepublic
  • 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover – Simon & Garfunkel

 

These are some doozies, no? If nothing else, we hope it brings a bit of humor to your Monday. What would you add to this list? I know there are some good ones we haven’t listed. Let us know. Want our DJs to give you our feedback on some of your reception song ideas? Contact us with your song titles and we’ll let you know if you’re safe or not. It could make our next blog post – ha!

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

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

Holiday Music | Thanksgiving Song Titles with DJs Brian B & Josh B

As DJs, we get asked all the time for holiday music and other music ideas for parties and special occasions (even ones we’re not entertaining at).  The holidays are no exception.  In fact, it doesn’t fail that our inbox is filled this time of year with requests from people looking for playlist ideas for their holiday get-togethers.  Well, we at B-Boy Productions have got you covered for Thanksgiving…sort of.  You see, Thanksgiving is one of those holidays where finding a playlist to fit the theme is a little tough. Beyond the obvious gratititude tracks of “Kind and Generous” by Natalie Merchant, “Thank You” by Dido, the rest are pretty slim pickings.

To provide a little levity to our VLog series, we offer you the top 10 Thanksgiving Song Parody Titles.  We hope you enjoy these.  If you have any others you’d add (we came up with “I Came In Like A Butterball” by Miley Cyrus, “U Can’t Stuff This” by MC Hammer,  and “All About That Baste” by Meghan Trainor after we had already taped this episode), feel free to comment below and or tweet us with the hashtag #thanksgivingparodysongs.  Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

DJ Spotlight: Graeme Cowgill

This week we’re excited to brag about one of our own – Graeme Cowgill. Graeme has been with BBoy since 2008, and has been one of our most-requested DJs for quite some time! He’s based out of California, and in true Cali fashion is one of the most “chill” people you could ever meet. We’re excited to share some fun facts and insights into the very tall man behind the DJ booth.

Graeme Cowgill

Q: Why did you decide to be a DJ?

A: I actually just got into it because my wife needed a DJ for an event, and I had a significant musical background – my mom used to be in operas. I have an eclectic music taste, so I decided I would give it a shot. I stayed with it because I just really enjoy using this skill that I’m blessed with. Wedding coordinators and venue people aren’t always treated the best, so I enjoy using the platform I have to really get to know them and make them feel valued.

Q: What’s your favorite part about being a DJ?

A: I enjoy DJing, and I’m not bad at it, but I’m certainly not the greatest. My favorite part about doing so many events is being able to connect with the audience, the bridal party and the bride and groom. I really let their personalities run the show. With weddings, the entire event is based on the relationship between bride and groom, and that needs to be carried out through the whole experience. I love the formalities of weddings when personalities come out.

Graeme Cowgill

Q: What’s the weirdest song request that you’ve ever gotten?

A: One time, an eight-year old requested Peter, Paul, and Mary. It would have just murdered the party, but I had no idea how to respond. I didn’t want to say no because it would’ve ruined her life, but to say yes, the wedding would have just ended right there. “Puff the Magic Dragon” just wasn’t going to kick it right then. I didn’t play it.

Q: Ever witnessed any strange or terrible wedding toasts?

A: The best and weirdest toast was when one guy during an open mic toast said to the bride and groom, “It just looks like you’re meant for him and that he’s meant for you. So it’s kinda like ‘Matrix Revolution.’” And then he sat down.

Q: What do you do when you’re not DJing?

A: I work for FCA Volleyball in Southern California. I meet with different coaches and, during the summer, manage a team of forty-two interns. I also used to be a youth pastor in the panhandle of Florida, which is where I grew used to being in front of a large crowd.

FCA volleyball tournament

FCA volleyball tournament

Q: Any good stories from those days?

A: Oh, so many. One time I let some kids borrow my truck to pick up a gumball machine, and they brought it back absolutely covered in paint. They said they got in a paint war, which I didn’t even know existed.

Q: Any advice to DJs or wannabe DJs out there?

A: From an events perspective, the biggest thing is to be someone people feel comfortable with. The vendor, wedding coordinator and DJ – we are all hired so that the bride and groom can relax on their big day and not have to worry about logistics. Meet and talk with the bride and groom before the event. Establish a relationship so that they know they’re taken care of and so that you’re taken care of in the unusual event of something going wrong. There’s a lot of grace established when there’s a relationship.

Lastly, I used to be super nervous because I was responsible for so much on someone’s big day. I used to have my announcements printed out, but the quicker I went from having it printed to just being myself was always good. I realized that people aren’t buying my announcement skills; they’re buying my personality. So I let that show instead of trying to be perfect.

Blog Contributors Wanted!

Write for B-Boy Productions

CC photo courtesy of Sarah Reid via Flickr

While the B-Boy management team is extremely talented, we realize we can’t do everything ourselves. Because of that, we are looking for a couple of blog contributors to show their stuff!

We’re not in this for ourselves. We want to help promote you and your business as well so this is a great way to cross-promote your brand. We’d like to select our contributors soon and have everything in place by September 1st!

We’d love to recruit 5-6 contributors to blog on B-Boy Productions, Inc. We’ll choose bloggers for each category below. Categories are:

  • Decor/Event Design/Event Planning
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Catering/Desserts

We’ve outlined the details below:

HOW OFTEN WILL YOU POST: 1-2x per month for 6 months.

EXPERIENCE: Yes – Must have an active/updated blog. We’re looking for bloggers who have some knowledge of programs like Photoshop & have a ‘similar aesthetic‘ as B-Boy Productions. The posts you write for B-Boy cannot be posted on your own blog, but you can link to it from your blog.

WILL THERE BE COMPENSATION: Not at this time. But it’s a great chance to gain more exposure & collaborate with the B-Boy blog.

BIO PAGES: We’ll be adding a page with photos & short bios of all the current contributors.

RESOURCES: It’s very important to credit all images properly.

CREATIVE POSTS PLEASE: We consider ourselves creative. That said, we love reading interesting and quality posts with pictures throughout. So please put some LOVE into it!

PHOTOGRAPHER SUBMISSIONS: While pictures are awesome and we do want them posted, please make sure you add some written words to tell the story.

HOW DO YOU SUBMIT: If you want to give this a try, email us and let us know which category you’re interested in. Write ‘Contributors‘ in the email subject please. Also, please include a link to your blog so we can see your writing style!

WHEN WILL WE SELECT CONTRIBUTORS: If you don’t hear from someone at B-Boy in about 2-3 weeks from this post, it means someone else was selected. Unfortunately, we may not be able to respond to everyone. We will post the selected contributors in an upcoming post!

Thanks & looking forward to hearing from you!

Songs for Wedding Reception Formalities – Part 1

Grand Entrance

Image courtesy of GwyneMark Photography

Almost every wedding reception has at least one formality that needs a special song selected. Having a tough time figuring out which formalities need a song and/or what song to use? Maybe you’ve already gone online and googled “wedding formalities” for ideas. If you’re like the vast majority of the couples we know, most of the songs you’ll find are either cheesy, old, played out or don’t fit you and your fiancé! In the next few posts, we’re going to dissect the formalities and hopefully, with what is now our 17 years in the business, we’ll get you on the right track to finding the perfect music for your reception. This particular post is going to be directed at the Grand Entrance. It’s such an important formality that it needs an entire post dedicated entirely to it. The other formalities will be covered in part 2 and 3 of this series.

GRAND ENTRANCE

From a DJ perspective, the grand entrance is one of, if not THE most important area to spend time picking out a song. Why? Because it sets the tone for the entire reception. Seriously, if there is one formality to really give some TLC with the song choice, this is it! Your guests’ first taste of your vision for the night is based on the music selected for this entrance. So a couple things to keep in mind:

DECIDE ON A THEME
What type of feel do you want your event to have? A formal vibe? A more Classic Rock theme? A high-energy party atmosphere? Whatever it is, once you decide this piece of the puzzle, it’ll set you on a path in picking the perfect song(s). But keep in mind, the theme must be decided first before going on.

PICK MUSIC WITH ENERGY
Regardless of the theme, the track should have some energy. Nothing can stunt the potential of your party like a boring song to start the night. And don’t think for a moment that if you pick something other than a “Party Atmosphere” as your theme that this can’t be accomplished. For example, if you want that “classic/timeless” feel, 2 of our favorite tunes to consider would be either “At Last” by Etta James or “It Had To Be You” by Harry Connick, Jr. Both have a great build-up with huge fanfare in the intro and then drop perfectly for the introduction of the newlywed couple. So it doesn’t have to be a modern track (necessarily) to achieve that energy that is needed for a memorable entrance.

CONSIDER AN INSTRUMENTAL OR A TRACK WITH SPARSE VOCALS
This is usually the last thing on a couple’s radar but makes a huge difference. No matter how popular a song is, it is tough introducing anyone over a track with vocals. Think about radio MCs. Do you ever hear them making announcements over anything other than the intro of a song? Of course not. With a grand entrance, announcing the bridal party over a song with vocals will inevitably cause something to suffer – either the MC or the track. So we suggest picking a song with zero or minimal vocals. One instrumental track that worked well for us this past year was “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO. People instantly recognize this song when the synths come in so you don’t even need the vocals for this one. We’ve made custom edits to certain tracks using the instrumental for the verses and then bring in the original with the vocals for a chorus to break it up. Can’t find the true instrumental of a track? Here’s a trick. Look up the karaoke version. There’s almost always a karaoke track for just about every popular tune out there and the quality of karaoke tracks has gotten substantially better over the years.

PICK 2 SONGS FOR A BRIDAL PARTY WITH 6 OR MORE PEOPLE
Most couples coming in to meet with us think one track is all that is needed for a grand entrance. We recommend 2 tracks. Selecting 2 songs does 2 things:
-Allows for a natural segue way between introducing the bridal party and the bride/groom.
-Gives the bride/groom their own moment in the spotlight

If you only have 2-4 people in your bridal party, one track can work fine. Any more than that, we always recommend 2 songs. There have been a few clients who want to take it to the extreme in the other direction and have a different track for each person in the bridal party. Not only can that be tough for the DJ to juggle but the impact you’re trying make is going to be hard to achieve. The walk-in generally takes only 20-30 seconds which means that unless you’re doing custom edits or cueing to the hook of the song for every track, you may get just the intro of the song before the next one needs to start. Stick with the 2 song approach and you’ll create a smooth and memorable Grand Entrance.

This post wouldn’t be complete without some song recommendations. I’ve given you just a few song ideas below based on the specific themes I mentioned above (our complete list is reserved for our clients). We’re constantly updating our song suggestion list for formalities so be sure to e-mail us for the most recent list. In our next post, we’ll tackle the First Dance, Father/Daughter Dance, and Mother/Son Dance.

CLASSIC/FORMAL
At Last – Etta James
It Had To Be You – Harry Connick, Jr.
Jump Jive An’ Wail – Brian Setzer
Viva La Vida – Coldplay

CLASSIC ROCK
Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor
Rock & Roll Part 2 – Gary Glitter
Sirius – Alan Parsons Project
We Will Rock You – Queen

CURRENT TOP 40
Don’t Stop The Party – Pitbull
Let’s Go – Ne-Yo & Calvin Harris
Levels – Avicii
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
Turn Up The Music – Chris Brown

LAID BACK VIBE
Say Hey (I Love) – Michael Franti  & Spearhead
You Are The Best Thing – Ray Lamontagne

OLD SCHOOL
It Takes Two – Rob Base
Let’s Get Married (Remix) – Jagged Edge with Run DMC