How to Decide What Type of Music You Should Have at Your Event

Every event has a feeling of its own.  Whether you want a party-vibe, or it’s a business conference, almost every single event can be categorized with one common need: music.  Music is the gear that keeps all public social interactions in motion.  It covers up awkward silences, lets people connect through shared experiences, and can increase endorphins to put people in a better mood.

The only drawback is that with so many thousands of different kinds of musical acts- how do you pick which is right for your event?  Here are a few pointers to aim you in the right direction.

Audience Type

This consideration can be an important one.  A work event for a team of mostly 20-year-olds is going to have a completely different feeling from one of a bunch of 60-year-olds.  Although they’re both work events, there’s a higher chance of the 20-year-olds wanting more modern music, and the 60-year-olds feeling dissatisfied if they get given the same performance.

Even though you may like a certain kind of music, you need to set that aside and consider what the attending groups will want.  If you’re not sure, you can ask around to find out.

Audience Numbers

Big swing bands can be fun, high energy, performers.  Although they could be excellent at a lot of events, ranging from weddings to proms, they’re more suited to large crowds.  If your group is smaller, a single trumpet player may carry across the same feeling without overwhelming your audience.

If your crowd is large, you can consider more people, but you can also still get away with one performer depending on the layout of the venue.

Type of Event

Along the line of your audience type, the kind of event is essential as well.  You wouldn’t hire a screamo metal group for a four-year-old’s birthday party, just the same as the average person wouldn’t hire cartoon cosplayers for a stapler company’s corporate party.

Sometimes you can break the mold, like a bride wanting a steel drum player for her wedding, or a retirement home wanting drag performers for a holiday party. It’s essential to consider the audience and then work out from there.

Budget

If you can’t afford a string orchestra, go for a quartet instead.  Although there’s no harm in having lofty goals, you need to be able to afford to hire performers.  There are performers for virtually any budget. You must be realistic about what to expect before you go into hiring someone.

A tried and true classic is a solo singer or cover artist.  Usually, solo artists are more flexible with what kind of performance they can put on, and cover artists are generally willing to take requests from the audience.  With just one performer, a solo artist can often be the most cost-effective entertainment to hire as well.

By keeping these things in mind, you give your event a better chance of being a huge success and your guests, giving you glowing compliments.