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    DJ request via text

    I am getting ready for a larger gig and I have been thinking that it would be cool to receive requests via text.
    I do not want to use my actual phone number, though.
    Is there a way to set up like a 5 digit code for everyone to send requests to? I have an older phone I could set up on my version plan.
    Or maybe there is a service available, like a web page I could leave open on the laptop?

    Any suggestions would be great.
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    ummm.....something as simple as setting up a seperate email address for the gig. Just look at the notifications on your phone.
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    You might be able to do something like this with Google Voice.

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    Ha one of the guys at work suggested Google voice.
    It would appear that you could log into your Google voice on the laptop and see text messages come in.
    I might give that a try this weekend 1st... Gig isn't until August.

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    To me it would be annoying as hell. Your going to get that one guy wanting you to play Megadeath, spam you about 50 times and then get pissed off if you don't play it.
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    Why would you take requests via text. Like mentioned above, it's annoying to be reading all those messages while playing. Let them come over with a piece of paper instead or for them to send their request earlier so you could do a playlist.

    But if it was me, I won't take any request. They should be able to understand and appreciate the music that I'm going to play. Because playing for their requests is just crowd pleasing and not crowd reading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknown DJ View Post
    To me it would be annoying as hell. Your going to get that one guy wanting you to play Megadeath, spam you about 50 times and then get pissed off if you don't play it.
    Nothing wrong with Megadeth, but I suppose people will not request that. I was thinking about 200+ requests for justin bieber/mileycircus/taylorswift/etc, then 400 messages saying "why are you not playing justin bieber/mileycircus/taylorswift/etc ", then "play hip hop" while you're playing dance, and "play dance" when you're playing hip hop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknown DJ View Post
    To me it would be annoying as hell. Your going to get that one guy wanting you to play Megadeath, spam you about 50 times and then get pissed off if you don't play it.
    With me (a mobile DJ) its not that one guy, its that group of 5 girls all hanging together giggling & jumping around thinking up songs for me to play. Just like they are the only ones there. I'm supposed to be playing a mix of music & they are bombarding me with rap music. Then as mentioned above, coming back wanting to know why I havent played their request(s). It aint that they each send one song, they each send 20+ songs. Some the same one so it will look like I am getting the same request from multiple people & that "everyone wants to hear this". No, EVERYONE doesn't want to hear that. Just 4 people out of 150 people.

    In addition to those 5 girls X 20 requests each, you also have a few 6 year olds constantly texting. This is in addition to a few sissy guys & other guests. Eventually, you'll have 150 requests from 30 - 40 numbers.

    No way you're going to be able to keep up with all those requests from all those numbers.

    Personally, I have request sheets that I put out on the table & when someone comes up to make a request, we just point to it. They write it down, we look at it & & unless someone has a question, that's the end of it. Of course we try to play it if we have it & feel like it fits the clients requested format.

    The only good thing that can come from this is that 30 - 40 people will have your phone number in their phone. For me, it ain't worth the trouble to get my number in their phones.
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    with virtual DJ and some of the third party plugins you can do this in a variety of ways
    i think you can rig it to recieve text messages using Telly Media plugin linked to twilio or push bullet, and i think without giving out your number. you can also get people to use a twitter handle, and you will recieve the message directly in the software, you can even allow their messages to go directly to a projector or TV screen if they wanted to wish their friend happy birthday or something.
    i played around with it a little but havent settled on a workflow that i liked yet. but its interesting.

    one practical reason for recieving requests via text is if the audience speaks another language to you, its easier to know what they are saying if you can read it.
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    you guys bring up a good point about being bombarded with text messages.
    I've always taken requests and tried to play the requests as they fit into my set, while I am reading the crowd.
    I dunno this will be for high school kids, soooo I'm trying to think of ways to make it more interactive. Not that I haven't played for this age group before, or that my gigs aren't fun, just that this will be the largest group I have played for and am just brainstorming.
    If I did go this route, I would not use my real phone number.

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