Chat with DJ NOVI
(Wedding DJ, Party DJ and NOVA DJs Founder)
DJ NOVI began his career at the age of 16 and had been participating in weddings and popular events all over the world since then.
With well-elaborated sets and music for all tastes, he plays the tracks and leaves no one seating!
We had a chat with him today.
In the interview, DJ NOVI gives tips on how to keep the party going and how to create a playlist that pleases all the guests.
How does the process of creating a playlist for wedding work?
As I’ve been playing for almost 20 years, I’ve always been developing and perfecting my wedding sets.
There is a base that hasn’t changed much from the beginning to the present day, but I always try to update and modernise, trying to print my style and a surprise the track.
The bride and groom usually hire me because they trust on my knowledge and style of playing, but I like to get a briefing from each them to feel what they like and especially what they don’t want me to play.
Sometimes the lists are too extensive or have songs which hardly will fit in the mood of the reception.
When that happens, I try to point it out to them and do my best to blend in the requests. The wedding is a special occasion, there is no space for disappointment, so I do everything I can to please everyone.
How to make the song selection to please everyone at the party and be exciting in terms of style?
I don’t think there’s a recipe, each DJ has your own style and directs the wedding the way he/she believes is successful. I love to mix various styles in a 100% harmonic way and without losing the flow. This is how I lift all the guests, from the older to the young ones.
The older crowd, has a repertoire more stable, as the young ones are always looking for new tracks.
I like to do some School Formals and Uni formals to get to learn more about this crowd.
I love legends like Queen, MJ and Madonna, as I love New Order and Erasure. I also like the fun ones like Spice Girls and Shakira, and the ones that marked my youth like Crystal Waters and A-ha.
In the middle of it all, there is the club music like Calvin Harris, Florence & The Machine, Coldplay, David Guetta and Avicii.
Do you have a favourite musical style?
Yeah, I like Deep House.
In your opinion, what songs can’t be missed at a moving wedding party?
Good flashback remixes, years 80/90/00, Old Skool RnB, some house and a few surprises.
Is there anything you don’t play at all?
No. It’s a wedding reception, and I’ll play what the bride and groom ask for.
Do you take guests’ requests during the party?
Yes (and No).
If it’s a constructive request, I love to receive them and play it, but if it’s a song which does not make sense, which can compromise the flow, I have to think twice before playing it.
Sometimes, it’s a hidden treasure. I love it when that happens!
Some guests know the group better than us, they know some unthinkable song that makes a lot of sense for that crowd for a God-knows reason, it could have been the soundtrack of a memorable trip, or they used to listen together at High School, we never know. It’s a great choice, but most of the times, it’s now what happens.
What was the most unusual request you’ve ever received regarding the playlist or the choice of a song?
Usually, I’m lucky with the requests!
Finally, we’d like you to nominate some of your wedding toolbox.
I’ll break them into some categories:
80 and 90’s dance:
Now, we all want to know, what is the usual Wedding DJ Cost?
At NOVA DJs, the DJ hire price depends very much on what you would like to have.
We can offer packages with just the very basics, for very small weddings, or we can offer packages full of features, including the ceremony and reception, so they can range from $750 to over $2000.
DJ for wedding rate is not much more expensive the regular DJs in Sydney or from DJs in Adelaide, the only difference is the extra hours, a bit of extra work to get the playlist exactly as the couples wish, meet up with them to get to know their expectation and so on.
To check some NOVA DJs packages, you can access:
Also, to read more about the cost of the wedding in Australia, there is a special topic on that on: