Keeping the dance floor hopping AND hearing your favorite lesser-known songs? It's possible with this Bay area DJ

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Keeping the dance floor hopping AND hearing your favorite lesser-known songs? It's possible with this Bay area DJ

DJ Greg Gioia is also featured in our Offbeat Vendors guide!
Finding a DJ who gets your style and knows how to craft an epic playlist is actually a lot harder than it sounds. We've been chatting with our DJ partner, Bay Area-based DJ Greg Gioia, about how he manages to seamlessly blend danceable and familiar hits with his clients' favorite independent and offbeat music. His strategy virtually guarantees that you'll please everyone on your guest list, which is no small feat.

DJ Greg has a pretty killer niche for offbeat couples: he's one of the few DJs in the Bay Area focusing on weddings who plays a more indie/alternative mix of music. Sure, he's playing requests, makes sure to play familiar and catchy tracks, but he manages to avoid overplaying those cliched ones. Best part? He has mad skills in knowing exactly how to mix in indie and retro sounds without losing the dance floor. Score.

Is this you in your DJ hunt? You want to make sure your older relatives and everyone else dances, so you know you'll need some pop and well-known hits, but you also love Belle and Sebastian, The Knife, Arcade Fire, (fill in your own personal genre of choice here). You want your wedding music to represent your tastes without losing everyone else. DJ Greg has dealt with this situation SO many times that he navigates it like a master. For him, it's all about keeping all the indie songs upbeat and in line with the rest of the playlist so that there isn't a lull in energy.

Keeping the dance floor hopping AND hearing your favorite lesser-known songs? It's possible with this Bay area DJ

What are other offbeat couples requesting?

DJ Greg shared with us a request list from one of his more typical clients. So he'll go through this list and see how he can incorporate the right songs from this vibe into the playlist as a whole. It's awesome because you're not having to make the whole list (so much work) and you can totally trust him to get your style and use his vast experience working crowds to make sure that everyone is rockin' out.

Must Play Songs
The Arrivals' "Simple Pleasures in America"
The Weakerthans' "The Reasons"
Owen's "Places to Go"

Songs or Bands you like & want to hear
Ryan Adams' "Dear Chicago," "Chin Up Cheer Up"
The Hold Steady's "Stuck Between Stations"
American Football's "Desire Gets in the Way," "Give Me The Gun"
Morrissey's "HairDresser on Fire," "Suedehead," "Cemetery Gates"
Pinback's "Loro"
Lotus Plaza's "Monoliths"
Simon & Garfunkle's "Only Living Boy in New York"
Hard Girls' "Herd"
Conor Oberst's "Desert Island Questionnaire"

Based on this abbreviated list, you can tell that DJ Greg is well-equipped to handle your lesser-known requests and still keep everyone on their feet.

Keeping the dance floor hopping AND hearing your favorite lesser-known songs? It's possible with this Bay area DJ

But you don't have to take my word for it, he posts all kinds of past playlists that will let you know if his style is a match for your wedding. You'll see playlists for a Steampunk wedding, playlists that perfectly combine Frank Sinatra, LCD Soundsystem, Bruno Mars, Johnny Cash, Belle & Sebastian, Kid ‘N Play, Nightcrawlers, and Michael Jackson (natch!). See all of his samples here. OH! And see some of his super fun mixtapes, too.

Keeping the dance floor hopping AND hearing your favorite lesser-known songs? It's possible with this Bay area DJ

Do you have your genre of songs ready to share with DJ Greg? Go say hello, see if he's got your wedding date free, and start scheming your own super danceable, but totally-you-themed playlist!

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