Keeping the dance floor hopping AND hearing your favorite lesser-known songs? It's possible with this Bay area DJ #Sponsors#DJ#music May 25 2018 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits This business paid a fee to be listed on Offbeat Bride because they feel their products and services are a great fit with offbeat philosophies… and we agree. Learn more about our ads. 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. 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. 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. 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! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS This flowery and stylish bohemian wedding inspiration will make you long for embroidery and pops of pink NEXT Motorcycles, cowboy chic, & vinyl at this Pennsylvania backyard wedding Show/Hide comments [ 0 ] Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.