StereoPill was designed to be a music insight generator, but not necessarily a playlist generator. The application is intended to help understand the musical tastes of the attendees for an event, thus StereoPill has provided thousands of users with invaluable insight and song suggestions.
Once StereoPill voting is completed and its time for your event, the data can either be programmed into an ipod (or itunes, or similar application) or turned over to a DJ. StereoPill strongly recommends using a DJ and not going the ipod route, and suggests trusting your DJs’ judgement, and providing the StereoPill data to them as a starting point rather than a rigid playlist. There are significant advantages to using a DJ rather than an ipod for your event. Don’t get us wrong, ipods are great for the gym and bus rides, but not for dance parties. Here are some advantages to using a DJ:
- A good DJ understands how to read the crowd and mix music together. As part of this, they typically judge whether its worth while to play an entire song or just part of it. For example, the 5 minute long “Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga was heavily voted on—it worked very well for the first 2 minutes, however by 3 minutes in, the crowd got bored, and the dance floor started to thin out, so at that point it was best to transition to the next song.
- A good DJ understands the science of mixing and tempo. For example, for a recent college party, “Hello” by Martin Solveig and Cali Swag District’s ”Teach me How to Dougie” were the 2 most requested songs. As a professional DJ, I knew that playing these songs consecutively would have been the music equivalent of a train wreck, due to their significantly different tempo.
- A good DJ has remixes and mashups that are often more effective versions of songs that have been requested.
- Lastly, a good DJ can understand which songs people may have not to thought to vote on but may be much more excited to hear. For example, at a recent wedding, “Empire State of Mind” was the #1 voted song, and worked great, we the played “No Diggity” by BlackStreet which did not receive any votes-but was actually even more successful than “Empire State of Mind.”
StereoPill is finally here! The application itself is a remarkable development that gives partygoers and general attendees a voice in the creation of an awesome event. But, StereoPill isn’t simply for your everyday partier. By gathering some information from those attending an event, StereoPill is meant to be a party planner’s best and most valuable friend.
How can you make the most of StereoPill? Since attendees vote for songs on a rating system, the highest rated songs are those that most people want to hear. The program will begin to structure the requested songs based on their rating which will give you an idea of what people want to hear as the party gets underway. Remember, this is not a playlist but simply a guide to what kind of music you should probably play. Obviously you can use the information gathered however you want—even if you’re not a party planner.
We’re going to have a lot of cool new additions in the upcoming months, but in the meantime what are you waiting for? Hop over to StereoPill and start playing around with the application that you’ll use every time you’re planning your next big event.