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You Tube? You Don't!

Having been in the DJ business since 1985, I've seen trends come and go over the years. But one trend that has really taken off the last few years is searching You Tube for ceremony songs.

You Tube is an excellent method to listen to suggestions for songs ... but there's one small problem. A lot of the songs you hear are not commercially available to DJs meaning we can't play them on our software, thus ... we can't play them on your wedding day.

For instance, let's say you want a guitar version of "Unforgettable" and you find one by a guy named Joe Smith that he recorded at the foot of his bed. If Joe Smith doesn't have a record contract, we can't play the song.

Skipping the legalese involved since this is a blog and not a court document, due to copyright laws, all music played in public by us has to be legally purchased. Plus, with the software we use, it simply won't allow You Tube or streaming music in general to be played.

The best thing to do in order to find music is use a streaming service such as Spotify, Apple Music or Amazon Music. Anything you find on those services is commercially available and can be purchased by me. If you can't do that and can only use You Tube, that's fine. But before you become head over heels in love with the song, make sure it can be purchased on iTunes or Amazon Music.

Please note that this is not just a Music Guys rule. All professional DJs will tell you the same thing.

If your DJ says he can play You Tube videos, beware. He's not a professional DJ, just a hobbyist who will do a bad job for you because he won't have professional software which controls the music.

And you may have to sit through an ad for erectile dysfunction before your First Dance will play!

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