Essential Elements of a Party
Written by Gary Steinberg
While I have huge respect for promoters that create the events we attend, I can’t help but shake my head at the simple things that get missed. The number one item that must be good is the SOUND. I can’t believe someone would pay big bucks to fly in a DJ from god knows where and then have crappy sound. Hire a quality sound person. Spend your money there. Skip the diva, and the go go boys if you have to. And good sound does not mean LOUD. Check the levels please! What??
Next, be sure the bar-tending staff wants to be there! Using the hot straight male bartenders who normally work a club can ruin the atmosphere with their “fuck you faggot” attitudes if they do not care to be there, or have not been “trained” properly. A promoter is ultimately responsible for the experience of their guests. I would prefer beautiful straight female bartenders who would enjoy us and not feel threatened rather than straight guys throwing drinks at us with a snarl. Or better yet, bring in gay bartenders if possible.
Finally, do NOT run out of water! A recent event I was at ran out of water at midnight, leaving only Gatorade at $9 (the tiny bottles that sell retail for 39 cents). This event was going until 6AM! How difficult is it to make sure there’s enough water? It was packed and hot. That was dangerous. Plus, from the looks of every person I saw at the bar, it was pissing a lot of people off, ruining their experience.