Coffee Shop Vibe
- An acoustic set of one or two club songs, then another set of a couple deeper worship tunes.
- Less of a high school vibe and more of a collegiate feel to the music. This affects the songs we choose and the style in which we play them.
For The Party Crowd
- We play mostly secular songs: (Home, Washed by the Water, Roar, Fix You)
- The most success we've had is when we pick a song that has a "rave" type feel in it (Wake Me Up by Avicci) and turn the lights out and throw glow sticks during that part.
- Being interactive with dance parties with strobe lights during the break down of 'Wake Me Up' for example, having someone come up and crush a rap verse of a song (almost a performance just for that verse but everyone is still singing along).
- Fast paced and mash-ups
- Every time we play a throwback classic everyone loves it (Don't stop believing, Sweet Caroline, etc.)
- Some college clubs have a full band and do worship music as the only music at club.
- Some just have more secular worship at club but do specific nights of just worship music.
Pick the “Right Leader” and Band
- Leaders that actually know how to play or sing.
- Leaders with lots of energy that have fun leading
- Leaders that practice ahead of time
- Leaders more focused on leading than performing
- If you can, have an student music team, but bring it a trained person to help them.
- Sometimes its better to keep it simple with just one guitar and other clubs can add multiple instruments, it just makes having a practice time essential.
- More thoughts on starting a YL band here
Maybe you feel like music isn’t working for you:
- Some clubs shared that they didn't do music at club because lack of critical mass hindered singing.
- Some folks tried just singing at special events like bonfires
- Some clubs do special music request nights and don't do it weekly.