DJing is simple and clean cut. Let me tell you a little secret: I
have never been to an event where all of the attendees were there to see
the DJ. All of the guests at a wedding are there to see the couple get
married...All of the guests at a reunion are there to reunite with
whoever...All of the high schoolers at a prom are there to prom it up
with their friends...Right? I mean, I'd love to think that everyone
loves me, but I'm just not the main attraction. With that in mind, I
make efforts all through every event that I DJ to sort of highlight the
guests of honor, rather than steal the show and make a jerk out of
whole shtick is that my # 1 mission
is to provide tasteful and appropriate music and MC services that
constantly reflects the personalities of the event hosts. I am
proud of my ability to play songs that don't get overplayed at those
cookie cutter-style weddings, but instead are eclectic, nostalgic and
custom-tailored to each event's unique conditions. I am proud of my
ability to create a quality mix of musical and vocal elements that is
artistic, spontaneous, funny at times and absolutely unforgettable. I
love to constantly tweak tiny things (lighting, volumes, music styles,
etc.) - things that almost nobody notices, but will subtly encourage
them to dance ... or laugh ... or applaud...
like to keep music pretty soft during dinner and social times so that
people don't have to yell at each other and
can stay relaxed. When I play dinner music, it isn't for entertainment,
but it's more of an insurance policy to avoid those strange times when
the whole room full of people will become silent for no apparent reason.
Music that I play during dinner and social times also varies depending
on the event. I like to talk to the event hosts to see what they have in
mind (this is a great time for Brides and Grooms to sneak their favorite
un-danceable songs into the event).
let's say that everyone eats and starts to get a little more rowdy...
Sure, I'll feed into their energy and play music that they can dance to!
Some things that I won't do, though, includes running up to any
of your guests (unless I know them really
well) and tear them out of their chair to make them dance, or lead the
crowd into a goofy dance instruction. It's just not me...If they want to
dance, I'll play whatever they'll dance to, but if they don't want to,
that's fine. I'm really, really good at 'reading the crowd' and playing
with details to get certain reactions out of people, But I'm not the DJ
that's determined to get every single person dancing. Besides, do you really
want your 93 year old Aunt Jane mauled by your entertainer? Uh...yeaah...no...
one of those guys who's in the middle...I'm old and dedicated enough to
know the music popular before my time, which is important for weddings,
but I'm also young enough to know the current top 40 very well. I feel as though school functions are also a strong point
for me simply because after DJing a handful of weddings, it's fun to
crank up the volume and watch a room full of youth react to it. I feel
confident that I have enough musical tricks up my sleeve to impress
almost any crowd.
used to have a list of every song that I own here on my website ... but
I surf the net while I DJ, making my play list unlimited. I
canít emphasize enough that I can play anything.
collection of music is an evolution that Iím sure will never stop
changing. As soon as someone requests a song that I don't have, I
get it. - by the way, I always encourage people to make appropriate
requests -Whenever somebody asks me a question about a song that I don't
have, I find it. For all of my new music, I am subscribed to a
service that provides me with 20 or so of the newest songs in a
variety of genres each week. This is a similar service to what most radio
stations all around the world subscribe to and it is often that
I'll have a song before it's released or played on the radio...
making me as prepared as can be. I have thousands of songs in hundreds
of genres to choose from that are organized well enough to pull up
in seconds. Also keep in mind that I can hook up to the Internet almost
everywhere that I go to DJ, so my music library is often unlimited.
not one of those techno-geek DJs that obsesses over their equipment.
What I do have, though, is a sound system that is basic, but
professional and reliable. It features wireless microphones and
self-powered speakers. I use the same system at an event with 20 quiet
people as I do at the events with 450+ loud high schoolers, so it's
versatile and I know how it works very well. When performing, I play
MP3s from custom-made laptops with software that is designed
specifically for mobile DJs. I usually scatter my speakers throughout
the venue to keep the sound even everywhere for social hours and dinner
times. When it comes time to turn the music up and dance, I turn a
speaker or two down and point the rest in a cross-fire across the dance
floor. This creates a loud spot where we want to be loud and another
much quieter place for folks to simply socialize.
sound system is cleverly redundant, so I donít have to lug around
extra junk as backup. If one of my laptops start to flake out, I just
turn to the other one. If an amplifier acts up, I turn it off and turn
the others up. My equipment doesnít give me trouble often, but when it
does, itís no big deal. Usually, Iím the only person who knows.
carry an insurance policy that was specifically created for mobile DJs.
I breathe much easier knowing that I'm insured against theft, fire, as
well as liability issues while DJing at venues, and I hope that my
customers also feel safer knowing this as well.