Wednesday, December 16, 2009
David & Susan had a Nov 21 wedding scheduled at the Lodge at Torrey Pines for about 6 months and just 3 weeks prior were both involved in a horrific car accident leaving David on crutches with a broken leg and Susan in a wheelchair with a broken pelvis. What is notable about these 2 amazing individuals is that Susan is an accomplished Triathlete and David has nearly finished his training to become a Navy Seal. He was scheduled to graduate the day before the wedding, but was delayed until after his recovery is complete. Obviously these are 2 life paths that demand endurance and determination and rather than postpone the wedding until it could be the picturesque event that everyone wanted for them, they kept to the plan. With the help of Liz Beck, the Wedding Coordinator, a few alterations and adjustments were incorporated to make the event memorable and entertaining for the family and guests in attendance. I acted as the DJ and Emcee and played a nice variety of dance music to fit the group including the Philadelphia tradition - Mummers Parade (see: red umbrellas in video clip) and Eve Seles came in to perform "Happy, Crappy, Sappy Love Songs" Here show is great, its all the great sing-a-long songs that you love to hate. Thank you to Videographer Joe Park for the video footage.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Wes and Tammy had about the most amount of people they could fit for a seated dinner in this house. They started with a small ceremony on the private beach and moved to dinner in the lower level and dancing on the mid level.
Paradise Point Resort was the location and the party took full use of the resorts facilities. Dinner in the large ballroom, a Karaoke lounge in one of the side rooms and Video DJ in all 4 sections of the Sunset Ballroom overlooking the water.
As dinner came to an end the crowd started flowing into the Sunset Ballroom and before I knew it there were about 700 people dancing and having a good time to a mix of Hip Hop, 70's, 80's and they partied until the end.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
They had a very nice 4 course dinner with their best man's toast, a full table of cupcakes in place of the tradtional wedding cake and then some dancing afterward.
I got some nice comments from Judd just after the event...
Spencer was great. He received compliments from professional musicians attending our wedding as guests. It doesn't get any better than that. The music was up beat and people were dancing throughout the evening. He was easily able to balance the interests of children and young adults as well as our older guests. Everyone was dancing together all night long.
Monday, November 9, 2009
I was booked to play old school (like we play on Magic 92.5) videos and the crowd loved it. The best feature of my Video DJ performance still continues to be my wide variety of Videos or different music genres.
This party was fun but I have to admit, it was a new experience for me. Anthology is a Live music show club, not a dance club and consequently the audience comes to see a performance, that was the first time I have ever been "The Show" I'm usually called in to create the dance atmosphere of a party or Night Club.
When the guests were invited down to the Legends Ballroom, they were treated to the works. Photobooth complete with costume hats and feather boas, Record shaped Menu cards and actual records (with their personal label of course) as table number signs, the Late Night Party Donut Station and I Video DJ 'd on the Main stage. With the Rock n' roll theme we got to have a lot of fun with the Background music videos, and they had a few close friends that offered some of the best toasts I'd heard in a while, the kind where the audience laughs and cries all within 4-5 minutes. After dinner it didn't take much effort to get the group up and dancing, I was scheduled to play dance music for about 45 minutes to make way for the Closing Act, but once we got going they pushed the final act back a little.
Joey Cape was the Closer and if you aren't familiar with his work, I can best describe him as Jack Johnson meets Grunge, sort of. I have to admit I was a little worried about having a down tempo Acoustic act close the party. Completely the opposite, the group were BIG fans. The keyboard player for the ceremony had actually collaborated on a song for Joey's recent album. I don't usually offer live band PA due to the amount of work involved but Joey was super nice and it was only 3 microphones and 3 Instruments.
One of my favorite features about Video DJ is that I can take monograms, designs and logo and put them right on the screen. If you look on the screen behind Joey Cape in the video clip you'll see Chris and Jenn's logo for the wedding.
For more info about Video DJ or Mobile Music Plus please go to http://www.mobilemusicplus.com/
Sunday, November 8, 2009
They asked for DJ and Karaoke with Dance lighting and a custom Monogram projected on the wall (visible in the video clip).
This group really got into the party, the formalities included several introduction songs. Thunderstruck - ACDC for the Father of the Bride's Welcome toast; The Univ. of Arizona fight song for the groom toast and a fully choreographed dance by the bridal party to I got a Feeling- Black Eyed Peas to start the night off.
The Karaoke singers were... Entertaining. As with any party with karaoke there were some great singers and there were some that weren't as great but they definitely had fun with it. Dancing and singing til the end.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Amber and Blue uplights and a Monogram in light (Gobo) on the dancfloor accented the room, with the stage and the sweetheart table in the center of the room it only left space for a long narrow dancefloor. The Video clips weren't able to capture the whole dancefloor in one frame. From the Grand Entrance to the Toast and Dancing, the night went off without a hitch thanks to Julie Scrivener the wedding planner. At the end of the night I got thank yous and compliments from both the Father of the Bride and the Bride and the Groom. That let me know I did exactly what was needed, played good music for everyone and kept the whole group engaged in the party.
Here is a post wedding comment I received from Lindsey the bride a few weeks after the event...
Spencer did a wonderful job selecting music and incorporating my
suggestions into the playlist. He also coincidentally chose the perfect
song for our last dance. It was a Coldplay song that Austin (Groom)
says was written for me. Bravo!
When asked to name one thing that could been even a little bit better:
I thought everything was awesome - he did a great job
Friday, August 28, 2009
The City of La Jolla has some noise ordinances that restrict amplified music outside on the lawn, but there are some tricks of the trade to still accomplish some light background music and announcements. The dancing is always inside (again due to the noise ordinance), dancing in the main area is preferred since the ventilation in the parlor is minimal.
Terry & Amber hired Gayle Feallock of Just Imagine Weddings to coordinate their wedding. I've worked with Gayle a lot over the years and she's great, I highly recommend her if you're looking for a coordinator. OH! and the party was good too...
The group danced all night and we even had a couple of party crashers that heard the party and came in to join the celebration. This was a great idea to make this event different, but you really have to be careful when selecting a theme like this and decide which is more important throughout the course of the party, staying with the theme or playing the type of music that the party needs even if it isn't in keeping with the theme.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I played 80's music videos for the first hour or so. Then the 80's Band, Lipstick & Leather took the stage. They rocked the whole neighborhood for about an hour including Brett belting out a party rocking, Crowd stopping, Police Helicopter circling over head version of Nothing but a Good Time. Yes, it doesn't happen very often, but the house was in what seemed to me to be a pretty quite area and the 80's band and people yelling and screaming proved to be a little too much for some of the neighbors and the police came in at 10pm on the dot. I'm happy to report that I had not started to play dance music by the time the sherriff came by. They didn't order us to stop, just to turn it down, way down. The last hour of the party I opened up the music to the more current top 40 and hip hop, but the volume was so low it wasn't really danceable any more. I wish we had more time, the crowd was really into it. It's great when the people dancing on the dancefloor are dancing and having a good time, but you can notice them every time they hear a new song checking the screens to see the video.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
This was a great reception with a full lighting
package including a Chinese symbol gobo, spotlights
for the cake and 20 uplights inside and out. The
Four Seasons is a great hotel for a reception its a
bit more than some of the other venues but its a
true 5 star hotel from the facility to the service.
This wedding ran like clockwork thanks to the
great coordination of Anseth Richards of Creative Occasions .
Thursday, August 6, 2009
It was cool background music for the first hour then I started to pick up the pace a little bit and eventually it was a fun mix of all the new hits, Flo-Rida, Lady Gaga, LMFAO as well as the fun 80s and some Latin and House/Trance too. I spent several years DJing in Nightclubs as well as my Hip Hop radio mixshow and "The Digital Groove" radio show so this was a fun return to a mostly nightclub style party.
Scientists usually aren't known as the party crowd, but don't tell these guys!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
As I always say, a Great DJ isn't one that always plays all the Hot New Music on the top 40 Radio Station that week or the most creative live mash-ups or music mixes. It's the one who plays the right songs at the right time to take that party to a level of success that the Guests, the Host and sometimes even the DJ didn't know was possible.
Monday, July 6, 2009
June 5th I played band breaks at the V lounge, all old school. Its a pretty casual environment since people really just take a break from gambling to come over to eat, drink and dance. But it was fun and stayed pretty busy all night.
They had a great time and danced a lot. Peter, the groom, came back after walking his new bride to their suite and thanked me personally. Despite over 15 years of experience, the biggest song of the night surprised me. Hava Nagila; and despite the fact that neither the bride or groom were Jewish, Peter's college buddies, talked him into asking me to play it and they lifted them each in a chair and we did the Hora... at a Korean wedding...
As long as they enjoyed themselves, that's all that's important.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
What I love about this family is they and their guests love to dance and party. While most events I play for, whether I perform as a Traditional DJ or Video DJ, have good dance floors and a the guests have fun. This family really loves their music. I played everything from Earth Wind & Fire to Snoop Dogg, I even worked in a request for The Cure. I'll admit that playing the Cure is always a tricky thing for me at an event. I feel like The Cure is an acquired taste, some people love them and others have a quite different opinion. But I took the request into consideration and just waited to see if the right time to work it in arose and sure enough, it did and was just the right compliment to the other music they were having so much fun with. [Ok I confess I did mix out of the song before the end. ALWAYS LEAVE THEM WANTING MORE Right?]
(Click the video clip below to see a quick montage of the dancing)
You don't need a DJ that plays great music.
You need a Great DJ that plays music your guests will love.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Danny and Diana had a big party for their wedding at the Prado in Balboa Park. I provided Traditional DJ, Dance Lighting and a custom Gobo projecting their initials in light on the dancefloor.
Danny told me in our initial meeting that he really wanted a lot of 90's and current music, everything from hip hop to 90's house music. He and Diana both understood the value of playing some music to appeal to the parents and grandparents so I played some old school and of course some latin. Cumbia, Merengue and even some Banda, they were a great crowd and danced for almost 3 hours after dinner and the other formalities were finished.
I know some DJs play the same "set" week in and week out, varying only slightly for requests, I honestly can't imagine not offering my clients that flexibility of playing the best songs for their guests. I do find myself playing some songs more than others but never as a preplanned set.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
If you're planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah you really have to take your time and find the right entertainment. Whether it's a DJ, Video DJ or a Band, the right entertainment is crucial to the outcome of the party. As the client or buyer, you have to be honest about your expectations for the party. Do you want a casual event for the guests to visit with each other, do you want to throw the best party you or any of the guests have ever been to or something in between? Will you be happy if the guests don't dance and party? If you are creating a casual hang around style party then you can probably get by with some minimal entertainment options. If you are throwing an all out Celebration, you need to invest more in the entertainment, therefore further ensuring that the rest of your investment in the party is protected. I've heard from people who chose to hire a DJ based on price and not necessarily quality, and one of the things they all say is that they wish they would have set aside more of their budget for entertainment.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I was showcasing Video DJ (www.mobilemusicplus.com) with 4 screens. The doors opened at noon and almost immediately, we saw a lot of brides and guests coming out and sitting on the lounge furniture provided by Plush Impressions, enjoying the sunshine and beautiful weather. French Gourmet provided the Bar and Mini Slider, food station. Our friends at LA Photo Party (www.laphotoparty.com) were taking our fun & upbeat music atmosphere and turning it into a fashion show photo shoot. It was a lot of fun, attendees were coming to visit the patio, hanging out for awhile, then going to visit the booths inside the main room, then returning back out to eat drink and sit int he sun. At 5pm the show ended and we hosted the vendor/exhibitor appreciation party.... Its a real compliment when wedding and special event professionals come out and you can see that they are really enjoying the music and atmosphere. Since their job takes them into parties on a regular basis and it usually takes a lot to entertain them.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Special event - Wedding Luncheon
The Wedding Luncheon was a huge success, I was proud to be featured in 2 rooms.
Hard Rock Hotel - "The Edge" - Display galleries showcased the latest in room and table top design trends, for an elegant yet modern approach to music for the next generation, I provided an assortment of selections from the Vitamin String Quartet. A string quartet that interprets a wide variety of Rock Songs including songs originally by the Beatles and Led Zeppelin to U2 and Korn. It really very unique and can be quite elegant. I highly recommend them for anyone looking for something new and unique for their wedding.
Hard Rock Hotel - "The Legends" - The main event: Lunch Seating for 600, Video DJ as the entrance music, Founder of the theknot.com -Carley Roney as the keynote speaker and a special performance by an up and coming 14 year old singer who delivered a version of "Zing went the Strings of My Heart" that would've made Judy Garland proud. VIDEO DJ was a huge hit. As the doors open and guests poured in, I played a soft but upbeat, cocktail reception like mix that included Neil Diamond and the Beatles. I softened the music during Lunch by incorporating Music Videos from Nora Jones, Dean Martin and Frank Siantra. As the event came toward it's end, I picked up the pace with more upbeat dancable music like Justin Timberlake, The BeeGees and AC/DC. The goal of the show producers was to wow the guests with something they hadn't seen before. I can safely say we accomplished that goal. I received many compliments and inquiries both at the show and in the exhibit hall area.