THERE'S A LOT OF WEDDING DJS OUT THERE, WHAT MAKES OFFBEAT SO GOSH DARN GREAT?
I get it. I really do. Booking the entertainment for your wedding is HARD. You only get one shot at it and there are no second chances.
Get it right and you'll have the greatest night of your lives, along with a lifetime of awesome memories and a super smug feeling every time one of your guests tells you that yours was, indeed, the “Best. Party. Ever.”
However, get it wrong and you’ll have to helplessly stand by as your friends and family start making their excuses and calling early taxis after thanking you such for a wonderful day. Every couples wedding nightmare is the fizzled out reception party and that empty feeling of what might have been. This happens up and down the country every weekend. You may well have seen it yourself. The FOMO is real.
Thankfully these days there are plenty of alternatives to having a cheesy wedding disco as a new generation of bright young upstarts with slick websites are taking their place, with a fresher take on disco lighting, modern sound systems and digital turntables. It's exciting times for our industry, and about time too.
But how do you decide is who is going to show up, and who is going to turn up?
HAVE THEY GOT THE EXPERIENCE?
It is impossible to overstate the importance of experience in creating an awesome DJ. And I'm not just talking about weddings. Performing at festivals, bars, clubs, birthday parties and corporate functions gives a DJ insights and ideas about how to not only move a dance floor, but crucially, how to direct a dance floor, taking it to new and perhaps unexpected places. Quality DJing is not just about selecting songs that your guests already know they want to hear (or might have selected from a list ahead of the wedding), but playing the ones they would never have thought to choose themselves. Weddings are definitely their own speciality and require a certain skill set, but experience at reading different crowds is the key to taking you and your guests to places they never thought they would go, making the night truly stand out from everyone else's wedding party.
DO THEY ABSOLUTELY FREAKING LOVE IT?
Passion equals energy, and that energy flows directly from the DJ to the dance floor. A deep love for music means constantly searching out fresh new tunes that can be slipped into tried and tested set lists to keep your sound and set evolving year after year. Keeping half an eye on the charts to stay up to date just doesn't cut it to be a great wedding DJ. A passion for mixing means preparing your tracks ahead of time with cue points, loops and edits, resulting in a tighter, more creative and flexible set. A great DJ will also come armed with their own unique selection of personal dance floor weapons; unique bootlegs, mash-ups and remixes, for getting unexpected classics into the mix without dropping the energy levels. Your DJ has to love what they do. There's simply no faking it.
DO THEY HAVE THE SKILLS?
Let's get this straight right off the bat, some of the most amazing DJs have no clue when it comes to mixing music in their sets beyond fading the channel volumes up and down because what makes them amazing is their incredible taste in music. That's fantastic, but at a wedding, your guests are unlikely to be interested to hear hidden Techno gems, rare Hip-Hop B-sides, or the latest genres coming out of Japan. They'll want to dance to stuff they know and love and can sing their heart out to. This means that some premium mixing skills is really gonna make a difference. Being able to confidently flip in and out of different genres and tempos like it's second nature means that your DJ can focus on the crowd in front of them, selecting the perfect tune at the perfect time, and actually creatively mix the music to create fresh sounds and hype the crowd perfectly.
CLICK ON THE VIDEOS AND MIXES BELOW TO SEE AND HEAR HOW I MIX AND THE KIND OF ATMOSPHERES I CREATE:
The following mixes contain music that isn't to everyone's taste however they demonstrate my abilites to creatively mix, scratch and mash-up my way through a lot different types of music with vastly differing tempos.
THIS IS NOT THE TYPE OF MUSIC I TYPICALLY PLAY AT WEDDINGS
(BUT WILL IF YOU WANT ME TOO)