As a full time DJ, I perform at various events, ranging from weddings, corporate celebrations, nightclubs, birthday & college parties and pretty much any other occasion that requires music. I would say that I'm not a traditional or an 'old-school' kind of DJ, someone who is animated on the microphone or an 'interactive' DJ who cracks corny jokes.
I believe that a successful wedding or corporate event consists of the DJ staying in the background and off the microphone as much as possible. This usually provides for a more intimate setting that fosters interaction between guests and once the dancing portion of the evening begins, their interaction with the music. However, I do make some sort of announcements at virtually every event I perform at and am more than comfortable in doing so. These include but are not limited to things like wedding party/ bride-groom introductions, cake cutting, first dances, general FYI, etc, along with any other announcements that are necessary to keep the event moving on time. Other than that, I strive to stay in the background as much as possible.
I feel that the success or failure of an event (especially the dancing portion) rests solely upon appropriately picked music selections and their presentation. It's my firm belief that hiring someone who can actually tastefully mix songs on beat, and not a DJ who simply plays unmixed songs is one of the most important choices you can make if you want to have a great dance party!
In 2016, the age of “DJ culture” has truly taken over and most people under 50 are familiar with a Club DJ's mixing approach. And since most people now expect that from a DJ, why should you settle for anything less for your event? A memorable dance party is usually built around utilizing a technically skilled DJ who can work with a client to feel out their taste in music, and then deliver an appropriate mix for all the various segments of the event (ie ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, etc). Feel free to take a look through my media page to further acquaint yourself with how I mix different genres of music.
When comparing DJs, I suggest asking your potential DJ for a live mix they’ve recorded at an event, or better yet, a live event video showing them live in the mix. Furthermore, see if there is a diverse range of styles in the mixes, showing how flexible the DJ is with song selection and song to song cohesiveness.
As far as my music taste and acumen, I play and am familiar with pretty much every genre of music you can think of – from the ear splitting blares of big band horns of the swinging fifties to current Pop & EDM; all the way out to Bollywood and other Ethnic music. If I don't know enough about a genre or what my clients request, that's no problem at all, with some basic guidance, I educate myself on what is needed prior to the event to make sure that appropriate music gets played. When it comes to my own listening habits, I would say that I am all over the place, a personality trait that has served me well when it comes to being a versatile, open-format DJ.
While collaboration with the client ensures that I know which music will probably work well for the evening, it is my experience, skill and passion for music as a whole that will provide for a successful event with memories for years to come!