Wedding Entertainment: Why a DJ?

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

Your choice between a band and a DJ is directly connected to what kind of wedding you want to have.  The music sets the reception off with the entertainment has been selected.

Do you want dancing and a more high energy dance floor with the options to request songs, provide play and do not play lists, cater to everyone at your reception and provide music during cocktails and dinner?  This what a DJ can provide.

Good DJs can read the dance floor and make adjustments in song selection depending on what the people are feeling.  With unlimited tracks in his/her arsenal, you can be sure there will be something for everyone.

DJs will MC your wedding reception and deliver events at the specific times to make sure you are worry free during your special day.  They know what song to play and when as decided before the day of the event.

DJs provide exactly the song you need for each part of your event.  Special dances songs and other aspects of your reception need an exact song that you have chosen for that moment.

A word about entrance songs here.

A good DJ will not speak over the vocal part of your entrance song you have selected.  They will use the instrumental part of your song while speaking and then come in with the vocals at the right point to set off your entrance with maximum delivery.
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Questions You Should Ask Your DJ

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Advice

Is this your full-time business? Have you worked lots of weddings in the past?

Keva Events is my full-time business.  I have not been in the wedding game long, but have DJed a handful of weddings along with a few parties and events.  I started as a club DJ before I moved with my wife to MA.  I have over 15 years experience DJing.

 

Do you have set playlists to choose from? Do you customize the playlists for our style?

I cater my playlists according to the needs/wants from the client.  I can play anything from the 50s to Top 40 and Pop including old school hip hop, rock, euro pop, edm, electronica, chill out and more.

 

What do you do if the music just isn’t working for the crowd?

I read the crowd as I DJ and make adjustments according to the response of the dance floor.  I also provide times for slow dances and let the dance floor take a break with some more mellow tracks so the guests don’t burn out.

 

Will you MC the schedule of events?

I am an MC for weddings as well as DJ.  I stick to your itinerary for your event and make announcements as needed.

 

How do you handle song requests?

I try to cater to all requests if I can fit them into the night’s music.

 

Do you have transition/mixing samples?

You can find examples of my DJ skills here.

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And Music For All

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Advice

And Music For All
As a wedding DJ you need to be able to get everyone involved in the vibe of the event.  Making sure you have all age groups and diverse guests is paramount. You want all of your guests have a good time which means the music has to be varied through the wedding. Set aside age groups and diversity in your guests, a mix of all kinds of music keeps things fresh all night long.

I have a bit of everything in my music library. I play everything from 50s through today in genres including Top 40, Pop, Old School Hip Hop, Euro Pop, Country, Rock, EDM, Electronica, Chill Out, Rap and more.
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Why you need a tight itinerary for your wedding

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Advice, Uncategorized

On your big day, you don’t want to worry about how smoothly things will run.  Having a rigid schedule takes the pressure off because you know that all the vendors are on the same page and your wedding will go off without a hitch.

Having a loose schedule leaves room for panic and anxiety about how things will happen at your wedding.

You should talk to your DJ/MC primarily and give them the agenda for your wedding.  This way, the announcements will be on time and every part of your wedding happens exactly as you planned.
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How has music changed my life?

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

How has music changed my life?

I have had music in my life as a constant from taping songs from casey kassem to I have had music in my life as a constant from taping songs from casey kassem top 40 shows all the way to when I was older borrowing my older brothers cds to record tracks I liked.

Once I got a job, almost all of my earnings were dedicated to buying music. I built up a huge library of music.
The first time I heard EDM (Electronic Dance Music) was artists like The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, and Crystal Method. That music totally changed my view on music.

I was still into hip hop and alternative, but this was a whole new world.
The first time I touched turntables was at a friends house who had borrowed them from a friend. By then I was into a much wider variety of EDM. I learned about breakbeats and messed around with the records that were loaned along with the tables. I was instantly hooked.

During the napster craze, I downloaded as many tracks as I could and grabbed a piece of software which is very popular now with many DJs – virtual dj.

I would sit at my computer and just try to mix the songs. The difficult part was almost all of the tracks were ripped from mix cds of dj sets. So when you started the track, the previous track was outgoing. I didn’t understand this until I got a setup of my own and bought records and tried to learn how to mix.
It took me a couple years to get good. I learned the structure of tracks very quickly just by going to clubs and being on the dance floor, but beat matching was an entirely beast.

Once I was ready I started playing at a couple clubs and lounges playing breaks. It was exhilarating, I loved playing music for people to dance to.

Fast forward 15 years and I now have 2 breakbeat podcasts :

Breakbeat Asylum by Not Applicable in iTunes Podcasts

Bring Dat Funk Back Podcast
by Not Applicable in iTunes Podcasts

I have turned into a Mobile DJ/MC due to my wife and myself’s relocation to be closer to her family. I was completely out of the club scene and did not want to start from scratch seeing as it took me years of hard work to get into in my hometown.

Now I have music playing all the time, whether it be mixing and producing myself or when I am working on other stuff, I even can’t take a shower without music. In my car all the time, sitting on the back deck in the summer hanging out with my wife having drinks.

Really the only time I am not listening to some sort of music is when I am visiting with friends and family or hanging out with my wife catching up with all our favorite tv shows and movies.

Music has changed my life completely.

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