Posts Tagged ‘Wedding DJ’

Me and Corj

Coral and I got to spend a quick 24 hours up in Whistler this weekend.

I was up there to DJ a wedding for a couple from San Francisco. They have a passion for skiing and mountain adventure so that’s why they chose Whistler. They also love indie and alternative music, so that is why they chose me to DJ!

The groom, Sanjay, had curated a pretty choice selection of songs for the ceremony, cocktails, dinner, and dancing. The song he picked while he came up to the alter was a cool song by Rayland Baxter. The song is called “The MTN Song.” It was so perfect for this hot evening in May.

The song is about mountain nature, love, and standing up their in front of everyone and proclaiming it.

More recently Rayland has a song called “Yellow Eyes” which received some praise.

Happy Monday!

Go with yourself.

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Up late…. working working. Feeling a bit behind the 8-ball after a couple weeks off. I want to get the radio show firing on all cylinders. Need to update my wedding DJ business, present myself as a Vancouver wedding DJ, update the website, upgrade equipment. Bought a new laptop today. I am excited about that. My old laptop is a 2010? Macbook Pro. Some old Intel Core 2 duo processor, 4 gigs of RAM…it just lost the ability to keep up with Serato DJ and the Numark NS ii.

i feel confident I’ll be able to compete in Vancouver against the other wedding DJs once I polish up the website and upgrade some equipment.

I had some other thoughts about what I might want to do for another job or to expand my production. I’ve been looking into Projection mapping…following this person on Instagram called Ayramultimedia. Their stuff looks amazing and I wonder if I could create something like that for a wedding reception?

And still I have some other ideas. God dammit.

Spent the night bouncing around the information superhighway researching things. All the while, this song we bouncing around my head. Remember last fall when Eastside was briefly a thing?

I feel like there is still so much I want to do tonight, but I must sleep. Madelyn has day camp tomorrow. Coral and I are (and Jack) are meeting her friend Jane at Burgoo. THEN, I need to focus on putting together a radio show. Huge day in front of me…and still the gears turn in my head.

This blog isn’t really about anything. Just writing things out.

Go with yourself.

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Huzzah! Ditch Records has copies of Foster the People on vinyl LP (I forgot to ask if the CDs came in too).

I raced down during a little lull in my crazy hectic day to snap up a copy for Coral before they went sold out again. (also got me out of the studio/office for 20 minutes and into the city).

Foster the People – “I Would Do Anything For You”


Yesterday I talked about buying a Ukulele and got lots of messages from friends with ukulele’s too!  Neat.

I also love how WordPress can take your tags and share them with other bloggers on wordpress that might be into what you’re talking.  I got a nice comment from a guy that writes about ukulele’s!


And the reason I was at L&M was to check on today’s capital purchase for my Wedding DJ business… I bought a two PA speakers, a sub, a wireless mic and all the cables/stands I need to make them go.

It will save me money making the payments vs. renting each wedding.  And by next summer… I’ll get to keep a little more profit!

Happy Weekend!

Go with yourself.

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There two types of music we all listen to: The music we like, and the music we think we’re supposed to like.

Being paid to think about and present music, I hear a lot of different stuff and I am also exposed to other peoples’ tastes.  One of my favourite places to play music is at weddings.

I was DJing a wedding in Victoria on the weekend for some fine people.  They were beautiful twenty-somethings with their group of beautiful friends.  All good folks.

And like all weddings, the playlist has to be a very mainstream, fun and upbeat mix.  I have no problem with this as… I do enjoy me some Top 40 music and have a soft spot for Motown and classic hits.

At a wedding, later after speeches, and cake, pictures and small talk… it generally becomes time to turn it on and hit the dance floor.  Some drinks, some “Save a Horse and Ride a Cowboy,” and some cleavage revealing dresses later; the party will start to operate at an 11.

Then the requests comes and I get a chance to hear what people really like.

Sometimes the party-goers know who I am before and it will taint our meeting, but luckily alcohol is the great forgetter.  Almost always, the request begins with either, “you probably don’t have this but….” or “I don’t normally even like this song but….”

Then you know, Taylor Swift.

I always find it funny when people apologize for their taste in music.  Maybe its because I have confidence in what I like that I don’t care… and I take that for granted.  I like Taylor Swift fine.  There is never anything wrong with wanting to have silly fun.

I will say this, dropping Taylor Swift “Love Story” at a wedding will create mass-ovulation.  It really is in the best interests of humanity’s continuation on the Planet to come to terms with music that makes people happy.  Folks smile, babies will be made.

When I listen to music I ask myself… Do I like this, or should I like this?

Should doesn’t bother me too much.  If everyone tells you something is good… and you’re not feeling it… groovy, but I still listen very critically to try and figure out what makes it special to other people.  Sometimes the hype is pretend, too many people thinking they should like something because: their peer group does, or it fits a mold or lifestyle attribution.  Sometimes its just challenging and smarter people than me get it and get off on the  weirdness.  Sometimes its very commercial and easy sounding, so lots of people like it.

Should makes sense for me.  A new modern rock song, might not be my cup of tea at home, but learning and appreciating it is useful for my job.  Same for a new popular dance track that I can play at a wedding or an obscure R&B number from the 60s to burn down the lounge with.

The flip… if I hear Taylor Swift on the radio, I don’t change the station.  Then I want to make-out.

But if you don’t like the Japandroids, you’re an idiot. (jk)

Go with yourself.

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I am trying to set some goals and grow as a DJ performer and sometimes it can be hard because… well being a DJ is a singular enterprise.

I only really know what I do.

Now I have been blessed to know some generous DJs who have helped and shared with me.  Jess Taylor and DJ Anger being two early ones that helped me and later J Reign, Marshall, DJ Trekk, DJ Clinton, Rauri Lazers, DJ Fatso and of course DJ Murge.  But at the end of the day… it is a self education.

What I constantly think about is creating my own beats and sounds… but I really have no idea how to start.  My buddy Tyson gave me a midi controller keyboard thing and I have Garageband?  I guess I can start.

And now I have a destination… I want to get on the bill Camp Bisco in rural New York.

New York times >> A festival of Its Own

What an adventure that could be… if I can talk them into letting me have a slot.

It’ll be a money losing proposition.  That is certain.  Traveling to New York to DJ can’t be cheap.  I’d for sure be bringing Coral and even Madelyn… so its more a professional holiday?  sure, I like that word; professional holiday.

AND then I want to DJ in Baltimore! ha… ok, one step at a time.


in other news: when you type ‘Victoria Wedding DJ‘ into google, my website comes up! Spin The Black Disc.

Thank you everyone for the support.  I am sure being a wedding DJ isn’t helping my goal of club DJ too much, but the baby has got to eat (and it’s actually really fun… so far).

Go with yourself.

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My website is alive!

Spin The Black Disc

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The life of a Victoria wedding DJ.

Giving up a gorgeous Saturday does suck. Coral and Mads are playing with Nana and Alyx in the sprinkler while Dad has to work.  But today, it isn’t all bad.  At least I get to mix the best of summer with my work.

Judy and Kent are getting married on the beach in beautiful Shawnigan Lake.  I am all set up and killing some time before the reception.  It is so hot out here.  I love it.  If I wasn’t motivated before to work hard and earn some money in my life, today is making me want it.  Lake living is the best living.

These pics I snapped with my Blackberry… they do no justice to how stunning this reception will be and how perfect Shawnigan Lake is.

Pretty darn close to 30 degrees on the lake at Shawnigan.

Looking across Shawnigan Lake from the beach.

The head table.

When its a billion degrees and a wedding on the beach, you need a beer truck cooler. Even "cooler" if its fine local brew.

The Spin The Black Disc website is slowly coming along as a wordpress.  Can’t wait till its ready! Then business cards.  These are the things that excite me. Ha… tomorrow is a day off, and now more than anything, I want to be sipping pints and playing on the water.

Would it be so wrong if I wore shorts DJing tonight?  I’ll wear a tie and button down on top?

Go with yourself.

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Today is Father’s Day… and when I woke up this morning; I was alone.  Maddy had spent the night at Nana’s and Coral was in Coquitlam.  So I got the greatest Father’s Day gift of all, peace in the morning.  With no one snoring or kicking me or poking me to “wake up Daddy!” I was able to sleep till 11AM! That hasn’t happened since the winter of ’08.

After a morning that involved working the email for wedding leads and washing my Jeep… it was off to Nana’s cottage house to hang out and watch my sick baby play (she has a cold).  I’ve been feeling sick the past week too… so it was a sick Father’s Day for us.  We didn’t get up to much, but what we did do, will live on forever as a streaming piece of internet audio.  Have a listen.

Mixcloud >> Maddy and Daddy 02

Its Father’s Day 2010 and I thought it would be as good a time as any to catch up with my favourite interview subject, Miss Madelyn Oh Yeah! She wishes me a “Happy Father’s Day” (with my prompting) then we talk about being sick, going to Nana’s, our failed trip to Tim Horton’s and ordering pizza.

The music at the beginning is Tool’s “Eulogy” and the end is The National’s “Daughters of the Soho Riots.


My first paid wedding gig was last night and it was really fun.  I think I’ll enjoy this line of work.  Its great being my own boss (and super stressful) and I like the performance aspect.  I have some grand ideas for my stage set-up after last nights party. I had a good light set up for the wedding last night, but I want a great one! (and I want to find an alternative to the traditional fog machine.  Haze is awesome, but the fog machine ‘smoke’ sucks hard)

I also learned a few things, chiefly I need more 90s pop songs.  Real terrible stuff that I never listened to but today’s brides all lapped up; N*Sync, Backstreet Boys, Aqua… yeesh.  I should have anticipated that… but flaked.  I still delivered a good set, but I did have to dodge a couple requests because I had zero Aqua songs on the hard drive.  That said, we did jam out some jems and ended the night with a cut from Lamb of God!

Th first wedding worked out great and I learned a ton.  Can’t wait to apply the knowledge and make the next one even better!

Go with yourself.

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I went down to Long & McQuade and in the end decided to rent gear for my wedding events this summer.

It was just too much to dive into another payment scheme right now for the few events I have planned.

But the good news is, L&M are way cheaper (less than half the price) of the other company I had originally intended to rent from.  And I will get a better sound set up.

More sound and lights; less dollars spent.

It became a no brainer.  Plus the sales guy Matt told me that in October, you can finance Yorkville products interest free.

I hope to hit the wedding expo in September, and if I can generate a decent wedding season of bookings for 2011, then I can think about buying a mobile sound system in October.

This solution already makes me feel much better and less stressed.  I am pretty excited for Saturday and rocking one hell of a party for Paul and Jen.


Adam wrote a nice blog about Victoria artist Steph Macpherson and he quoted me.

Have a Read >> The Soap Box

I’ll do my best to record a live Mix from the Veneto Tonight, but I promise nothing.

Go with yourself.

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photo: Jesse Moore Photography

The idea of taking my DJ business to a legitimate and professional level is taking shape.

This summer I have 3 weddings booked and the first is this weekend.

I managed that with a tiny amount of word-of-mouth.  no website, no ads, no wedding fairs.

I am getting to the point where I am starting to seriously consider generating some capital (money!) and trying to grow my business to a level where it can generate a sizable chunk of my income.

Where I’m at now is deciding if I want to finance my purchases myself or try and get a bank loan.  As far as businesses go, I don’t think I need a ton of money (the flip being, I won’t generate a ton either so… its likely a good investment:income ratio).

If I bought the Cadillac of sound and lights that I want for the typical 100-200 person wedding, $5,000 would set me up.

BUT, I could just buy the speakers for about $3,000.  And either finance interest free over 6 months or with interest over 12 months.  I think I could do that with out needing a loan and with the three weddings I’m doing, come close to paying it off before summer (when it will get slow).

Maybe think about the lights in the winter and rent what I need for now.  Actually, I kinda like that plan.  Glad I talked it out on my blog!

In other news: I’ll need a business plan.  What do you think about this style?

Seth Godin>> The Modern Business Plan

Even if I don’t seek a loan, a lot of the research I’ve done on starting a small business says you should make one.  If only for the practice and to help keep the business focused.

Then I better get crackilacking on a website, business cards, set decorations and advertising.

To be in the Victoria Bridal Expo in September will cost me $700!  oh vey! I’d imagine the fair in January will be similar.

Long term goals will be to figure out how to stay busy outside of wedding season with school dances, corporate events and Christmas parties.

Go with yourself.

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