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You Can't Beat An Experienced DJ

You Can't Beat An Experienced DJ

My obsession with music started when I was a teenager. I was lucky enough to get a stint at a local Pirate Radio Station when I was fifteen and I played songs that I still love to listen to today and still work for me when I play them at an event. That is the beautiful and bizarre thing about music. If you get to know your crowd and invest in the audience anything can happen. I have the chance to play those songs that pick you up and make you feel good. 

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Being a wedding DJ in Ireland is profoundly more than simply playing music. It's creating a backdrop for memories that will quite literally last a lifetime. “Do you remember that time that we went on that holiday and that song was playing” or “how about the night that we heard that song from our school days” Simply, It's knowing that there is no such thing as a “wedding play-list”. My experience has shown and taught me to create something unique every single time.

I’ve been a DJ for nearly thirty years and have navigated my way from a time where music was simply radio. You had to listen live, buy (and read) the magazines and take every morsel of advice from your elders gratefully. They knew what would work because they had the experience. Experience that couldn't be bought or sold. It was gold.

When I play an 80's DJ set I am right back there. At 80's nights I am once again transported. It worked for me then and it's working for us now. It's a spectacular thing to be part of and when it works it works. My experience has taught me to thrive on that energy. Song after song the intensity increases and an experienced DJ will know how to take it to a certain point and seamlessly transition into a completely different genre. 

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When I play a 90's DJ set I am transported back to my time as a DJ on the Canary Islands. It was 1992 and the world would physically stop turning if “Rhythm Is A Dancer” was not played a minimum of four times. You can't “learn” those memories. It's an instinctive and genuine thing. I am right back there remembering what worked and seeing it work again so beautifully! Think about it right now, hear those first few seconds of a great song and the hair will stand up on the back of your neck. 

As a DJ It is no longer acceptable to “not have a song”. We are now the spotify generation. Every song, era & mood is available at a second's notice. For couples who wed in their late 20's/early 30's Mark McCabe Maniac 2000 is an institution. It's a right of passage and probably the biggest song in Irish Music History. A time machine of memories, mistakes and everything that represented ones teenage years! I recently played at a wedding where a band member asked me about the song as he had never heard it before. I thought he was joking and It stopped me in my tracks! (no pun intended)

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As a wedding DJ you have to entertain and please a large group of people in no more than sixty songs. You've an eight year old flower girl and ninety year old Auntie Breda. Every single guest is worthy and deserving of an amazing experience. My experience has taught me to weed through the junk and PLAY THE HITS. It's the simplest strategy and a formula for success but sometimes it can be lost in an oblivion of panic and preparation. But always remember that those hits could be of any generation or genre but most importantly they form part of your memories. 

Every single crowd is different and you often have to change your plans, shake things up and alter accordingly. It's a gut feeling and a momentary instinct that arrives when you look at that room of people. A room of unique people who have united to celebrate the most important day in the life of someone that they love. Play the hits and make them happy.

Sometimes the dance floor clears. It happens. The temptation to panic and question everything is very real. It happens for a lot of DJs. I've reached a point in my career where I pride myself on reading the crowd and the clientèle. If it doesn't work then you very quickly provide something that does. The dance floor begins to populate once again and you know you're doing your job. That feeling is electrifying.

I have over twenty five years experience in this wonderful industry but I am constantly learning something new. Weddings, music and people are complex topics individually. Throw them all together and you have a lot of things to consider. 

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I recently played at a wedding and instantly knew that a song (Buddy Joe) would transport the wedding couple and their friends right back to their youth. I also knew that this kind of song, and indeed set, simply wouldn't work on the night of their wedding. It would have been lost in the company of the more mature guests and friends and family of the couple. Day 2 of the wedding brought more celebrations and felt to be the perfect time for this genre. It became a thirty minute set and the feedback from the couple was amazing. It brought the bride, groom and all of their friends right back to their teenage years and the atmosphere was out of this world. As a DJ I am still learning and will continue to learn and entertain the masses. 

Just a week later I played at the wedding of a more Indie/Alternative couple. Their music choices were far from mainstream but they wanted to please everyone at the same time. We found a way to merge the two and it resulted in brilliantly happy wedding guests and a bride and group who still experienced the tunes that brought them back to their college days. We made it happen and it was my experience that gave me the confidence to make that promise.

My experience as a wedding DJ in Ireland is my business card. Like any artist I've dedicated my life and time to perfecting my skill. I respect the responsibility that comes with the job and I've spent my days fine tuning my craft. I've grown in an industry that has become so saturated and “tick the box”. Experience is my tool kit. It's the bag of tricks that makes me 100% confident that your wedding will be everything you have dreamt about and more. It will be “that” wedding that people talk about time and time again. We've got this!

Plenty of DJs can say they are experienced but never be afraid to ask plenty of questions. Make sure that decision you make to hire a professional is the right one.

Wedding Budget – How To Save Money On The Important Stuff

Wedding Budget – How To Save Money On The Important Stuff

Your wedding day is one of the pivotal experiences of your life. It is an event that you and your family will remember and reference for ever more. For this reason people tend to put some of their frugalities to the side when it comes to wedding planning. For many it simply feels worth it to splash out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. But does that mean you have to spend a small fortune?

It is very possible to decide upon a budget and stick to it when you are planning your big day. Your budget will depend on so many factors. Your salary, commitments in the coming months, family dynamic and personal preferences. For example – many people choose to get married abroad for sentimental (or weather) reasons. It is often a cheaper way of getting married believe it or not.  Check out the below blog for some tips on getting married abroad.

Here are some top tips for saving money on the important stuff 

1. The Dress.

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We know how important your wedding dress is but there are a number of ways to find a beautiful dress and save a few pennys at the same time. Research bridal outlets and the designers they stock. Do some homework and decipher when the next season line is to be unveiled. At this time there is a good chance that older seasons will have a reduced price. You can also enquire about buying a floor sample which is a lot more common than you might think. Just inspect it carefully before you hand your money over. 

2. Invites & Place Cards

It might surprise you at just how much money could be spent on a mere invite and the card that marks where an individual will sit. Who knew you even had to budget for these things? There are so many ways of creatively making your own invites and place cards. You can buy discounted sets on crafty websites like etsy.com or you can pick up some inexpensive supplies at your local arts and crafts store. Sometimes less is more.

3. Wedding Flowers

Choosing local and seasonal flowers makes all the difference. Local means you will spend less on transport costs and seasonal means that you will get the freshest flowers for your money. Choose larger statement flowers as they will be vibrant, beautiful and you will need less of them. 

4. The Wedding Music

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This is a BIG one. Many people think that it is a simple case of hiring a band for the post-ceremony and post-dinner part of the event. Evening entertainment is often the only thing on ones mind. However, when it comes to the actual wedding planning it can suddenly feel very overwhelming. There are a lot of other elements of the wedding celebration that require music. The wedding ceremony (many of which are happening in venues/outdoor rather than a church), the drinks reception, the wedding “walk-in”, dinner and then the evening entertainment. If you hire different people or arrangements to do these things separately it will become overwhelmingly expensive. These days a lot of couples are hiring a professional wedding DJ who can do it all. It means less stress as you are dealing with one person throughout the planning stages and it works out significantly cheaper to hire one person to do it all. A wedding DJ is equipped and trained in providing appropriate and individual music for all of the musical options at your wedding. It’s a no-brainer for many couples. 

5. The Wedding Meal

Many couples specifically choose a venue that allows for outside catering. This gives you the option to research and fine-tune the perfect dining option that will please your guests and your budget. Many couples are now looking outside the box and offer buffet-style options above a sit-down dinner. Some even hire a food truck. Do it your way and get the most out of your money. 

Let The Music Make Your Milestone Birthday

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Have you ever looked back on a birthday party or event and specifically remembered a moment where “that” song came on?  Aunties and uncles joined your best friends and there was a unity of, well, craic. Age didn’t matter, getting the words of the song right didn’t matter. It was one of those special moments.  Music captures your emotions in that way.  You don’t tend to look back and remember the greasy chicken wings or the (admittedly delicious) cocktail sausages.  It’s the vibe you remember. The energy! 

Whether it’s your 21’st or your 60th music is so incredibly important.  You want to make sure that the DJ you’ve hired “gets it”.  You are celebrating X amount of years on this planet and you want the music to showcase some of the best ones that you have had so far.

Turning 40!

If you’re celebrating your fortieth this year then you were probably bopping around a nightclub to Maniac 2000 in your early twenties.   That song is an actual institution and it might just remind you of that time you met a special someone or that weekend you found yourself in a dance off with people you didn’t know.   Your memory bank has a clever way of taking you right back there and you want your big night to offer that time machine.  You might even want to recreate that dance-off!

The Big 5-0!

Similar can be said for the big 5-0.  If your 50th birthday is looming then you may have been one of the first people to hear “Snap – Rhythm Is A Dancer" on a night out.  Months, weeks and years of good times ensued.  Every single time that song was played the dance floor was littered with people absolutely losing their minds with fun.  A good DJ will create a playlist and night of music based on your taste.  You won’t be a generic group of people with a generic “one fits all” play list.

60 is the new 50!

Celebrating a 60th is a great reason to have a party.  It’s such a great opportunity to get the entire family and all your close friends in to one room.  People are really good at making the time and effort to attend a milestone birthday like this and having a good quality DJ setting the tone for the night it imperative.  Sure the venue might recommend their resident DJ but will he or she take the time to look at your crowd and play a range of music that will satisfy everyone?  Chances are there will be a whole range of ages and tastes in the room and a really good DJ will make it his or her mission to deliver the best backdrop for your special occasion.  Care and consideration will be given to ensuring that there is something for everyone and that nothing overly dominates for the night.  There is a real skill to that and it tends to result in people of all ages joining each other for a number of songs.  That’s what it’s all about – celebrating life and happiness at a pace that makes everyone feel comfortable.

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