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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.

How To Pick Your First Dance Song And The Importance Of It On Your Big Day

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A friend recently told me that she got teary eyed watching an advertisement for a coffee brand. Safe to say she doesn’t generally get emotional about caffeine. It was the music in the background that triggered the response. She could just about make out the feint beat of “stand by me” by the Ben E. King and this was the song that played while she and her husband had their first dance. Their wedding day was a couple of years ago, but the mere suggestion of that song makes her heart race and her eyes fill.  This anecdote says it all really. 

So how important is the first dance at a wedding?  Well, the dancing itself is probably the least important thing.  I’ve personally seen everything from ballroom dancing and waltzing right down to Irish Dancing and a hip hop dance routine.  What is important is the sentiment.  You see, so much of a wedding is about inclusion.  It’s about sharing a personal and poignant experience with those you love the most.  You want everybody to be comfortable. You want to ensure that everyone enjoys the food, the music and the atmosphere.  But the first dance?  It’s about just you two.  Apart from the ritual element of the wedding ceremony (at the alter or otherwise) this may be the only other moment that is specifically for you and your new spouse.  The spotlight is on you and the person you have just married.  It’s a couple of minutes to lock eyes, stand close and connect.  To celebrate what has actually just happened.  You’ve just taken the biggest step in your journey of love.  You have united in marriage in front of your family and friends. 

The timing of the first dance is quite appropriate too.  The ceremony is over, the meal has been enjoyed the you have just about fixed your make-up after the beautifully emotional speeches.  The first dance is an opportunity to focus on the couple once again and take it right back to basics.  It’s a chance to watch and appreciate a special moment between the couple who have just promised a life of love together.  It’s an opportunity to have a glimpse at where it all began. To where the story once started.  It started with just two people and here we can appreciate the simplicity and magnificence of them sharing a dance together surrounded by those who love them most.

For some couples choosing a first dance song couldn’t be easier.  They may have always had “their song” and it is the obvious choice.  It may be so obvious that their friends and family know in advance too.  It could be a song that they notoriously dance to on a night out or share on social media. 

For others it takes a little more consideration and it can feel a bit pressurising to find THE perfect song for their big day.  Let’s face it, the first dance happens once and once only. 

Rather than making it a stressful task, many people have great success when they simply keep their ears open in the lead up to their wedding.  The wedding planning stage might be eighteen months and for that eighteen months they make a list of songs that speak to them.  They may have heard the song on the radio, at another function or come across it on a TV show or ad.  If a song speaks to you and evokes an emotional response then it’s probably going to be a contender. Especially if the emotion is connected to your partner and the relationship and life you share. 

For others the song is a tribute to a time, person or experience they may have shared with their other half.  It seems fitting to play it and experience it in the presence of their loved ones. 

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The important thing to remember when choosing a first dance song is that you make the rules.  It doesn’t have to be a slow song.  It doesn’t have to be a ballad and it absolutely doesn’t have to be a song that the wedding party will recognise.  If you want to head bang to Metallica then you should absolutely do that.  If you want to quietly slow dance to ‘My Heart Will Go On’ then you should do that proudly too. 2018 has seen a rise in weddings using songs from The Greatest Showman as their first dance.  

At the end of the day(or start of the night) it is your song choice.  Pick the song that whenever you or anyone else hears it, you and they know that it was the song you had your first dance to on your wedding day.  In essence, IT'S YOUR SONG.