Prom is supposed to be epic, right? Well, it doesn’t get any more epic than EMP! Continue reading
Two years ago, when I first heard about this new event venue in downtown Seattle called 1927 Events from a friend who worked at the catering company, I knew that I just had to work an event there. Like so many venues in downtown, the building has an amazing history that still shows today. Big wooden beams, exposed brick walls, concrete floors. Really, this place is gorgeous!
The couple I worked with here were just the right people to work with in a great venue like this one. When we first met, the bride told me about growing up listening to her Dad’s record collection and how important music was in their lives. Of course, this caused the meeting to totally derail as we geeked out over each other’s record collections. Sometimes you just know that you’re gonna get along with a couple!
The ceremony at this wedding was so great. I loved the decorations with old style metal lamps lining the aisle and fitting in perfectly with the huge beams and exposed brick of the venue. Then came the surprise. I new about this in advance, but had no idea it would be this awesome. The bride was telling a story during the ceremony about being in Mexico and having a street performer playing songs for them as they ate dinner. She said the performer asked if he could play them his favorite song. Of course, she obliged. What did he come out with? David Bowie’s Space Oddity! As soon as she said this, a friend of theirs appears from around the corner with a guitar and starts belting out an amazing acoustic version of the song. Seriously incredible!
After the ceremony was over, the venue slid the wooden doors open to expose the bar. I had no idea this thing was back there, but wow that sign is sweet!
The cocktail and dinner music was awesome. This time of night is really about creating atmosphere and keeping the music from overwhelming the conversation. These guys requested some great stuff with a little indie, a little retro and a little electro. I got way too excited when I saw that they asked for my favorite of all favorite M83 songs, Raconte Moi Une Historie. Don’t know the song? Well, take a listen!
After dinner, there was no cake cutting. Just pie! This is a great thing. I was getting ready to put on some warm-up music while everyone at desert, but not these guys! The groom came over and told me they were ready to fire things up and fire things up we did! He asked me to play Rapper’s Delight first, so I rolled right from that into some Motown and then some indie dance with and all-time fav in I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ by Scissor Sisters and a new fav in DJ Spiller’s Groovejet. By the way, if you’ve never seen Scissor Sisters live, DO IT! I’ve seen them twice (Once at Coachella and once at Showbox) and they’re just damn amazing. I included a live version below just so you can see how great these guys are.
The rest of the night just got bigger from there. Awesome requests and a great dancefloor. Crowds like this are really what make dj’ing weddings in the Seattle area so awesome. Check out the pics from the rest of the night!
I love when I hear people complain about the current state of hip hop. This only happens because they’re limiting themselves to what’s being pushed by the mainstream. The truth is that the current state of hip hop is FANTASTIC!
Why? Because of people like The Grouch. Keeping with the Pacific Northwest style of upbeat, positive music and lyrics, this new song, All In, is my feel good song of the year!
This was requested at a wedding I played back in February at 1927 Events in downtown Seattle and I nearly pooped myself when I saw it on the request list. It went over SO well and the staff loved it, too! Check it out!
Now, you know I’m a music geek. I’m also kind of a locavore, so I really geek out when I find great new music that’s also local.
Enter the new album from Seattle band Augustines, formerly We Are Augustines. I first heard this on KEXP in October and they dragged out the release FOREVER!
Well, it’s finally out and you need this! Really, you need it!
It’s always exciting to work at new venues and I played my first wedding at Storybook Farm in early September. This was a really cool venue in that area that rides the line between Redmond and Issaquah. Of course, I’m always a sucker for old barns, so I was set to like this place from the start. Continue reading
Yep, this is happening in our very own Seattle! Expect a day totally full of Seattle awesomeness brought to you by our area’s coolest vendors. There will be fashion shows. There will be burlesque shows. There will be music, including a DJ set from moi.
Want to know what this little hootenanny will look like? Check out the video from last year’s expos!
The past week I’ve been going through a lot of the deep, dark corners of my music database. What I have here is a set that I played on C89.5 a few years ago. It was a pretty awesome opportunity to play this show since playing mobile events can be a little musically restricting. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, but I do have tons of music that will probably never see the light of day and this was a rare opportunity to play some of my favorite tunes.
This rides the line between progressive house and trance and is pretty high energy throughout. Enjoy!
Did you know that I like the 80’s? Ok, so that’s an understatement. I fergin love the 80’s and I know the music inside and out! Once upon a time, I worked at an 80’s club night and got to work for some pretty awesome crowds that let me get away with playing just about anything.
During that time, I recorded a bunch of my club sets and here is just one of them.
Did you know that one upon a time, I was a club DJ? Not only that, but I got my start playing drum and bass in the clubs around Jacksonville, Florida in the early 2000’s. You’re right, that’s a pretty long ways from being a wedding DJ, but you know what? It still influences the way I play today in a big way.
I found this mix this weekend while I was cleaning up my iTunes database. It was unlabeled, so I’m not really sure when I made it. My guess is somewhere around 2007. I dug pretty deep into my record crates to make this one with a few tunes being from the very beginning of LTJ Bukem’s Good Looking Records catalogue along with some of my other favorite artists like Blame, who incidentally, DJ’d by birthday back in 2004.
Take a listen!