2021 proved to be a challenging year. Just when we thought 2020 would be the peak of all we were going through, 21 came along and showed us we had more challenges yet to deal with. But through it all, I think many of us tried our best to keep our spirits up and get on with life. I'm praying that this last variant moves along quickly, and we can get back to getting together with each other and celebrate life and all the special occasions that need to be celebrated.
New Year's Eve was fun for me, and I once again proved to myself that I still have the energy of that Energizer Bunny, because I spun for 9 hours non-stop to a full dance-floor of happy people from all over the world. Rumpus Room was rocking. I decided to remain masked for the night and glad that I did as I made it through the holidays without getting sick.
I'm looking forward to this year, taking bookings now for weddings, corporate events, birthday celebrations, & other private events. Please reach out asap to make sure I have the date available to hold for you. Till then, all the best, and Happy New Year to you all. Stay Safe, & Stay Healthy!
Here's a couple of shots from New Year's Eve
Let's spend the night together (as the Rolling Stones would say back in the day!!!) I'll be spinning up a storm tonight at Rumpus Room, down on the lower east side, 249 Eldridge St, right off Houston. The theme this year is disco, but I'll be bouncing through the decades with the best of what came out yesterday and yesteryear. Join me. 🥂
For those that can't make it, I wish you the best New Year ever. Cheers to 2022 being a little kinder to us all. Big love to you all 🖤🎧🖤
I've never posted about this wedding before, but I happened to come across this news clip the other day totally by accident when looking for something else. It brought back a few memories, & thought I'd share this with you all as a little 'throw back Thursday'
Several years back I DJ-ed a wedding for the coolest couple, Sanja Banic and Sean Brosnan. Both are beyond creative, writers, directors/producers, & actors. I fell in love with them both upon our first conversation that lasted way way longer than most introductions. They were both gorgeous people, inside and out, and I was so jazzed they trusted me to be their DJ. Needless to say, their wedding reflected just how creative and beautiful they are in every way.
Sean's dad is Pierce Brosnan. Yes, Bond, James Bond! I have to say, when it came time for the father speech, let's just say it was eloquent, and heartfelt. The man knows how to give a speech, and let's face it... he's just way cool. The best man, Sean's best buddy Damion Anderson (son of Jon Anderson, lead singer of Yes) performed his speech with an acoustic guitar, which we set up during cocktail hour, and hid the guitar so it could be a surprise. My jaw literally dropped when I heard how stunning his voice was during soundcheck. He definitely has his father's pipes working in the mix. Total rockstar.
All in all, it was a lovely evening in every way, guests, decor, food and good vibes. Oh yeah, and the music was pretty smokin' too if I may say so myself!
Considering how challenging 2020 and 2021 have been, it was a total delight to slip back to the 'other' 20's for an evening of fantasy and fun. This was an event at a private residence in NJ, decorated to the nines. All the guests came in proper 1920s attire, and rocked the vibe.
It was FABulous!!!
This party, which originally was to happen over a year ago, but due to lockdown had to be postponed, was ready to roar, roaring 20s style this past weekend. I pulled out one of my fav vintage Betsey Johnson dresses, and made a headpiece with a few accessories I keep around for events like this. I strung some long crystal beads around my neck, and I was good to go! I curated a playlist of some of my fav vintage grooves from the era to spin, and shared the bill with the fantastic Dandy Wellington band. The Carnarsie Wobblers danced up a storm, and taught their moves to all the guests. Everyone could Charleston by the end of the evening, and looked like they had been doing the moves all their lives! Oh, and did I mention there was a murder mystery happening too? Gangsters and all...
Special thanks to Jayne Doniger and Scarlett Entertainment for bringing me on this event, and I look forward to doing this again soon
Here's a trailer with a few highlights from the evening, photos & videos shot by me & Jayne Doniger
I didn't get around to posting this last summer, but I figure.... better late than never.
This was a feature in the NY Times by Leigh Crandall w/a compilation of tunes from various DJs about top tunes guaranteed to get guests dancing. My two top choices were 'Levels" and
"One More Time" to be added to the ever evolving list of classics to be played at weddings
People tend to mostly focus on the reception for weddings when it comes to music, but I encourage couples to think outside the box when curating the music flow from pre-ceremony, to the first dance. It makes a huge difference when you get a little creative! Setting up a gorgeous half hour of music as a backdrop (played low) as guests are arriving is a wonderful way to greet everyone. It's a far better greeting than silence!
The three songs you choose for processional (family and bride) and recessional (bride & groom) should be personal to you. There are no rules, only what makes you happy, and what feels right. The song you choose as a recessional will in a way, set the tone for the rest of the evening sometimes. I've DJ-ed weddings where the song the bride and groom have chosen to walk off to was so cinematic, the guests went wild, like an encore at a Broadway play! That's how exciting it can be. Have fun with it, pick a really upbeat track that resonates with you, the choices are endless! There's something to fit everyone's vibe.
Here are some of my photos that I took, while DJ-ing my weddings in this little 30 second trailer. The music is Andrew Loog Oldham's song 'The Last Time' (which you may recognize as the loop used in The Verve's 'Bittersweet Symphony'). It's also a song I've used on a few occasions for the bride's entrance. Goosebumps!
What makes a great wedding? Creating a little journey from pre-ceremony, to a packed dance-floor of happy party people at the end of the night. That's how ya do it!
A custom mix before a ceremony really sets the mood as guests arrive to hear you say 'I do', and a cool choice of music for the actual ceremony is so important to set the stage for the vibe you want to create around your big moment. Each portion of your wedding should have your signature. Be creative, & think outside the box. Have fun!
Here's a few photos from a super-fun wedding I did for an absolutely awesome couple (with equally awesome family and friends)
sound-systems for each tent and outdoor ceremony provided by Eli Gold
Welcome to my virtual loft party, make yourself at home. I'll put on the kettle, pour a few, and order a pizza. I've many tales to tell, some fun stories, and lots of helpful hints to share to help ignite your imagination when planning a party, grand event or wedding. Stay tuned!