It goes without saying that weddings don't lack focal points. Obviously, there's the bride and groom. The family of the bride and groom. The best man and maid of honor. Valued friends and other distinguished guests. While he or she's not the center of attention, the DJ is the center of the action: manipulating the room and making sure the party stays turned up to 11. But who are these men and women of mystery? In our series Meet Your DJ, we'll introduce you to DJ4U's finest. Peek into the mind of your reception's maestro.
Johnny Mathis. 22. Brimfield, IL
How long have you been a DJ?
Three or four years
What's the best party you've ever been to and what made it stand out?
Maui Jim was having a corporate party and they had a light up dance floor, fire dancers, a cheesecake martini bar where you can add a bunch of stuff to your cheesecake, and they even had laser tag!
What is one thing a DJ does for his/her job that no one notices?
How much attention to detail we put in to make everything run smoothly. We don't just stand behind the booth and hit the 'play' button
What's the quickest way to kill the mood of a party?
"Can You Feel The Love Tonight" by Elton John
If you walked into a dead party, how would you save it?
If a dance floor is empty, it usually helps to jump out there and teach the crowd a line dance to get people back on the floor.
Name your all-time favorite jam
There's no jam like the Space Jam!
What's the greatest part of your job?
In your opinion, what's the most important piece of DJ equipment?
The hard drive with all of our music on it. We call it 'The Football' because you never want to fumble (drop) the football, because if you damage it, then you'll have no music.
How does a DJ set him/herself apart?
DJs can be suited to play different events depending on their personality and style. If a DJ has more natural energy, they might be a good fit for a party. If a DJ is more calm and collected, they might fit better at a wedding
Do you have a DJ inspiration or hero?
I look up to Jason and John Parkinson because of their professionalism and how much effort they put into making sure we have everything we need. Joey Valentino was the first to have me practice speaking on the microphone and he always makes connecting with the crowd look so easy
Are you for or against song requests and why?
I'm all for requests! As long as they're requested once...
How would you define a DJ's role?
I see our role as more wedding planner than DJ. It's our job to connect with the bride and groom, the venue, the photographer/videographer, to make sure everyone is on the same page and ready for the event.