Tehachapi Wedding DJ

Wedding Secrets
Things Brides & Grooms Don't know
But are Important to Know


Your Music Your Way

It's not uncommon to have guests come up to me when I working wedding receptions and tell me about the problems they had at their wedding. The most common complaint they tell me about is how their DJ didn't play the music they wanted him to play, but then kept playing music they absolutely didn't want, even though when they hired him he told them that he would stick to the music they wanted and wouldn't play the type of music they didn't want. Then the tell me how during their reception they kept telling the DJ to please stop playing the music he wasn't supposed to play, but that it didn't help and that he just kept going back to playing music they didn't want played They ask me why this happened. They really want to know if I know why this happened to them.

There are a couple of possible reasons why this happens so often:

Other DJs play for all types of events, not just wedding receptions like I do, so they get to play anything they want at these other type of events, and by default that's what they end up doing at weddings too.

Since it’s considered acceptable to drink while DJing wedding receptions, many DJs start drinking and playing the wrong music not fully realizing what they’re doing or not caring that the bride and groom didn't want that kind of music.

I guarantee your music selections will be played and the music at your wedding fully customized to your personal tastes. After all, for 25 years I have DJed nothing but weddings, so my habit is to design the music around each individual bride and groom. Also I never drink while working, so I’m always very aware of what I’m playing.

Extreme Reliability & Ethics

Ethics when it comes to DJs is a critically missing attribute. For some reason a lack of ethics in this industry is the norm. This makes for a horribly dangerous mix when it comes to DJs and weddings.

A few examples of this are:
DJs send out less experienced and less skilled DJs to work under them (subcontracting), often without informing the bride and groom what they're doing. These DJ sent out only are paid just 1/2 of the money couples pay for their DJ, because the person doing the booking keeps the other 1/2. Couples get less than what they're paying for.

Every DJ I've ever personally known will work two weddings per day; both a morning/noon and evening/night wedding. Kiss quality and dependability goodbye!

Nearly all DJs drink when DJing weddings, often then saying things on the mic they shouldn't, playing music they shouldn't, and other related problems.

Nearly all DJs do this work on the side as a supplement to a weekday job, so their DJ income isn't that important to them. They often cancel on couples and send back their deposit to do something else that came up that day. They do a lot of last minute cancellations on couples. And to point out just how common this is; about four hours ago I received a call from a groom frantically looking for a DJ for his wedding that's tomorrow, because the DJ he hired just cancelled on him. This is usually the cause of couples going too low on the price for their DJ. The DJ likely didn't think it was worth it after all, so decided to just cancel. I usually find out on these calls the hiring couple paid sustantialy below what a professional would charge.

Nearly every DJ subs out lower level DJs to do the weddings they've book, so they can book more weddings per day, and make more money off of working a volume of weddings. Under this circumstance, you never will know what you're really going to get until the day of your wedding, because some DJs won't tell couples they're sending out someone else.

I'm obsessed when it comes to ethics, such as I DJ all weddings myself, never sending someone else out to DJ weddings. I never DJ two weddings per day. I don't drink on the job, since I have to be 100% aware when working. This is my one and only job, so it is very important to me. I arrive to your venue or right near your venue three hours before the music is to start, this way I leave myself ample workaround time in case of some sort of hold up such as a road closure. There is no other DJ that runs their DJ business as ethically and reliably as I do. You have to have someone that you can really trust for your wedding reception.

Quality Professional Sound Equipment

The sound equipment I use is selected for the unique and specific needs of wedding receptions; not for clubs, school dances, and other types events that other DJs play. Because of this, other DJ’s equipment may not be as suitable for wedding receptions as mine is.

I use two laptops, playing from one with a second ready at all times to switch to for backup in case of failure. To do this
I utilize Apple Mac computers, because I can "clone" the primary computer's hard drive, which allows me to have your playlists open on both computers at the same time for total redundancy. I also providfe higher-end Sennheiser professional wireless microphones, available for your toasting and speeches.

For speakers I use JBL 1000 watt powered speakers. JBL is the undisputed world's most used and respected speakers for live music events, preferred by more music artists for live music than any other speakers. JBL's sound quality and reliability cannot be beaten. Additionally the speakers I use are "directional', meaning during your dance time I can focus more of the volume or loudness on the dance floor where it belongs.

I don’t skimp on quality as many DJs are known to. After all, it needs to sound great because it’s your wedding and your wedding is a once in a life time event that can’t be redone. I go the mile to ensure dependability and esthetics by replacing sound equipment every two years.

Perfect Wedding Style & Aesthetics

A DJ’s sound equipment should look nice and fitting when at a wedding.  Other DJs have components stacked up on a table with a mass of wires and cables spilling off the front or some other cluttered, chaotic, messy looking setup.  Often speakers are old and scratched up from being transported.

A DJs style of dress is important.  Most have the typical goofy DJ look, such as with a crooked black bow tie, rumpled up shirt and un-tailored jacket with sleeves hanging off their knuckles, or dressing up in a business looking suit and tie, or dressing more like they would be at home DJing a night club or high school dance.

I only DJ weddings, so aesthetics and the perfect wedding look are important to me.  My sound equipment looks tasteful, uncluttered, and is the perfect size.  The way I dress is up to date “wedding perfect”; a professionally tailored black suit, pressed black dress shirt, black dress shoes, and a strait knotted tie that is solid in color (silver/gray) with a slight sheen to it. And if you’re instead having a theme wedding I will dress accordingly.

Coordinating/Directing Your Reception

Twenty five years of DJing weddings has allowed me to developed the skill and expertise to effortlessly guide your reception in ways other DJs just can’t. I will notice things that other DJs won't and will make a significant difference in maintaining the smooth progression of your reception. With me coordinating and guiding you two and your guests, you can relax, have fun, and have a great time with your friends and family.

Other DJs are not really wedding specialist the way I am, so they will miss many of the big and small details that I will not miss. They just aren't capable of running your wedding in the skilled manor that I can.

A Real Professional At Your Side

With me as your DJ you get a real professional and specialist with weddings on call at any time to help you with any questions about your wedding's steps, timing, and music. If you have a question about these things, I welcome your call or email throughout the planning period.

All other DJs are not accurate when they say they are a wedding expert or specialist; if you look closely you’ll see they DJ all types of events. Other DJs tend to not be easy to get hold of after you book them, often avoiding calls and not returning calls or emails. I am just the opposite, I welcome your calls at any time and respond rapidly to your emails and will use my professional experience to help you plan your wedding out. Most importantly, during your wedding I’m there as a professional at your side, helping you two that day in order to create a smooth running and fun reception.

Great Cocktail Hour & Dining Music

The type sound equipment I utilize can reach an exceptionally clean, full, rich, and vibrant live-like sound even at the lower volume level necessary for these times. This way your family and guests can comfortably talk and visit with one another without being irritated or annoyed by music that is too loud. Your music will be comfortable, sound great, and liven up these times during your wedding day.

I have some great ideas for music for the cocktail hour and dining time on my Reception Music Planner, where I grouped together artists to create themes that you can select, or you can create your own theme or playlist for these times.

All Online & By Phone For Ease Of Use

I help so many out-of-state couples with their destination weddings here in California, that it has made it necessary to perfectly streamline my service, so that everything can be done by phone and online - everything from getting to know about my service prior to booking, the planning stage, and all final preparation and payment. This allows for better use of your time, more efficiency, and more constant contact over the period of time leading up to your wedding. I have my 20 years of experience wrapped up into the communication side of things by building the perfect online wedding music planners, where everything is nailed down perfectly, which is critical.

The planning of this part of your wedding is something that happens over a period of time leading up to your wedding, rather than something that would be knocked-out in an hour long meeting. Because of this, the way I have things set up with my online planners are perfect, user-friendly and extremely effective. The odds are good that you're going to be very busy leading up to your wedding date and in need of this type of service when things get hectic.