COMMERCIAL EVENTS & WEDDINGS
When I started DJing in 1999, I never in a million years thought I’d end up booking myself out for weddings and corporate holiday parties. DJs at events like weddings, school dances and in-store events were so cheeseball and fake. Club DJs were real. Artistic. Passionate. Not… um… corny. Sometime around 2007 it dawned on me: having a background in clubs and raves would actually be an asset to these sorts of events. Since then, nearly every event I play someone comes up to me, looks dumbfounded at the turntables spinning and with a shock, says “Wow, you’re a REAL DJ!”
Since breaking into commercial events and weddings, I have had the pleasure of playing a wide variety of events for an even wider clientele. I have provided music for countless weddings and events ranging from the annual Goodwill Glitter Ball Gala fundraiser to Jimmy Choo, Puma, PAX Prime, MAC Cosmetics, The City of Seattle, Trion and PopCap Games.
Emma Irwin & Andrew Herzog, Fall 2015. Video courtesy of Matt Weigand
I am able to mix anything, and have played just about everything under the sun: rock, country, reggae, singer/songwriter, disco/funk… I have also played specialty music for international couples getting married, like traditional African, Russian, German and Jewish music. I’ve played events that are nothing but 50’s Motown and others pure rockabilly. If you think it’s too obscure, it probably isn’t. Just ask!
I started out playing house, techno, breaks and drum & bass so anything EDM (electronic dance music) is funnest for me to play. I grew up listening to 80s & 90s pop, hip hop and r&b, however, so this stuff is close to my heart as well. The “dance” genre has expanded a lot in the last couple decades, and top 40/pop now is closer related to house and techno than anything else, so most of today’s pop falls under that category.
Most events only require a basic setup: two turntables, DJ mixer, wireless microphone(s) & a couple loudspeakers. But in the rare cases where more is needed, I can – and have – accommodated everything up to stadium-sized sound systems. With an education in digital audio engineering, past work at Mackie and a live sound engineer dad, I’m no stranger to sound tech. Whatever your sound needs are, let me know and we can work out the details.
Do I take requests? If I’m playing at a club the answer is a simple, emphatic no. Actually, hell no. But, whereas at a club people are paying to see me perform as an artist, at weddings and commercial events I am a vendor. At events like these it is the job of the DJ to ensure your guests are engaged and enjoying themselves; this means not only do I take requests, I encourage them. Requests give me insight into your unique crowd and is a great way for me to fine-tune the playlist for the most memorable event possible.
A song is worth a thousand words
I talk to people all the time about genres. Only problem is, what means “Top 40” to one person is actually R&B to someone else. This creates confusion and leads to sometimes frustrating interactions. No one likes that, so I’ve put together some mini-mixes of the most requested types of music. This way, not only will we all be on the same page, but you can hear the way I actually mix. If there is another type of music you would like to hear, shoot me a request and I’ll put something together.
Use the music player below to listen to any of the mixes here while continuing to browse the site. Minimize the player using the “x” tab or open the playlist by clicking .