Journey To The Canadian Disc Jockey Show

I had the great honor of being asked to speak in Toronto Canada last month at the Canadian Disc Jockey Show. First, thanks to everyone who attended my seminar, purchased my DVD and a really big thanks to those responsible for bringing me in.

A big thanks to my traveling partner John Moore of John Moore Weddings. He is such an impressive guy. He started his DJ company just a few short years ago and has been a sponge soaking up information and ideas in the industry. He is the top entertainer in his area of Zanesville Ohio and after having some time to chat with him on our 9 hour trek, I am positive any bride would be lucky to have him as her entertainment on her wedding day.

John and I met up in Columbus about 6:30am and pulled into Niagara Falls at around noon. We would have arrived sooner if not for a flirty border patrol agent with a million questions. Arriving at noon was the plan since I had to get in front of a TV before the NCAA tournament tipped off that Thursday. Here we were just a mile from Niagra Falls and amazingly instead of first taking in the beauty of the falls for the first time in his life, I had John belleyed up in a sports bar. What a trooper!

It was a cool sports bar though. They had over 150 TV’s. They even had TV’s in the restrooms.

I made it up to him though by upgrading our room for the night to a falls view. Here is a picture out our hotel room window.

The next day we drove on toward Toronto checking my speed in kilometers I was going 100!

arriving at the Four Points Sheraton John and I spotted a guy with a tail. I don’t mean a haircut with a tail or like a dark tinted windowed car following him, I mean he had what seemed to be a giant squirrels tail hanging out the back of his pants. We thought it was odd but it was a foreign country so whatever. That was until we opened the doors to the hotel. The entire lobby was full of people wearing animal costumes. Apparently the hotel was also hosting a convention for these folks called Fernal Equinox. As strange as it was to me, it was actually very entertaining. John and I made sure to catch the animal parade through the hallways at 3 o’clock that day.

This picture was taken just before the parade as they all gathered in costume.

So onto the CDJshow and the reason I was there.

The show was very well put together and the content in the seminars was fresh and useful. I really enjoyed Robbie Britton’s Interactive On a Mission seminar. He demonstrated 50 something games in 60 minutes. It was high energy and really focused on using the ideas to create your own similar games for your own unique situations. You can pick up his interactive games DVD on his website!

I received some excellent reviews of my presentation and my DVDs were well received. If you didn’t get one at the show you can buy them online here. The first to buy one was Bill James who later took us out to dinner and really had some great things to say to me about my presentation. Bill is a guy who I really respect in the industry and his words meant the world to me. After our return Robbie posted on Facebook that he thought I was “The next big thing”. That’s pretty cool!

John even manned the table for me and helped me sell a few DVDs.

I was the only Cincinnati Area DJ in attendance which wasn’t a surprise because it was in Canada but there were several friends there who I’ve met through networking over the years. John Tuck better known as JT Vegas was on hand.  Alan Dotson was great to talk to in the hallways and his seminar was very good. I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Haibeck for the first official time. We have been at several conferences together before but he is a popular guy and it’s difficult to get a chance to say hello. His books are excellent and I’d highly recommend them to anyone who ever has to use a microphone at a wedding reception. Ben Stowe from NLFX pro who is a regular at these things, dropping knowledge on all of us simple minded DJs  was there. He actually traveled south from the US to get to Toronto.  We talked it up and shared a meal with a group of DJs.

Mike Buonaccorso, who is a legend in the DJ industry and the producer of  The Mobile Beat DJ show in Las Vegas was there promoting his new book. John Moore was nice enough to buy a copy for me in trade for my DVD. If you want a real history of how the mobile DJ came to be then this book, A Different Spin is for you.

After the show, just after we crossed the border into Buffalo, we met up with Mike and Robbie at The Anchor bar home of the original Buffalo chicken wing. Make sure if you are ever traveling through the area you check this place out. It was really good.

I’d highly recommend the CDJ show to any DJ who is serious about their craft. They have already been kind enough to ask me back. I look forward to speaking again there in the future.

I’m Uncorked!

I wrote a guest blog that is kicking off a series called Vendors Uncorked. Kellie Daab an event planner at Hand in Hand Events is hosting the series. You’ll get behind the scenes thoughts from some of the best in the wedding industry.

Check it out

The DJ Wedding Vendors Use When They Get Married

Another DJ in town used to use this little tag line. If you think about it, it really means a lot. Wedding Vendors have been to hundreds of weddings. They have seen the best and worst of vendors. So for one of them to select us to entertain at their wedding is a huge vote of approval and a huge honor.

We have had that honor several times. In fact I believe we are The DJ Company Wedding Vendors Use When They Get Married or have events.

When Jen and Steve Adkins from Jen Adkins Photography were married, we did the event. Same for Nicole from Nicole Lynn Photography and for Christy from Gardner Photography.

We also performed at the wedding of the owners of Academy Event Rental. Our good friend Sean Richie from Lifemark Studios who does both Photo and Video is another one of our past wedding clients. Shannon Burns, from Imaged By Shannon is one of our brides and she has sent many of her friends our way. Just this past weekend we performed at the wedding and reception of  Jessica Fischer, who is a friend and former photographer for Images By Daniel Michael. You can read what he had to say about us on his blog.

Additionally when Beach Photography had a birthday party, we were the choice. We also performed at a birthday party for the owners of one of Cincinnati’s most well known wedding venues, the Manor House. We have also done two parties for  Laura at Laura Lane Photography.  Additionally, Shannon Wullenweber, a Cincinnati area wedding planner has referred us to do one of  her best friends weddings and we have performed at several parties for her family.

There are also a few more that I am not mentioning here for privacy reasons.

So, if wedding vendors turn to us with their events. Why wouldn’t you?

ADJA National Conference September 2011

I’m honored to be presenting at this event. DJs asked for it and they got Las Vegas, in the summer at a top notch hotel. I’m also excited to be learning from some of my peers and friends who are amoung the best in industry.

The Las Vegas Hilton
ADJA National Conference
September 12th – 14th 2011

The event is also right before and during the Wedding MBA Show at The Las Vegas Convention Center. Attend both and take your business to the next level.

Our Customers Know The Secret

You can hire an average DJ and hope to have a great reception or you can hire Hey! Mr DJ Entertainment and know your reception is going to be better than you could have imagined. Just come meet with us and you’ll see the difference.

Make It Happen

In September in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Hilton, mobile DJs from around the country will gather to learn the business, build their own businesses, and network with others from around the world.

I’m honored to be speaking at this event. I’ll be giving a presentation I’ve titled “Make It Happen!”. In a nutshell it is about a philosophy of delivering your clients dreams at all costs.

Read more about the ADJA Conference  here.

If you are a DJ, I hope to see you there. If you are a bride or groom, I hope you’ll want someone at your wedding reception with a make it happen attitude.

The Entertainment Experience

Good news for my existing and future clients! This month I’ll be traveling to Minnesota to train with Bill Hermann. Bill is a Wedding Entertainer with a unique background. He’s an actor, he has done movies, tv, radio and stage acting and brings this approach and storytelling to his weddings and corporate events. Twenty three DJs from all around the country and as far away as Australia will be attending this workshop and I am lucky enough to be one of them.

I’ll be so excited to share these new concepts and my new found talents with all of my clients.

The philosophy of “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” doesn’t work in this business. I’m out to be the best wedding entertainer I can be, not just the best in my area.

The Knot Best Of Weddings 2011


I’m very excited to share with you that we (Hey! Mr. DJ , Entertainment LLC)  recently received word that we are the proud recipients of The Knot Best of Weddings 2011 Award! We are honored.  We’re so thankful for our clients who loved our work so much that they took the time to vote and leave feedback. So THANK YOU to everyone that inspired The Knot to bestow this award upon us. The announcements AND the magazine listing all the winners will be out in January so be sure to pick up your copy.

Oops I Did It Again

No, I’m not talking about that Brittney Spears song.

Last month I completed the Professional Process Disc Jockey and Master of Ceremonies training for the second time. The first time I took the course was two years ago and I had to fly out to LA for a few days to do so. This time I was able to attend in Louisville.

I’m committed to being the best I can be and seeking out real training for the benefit of my clients. So many DJs just go buy equipment and copy what they saw at a wedding. Most DJs are hobbiest. This is my full time profession.

Would you want an attorney who watched a few episodes of ‘Law and Order’ or one who actually went to Law school?
How about an ER doctor who had just been to the ER a whole lot and thought “that looks easy enough give me a stethascope?” It’s not life or death but it is the biggest day of your life. So why leave it in the hands of a computer programmer or salesman who DJs on the weekends? I’m here and I’m a great investment in your day.

Brandon receives his second Professional Process Certificate.

The Best Wedding Reception Ever! Hey! Mr. DJ Featured Idea

Nationally known Wedding Entertainment Director, Speaker and Author Peter Merry has written a book titled “The Best Wedding Reception Ever!” Peter has been a great friend and mentor to me and my crew and I was excited to learn one of the ideas we submitted was featured in the book.

http://www.thebestweddingreceptionever. The book will bo in all major bookstores across the US and Canada starting in October 2010.

I recieved an advance case of the new edition of the book and here is a video with more information.