Trapped In DJ Hell

I took the night off on New Years Eve and quickly found myself in DJ hell. My Facebook friends saw my status updates that night.  It was not good but by the time we figured out that it wouldn’t be good we had already spent a pretty penny and it was too late in the night to make other plans.

Here is some of what I put on facebook that night.

I’m at a new years eve party and the DJ sucks BADLY! No kidding he just went from New York New York to Sharp Dressed Man to open the dance floor. Calling a cab stat!

Ah Old Time Rock & Roll for a second time! Not! This is what I get for scheduling the night off.

A local hotel has been hosting a NYE party for years. The deal includes purchasing a room which gets you access to a party with open bar and dinner. My wife and I along with some friends decided to check it out because it was close to home and wouldn’t require us to drive anywhere. It sounded like a good deal and overall it was. Except for one thing, THE DJ.

It wasn’t just his poor choice of music, or his 20 year old speakers that sounded worse than my home stereo but it was also his constant talking between songs. It was also the random order of songs going from one genre to the next with a silent pause between some songs that would clear the dance floor. This crowd was ready to party and he made it so difficult for us all.

Although this post may sound like a DJ bashing, it is not. It is me telling you that I learned a lesson that many brides don’t learn until after it’s too late for them. You hire a DJ because it sounds like a great deal only to end up trapped in DJ Hell at your own wedding reception.

When you hire a DJ for your wedding, you are hiring someone who will have a live microphone in their hands in front of all the most important people in your life on the biggest day of your life. You are hiring someone who will be responsible for entertaining your guests for the majority of your wedding day. You are hiring someone who will oversee the flow of your reception and make sure that things stay on schedule. You are hiring the person who controls the energy in the room and helps create atmosphere. You are hiring the single most important wedding vendor of your wedding day.

Don’t be a bride who decides to save money on the DJ just because there are cheap DJs out there. They are cheap for a reason. They know exactly what they are worth and your wedding day is worth more than that. Once you arrive and realize your DJ isn’t very good, it’s too late.   DJ is not the place to save money in your budget, it just isn’t. If you want to know what to look for when you hire a DJ come meet with me. If you want to see the difference on video from one DJ to the next come meet with me.  Don’t find yourself trapped in DJ Hell at the biggest most important party of your life.

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.

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.

Cincinnati Wedding – Places We’ve Played: The Manor House

The Manor House in Mason Ohio is one of the nicest venues in Cincinnati. Over the past several years we have performed many many times in one of the Manor House’s many rooms. In fact when the owners had a party for a friend last year, we were honored to be the DJ of choice.

So what are the advantages of The Manor House? For starters it’s the perfect setting for both a ceremony and reception. Ceremonies can be held in the courtyard, the atrium, on the patio or under a gazebo. The courtyard is a beautful pathed area that winds through a wonderful garden of flowers, the courtyard makes for an amazing setting for photos as well.

The Manor House is a plantation style special event estate. A reception held here can be both elegant and fun. The rooms can be adjusted to hold very large parties or small private affairs. The staff is exceptional here.

We have provided entertainement at many recpetions here. All with different tastes and ideas for their version of the best wedding reception ever. Some examples are: Most recently an East Coast style reception for The Dragani’s, a couple from New Jersey that involved dancing between courses of the dinner. The Fluty’s a large reception that ended with nearly 200 people still on the dancefloor. Radha and Joe Weiler’s wedding and reception which featured both a Hindu and a Christian ceremony, then a great party afterwards! The reception was featured in Cincinnati Wedding Maganize August 2008.

Here are a few pictures from receptions we have done at The Manor House.

Joe and Raddah, Images By Daniel Michael

Success! A Packed Dance Floor

The Fluty Wedding