This week we had a chance to chat with Dan LaMaestra of Musical DJ's. For more information on Musical DJ's check out their website at http://www.musicaldjs.com/.
Tell me about your business.
We are a small "boutique" music and lighting company with a focus on weddings and other private events. We offer DJ and MC services, various types of lighting options, and live music.
We are active members of ADJA (The American Disc Jockey Association), and attend regular meetings and seminars to stay on top of current trends. What sets us apart from other companies, is that we are working professional musicians as well.
A couple can hire my company to provide DJ, MC, lighting, and live music all in the same package from the same team! In addition, having pro musicians behind a DJ booth is a major bonus, as musical knowledge and skills come into play constantly when choosing and mixing music throughout an event.
What do you enjoy most when working with a bridal couple?
The excitement they feel, and the positive anticipation. I love to personalize the wedding as much as possible through music, timing, and MC duties, and really enjoy getting to know them and their story.
From where do you draw your inspiration?
Because I am also a pro musician, I am inspired by many entertainers, but when it comes to DJ and MC duties at a wedding, the most inspiring have to be great TV hosts, like Dick Clark, Billy Crystal, Johnny Carson, Ryan Seacrest, Nick Cannon, and many others. They make it all look so easy, but in fact, its harder than you think! They keep the attention where it needs to be, keep the pace, keep attention away from themselves, and maintain the appropriate tone of voice and inflection for whatever they need to communicate. Granted some of those on that list are comedians, and I am not that, but they still do a terrific job as MC's, and that is the part I am interested in. Musically, I have studied many great DJ artists, and I use any technique I can find and learn about to improve my ability to create seamless mixes for the dance floor.
What advice do you have for brides and grooms who are in the throes of planning their wedding?
Have fun, and enjoy the ride! every aspect of planning it will bring you closer together, and will be one of many memories for both of you. "..it's not the destination, but the journey to it...". In the case of a wedding day, we all know it actually IS the destination, but the journey towards creating that vision is also fun and exciting! Finally, I suggest that if you have hired pro vendors, once you arrive at your special day, trust them. They want your wedding to be the best one they have ever been to, and will use any latitude you grant them to give you memories to last a lifetime! Just relax, and enjoy it!