Tuesday, August 10, 2010

My First DJ Gig

Yesterday was 8/9/10, and I had my very first DJ gig at a wedding.  The victims were my co-worker's sister Alex and her now husband Drew.  They got married at the Lions Gate Hotel in North Highlands and I was happy to bring my PA system, computer, and guitar to give a hybrid of entertainment. 

I worked hard to get playlists together in advance, and I realized right off the bat that while the prep work was helpful, I immediately realized I had to be on my toes.  I threw on some instrumental music while waiting for everyone to get into place (we all know this takes awhile at weddings.)  For the wedding party's walk down the aisle we went with "Such Great Heights" covered by The Section Quartet.  Alex's walk down the aisle was to Air's "Playground Love" (quite the eclectic choice- nice pick!) 

Once the ceremony was over, I threw on "The Best Is Yet To Come" covered by Michael Buble.  It seemed to work well.  The cocktail hour started and I strapped on my six string (poor choice of words there, I know) and sang a few songs.  I started with my original wedding song "Perfect For Me" and then went into other original songs "You're Not Just Another Girl," "Love For Me," and "50 Stories."  I was asked to cover a few songs including "Tainted Love" and "Brown Eyed Girl" so of course I obliged. 

After a few more songs, it was time to announce the happy newlyweds into the reception then throw on a playlist and relax.  At that point I was able to eat and have a couple of my preferred light beers (no, they don't get a shout out until they sponsor my blog.)  I almost forgot about my responsibilities until it was time to cut the cake (which we played "Cut the Cake" by Average White Band.)  If anyone is keeping score, A.W.B. and I have the same initials. 

After that it was time for the first dance ("The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson) and the parents/bride/groom dance ("How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You" by James Taylor.)  After that I broke into the most difficult portion of the night.  It was time for me to spin songs (by spin I mean press play on iTunes) and by relatively entertaining.  I really did just load up songs that the bride and groom specifically told me to play and I did not stray from the list.  Luckily, they allowed me to play "Ice Ice Baby" so that pretty much made my night. 

In the end, my closer was "I Had The Time Of My Life" by I have no idea on the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack.  That seemed to go over well, and alas my night was done. 

My final thoughts on the night?  1) The Cubs are awful.  2) I think I did a decent job with my limited computer programs and wide selection of songs.  3) Being a DJ is actually more difficult than one would think.  I'm not sure if I'll continue on and DJ for people that I'm not actually friends with, but I at least know what I'm getting myself into.  Congrats Alex and Drew and thanks for letting me be a part of your day!


GMoney said...

They got married on a Monday night? Who the hell does that?

Dirty Dancing sucks. You should have ended the gig with the Super Bowl Shuffle.

Tony B. said...

Combining elements of your comment, I now realize I should have started the evening off with the theme song from Monday Night Football, since it was a Monday and all.

I know the date being sequential 8/9/10 had something to do with the Monday night thing. Since I was available and it was fairly close by, the Monday night aspect didn't really bother me.

(Dirty Dancing does suck, but as a DJ, that theme song is an easy sell to get ladies dancing.)

Rae said...

Favorite post in a while :) Very clever quips about victims, keeping score, and entertaining way to tell the story. Also excellent non-sequitor summary. Good writing!

Tony B. said...

And that is coming from an editor- BAM!