But Can He Mix?
I ran into a fellow wedding professional from Austin, Texas at the Wedding MBA last month and when she saw me, her eyes lit up as she said, “Have I got a story to tell you!”
She then began to share how a few days before they left for Las Vegas, she was sharing with a local DJ friend at a party that she was looking forward to seeing me at the Wedding MBA in a few days. Not knowing who I was, this DJ immediately began googling me and watching some of my YouTube videos to assess why she was impressed with me. After doing his quick bit of online research, he turned to her and said, “But can he mix? That’s what I really want to know. Can he mix?”
Her initial response to him was, “Who cares? He creates amazingly fun weddings!”
It always amazes me how many of my peers get tunnel vision on the components that they think really matter and, more often than not, they are completely oblivious about the components that truly matter to our brides and grooms.
Some DJs bar their entire opinions of themselves (and other DJs) on how packed they can keep that dance floor during the open dancing at a wedding…while completely overlooking the vital role their MC skills (or the lack thereof) play in connecting the guests early and often to the purpose of the celebration.
Some of the best weddings I’ve done had very little dancing and a few actually featured no dancing at all. But the guests (and the bride and groom) enjoyed countless moments of laughter and celebration. And when their receptions were over, the clients were raving about how much they had enjoyed themselves and their gratitude kept pouring out in components and hugs. THAT is the best and truest measure of a successful Wedding DJ/MC. And if you asked them in that moment, “but can he mix?” They respond, “Who cares? He gave us The Best Wedding Reception…EVER!”
But the real truth is, I can mix and I love to mix. As a DJ friend of mine once said, “It’s really not that hard to count to 4!” Can I compete with Tiesto or Daft Punk or even Austin Beaver? Hell no! But can I keep a dance floor hopping and the energy building while changing up the genres to involve the varied generations at a wedding in a highly effective manner. Of course I can.
Could I learn to mix better? Abso-freaking-lutely! And just like I continue to stretch and grow my music knowledge and MC skills, I will always be learning how to mix better. We never “arrive” in the entertainment business. You either keep growing and learning or you get left behind.