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DJ GLOSSARY OF TERMS
DJ (disk jockey)
MC (master of ceremonies)
Spinner (a DJ who does not MC)
Mixing or Beat Matching (blending one song into another)
Remixes (recording a new version of a song with a different backing track)
Scratching (grabbing a turntable with your hand and moving it back and forth creating a scratching sound)
Mash-ups (layering one or more songs on top of another sometimes forcing 2 different genres together in a creative way).
How do I pick a DJ for my party?
It gets confusing when you are searching for a DJ for your party. There are wedding DJs, Bar/Bat Mitzvah DJs, corporate DJs, sweet 16s, etc. Some DJs can rock any party and some are geared towards specific types of events. There are club DJs that are better equipped to handle a nightclub crowd than a wedding. For instance, a wedding has a wider age range. There are DJs that do in-store events, runway fashion shows and afterhours party.
What do I look for in a DJ?
If you are having a social event, first look at the age of the guests. Are they mostly kids for a mitzvah or sweet 16? Maybe it is an anniversary party with mostly older folks. A wedding takes on a whole different set of pre-requisites a DJ should have. A wedding has formalities such as bridal party introductions, a first dance, parent dances, cake cutting, throwing of the bouquet, etc.
More and more it is expected that the DJ can MC, as well. MCing a wedding is a completely different set of skills than MCing a mitzvah. The formalities and the order of things are completely different. Most Bar/Bat Mitzvahs have a separate person taking on the MC gig. That MC has to be an energetic motivator that can keep the kids interested and involved.
Ask the DJ what kind of parties he/she mostly does. What is their forte? Experience, just like anything else, is what matters most. If the DJ mostly does weddings maybe you don’t want him/her for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah. You might want an older DJ if you are having an older crowd. Just maybe. Maybe your guests like to go to nightclubs and you want a DJ with both nightclub and social event experience.
I asked DJ Neza (pictured above DJing Kim Kardashian’s wedding), one of the top DJs in the business the following question; What makes the difference between someone who owns DJ equipment and calls himself a DJ and the best DJs in the business?
“The 3 things that make the difference are;
1) Beat Matching – mixing from song to song
2) Song Selection – picking the right song at the right time
3) Reading The Crowd – knowing what the people in front of you want to hear
#1 goes hand and hand with #2. #2 goes hand and hand with #3. Beat matching songs is key to picking the next song and if you read the crowd properly you select a song that not only matches the beat but is something the crowd is wanting to dance to. Of course, there are times when it is time to change the beat and go into a different genre. An experienced DJ will make that happen smoothly.
Some DJs rely on the computer to do the mixing or blending beats from song to song. They will match songs by bpm (beats per minute). Just because 2 songs are the same tempo (BPM) does not mean they will mix well. I can tell you that the beat or feel of a song makes a huge difference. Only someone who knows the music well and has musical sensibilities will know the difference. When you do hundreds or even thousands of gigs like I have, you know instinctively what to do. It’s a feel.”
New York Orchestras Entertainment have won the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards for 2014, as determined by reviews from our past clients. The Couples’ Choice Awards recognize our business as amongst the top 5% of wedding professionals nationwide!
02/28/14 5-Star review posted on WeddingWire.com
Wow! After being referred to by a few friends who had seen the Central Park Orchestra at a few weddings we made an appointment with Bill to get the scoop. He is so friendly, and really knows the music industry. They make it a point NOT to play the typical corny wedding songs (unless that is what you want of course) and their female lead singer Emily has a set of pipes of her like no other! We had a 4.5 hour reception and our guests were on their feet dancing for every. last. minute. I was nervous using a band over a DJ in the beginning of the planning process but once they got started I knew we made the right choice – our reception had an energy that no DJ could have duplicated. They were WONDERFUL!
01/15/14 5-Star review posted on WeddingWire.com
They were an amazing wedding band! Everyone was dancing and having a great time and people who don’t normally stay late or dance stayed and danced the whole night.
Also, their professionalism and attention to details was fantastic! During the best man speech my husbands drunk uncle decided he wanted to give an impromptu speech (not something that had ever occurred to me to happen) and the band wouldn’t give him the mike saying just the speeches and order that we had discussed a few weeks earlier. This was a huge relief and again not something i had warned them or asked them to prevent they just carried out the evening as planned which was looking back a relief and appreciated!
12/08/13 5-Star review posted on WeddingWire.com
“We loved Central Park Orchestra!!! Bill was so great and really listened to our requests. They kept the dance floor packed all night. During breaks for dinner and desserts when (with other bands) an iPod usually gets turned in, they just broke down to a smaller number and kept playing so there was live music all night, our guests loved that!”
11/12/13 5-Star review posted on WeddingWire.com
They were an amazing wedding band. Everyone was dancing and having a great time and people who don’t normally stay late or dance stayed and danced the whole night.
Also, their professionalism and attention to details was fantastic. During the best man speech my husbands drunk uncle decided he wanted to give an impromptu speech (not something that had ever occurred to me to happen) and the band wouldnt give him the mike saying just the speeches and order that we had discussed a few weeks earlier. This was a huge relief and again not something i had warned them or asked them to prevent they just carried out the evening as planned which was looking back a relief and appreciated!
11/24/13 5-Star review posted on WeddingWire.com
Bill and his band were as amazing as one could possibly hope for on this very special of special days for us. I would not hesitate one moment in recommending them for any event in which you are looking for a fun and exciting experience. Music is the cornerstone of any significant experience and these guys can really bring the roof down! No need to look any further for live music to dance, party and have off the charts fun to – Bill and his band are the best choice around.
Central Park Orchestra performed for the 2nd Annual Gold Coast Cares for St. Jude event this past Saturday, March 15th at the beautiful Oheka Castle in Huntington, NY. Over 300 guests gathered for an incredible evening to benefit the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
No family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, and because of their scientific discoveries, one child saved at St. Jude means thousands more saved worldwide.
New York Orchestras Entertainment are grateful to have lent support to their mission!
Bill & team –
Thanks for everything last night. You were AWESOME and a pleasure to work with.
I hope we can work together again soon.
All the best,
Caitlin | Senior Regional Event Specialist
Here is the latest review posted in WeddingWire.com today about this NY Wedding Band:
- Quality of Service: 5.0
- Responsiveness: 5.0
- Professionalism: 5.0
- Value: 5.0
- Flexibility: 5.0
Services Used: Band Reviewed On: 02/28/2014