Friday, April 11, 2014

Magical Malibu Wedding


On Saturday, April 12, 2014, I had the pleasure of  providing my entertainment services for Bo and Felisha at Malibu West Beach Club. I have DJ'd several events at this location and I must say that if you are looking for a venue that has a beautiful view than this is the one. 
The balcony is located right over the beach and their is a great landscape of the ocean.
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The ceremony was timed perfectly at 5:30 which provided a great view before sunset. 

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After Felisha & Bo finished their ceremony they took some pictures outside with family and friends, meanwhile the flower girls took over the dance floor.

After taking their pictures they were ready to make their Grand Entrance. Felisha put a lot of time and effort into selecting great music for all of their grand entrance, as well as the dinner time, and open dancing.  She was able to take advantage of the online music database that I provide to all of my clients.

For the bridal party introduction she chose Pour Some Sugar On Me and for their grand entrance I had everyone standing and cheering them on to Applause

Their first dance was really special. I had the honor of providing her a custom mix she asked me to make with songs that she had selected. Here is a great first dance performance which set the mood for the night

After the first dance Bo and Felisha made their toasts and were ready to eat the great food that was served by DJ's Catering

Felisha purchased our Hollywood Uplighting package and we had the venue lit up in the colors she chose which were blue and purple.  Here our some before and after pictures to show you the difference that uplighting makes.

After the cake cutting Felisha chose to go straight into dancing. Just a quick tidbit about the importance of cake cutting. The cake cutting and feeding each other a piece of cake is the first time that husband and wife feed each other. At times it is also the first time that they will have a food fight.

Now it was time for dancing, their families were in a very good mood and I had them dancing to some of their favorite songs.

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All in all it was an amazing wedding and I got a picture at the end with another pair of satisfied clients.
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Sunday, February 23, 2014



Many clients think that they can plan their event alone and save money for their budget. Keep in mind that just like weddings; no two wedding planners are the same. Some have more experience and skills than others. Some are more professional than others. You would be amazed to know that many wedding planners sometimes wait until the night before the event to contact my company and go over details as far as the timeline, special music requests, the requirements as far as power needed for my equipment and lighting, and other details that are vital to making your special day run smoothly. As the owner of a professional Los Angeles Wedding DJ and Event Entertainment service I make it a duty to contact the wedding planner and/or bride to assure these details are covered; however, this should be something that the wedding planner handles his/her self.

Here are a few reasons why you should consider hiring an event planner for your wedding.
  • You Will Save Time- Planning a wedding will take anywhere from 9 months to a year.  The wedding planner will help with the following:
    • Choosing a Venue 
    • Vendor meetings
    • Suggest bridal dress and tux shops 
    • Selecting floral arrangements
    • Engagement parties
  • You Will Save Money- Wedding planners will build relationships with vendors, and they often receive discounted rates that a quality planner will pass on to their clients. Over time, wedding planners gain extensive knowledge and wisdom; providing budget-saving secrets and details that you may not be aware of.
  • You Will Benefit From Their Knowledge/Experience- They will have experience working with vendors and will recommend vendors that are truly professional which will make them look even more professional in return.
      • Beware that some wedding planners will make referrals based on a referral fee they receive from vendors for securing their services. Be sure to check out the vendor they suggest since they might not be the best quality for your event.
  • You Will Save STRESS- This is in my opinion one of the most important benefits of a Professional and Quality wedding planner. 
    • On the day of the event, your event planner will make sure of the following:
      • Your gifts are properly secured;
      • The flowers for your event are properly placed;
      • Place cards for the reception arrangements are placed; and,
      • Your guest book, unity candle, toasting glasses and any other special items that are important to you are saved and stored safely.
    •  They will be prepared for emergencies- A wedding planner is prepared for just about anything. They commonly carry an emergency kit filled with buttons, needles, thread and other times that in the heat of the moment can turn a near-disaster into a heroic save.
      • Ask your wedding planner about the preparations they have made to prevent problems (or to resolve them, should they occur).
These are a few reasons why I suggest hiring a wedding planner for your Extremely Important Celebration.  If you decide not to hire a wedding planner, I will use the 14 years experience as a wedding DJ to help make sure your wedding runs as smoothy as possible.  For an example, the glasses are filled and ready for toasts, there is a knife next to the cake when it is time to to do the cake cutting, the parents are ready and available for their father/daughter, mother/groom dance(The last thing you want is for mom/dad to be in the bathroom when you call them out for their special dance with their child)

You can always feel free to give me a call or email if you have questions concerning your special day!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Saturday I got to DJ for Riley in a private location in Los Angeles.  There is some history between me and her family. I originally DJ'd their daughter's 6th grade graduation about 4 years ago.  Impressed with the performance for her school dance Rob and Sheila(the parents) called and booked me to DJ Sophie's Sweet 16(their oldest daughter). This was about 3 years ago.  And now 4 years later from the 6th grade dance, I was asked back to DJ Riley's sweet 16.

Riley took advantage of my online music database of over 60,000 songs and created a fun and exciting playlist for me to use for her event.  She had the standard top 40 hits, Timber by Kesha and Flo Rida, Applause by Lady Gaga, and the new smash hit Happy by Pharell Williams.

I wanted this event to be special so I including my Up Lighting as well as my MTV HD Video DJ upgrade.  All the kids loved the look, and since I used my HD Projector for the videos I displayed my @BestHollywoodDJ for requests. The kids really enjoyed being able to send me tweets with their song requests so I could play them on the fly.

Lastly I wanted to give Riley one of the company shirts and finish off the awesome night with a great picture with Riley, the true star of the event!  The best complement was from the parents who said that they were amazed with the growth of my company and that I was part of the family now.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Top Wedding Mistakes When Hiring their DJ.

Yes, it’s that time of your wedding planning to find a DJ for your special day, and for most brides this can be an adventure in and of itself. Contacting different DJ’s, getting prices, choosing prices, consultations, and the list goes on and on.
In this article you will learn the 10 biggest mistakes brides make when choosing a DJ for the big day, hopefully after this you can avoid the pitfalls of choosing the wrong DJ for your wedding.
Here’s a little quote that we always tell the brides we speak with, “Your wedding day is like Broadway, you only get one take, and you only get one chance to get it right.”
Not Taking “First Impressions” Into Consideration
More than likely your first experience with a DJ will be either on the telephone or through e-mail. If the first contact is by telephone, listen to how the DJ talks on the telephone. Can you understand them or the MC which will do the announcements during your wedding? When you meet the DJ (and sometimes MC also) are they dressed professionally? If a DJ carries themselves professionally during your consultation, more than likely they will Weddings be professional on your big day.
Thinking that All DJs are the Same
This couldn’t be further from the truth, every DJ has their own style, different skill level, different rates, and vary a lot in their “arsenal” which consists of their musical library. This is the heart of their versatility. If a DJ only has rock music but no R&B, they aren’t very versatile. A DJ who has both types of music and much more will be much more able to adapt to your wants and needs. Remember your favorite DJ that spins alternative music all night may be perfect for the club, but more than likely your grandmother doesn’t want to hear Good Charlotte all night during your reception.
Hiring the Cheapest DJ You Can Find
The phrase “you get what you pay for” holds a lot of water in the case of hiring a DJ… especially for a wedding.There are DJs who can cost as little as $300, or as much as $1,500 for a five hour wedding. Is the DJ that is only charging $300 no good at all? Who knows, he might do a decent job, but there is one thing that is certain, either the DJ doesn’t have the experience or just has bad business skills altogether to charge only $300.
Any DJ that has done a ton of weddings (100 or more) knows that they put too much into a wedding to only charge peanuts. On the other hand, remember that just because a DJ is the most expensive in town, doesn’t mean they’re the best for you. You have to take everything into consideration beforehand, sometimes they are, sometimes they’re not.
The entertainment for your reception is what you, your family and friends will remember, it’s worth more than the cost of invitations. Your DJ is an investment that you and your guests will enjoy the entire time frame of your reception, not half of it. Believe me, if half of your guests leave after dinner because loud rap music was playing during the main course, the venue isn’t going to give you a refund.
Not Communicating with Your DJ
Besides hiring the wrong DJ altogether, this is probably the biggest mistake some brides do when dealing with DJs, not communicating. There is nothing worse for a DJ (and for you too) than a rush job, especially a wedding. A seasoned professional can get through the event without noticeable incidents but I believe I speak for all wedding DJs when I say it is nerve-racking, even if we don’t show it. Keep your DJ informed of your plans, your special songs, any changes, your timeline, or anything else they may need to know. Don’t wait until the week or even a month before the big day to start communicating. This is the only way your DJ will know exactly what you want, and don’t want.
Not Having a Written Contract
Simply put… no contract, you very well may have no DJ! Every year I get a few phone calls from a bride (or her mother) saying that they hired a DJ and they didn’t show up. The first thing that I ask is did they have a contract… 80% of the time it’s a “no.” If a DJ doesn’t have a contract, runs out the front door, and doesn’t look back, there’s nothing you can do.
Not Making Sure the DJ has Liability Insurance
More and more venues and hotels across the U.S. are requiring that DJs have liability insurance, and most are asking to see papers. A true professional is going to have insurance for their business, and you should ask to at least see a copy of the policy. Insurance for DJs is generally not expensive, and there are a few major DJ organizations which offer a nice discount on insurance for joining. There’s really no excuse for your DJ not to have it.
Taking Complete Control of the Music Selection from Your DJ
You want to hear what you want to hear… That’s fine, but remember you’re not alone on your special day. You, your family (and your new family), your friends all have different tastes. Some brides want to choose every song that gets played for the entire night, and I can honestly say that I have only seen 2 song lists created by brides out of hundreds upon hundreds that actually worked for the majority of the night. Just two.
Let the DJ do their job, which primarily consists of making sure that the right songs get played at the right time. Also remember, giving your DJ 200 songs to play for the night isn’t going to work either… unless your reception is over 10 hours long.
And last but not least make sure you clarify which artist you want to hear for certain songs. Take the song “Three Times a Lady”, The Commodores, Kenny Rogers, Conway Twitty and many other artists all sing this song. If you want The Commodores version for your first dance, make sure you don’t end up with Conway Twitty instead.
Not Making Sure the DJ You Want is Guaranteed to be Your DJ
This is probably the biggest complaint from brides all over the country about DJs. You went to a DJ company that has more than one DJ, you requested a specific DJ, and another DJ shows up in their place. Any time you deal with a big DJ company, make sure you get in writing that the DJ you want is the one that will show up.
Not Going Over Back-Up Plans with Your DJ
In life, things happen which you or nobody else has control over, even on your wedding day! Find out from your DJ about their plans for back-up transportation, equipment, and personnel. If one of these three areas is out of commission, then so will be the music for your reception. If they don’t have any plans, start running.
Not Hiring a DJ Quickly
Finding the DJ you want is hard enough work as long as you don’t believe they’re all the same. Don’t go through all the work of finding the DJ you want and then end up procrastinating on booking with that DJ. Most wedding DJs that have good reputations in the business will get booked at least a year in advance, especially for the Saturdays in the summer. If you’ve found DJ “Benz” don’t wait to hire him. Remember if you wait a month or two before the big day, your choices are limited and you might end up with DJ “Yugo”.

Avoid these ten major mistakes and you will be better able to connect with your DJ, and know what to look for while hiring a DJ. Keep in contact with your professional DJ, and your reception will more than likely be worry free.


Saturday, June 29, 2013


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What is Event Uplighting?
Our Best Hollywood DJ Uplighting can turn any room with unadorned walls, into a unique and colorful venue. If coordinated well in advance, these color schemes can be used to bring out the colors of your event, especially weddings! The colors can match your bridesmaid dresses or flowers. Our Up Lighting can be used to bring out features on Walls, pillars, statues, high windows, plants, cake table and more.

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Up lighting Transformation on the cake display for a Los Angeles wedding

How doesUplighting work?
Uplighting is a series of lights, set up around a room on the floor, shining up toward the walls. The lights can be set to any color that will greatly enhance the ambiance of the room in a very elegant way. These lights are LED & fixtures that generate no heat and low power consumption. When they're implemented, the receptions rooms lights can be dimmed to bring out the rooms details in color.
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Beautiful transformation...What is your color?

How do you generally operate your Uplights?
During the ceremony, cocktails and dinner the lights will be set to one color. When the open dancing starts you have the option to have your light move through the color spectrum and add excitement to your event.
Call us to add Uplighting to your Disc Jockey Package or check our disc Jockey availability below and note in details.
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