If you’ve gotten this far, you already know that I am a full-time wedding and event DJ. So this section is a little more about me, for those who might be interested. The most common question I am asked when talking about my profession is how I got into it. This is perhaps not the most interesting part of my story, but I was working a college job as a teller at Wells Fargo and attending school for music theory when the owner of a large DJ company approached me to work for his business. I loved it right from the start! What began as a side job in college, turned into a career, and I eventually started my own business and I’ve been doing it ever since.
But really, to get a better sense of who I am, and how I came to be who I am from a business and musical standpoint, I think it’s best that we back this thang up. Really, for me, being a professional DJ started from the time I was a kid. My older brother was one of those 90’s Radioshack guys who had to have not only a sweet surround setup in his room, but then also the nice car stereo, and then epic selection of cassette tapes, then later CDs with him at all times. I have to admit, that I too was one of those guys in my earlier years. On weekends, friends I would get together, order pizza, and have CD-burning parties where we shared some of our favorite albums and playlists and such. It was a golden era for albums in my opinion. Nowadays, sadly, those who are into music miss out on what it was like to read the liner of a CD or cassette, and read through the lyrics, and have that collection that was always growing and accentuating one’s living space. There were song skippers on some albums but you knew which ones. There were those albums that were consistent and started and ended with perfection, and you knew those ones too. I never used to judge an artist by a hit single, but rather, how great could they make an album for repeated listening and all that goes with that? The soundtrack to our lives, so to speak.
And of course, this passion grew and grew to me starting to play live music. I started writing music in High School and playing in bands and just growing and growing from there as a musician, but also still that lover of music. When there were parties, I was usually asked to throw on some music years and years before I was a professional DJ. And while my love for playing music started early: I started playing guitar when I was 5 years old and singing and writing by about age 14… it really has grown and grown and never really stopped growing since I began my journey. I always had one motto when it came to guitar and singing and other instruments and that is “you’re either getting better, or you’re getting worse. Choose one”. It’s a constant. A passion. Perhaps some would even say it’s a bit of a curse.
When I was about 19 years old, I started DJing professionally. And let’s be honest, I wasn’t very professional at it all. I really was just someone who started taking my lifelong skills of setting up stereo systems and loving music and albums of music and playing music and figured out a way for people to start paying me for what I was already good at. While I always enjoyed DJ’ing, it wasn’t until I found turntables that I truly felt at “home” with it and started treating mixing music as more of an instrument, or the art form that it is. Mixing helped me find my voice, and take things to a new level. Mixing and reading a crowd might be one of the most addicting things I’ve encountered in my life, and this stands true today, almost 20 years after my first “gig”.
I started my business with a simple goal in mind and that was to learn about the guests at an event, get to know them, and give them the best customer service I could offer. I always avoid the easy route, the cookie-cutter methods, and the cheesy DJ stuff, and simply do my very best to make every event as unique and special as the client. Since the mid-2000’s when I started my business, I’ve never strayed from this intention. I perform over 50 weddings per year along with a dozen or so other types of events (corporate, parties, etc.) and put a lot of care and attention to detail into every one of my events.
On a personal level, my wife and I have two young boys who keep me pretty busy when I’m not at events. I love live music, everything from DJs to bands. I love to party (I think it’s part of why I love being a DJ). I love craft beer and craft cocktails (Old Fashioned, Rye Whiskey please!). I’m an avid mountain biker, off-roader, and outdoor enthusiast. I am a guitarist and I still play live music with my band Matt Phipps Band. In short, everything I do, I do with passion. I love people and life itself, and I love to share my musical expertise with those who appreciate it.