WEDDINGS AND EVENTS, LIGHTING, AND LIVE MUSIC SERVICES

I offer an array of DJ, lighting, and AV services for Weddings, Corporate Functions, and Private Parties. All of my services are based on one simple principle:  Less Cheese = More Fun.  Great music and ambiance are the keys to an awesome dance party, not an over-talkative DJ with a “host” mentality.  If you want a ballroom DJ to show you how to do the electric slide, I’m probably not the DJ for you.

However, if you are looking for a talented turntable DJ who can read your crowd and maximize their dancing participation, and can deliver as an MC without being cheesy or ‘over the top’, then you’ve come to the right place.  I believe in the less-is-more approach when it comes to MC’ing at events.  I also believe that a DJ should be an expert at beatmatching and mixing.

WEDDING DJ SERVICES

I am committed to providing my clients with a sense of professionalism and customer service that is both genuine and unique.  Please be sure to read my bio (DJ Matt Phipps) if you’d like more information about me as an individual and my credentials as a professional musician and DJ.  I mix music using turntables and feel above all else that this is ‘what I do’.

When meeting with prospective clients, I am sometimes asked if there is something that I do in particular to get the crowd moving and “into” the wedding if they are not dancing.  I reply, that usually all that is needed to get your guests interested in the dance floor and the special events, is a well-planned itinerary and music programming.  A host-like wedding MC who is constantly chattering on the mic distracts guests from truly enjoying themselves, and each other’s company.  Music and ambiance and a good “mix” is the key to showing guests a great time at a classy event.

Nowadays, it seems as though weddings vary more than ever.  Some couples like to do a lot of traditional events, whereas others prefer to not do much of these events at all.  It’s about customization and personalization and making sure that the event is a reflection of the couple and not just a ‘cookie-cutter’ experience that they’ve seen and heard time and time again.  Music unites, but it’s also subjective.  What works for some, doesn’t always work for others.  I strive to make your vision of what that musical experience is, come to life.

CORPORATE DJ SERVICES

Corporate Events, Mixers, Holiday Parties, or any other type of professional event are all things I have experience with and enjoy working.  I will work with you to create the ultimate corporate event.  From customizing the music programming, lighting and order of events, to assisting with AV and coordination.  I am experienced and dedicated to exceeding your expectations with your corporate function.

I have many amazing past clients and reviews with photo and video examples to show the quality of my work.  If you have any specific questions about my corporate DJ services, please fill out a contact form and we can get the planning process started.

LIVE MUSIC SERVICES

I have been a full-time DJ since I was attending college for Music Theory.  My journey as a live musician and recording artist has afforded me a lot of amazing experiences and in recent years, I have started including live music services as part of my DJ services.

I have written music for NBC, and CBS, Disney, and other networks when working with a producer who was creating music for production record pools.  I have written, produced, and recorded albums with previous bands:  Mayweather, Riddle the Roar, and Tin Shack Kings/Tin Shack Stringband, etc.  For some examples, you can check out my band’s sights and sound page here:  https://tinshackstringband.com/sights-and-sounds

What I do at weddings:  most often, the best addition to a wedding music service is to have live music as part of the ceremony, or cocktail hour (prior to dinner hour).  Live music offers guests something to look at as well as experience and enjoy.  Live music is also unique in that it is a special performance, and a particular moment in time that you cannot easily replicate, making it a more unique experience on the day of the event.

For the ceremony, I’ve played instrumental guitar pieces, and even just instrument versions of popular songs for people to easily resonate with.  I am open to learning new songs if there is something you have in mind, and I love playing songs that are tried and tested like “Blackbird” by the Beatles, for example.  It’s a great way to bring guests into the special moment of the ceremony with a performance, but I do feel that instrumental is often a way to keep it subtle and not too attention-grabbing.

For the cocktail hour, this is really where a live music service can get flexible and provide another layer of entertainment.  I tend to play a setlist of singer/songwriter songs old and new from the classic rock era, all the way to modern artists like Ryan Adams, Amos Lee, Chris Stapleton, Dave Matthews, and Hozier.

I’d love to speak with you in more detail about live music if it is something that interests you, but don’t worry, if this isn’t for you, that’s just fine too.  A well planned and programmed playlist is a great way to transition into dancing and for some, it’s a better way to go.

LIGHTING

Lighting is ambiance, and ambiance makes all the difference when it comes to stimulating and entertaining.  I often ask people, what is the first thing you notice when you walk into a high-end restaurant?  The answer is almost always instant:  It’s dimly lit.  But dimly lit doesn’t denounce the importance of lighting, actually quite the contrary.  In order to have ambiance, guests need to be able to see each other without feeling as though the lighting is too revealing.  The lighting also cannot be too distracting or over-the-top.  This means balance, taste, creative design, and so much more go into ensuring the ambiance and lighting are as they should be.  Ambiance and music go hand in hand.

Lighting services I offer include Uplighting, Monogram/Gobo, Intelligent Lighting (programmable moving heads), pin spotting, Market Lighting, Texture Lighting, Wash Lighting, and just about every other lighting service out there.  Please contact me for pricing and more information.

AV SERVICES

AV services at special events include photo slideshows and video presentations.  For this, I have a high-end rear projection screen and a short-throw projector.  This allows for the cleanest possible of setups with the projector being placed BEHIND the screen.  This allows for tighter setups in smaller spaces with a large screen.

I can help you create your slideshow for a fair price, or you can provide me the file and I will project it with a laptop or tablet on the projector (and screen).  If you have any specific questions about AV services at your event, please inquire and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

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