My partner and I started our DJ business 21 years ago on a whim. We had no experience and no equipment but thought we could make it work.
Since 1997, we’ve performed at more than 400 weddings. I’ve also served as the minister at more than two dozen weddings, including the wedding of an ex-girlfriend.
We’ve done weddings for the same groom after his marriage, divorce, and second marriage.
I've DJ'd the weddings of Elysha's college boyfriend, my ex-girlfriend, and my ex-wife's ex-husband.
We have many, many stories.
Though we constantly contemplate retiring, our company goes on. We’ve reached the point in our careers that we turn down many weddings. We pick-and-choose our clients and wedding venues carefully. We only work when we want to work.
2018 might be our last year in business.
A lot of time has gone by since our first wedding. When I started my career as a DJ in 1997:
- Smoking was still permitted inside most wedding venues.
- Digital photography did not exist in its current form. Every single professional photographer was still shooting with actual film. In fact, my partner and I carried two extra rolls of film with us after multiple photographers had run out of film at weddings.
- Digitized music did not exist in any realistic form. Every song that we played was purchased at a brick-and-mortar store like Strawberries.
- We still played some songs on cassette tapes.
- There was no GPS or even online mapping website. Directions to wedding venues and client’s homes had to be taken over the phone and written down by hand.
- MMMbop, Tubthumping, and Barbie Girl were the hot new songs.
Twenty-one years is a long time to be doing anything.