The Cheese Factor – Cheesy Wedding Disc Jockeys
The cheesy wedding Disc Jockey.
I’ve heard the stories from wedding vendors and I have spoken to hundreds of people who have attended weddings as a guest, but until the YouTube sensation I did not fully realize how many cheesy wedding Disc jockey’s there really are out there. I don’t ever get a chance to be a guest at a wedding myself simply because I’m always working them, but today because of YouTube and other on-line resources you can find an endless amount of what used to be private wedding receptions videos. I regularly study the wedding industry, and keep up with the latest trends. One trend I have noticed in the past year is that more & more brides are choosing a band over a DJ for their wedding. If a band is out of the budget, brides & grooms will provide their own music using an I pod or computer. When I ask why? The number one answer is… “I don’t want some cheesy DJ at my wedding.” For the most part I don’t blame them. I would rather have a band or use an I pod at my own reception than have some cheesy DJ embarrassing me on my wedding day. What do you average by cheesy?
When I talk about a cheesy DJ, it’s just that, the DJ himself, not so much the music the DJ plays. Sure there are numerous songs you may consider cheesy. YMCA, Chicken Dance etc.. Keep in mind there are also Brides & Grooms that like cheesy music. After all it is their wedding and I don’t think you would want to deny them of the music they want for their reception. I will play in any case kind of music the Bride & Groom wants, and if it’s cheesy music so be it. But does that make me a cheesy DJ? If a DJ plays the same shared cheesy reception songs for every wedding, you could label that DJ “cheesy”, but in all reality, that is someone who really isn’t specialized and someone who does not know music, know how to read a crowd, and had never learned music programming & formatting. When I speak of a cheesy DJ I average the DJ’s mannerisms, personality, and the way they present themselves on the microphone in front of guests.
The Cheese Factor Why are so many cheesy wedding DJ’s?
There are a few factors why wedding DJ’s are cheesy. Going by what I have seen in over 20 years in the business, DJ’s would rather use money on new gear and lighting than on education and training. Most DJ’s do not have the time or take the time to get proper training & education they need. (I’m talking real education & training, you know the kind you have to pay for and not just copying what other DJ’s do). The biggest problem is DJ’s do not take the time necessary to get to know the associate that they are representing on their wedding day. A DJ should know much more than the couples name, favorite songs and the date of the wedding. How can a DJ represent a Bride & Groom on the mic without getting to really know them first? i.e. their style, hobbies, interests, how they met, etc.. Nearly 80% of all mobile DJ’s have complete-time day jobs. They don’t have the time to get proper education, properly plan, and prepare for the weddings they perform at on the weekends. consequently the average wedding DJ will perform the same cheesy schtik and play the same cheesy music for every wedding. These DJ’s may seem to appear very normal in meetings. But when they pull that microphone up to their confront at a reception in front of a hundred plus guests (strangers) for the first time, the DJ turns into DJ Super Cheese with the Weekly Top 40 Countdown radio voice. already worse, possibly wearing some silly costume. In some scenarios the Best Man would make a better MC than the DJ simply because the Best Man knows the associate well. Most importantly people tend to forget that DJ/MC entertainment is a talent based business, where most should just stick to what they know best and not attempt to be the weekend wedding warrior.
How do you find a DJ won’t bring the cheese factor to your wedding?
You need to find a real specialized Disc Jockey / Master of Ceremonies. This can be slightly difficult but they are out there.
1. Ask for referrals from other experienced knowledgeable wedding professionals, coordinators, photographers, videographers, the vendors who work directly with DJ’s.
2. Ask for proof from a possible DJ. Video of a wedding performance, mainly MC performance of the introductions, toast, 1st dance, cake cut. Be aware of repetitive phrases like “At this time” or screaming on the mic. Look for turn up how their dressed and how their sound system looks. Ask for credentials of paid education & training as a Master of Ceremonies and other DJ education.
3. Ask a DJ if this is their complete-time career or just a weekend hobby.
4. Ask for the names, dates, locations, and emails of the last 10 weddings they performed for, not just a select few from a possible DJ. Bands can play live music well and bring a lot of energy, but a fantastic specialized DJ / MC can add personalization, direction, custom craft your wedding to your style and add so much more to a reception than just music.
By all method, leave the cheese for the crackers.