by Owner Mitch Fortune
I often get asked why I became a wedding DJ. To be honest, I have been working as a DJ in North Carolina for the last 20 years, but it has only been in the last 8 years that I really started focusing on weddings. I never imagined that I would ever be a full time wedding DJ. I always thought that wedding DJ's were old guys with music note neck ties who did't actually DJ, but rather served as joke tellers, goofy master of ceremonies, and glorified IPods. I much preferred playing in clubs and bars showing off my mixing skills and abilities, playing to a slightly, well o.k., mostly drunk crowd, that was there to dance and have a good time. Spinning at clubs is a lot of fun, it is a heck of a lot less work, and even less pomp and circumstance. Back then I thought being a wedding DJ was demeaning or some how would discredit my reputation as a DJ. All I could picture was being trapped at an event being forced to play Celebration, We Are Family, YMCA, and other played out tracks all night long.
Well, all that changed about 8 years ago. At the time, most of my friends, family members, and regulars from bars/clubs were reaching the age where they were getting married and they would ask me to DJ their weddings. I always said "NO!", because I wanted to go to their weddings, dance, have fun, and I did not want to work at their weddings and miss out on the party. So I went to a lot of weddings over the following couple of years, merely as a guest. It was when I was at those weddings that I was shocked at what passed for a "mobile DJ." It was then that I came to sad realization of just how bad some of the wedding DJ's out there really are. I mean bad. I mean way worse than I imagined wedding DJs to be. On top of that, some of them were just so cheesy, or just so lame it hurt. The truth of it, they were clueless on what music to play, they couldn't keep the energy going on the dance floor, they showed up with crappy equipment, cheap lighting, and above all that, they kept interrupting the flow of things by talking on the microphone. The worst was when one "DJ" with a horrible bad toupee was trying to teach people the Cupid Shuffle, and no one was even interested. It was ruining what up until then was a good party. It was awful. Most of these guys showed up with cheap, horrible sounding equipment, with no Subwoofers (so no bass) and didn't actually mix music, rather, they just played songs from a playlist on a computer?! No mixing, no real blending, just songs starting and stopping all night. I don't even know why people would call these guys DJs!
At that point I told myself, people deserve a better option. People deserve a real DJ for their wedding, with awesome sounding equipment, great lighting, and above all, who can actually DJ and mix music, read a room, and keep the energy going. People need a mobile DJ with a passion for great music, who will listen to their ideas, and incorporate their music preferences into events, while avoiding all the cheesy crap that is so over played by the old gaurd of mobile DJs out there. Most importantly, people need the option of a DJ who is not cheesy, not annoying, and who does not want to try to teach people to dance, and talk on the mic all night. So, it was then that I started to offer my services full time as a wedding DJ creating my first wedding oriented business, Mitch Fortune Productions, and it has been an amazing transition from club gigs to weddings.
Now, years later, Mitch Fortune Productions has grown into Remix Weddings, and I am so honored to have such a great team of DJs working for me, and thankful for the awesome clients we get to work with. I am convinced that I actually have the best job in the world! Weddings are a celebration, and people are ready to have fun. For me now, my work day is showing up and keeping a room full of happy people on the dance floor, having a blast all night long. It is the best job ever and the best part is that at every show, I get to give brides and grooms the best day of their life, and all without one ounce of cheese!
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