Today’s wedding DJ interview is with Derek Lamoureux of LC Productions based in Ontario, Canada! Enjoy:
Tell us about yourself and how you started.
My parents wanted my first and middle initials to be DJ (Derek James). My DJ name- “Lamchops” has been passed down from generations. With the last name of Lamoureux and playing sports it just fell into place, DJ Lamchops. From the age of 8 I started into music and drama. I always had an interest for finding songs that fit together while driving in the car on family road trips. I was always really good at public speaking and being in front of a crowd. It wasn’t until a family member got remarried that I decided to try DJ’ing. I was 15 and picked up my first DJ controller and spun my first wedding. From there I started in the local clubs and started spinning at local school dances. Then one thing led to another and now I DJ at clubs, schools, corporate parties, and of course weddings.
Read the full interview after the cut!
What do you love about being a DJ?
Besides the obvious initials D.J., growing up loving music and finding songs that go together with my natural ability to please people and speak publicly, a career as a DJ was a must. I love my job and wouldn’t give it up for the world.
What makes you different from other DJs?
Many experienced and not so experienced DJ’s tend to play the same (or very similar) music sets or songs at every wedding and event they are at no matter how different the circumstances. My style is much more original than that and completely “off the top of my head” and based on the crowd. For instance, I may play a song from today and then go back to the 90’s and then kick it to some country. If you look at my play list from event to event, you will notice that no two are similar and that I rarely repeat songs because I am always studying the crowd and playing the best possible music to reflect the crowd on my dance floor. Most DJ’s host “good” parties but there are a huge difference between good and outstanding parties. Mine are outstanding.
What’s the most unique wedding you’ve ever DJ’d for?
I DJ’d for a very young couple who were from a small farm town just outside Grand Bend. However, over 70% of their guests came over from Holland for the wedding. Meaning that most of the night I spent playing Dutch songs, which I had never heard off, nor could I understand. But, they loved it!
What is the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of my job as a DJ is also my favourite part- reading the crowd. As I mentioned before I am not the type of DJ that plays the same song set at every event and am therefore always reading the crowd and feeling out the best possible music selection. Since every crowd is different, as a DJ you have to know what songs go best together to keep the dance floor full and the guests happy.
What’s your favorite song? Your least favorite song?
My favourite song changes daily that’s for sure. Sometimes it is country, some days it’s 90’s. It all depends on my mood. I think as a DJ, you can’t have a least favourite. You have to like everything.
Do you have any advice for wedding DJs just starting out?
Yes, don’t become an “ipod dj”. What do I mean by that? Well, there are many DJs today that buy a controller and a pair of speakers and call themselves a DJ. Don’t do that. Begin to learn music and read a crowd. Learn the art of DJ’ing and playing different songs at different events. Mix it up. Also another quick tip, remember the basics of getting business. Answer your phone and emails regularly. Never leave a client waiting.
What are some things couples should look for when looking for a DJ?
Actually, I would ask them many questions that you’ve asked in this interview. I would want to make sure they have a full music library and have insurance. I would also ask them to tell me what makes them different from other dj’s. Also, it’s a good idea too see which other industry vendors and venues recommend them. As a customer, I would look to see that they are a business professional as well and respond to emails and phone calls timely.
Do you have any questions or comments for Derek? Add them to the comments below!