Today’s wedding vendor interview is with Travis Wackerly, the owner of Full Circle Melody based in Norman, Oklahoma!
Tell us about yourself and how you started.
We started out performing only live music, violin, and guitar for wedding ceremonies. About five years ago I extended those services to offer DJ and Lighting as well. We now also offer one of the most unique services on the planet called the Marriage Melody, in which we write, perform, and record a custom song for couples based off of their background story. The live music and DJ combination is still the main service that attracts couples to book us, but what we’ve expanded into makes us one of the most unique businesses in the industry today.
Read the full interview after the cut!
What do you love about being a DJ?
We have found that our elegant live music brings out so much emotion at weddings, so we love that our music really touches the hearts of our audience. When it comes to DJ’ing the weddings, if you do DJ’ing correctly, it’s a connection, and if you connect it makes for a very successful evening. We love getting to know the couple so that we can match the songs that we play to their personalities to be able to give the desired results on their special day!
What makes you different from other DJs?
Our live music most definitely sets us apart. We have some of the best musicians working for the company and it helps that these musicians double as the best, most attentive DJs as well. We also connect early by trying to get to know at least five of the guests before the reception starts. Some other things that I have noticed from other DJ companies that set us apart would be that we don’t allow drinking from our musicians or DJs. I’ve seen this done and it makes me cringe. We also don’t allow our musicians or DJs to use any form of profanity while at events. We have a rule that our musicians/DJs are self-disciplined, and the result of being self-disciplined is that the couple receives a much more professional experience. We take the classiness of the weddings and the respect of the wedding guests around us very seriously.
What’s the most unique wedding you’ve ever DJ’d for?
We played at the wedding of a couple that was highly involved in professional sports cheerleading and Broadway shows. So everything about that wedding was unique, starting with their epic first dance that was recorded and already has a few thousand views. The dancing exceeded the dance floor boundaries the entire night. We performed a Marriage Melody for them, so at the end of the night they had a private last dance to their own unique song that Full Circle Melody wrote for them. We have since turned that Marriage Melody song into a full music video that can be viewed here.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of our job is not immediately knowing the guests of these weddings. I had one bride tell me all the music she would want played at her wedding, but she knows her guests would not like that kind of music, so it was a combination of fitting in her style of music while keeping her guests happy on the dance floor.
What’s your favorite song? Your least favorite song?
My favorite song that the blog readers would know would probably be “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon. We usually play this song during the grand entrance and it adds so much energy to the room. “Sugar” by Maroon Five is one of my least favorite songs, although we have no problem playing it if it’s requested by the couple. No matter what songs we personally like or dislike, we play what the couple wants and what we believe the guests will enjoy.
Do you have any advice for wedding DJs just starting out?
I think a wise DJ just starting out should seek to learn from other people’s mistakes. I study both positive and negative reviews online that are written about other DJ companies. This allows me to see what couples didn’t like about them so that I can learn from their mistake before making the same mistake, as well as know what couples like, and are looking for in a DJ service. Another word of advice is to have a backup of every piece of equipment you have, because you never know when something will go down and you are there to keep the party going, so you better have a plan B if your plan A computer has issues in the middle of an event.
What are some things couples should look for when looking for a DJ?
Don’t let DJ companies or DJs impress you with what anyone can do. I may not make any friends with my answer to this question, but if a DJ claims to have the best light show or best equipment in town, but mentions nothing about the important stuff, such as timeline management, experience, or MC’ing experience, you might pass on them. Anyone can get a credit card and buy a bunch of dance lights and speakers and call themselves a DJ. Also, REVIEWS! We have over 60 five star reviews online from various places, and are from couples who have had an experience with our company and are telling the world about it, good or bad (all of ours are good!), so read reviews from any company you are considering. Reviews are powerful!
Great, thanks Travis! For more information about Full Circle Melody, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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