Today’s wedding DJ interview is with DJ Dan Moran of LifeBass Entertainment, LLC, based in Norwalk, CT! Enjoy:
Tell us about yourself and how you started playing.
I began about ten years ago performing for fundraisers and college events. Over time I started working corporate events in the area, this led to relationships with talent agencies like Kunjan Collective and Scratch Music Group. Next thing you know I’m DJing events across CT, NYC and Long Island and I’ve left my full time job in Finance.
Five years at Bridgewater Associates ingrained a doctrine of constantly pushing myself to improve in all areas and provide the best customer experience possible. That’s what all this is about at the end of the day, putting on a good time! And not just on the dance-floor, but before and after the event as well.
Read the full interview after the cut!
What do you love about being a musician?
Creating moments. There’s nothing like crafting and orchestrating a set that builds a dance-floor before your eyes. There’s something about knowing what songs guests want before they do, then giving it to them! When the bride comes up and thanks you for putting together the best night of her life, that’s what makes it all worth it.
What’s your favorite song to play?
One of my favorites is a remake of September by Earth, Wind & Fire, it’s a new take on a classic that packs the dance-floor of all ages. I love music that has elements anyone can connect to, whether they’re 65 or 25, into rock & roll or disco, Justin Bieber or Ace of Base.
Photo Credit: Alison Margo Photography
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Being able to say you got every single person on that dancefloor, no matter their taste in music. How do you keep everyone dancing who have little overlap in what they like? I take great pride in threading that needle. It’s something I’ve worked on for a very long time as you need a deep understanding of music history. Then you learn how to seamlessly weave those genres together in a way that the dance-floor will respond. And viola! A successful party.
What’s the most unique wedding you’ve ever played for?
It was surely the wedding where the guest mix was equal parts British Indian, Spanish and American. Such an eclectic group encompassing the dancefloor required a high-wire act of balancing everything in a fashion giving everyone what they wanted, ranging from Punjabi, Latin and American hits. This was in addition to the widespread in an age group that’s a challenge to cover adequately!
I knew I hit the mark when the father of groom came up to me while I was packing up. He said “When my son told me his wedding would be combined Western and Indian, I doubted him. I didn’t think it could be done, but I was wrong. Thank you.”
Do you have advice for wedding DJs just starting out?
Provide outrageously good customer service. The music industry is notorious for being creatively unprofessional, if you can cover the basics you will immediately set yourself apart. And by providing impeccable customer service to your clients, you’ll rocket straight to the top. Respond to inquiries and messages as soon as you possibly can, never more than a day. Even if it’s just to let them know you got their message and you have to look into the answer. By providing a time you will have the answer they know what to expect and are no longer left in the dark, wondering when they’ll hear back.
What are some things couples should look for when looking for a DJ?
A few big things stick out in my mind that a large percentage of DJs do not provide. An easy one is ensuring they have backup equipment in the event something fails. Many will have additional cables and basic items but most won’t have a second laptop, mixer or extra speaker. Do you want your entire event to hinge on the reliability of a five-year-old Dell running Windows XP? Didn’t think so. Most don’t have full backup systems because it’s expensive, but that’s why the best to charge the rates they do. They have all the bases covered.
Another thing is asking DJs to see them play live, this way you’ll know exactly what you’re getting. Finding a DJ who has liability insurance is another easy box for your vendor to check. It doesn’t cost much and shows they really have stuff together.
Thanks, Dan! For more information about DJ Dan Moran, LifeBass Entertainment, LLC, please visit his WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile.
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