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Today’s wedding DJ interview is with Jose De Leon, DJ and MC at LEM Entertainment, based in Union, NJ! Enjoy:
Tell us about yourself and how you started.
I started DJing at clubs and bars in the late 90s. After getting married and having kids, I left the club scene behind and focused more on private events. I honed in on wedding after doing 5 weddings 6 years ago. Those were the 5 hardest events but taught me a lot. It showed me an event where all sorts of emotions are on full display and people just want to have fun. After taking some training courses and linking up with a successful Wedding DJ, I started taking more and more weddings and it took me to where I’m at today.
Read the full interview after the cut!
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What do you love about being a DJ?
I love all the different emotions you can make people feel with music. You can take a person from crying to jumping in a matter of minutes. Most importantly I just love music. You can call me a music junkie. I love all types of music and all types of genres. One day I wake up Feeling Elton John the next I’m listening to Biggie.
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What makes you different from other DJs?
I like to have fun and in order for me to do that, I like to get to know whom I am playing for. My belief is that if I’m having fun, that will transfer over to the guest. Having come from playing in clubs, I learned how to read people and the music that moves them. I then take that and start building a playlist to make sure everyone is having a great time.
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What’s the most unique wedding you’ve ever DJ’d for?
I do a lot of mixed wedding. I would have to say the most unique wedding I’ve done would have to be an Indian-Columbian wedding. These are 2 very distinct cultures and have completely different music. I took best of Bollywood, blended it with some Cumbias then made my way to Top 40 hits. It worked out pretty well.
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What is the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of being a Wedding DJ is, for one thing, Nailing the introductions. That sets the tone for the rest of the wedding. The other challenge is making sure you get all the different age groups having fun at the same time. Sometimes you have people in their 20s and 30s and I have to make sure they are having fun along with the 50 and 60-year-olds.
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What’s your favorite song? Your least favorite song?
Right now, I would have to say, Uptown Funk. This is a song that every ethnicity, every age group loves. No real least favorite as I like all types of music
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Do you have any advice for wedding DJs just starting out?
Be yourself and learn from those that have done it before you. Make sure you stand true to your style and keep packing those dancefloors.
Some of the things that couples should look for in a DJ is personality adaptability, chemistry. Remember the DJ is the one with the mic and can really make or break an event. Make sure that your personalities match. Also, make sure they can adapt to changes and to your guest. Finally, build chemistry. Make sure that you guys are on the same page and that the DJ carries out your vision.
Thanks, Jose! For more information about L.E.M. Entertainment, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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