If you had to give yourself a "DJ Name" what would it be? MCBC
One little known fact about you? I learned how to ride a horse before I learned how to ride a bike.
What is your all-time favorite song? Pink Floyd- Wish You Were Here
If you weren't a wedding DJ, what other career path could you see yourself in? Comedy Writer
If you could be any particular singer or musician, who would you be? why? Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello. His stage presence and energy are unmatched, and he reflects what is truly the crossroads of art and freedom.
What do you like to do in your spare time? I like to play video games on my computer. I like to play popular rap songs and classic Americana folk on my ukulele. I also enjoy writing and performing comedy in live cabaret and variety shows around the Twin Cities.
If your life was a song what would the title be? Wanderlust King
How would you describe your emcee style? My style is upbeat and energetic, somewhat reminiscent of the announcer at live sporting event, hyping up crowds with a strong unique voice. I'm bold and friendly, and not afraid to make fun of myself for the crowd's enjoyment.
What's the best compliment a bride or groom has ever given you post show? They told me I had done the most to help recover the night from all the other little disasters that had happened prior.
What do you do to create that WOW factor at a wedding? Make sure your songs have the right flow to keep an audience engaged, but also be prepared to switch up your game plan and improvise when things aren't going well.
Tell me about the best wedding you've ever DJ'ed. My friend had accidentally double-booked himself one weekend to be in both Iowa and Minneapolis. He couldn't cancel either of the gigs, as one was a personal friend, and he had already made travel plans for the other. Knowing I was an emcee for several burlesque shows in the cities, he gave me a call and asked me if I'd be willing to fill in for him. So I went over to his studio and learned his equipment, got there on the day of the event and started getting ready. Everything was working fine until it came time to do the mother-son dance. Twenty-six seconds into the song, Serato froze on my computer. My two-hour training with my friend hadn't really covered what to do in case of something like this. I couldn't call him because he was also DJ'ing at this exact time. I got on the microphone to explain that we had run into some technical difficulties, and to buy some time while I got the song loaded up onto my phone. I ma de a couple of quick jokes and segued back into the dance. I used the rest of the song to shut down Serato and played the rest of the night using the original song list e-mail from the couple and Spotify to put together a playlist. Afterwards, I was discussing with the bride and groom, and they both thanked me profusely for showing up on such short notice and handling all the adversity so well. They commended my adaptability and noted how they dance floor was never empty.
What do you do to motivate the crowd if no one is dancing? I cue up a really solid jam, I get out on to the dance floor and start dancing full tilt. If the energy is missing from a crowd, YOU have to be the energy.
Favorite artist/group? And why? Led Zeppelin. Each member individually can easily be considered as one the greatest of all time at their respective instruments, and then to bring all that talent together, it makes something that will always stand the test of time.