We all know that a wedding DJ can make or break the wedding reception. S/he can either keep the dance floor packed all night long or send people running for the hills before dessert is being served. We’ve all been to weddings and cringed at the DJ yelling “now give it up for the bride & groom” for the umpteenth time. Having been a Vermont wedding photographer for the last 5 years, I’ve seen my fair share of Vermont wedding DJs and one of my absolute favorites is Evan from Vermont Wedding DJ.
He’s professional, always dresses for the occasion, is fun, relaxed, knows his stuff, won’t embarrass the couple [he also doesn't yell "now give it up"] and he knows how to get the crowd going. There won’t be any inflatable guitars or other silly gimmicks, just an awesome wedding DJ experience with incredible music.
Disclaimer: I will only showcase VT wedding vendors I have previously worked with, whose work I absolutely love and whom I’d have at my own wedding. That’s it. They don’t pay me, I don’t pay them.
But now, without further ado, here is Evan in his own words.
How did you get started in the wedding business?
I started doing weddings word of mouth about eight years ago. I started Wedding DJ VT in 2010 so that couples could find me. No one in Vermont was offering a cool, alternative wedding DJ service. I saw an opportunity and jumped on it. I now have a network of DJs that are a similar style that I can set people up with if I am not available. The response has been great and we continue to do more weddings each year.
What do you do when you are not working (are you ever not working ;-))?
I like to work on personal music projects such as making remixes, edits, original tracks and mix tapes. I am plenty busy with other gigs outside of the weddings on a year round. I love to record shop. I work at Burlington Records in Burlington, which has been an awesome way for me to grow my vinyl music library and learn about music. I like to stay active and travel as well.
What is the coolest thing you’ve ever seen at a wedding?
I have DJ’d so many weddings and have seen so many different and unique settings that it is hard to pin point one specific thing. I did a wedding in September of 2013 at a girls summer camp in NH with about 250 guests. I was hired to DJ the after party starting at 10:30. At the reception before I started, they had an incredible a eight piece band with a super charismatic lead singer. They were playing a ton of funk and Motown classics. The dance floor was absolutely packed before dinner even started and stayed that way all the way thru their sets. I started at 10:30 in a rec hall and played until 5 in the morning! The dance floor was crazy all night. A cool wedding experience for sure.
What is your favorite thing about what you do?
Being able to provide an amazing experience for people whether it is at a wedding, event or club. I love the connection between the dance floor and the DJ. I love music and I am super thankful that I am able to be involved with it in some capacity that I make a nice living.
What do you think sets you apart from other wedding DJs in Vermont?
We are unique because we use turntables and can mix. We all love DJing and got into it organically by our own virtues. Most of us play regularly in clubs and bars, which help keeps us fresh, relevant and constantly getting better at our craft. We will use vinyl for cocktail hour and some times dinner. People young and old love this detail about what we do. We are DJs that aren’t trained in a cookie cutter fashion. We are all about providing people with an amazing dance party with none of the other silly games and stuff.
What’s the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your business?
I would say see the last question! Also, we use really high end equipment that does make a difference in the sound quality at a wedding.
How would you describe your approach to weddings?
Our approach to weddings is professional with an attention to detail, but in a laid back manner. This is a huge day for the couple. We want to work hard for them and their guests, but we need to be relaxed and confident in the situation. We want to put couples and their friends and family at ease. We want the music to go really we all night with a strong emphasis on the dance party portion of the evening. Weddings are fun and we are there to help out with that!
What inspires you in your work?
I am inspired by music new and old. I love finding new music that is out there, but love finding awesome old records I have never heard of. Again, coming back to the dance floor. I get inspired in the moment and for what the future holds by an amazing wedding or party dance floor! It makes me excited about DJing and where I am headed with it.
What do you love about weddings?
I love doing weddings because it is the celebration of people’s lives. Their closest family and friends have gathered together to have an amazing time. It is beautiful to see.
What’s the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding?
Be as relaxed about it as you can. It is a huge day in your life. You get to share a very intimate moment of your life with each other and in front of family and friends at the ceremony. After that, it is a awesome party. Have fun with it! Also, don’t feel like you have to do any of the traditional wedding reception things. It is your wedding. Customize it in your way and design it in a way that you are comfortable with. We are totally happy to do whatever you want or don’t want to do on your big day.
I am totally excited to work with forward thinking vendors and couples in Vermont and the New England region! They make it an exciting and fun industry to be a apart of.
Thank you so much Evan for being part of this blog series on “the best of the best” Vermont wedding vendors. Here’s to an equally incredible 2014 wedding season!!!
Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
Vermont wedding photographer