TGIF, Cue the Champagne Family & Friends! One of the most important parts of your reception is the DJ. He or she can set the tone of your entire reception and really make or break the evening. It is super important to know what you expect from your DJ or band and communicate that up front. Finding a DJ or band that fits your style and energy are incredibly important to make your reception the kind of party you want!
For this month’s Feature Friday, we caught up with one of our favorite local DJs, DJ Reece Varnell of Pro Sound Chattanooga! We chatted about some of his favorite parts of the wedding day and why he decided to become a DJ in the first place. Keep reading to see his full answers!
Q. How long have you been a DJ?
A. “I started DJing in 2009 part time. My band was on the verge of breaking up and needed to find something else to do. I have always had some sort of side hustle. I never was content with just working a day job. In 2012 we opened up Pro Sound and went official. Since then I have DJ’d over 500 weddings.”
Q. What are a few of your must have songs to get the crowd up and dancing?
A. “Some of my favorite songs to get people dancing are Can’t Help Falling In Love, September, Don’t Stop Til’ You Get Enough, Uptown Funk, Can’t Stop The Feeling. I think it’s highly important to play something that reaches as many age groups as possible right off the bat. At least for the first few songs. I have been known to change that philosophy depending on the group so it’s highly important to read your audience.”
Q. What is your favorite thing about weddings?
A. “My favorite thing about weddings is being able to do what I enjoy and share that with people from all walks of life. I love being able to tap into people’s emotions whether it’s that one love song from their first kiss or their favorite jam from high school. Even surprising mom and dad with their first dance song can mean the world to them as well. No one has to know how it happened but that’s the difference I try to make. “
Q. What does your ideal client look like?
A. “My ideal clients are the ones who realize and value what a professional DJ can do for them and are open with me about their vision and aren’t afraid to say NO to things like line dances or certain genres of music. My ideal clients are also the ones that understand that yes, it may be “our special day” but it’s also a day to celebrate with the people they love and that love them, so don’t leave them out when making decisions on important things like your music.”
If DJ Reece sounds like who you want to be at your wedding, let the Cue the Champagne Coordinators connect you or check him out at his website, or on Instagram at @djreecevarnell.
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