10 Minutes with: DJ Alias
Performing around the globe from New York City to Barcelona, Scratch Weddings' DJ Alias is the mix-master when it comes to spinning weddings.
Sit in on our conversation to learn more about his modern approach to wedding music, with important tips for making your reception music flow and need-to-know questions you should ask before hiring the DJ for your wedding.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Why did you become a DJ?
I have always loved music--the way it makes me feel, and the way it inspires people to dance and have a great time. I grew tired of just being a music listener and decided I wanted to take on an active role. I wanted to use music to make people party and enjoy life.
How should a bride or groom find the right DJ for their wedding? What questions should they ask?
In my experience, the best weddings always included a personal connection with the bride and groom, both musically and as people. At Scratch Weddings, we go to great lengths to pair each couple with a DJ that matches not just their musical preference but also their personal style and overall taste.
When I can understand and make a connection with the bride and groom, I know that I will be able to connect with their guests as well. Having that connection helps me make the best musical choices for the event, because I understand the people I am playing for.
Questions your readers should ask:
- Can you mix two songs together seamlessly? Do not under estimate the importance of this. If a DJ cannot or does not mix, the energy on the dance floor will not hold.
- Do you love music?
- How often do you spin, and how many weddings do you do each year?
- Are you a full-time or part-time DJ?
- Do you feel comfortable on the microphone?
- Do you feel comfortable spinning multiple genres of music together?
- I would also recommend asking probing questions about the DJ as a person in order to gauge his or her responsibility level as well professionalism. It's important to choose a wedding DJ who comes with the whole package.
How should music flow for the reception?
Overall, the music should be the appropriate volume and style for each section of the evening. Any style of music is fine for cocktail hour since it's more for background; it really depends more on the style of the couple and the guests.
Dinner is tricky because with multiple courses and speeches, etc., it can take a lot away from the flow of a dance party. I would suggest getting all of the toasts and other ceremonial rituals out of way at the beginning of the evening.
If you want to sustain a rocking dance party, you need a good two-and-a-half to three hours for the DJ to really set it off. If you have a great DJ and your event is from 7-11 pm, but he or she doesn't get started until 9:15, you are not going to want it to be over. Make sure there is a nice chunk of open dance-party time.
The best dance party wedding I've spun was from 4 pm until 12 am, and they had a buffet dinner so people could eat and dance at their own leisure. The guests were on the dance floor the whole time.