Wedding Djs are a special breed. A special breed because it requires serious skill, experience and extensive research to keep two groups of families, two groups of friends, two groups of colleagues, clergy and acquaintances happy.
Ever heard of the infamous phrase, “You’ll never please everyone”? That phrase doesn’t exist in the world of a wedding DJ. A wedding DJ will find a way to please each and every demographic at the reception. Why? Because a wedding DJ understands that it’s not about them. It’s about the couple who unite several worlds under one roof.
Have you noticed that DJs who play weddings aren’t necessarily the same DJs who perform at music shows and clubs? They can never be the same as DJs who usually play at music shows and clubs will not last 30 minutes at a wedding party. Why won’t they survive you ask? Because they only know one thing… House.
In this decorated no-alcohol hell during phase 2 of lockdown #OmeHageMaakNxaMan, there’s no way a house DJ could last all night at a Namibian wedding reception. Especially when they insist on ONLY playing house. no family Where in this Namibia? Hou op.
The couple’s entrance…Yano’s deep house. Opening Prayer…Yano’s Deep House. Words from colleagues, friends and family…Yano’s deep house. Popping champagne…Yano’s deep house. Throw the garter and the bouquet…Yano’s deep house. The couple opens the dance floor with a waltz…Yano’s deep house. Rest of the evening…Yano’s deep house. Og…ouens? Nxo. Hence the need to appreciate DJs who specialize in the art of wedding playlists. I think we don’t appreciate the wedding DJs enough in this country. But well, mos is Namibia. Nobody cares right? It’s just a DJ, what’s the big deal? It’s mostly just playing music… how hard can that be? soho Can you keep your grumpy grandmother, strict dad, weird friends from both sides, out of place co-workers, and downright weird family members happy and on their toes for the rest of the evening? Stop it. Stop subverting the craft. It’s a real skill. Wedding Djs deserve to be quoted an arm and a leg!
You must be part of the Fishrot Six when negotiating a wedding DJ’s fee. reckless. Don’t you dare negotiate a wedding DJ’s fee! Pay these house all night DJs with punya punya boys N$200. That’s probably what they deserve for their surface knowledge of music and the art of DJing. A wedding DJ deserves a “thank you for your offer, it’s approved”. A wedding DJ deserves a “we hope this doesn’t include accommodation and transport because we’ll take care of that”. Because a wedding DJ deserves every cent quoted!!
I cannot and will not work with an all-night house DJ. I will advise the couple to consider a change of DJ, if they insist on continuing with that DJ I will respectfully decline. I know how those house all-night DJs work. I’ve seen what those house all-night DJs do at weddings. I will not, I repeat, reduce my professional acumen to that. I’m too experienced and learned to mess around all night with a cocky and downright stupid house DJ. I can’t and I don’t want to!
So, ode to wedding DJs who spin on time, have everything ready including back-up gear for contingencies, and respect the dress code. Not even the world’s best MC will be able to save a wedding party that collapses because of a crap DJ. Mr/Mrs/Miss Wedding Dj… you my friend, you are OUR hero!
Until the next loop, let’s say “GMTM”!
NSK is a professional MC. For bookings send an email to [email protected]
2020-05-15 staff reporter