Hi, I'm Phil and I've been a DJ for 13 years. Since 2007 I've mostly spun vinyl records. I've DJ'ed weddings, corporate events, retirement parties, house parties, and clubs. I have my own P.A. and gear so, if you give me a power outlet, I can start a party.
In preparation for each event, I work with the organizer(s) to make sure that the music I bring matches their tastes and the tone of the party. I mix and beat match all of my songs, typically segmenting my DJ sets into different genre or theme-based sections while throwing in some curveballs. I like to gently push the listeners' taste and extend their music knowledge rather than play only the most well-worn, culturally saturated tracks.
Price Range: $400 - $1200
Gig Length: 90 - 600 minutes
What to Expect
The music that I play varies based on the mood of the event I've been hired to DJ. I like to play a variety of different genres and eras of music and jump between them to draw unusual connections between songs. I like to play songs that are forgotten or less popular to gently push the boundaries of listeners' musical knowledge and taste.
I DJ weddings differently than I DJ clubs or house parties. For weddings, I'll typically segment my DJ set into smaller sections with different kinds of music so that, over the course of the night, each demographic at the party gets to dance to a genre or era of music that they enjoy and can relate to. Oftentimes wedding DJs will play only the most obvious, culturally saturated, and tired songs, unmixed to try to appeal to the broadest possible audience all of the time. This approach to DJing does not interest me. I don't need to hear Baauer's "Harlem Shake," PSY's "Gangnam Style," or anything by DJ Snake ever again. I also think that playing Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" or "ABC" and "I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5 is lazy.
What I want to do is understand your taste in music and the tastes, backgrounds, and age ranges of your guests so that I can play particular songs that cater to those tastes and compel you to dance. I believe that DJs should be music evangelists and that you are hiring me to surprise you.
I've been DJing parties for 13 years. I've played weddings, clubs, fundraisers, house parties, dorm parties, retirement parties, birthday parties, and more. I bring, set up, and take down all of my own gear.
I started DJing house parties as a sophomore at Kenyon College using CDJs. My senior year I bought turntables and started trying to play more records. After college I moved to San Francisco, worked in a record store (Vinyl Dreams!), became dedicated to DJing exclusively with vinyl, and played clubs (Underground SF, Raven, Honey Soundsystem) and house parties. I bought synths and drum machines and started producing dance music with Ableton, which led me to start DJing with the software. As I got older, many of my friends (and friends of friends) got married and I was an obvious choice to provide music for their wedding parties. Since most pop music is released only digitally now, and records are expensive, I play a lot of music off my computer but still prefer to play records.
Recently I've worked with:
* 26 year-old fiances looking for a wedding DJ to pay 90's hip-hop and R&B
* A soon-to-be retiree looking to celebrate her retirement with friends and family
* A real estate agent looking to develop contacts with young professionals.
* A woman looking for a DJ to play classic hip-hop at her 40th birthday party
* A friend looking to throw a totally sick Halloween house party!
Additional Booking Notes
I need a nearby power outlet and a spot in the shade large enough to set up a folding table with my turntables and laptop on it. There should be enough room for me to move around behind the table and store a couple of record bags, which I'll be reaching for and digging through continuously during my set. There also needs to be enough room to set up two 50 lb, 15" loudspeakers on stands pointed at the dancefloor. I'll need a table cover for the folding table.
For a good example of what I would play for a general audience, I'd recommend checking out a mix I made for a series of 5k races on my Podomatic page (click my website link).
The mix's tracklist is full of puns and references to walking, running, shoes, and boots. And because the races were to take place in the Chicago area, I included Chicago house classics (like "French Kiss" and "Percolator") and snuck in tiny segments of a speech by a certain well-known Chicago politician. The mix was designed to start slow, then build in energy and tempo followed by a period of cooling down towards the end. The tracklist is diverse and jumps between eras and genres including some songs that are less well known and others that are totally obvious ("Running with the Devil"). It's an accurate representation of the way that I think about DJing and the diversity and playfulness I bring whenever I get to play records for people.
Influences & Inspiration
Optimo (Espacio), Greg Wilson, Maurice Fulton, Bicep, Mike Bee, Joel Conway
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