Charleston Wedding DJ Blog

And Random Insightful Musings

Charleston Wedding DJ Blog

And Random Insightful Musings

| Mike Bills | Charleston Wedding DJ Blog

Image Is Truly Everything When Choosing Your Wedding DJ

It sure has been a productive summer for me! If you are just finding me, I look forward to possibly becoming your wedding DJ. Welcome to an all-new experience for the modern bride and groom seeking a top wedding DJ to help them plan the music for what will be one of the biggest days of their lives. I won't bore you with any complex technical terms, but my website has recently been rebuilt on a faster and more secure platform, and all the while this upgrade was taking place there were significant cosmetic changes made. If you are a newbie to my website, welcome and please feel free to poke around and find a little wedding playlist inspiration. Since you are new, you probably haven't seen me boast about my blog, but it happens to be one of the most informative out there and its interest has spanned numerous countries around the world. It NOW looks as stunning as the most beautiful bride. Image is truly everything when trying to secure your wedding DJ. Scroll down and I'll explain :)

| Mike Bills | Charleston Wedding DJ Blog

The Top 20 Best B Sides Cocktail Hour Wedding Playlist

The inspiration for this cocktail hour playlist came to me after the realization that this August would mark 50 years since the release of the signature song by The Spinners, "I'll Be Around".  Not long after the Spinners landed in Philaldelphia they would collaborate with Thom Bell and record the classic song at Sigma Sound Studios.  "I'll Be Around" was placed on the B side of the single " How Could I Let You Get Away".  Here in 2022, it's so surreal to think back that there was actually a time when a DJ had the power to flip over a single and play a song that (in their opinion) had a better chance of becoming a hit. In today's digital world, I'm not sure if a DJ has the ability to flip over a Spotify or Apple Music track, as most songs are delivered to radio stations by way of email or FTP.  Being the active Spotify user that I am, I cruised over to the Spinner profile and found that "I'll Be Around" came up as the 3rd most streamed song from the group.  Even though "Rubbermand Man" came in at #1, I consider "I'll Be Around" to be a signaure song that's got the perfect vibe for cocktail hour at your wedding.

| Mike Bills | Charleston Wedding DJ Blog

Top Wedding DJ Now Offering Corporate Event MC Services

Long before COVID-19 seemed to reshape the wedding industry, I made a decision to put my sole focus on DJing weddings exclusively. One of the reasons I opted to focus "just" on weddings was because of my deep respect for the art of being a top notch professional wedding DJ. Since my clients deserve the best, I felt it was important that they get my entire focus when they secure me to be their wedding DJ.  But in the years and months since making that decision, I was approached about an assignment that would provide an excellent opportunity to showcase my talents as not only a DJ, but also an emcee.

| Mike Bills | Charleston Wedding DJ Blog

Why Couples Must Hire A Wedding DJ With The Perfect MC Voice

In recent weeks, I've been talking with prospective clients who would like to hire me  to be their wedding DJ. One of the questions that has come from a few of these introductory conversations is how exactly I would speak on the microphone. Most of the time these types of conversations will mainly focus around how I will motivate the crowd or mix their music, so to hear them begin to ask about a wedding DJs MC skills and voice quality is rather refreshing. Over the course of my wedding DJ career, I've always said that a wedding DJ's voice is equally as important as playing the right song at the right time. With the steady stream of amateur wedding DJs continuing to infiltrate the market, modern brides and grooms need to understand that hiring a wedding DJ with a voice that truly cuts through is very important. It really is as simple as this, if a wedding DJ sounds truly horrible on the microphone, it won't matter what songs are being played. It'll be at that time that your wedding becomes forgettable. In an effort to avoid an annoying voice at your wedding, you'll want to read on because I don't want you to make the same mistake that so many couples have made in the past.

| Mike Bills | Charleston Wedding DJ Blog

25 Best 80s Slow R+B Jams For Your Wedding Playlist

You'd think that being one of the top wedding DJs in the country who specializes in 80s music, I would have put together this type of selection of songs a long time ago. Well, truth be told, I've had this screenshot in my phone for probably close to a year as a reminder.  I'm very surprised that its taken me this long to put together this selection of 80s R&B Slow Jams for your wedding playlist. Inspiration for this playlist actually goes all the way back to a private event I DJ'ed back in October of 2018 out at Folly Beach at a house on the beach.  Despite this client having a very diverse taste in music,  the prevailing theme for the evening included a ton of the best 80s R&B slow jams.  Putting together this playlist brought back a ton of 80s memories, as most all of the songs you'll see were released when I was in elementary, middle, and high school.   If you are a fan of 80s music and want to explore some slow R&B jams that are perfect for the end of the night at your wedding, you'll want to read on.

| Mike Bills | Charleston Wedding DJ Blog

What A Wedding Playlist Could Look Like Without Line Dances

As I sit in my office on this much chillier afternoon, I am finding myself smiling a lot as I reflect on the past year and all of the amazing clients who hired me to DJ their wedding in 2021.  Despite the COVID-19 pandemic still very much a factor, I got to work with some incredible brides and grooms.  Those brides and grooms decided to hire me as their wedding DJ because of the musical focus I put toward all of my performances.  Those brides and grooms are also couples who took the time to think seriously about how they wanted their wedding ceremony and reception to sound.  Since my clients come to me with very particular tastes, they have lofty expectations as to how they would like their music to be mixed.  Top wedding DJs are up to any challenge as it pertains to the music for their clients.  I am always up to the challenge of putting together the best mixed wedding playlists that don't sound like any wedding they had been to in the past. One of the ways this is done is by leaving the line dances off of their wedding playlist. What exactly would that type of wedding look like? 

| Mike Bills | Charleston Wedding DJ Blog

Top Songs From 1990 For Your Wedding Playlist

Sometimes when I least expect it, I'll hear a song that will take me on a journey back in time. No matter where I am,  whether its a drug store or a grocery store, or even in my car, the desire to do more music research always hits me at the craziest times. Even as we kick off the second week of 2022, I'm finding that 90s music is as popular as ever. Whether its the alternative scene out of Seattle or the unforgettable R&B / hip-hop scene, 90s music is still in demand by brides and grooms.  This post will cover the very beginning of the 90s. While 1990 marked the end of my absolute favorite decade of music (the 80s), the music scene continued down the same path. That path would include some of the best soft rock songs of the 90s, dance music, rock, pop, and the scene oout of Seattle.  1990 was a year where the San Francisco 49ers were one of the best teams in NFL history,  a gallon of gas was around $1.34,  Seinfeld made its debut, and Home Alone was the biggest movie of the year.  Since it appears that this 90s music nostalgia period that we're in end never ended, modern brides and grooms should Hold On as Wilson Phillips sang and enjoy this rocket ride back to the year 1990.

| Mike Bills | Charleston Wedding DJ Blog

Its 2022 | Lets View Past Music Charts For Wedding Playlists

Happy New Year! You know being a professional wedding DJ who finds himself immersed in the music, I never find myself making those silly New Years resolutions. I am already in good physical shape and don't overeat. :) Instead of making those promises that most people tend to stop doing within weeks, I find myself looking at the music charts. As the calendar turns over to another new year, I like to take a look back at where we were in terms of music and to see just how radical our tastes have changed over the years. Having gotten my start as a professional wedding DJ on the radio first, I knew firsthand about the importance of music charts, spins per week etc.  As we get cranked up into another engagement season, you are invited to take a look back at what we were listening to at various points in time.  Feel free to use this information as you put together the all-important playlist for the most important day of your life. Enjoy this mini time warp and a different perspective, and be sure to look for more helpful links on how to plan the music for your wedding day.

| Mike Bills | Charleston Wedding DJ Blog

Why Couples Should Hire A Non-Traditional Wedding DJ

My name is Mike Bills and I am a "non-traditional wedding DJ". I absolutely love music, as that is what a DJ specializes in or should for that matter.  For those modern brides and grooms who just got engaged and have just begun the research for their wedding vendors, this post is a MUST READ for you. I can hear those brides and grooms from Chicago or Philadelphia or northern New Jersey or New York City planning a destination wedding asking "What exactly is a non-traditional wedding DJ? In a recent review (that you can check out over on my Weddingwire profile), one of my clients titled their review of me, "A DJ That Truly Cares."  I am forever humbled to receive reviews like this!  When clients hire me to DJ their wedding, they aren't just contracting a DJ, they are making a new friend in the process. They are hiring someone who genuinely is interested in the overall success of the music and flow of their day. With so many amateur wedding DJs continuing to pop up all over the place, I felt it was time to put together another one  of my famous blog posts in an effort to educate newly engaged brides and grooms how to find the best wedding DJ for what will become one of the most memorable days of their lives. You will want to hire a non-traditional wedding DJ for your wedding after reading over this post. 

| Mike Bills | Charleston Wedding DJ Blog

The Rolling Stones Cocktail Hour For Your Wedding Playlist

Perhaps it was the recent passing of their great drummer Charlie Watts back in August or the fact a buddy of mine was seeing the band in Atlanta the other night. The Rolling Stones have been on my mind in recent weeks. They've been on my mind so much that I thought it was a great time to delve into their body of work and put together a selection of songs for a Rolling Stones cocktail hour. With a career that spans almost 60 years, the Rolling Stones have been called one of the Greatest Rock & Roll Bands Of All Time.  As I set aside some time to look over their music catalog over since the early 60s, their music has always maintained its roots back to the blues and rock & roll.  Like a lot of bands in the late 60s, the Stones would release an album that had a psychedelic feel to it. By the late 70s, they'd release Some Girls, which would be heavily influenced by disco, before moving back into straight up rock in the early 80s.   Spanning from the 60s into some of their lesser-known commercial releases from the 90s, I think you'll like this playlist of music from one of the best rock bands in history.

| Mike Bills | Charleston Wedding DJ Blog

80s Music For Your Wedding Playlist: Best Songs From 1982

Do you love the music of the 80s as much as I do? Well, you must love something about 80s music if you've somehow landed on this page. Thank you for visiting my website and blog. You are about to be taken on another journey back into the absolute best decade in musc.   This particular post is almost going to just about complete all of my posts that I have put together for each year of the 80s.  1982 was another amazing year of 80s music. The song selected for this playlist produced more of those iconic images mentioned in my post about 1981 from MTV beginning to air music videos.  No matter how compelling the content of the video was,  the images stuck with us forever.  While we are all listening to music today on our Iphones through Spotify, things were just a tad bit different back in 1982 with our $129.00 Sony Walkmans.  Poltergeist, Tootsie, and E.T. were some of the biggest movies of the year. I'll throw in some other fun facts about the year down below, but you won't want to click away until you see of these great songs from 1982.

| Mike Bills | Charleston Wedding DJ Blog

Best 80s Music For Your Wedding: Top Songs From 1981

My year-by-year salute of 80s music as it pertains to wedding playlists continues today in the very early part of this fine decade.  It was the year that MTV would sign on the air and you'd be bugging your parents to get the cable TV turned on so you could "see" all the new music hitting the radio.  Who knew that just creating a mini-movie with some of the best songs of the 80s would create indelible, iconic images for an entire generation!  The inspiration for today's post comes from one of the most experienced guy I know as it pertains to music research.  This guy has a photographic memory when it comes to all music and how it affected each decade and evolved during each decade. He could tell you which genre of music began to take over one of the Billboard charts. His name is Sean Ross, he works at Edison Research, and his intelligence about music and it's trends are practically unmatched. You'll want to read on as we explore some of the music from the early 80s, and I think you'll agree there are definitely some songs from 1981 worthy of being added to your wedding playlist.

Highly Recommend

DJ Mike delivered well organized and orchestrated results that made for a great wedding and reception! Couldn't have picked a better DJ to cover our event and truly appreciated his availability to pick up the job and execute in such a short time period. I highly recommend his services, overall great quality.

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MADE OUR WEDDING PERFECT

Before choosing Mike Bills as our wedding DJ, we looked at several companies and DJs and looked over the reviews for all of them. We chose Mike Bills because of the overwhelmingly great reviews he got and I am so glad we did! They were all spot on! Mike was great to work with, quick to respond, came to our rehearsal to do a run through with us.

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PROFESSIONAL AND CREATIVE

Mike was kind, courteous, professional, and creative! We thoroughly enjoyed working with him for our destination wedding at Folly Beach. We gave Mike minimal guidance and he caught on to our "style" quickly and efficiently. Our guests are still raving about the music selections, and how they were a great balance of new tracks and standards for everyone to enjoy.

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