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If you've been reading over my blog for the past several months, you probably have figured out that the possibilities are endless for how you'd like the music to be at your Charleston wedding. Mike Bills Entertainment is an owner-operated Charleston Wedding DJ service who believes that giving brides and grooms complete latitude in their song choice is one of the ways to ensure lasting memories for many years to come after their wedding day.  Making the music all about the bride and groom is paramount in setting the tone for an incredible Charleston wedding reception. Charleston is one of the top wedding destinations in the country that is totally dripping with southern hospitality.

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In between my preparation for all my spring weddings and events coming up in Charleston, I wanted to continue with Part 2 of the 30th anniversary of the music of 1988. In case you missed Part 1, click HERE on this link to begin your time warp back to the music of 30 years ago. If you are just hitting this blog for the first time, WELCOME!  I invite you to lose yourself in my musical world.  We left off with the last post about this time (April) in 1988. Back in 1988, we were watching The Cosby Show on Thursday nights, and in the theaters we were watching "Rain Man", "Die Hard", and "Beetlejuice", just to name a few.  It was actually 1988 that the compact disc edged out vinyl in sales, and now 30 years later, vinytl has made quite the come back.  The music for your Charleston wedding is one of the most important details that you should not overlook. As I've mentioned previously, adding in the 80s to your wedding playlist can dramatically increase the fun factor.  Mike Bills Entertainment is a Charleston Wedding DJ who has one of the most prolific collections of 80s music and is one of the most knowledgeable in the Charleston region.

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You know it's been a while since I talked about the father - daughter dance at Charleston weddings. As the years go by, tastes have a tendency to change as well as the choice of songs and genres. Here we are in 2018 inside another beautiful Charleston spring wedding season, the flowers are in bloom and the spring breezes are carrying those sweet scents through the air in the Holy City. While the year has changed and the music on the charts change, one thing that remains the same is that tender love between a father and her daughter during their dance at her wedding reception.  Depending upon the desired timeline of the bride and groom, the father - daughter dance usually occurs right after the first dance.  Doing the father - dance right after the first dance is a perfect time because ALL eyes are on the bride at this time. Your Charleston Wedding DJ will gracefully fade down your first dance and professionally fade in and announce everyone that a special moment is about ready to happen between the bride and her father.   

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In one of my Charleston weddings coming up in a few weeks, I'll be doing a classic rock playlist for the bride and groom's dinner hour. Led Zeppelin, The Steve Miller Band, The Eagles, and Fleetwood Mac are just a few of the great classic rock artists chosen for this playlist.  Your Charleston Wedding DJ should allow you the latitude to pick and choose whichever music you'd like during the various parts of your wedding day. For instance, for this same wedding, the couple has chosen to do "80s Pop" for their cocktail hour. One of the brides that recently booked me said a word to me that I have not soon forgotten; "customize". Every single wedding comes with it a bride and groom and friends and family with drastically different tastes. With such a contrast in musical tastes, no two weddings will ever be the same and when you can customize the Charleston wedding playlist to cater to the bride and groom, you make for an even more memorable day because you have made the musical soundtrack about them. 

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We're approaching Easter Weekend in Charleston and the spring wedding season is really kicking into gear, and with the sudden uptick in temperatures (after a cool March). as well as the sweet aroma of spring flowers around the peninsula, I've been getting into a bit of a romantic mood. There is no secret that Charleston, SC is one of the most romantic cities in the world. Within the past 5 years alone, the city of Charleston, SC has received tremendous praise and a whole host of accolades from the likes of Conde Nast and Travel & Leisure magazines. I'm not sure about you, but when I am in love, I find myself thinking about that special someone a lot, while under the influence of a ton of songs that conjure up those feelings of love and longing to be with one another.  Charleston is truly a city where you simply cannot turn a corner without doing something romantic. Whether its an exploration of it's rich history and arts, an exploration of it's fine dining, or wonderful beaches, Charleston has it all and then some. 

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My apologies ladies and gentleman in the delay of getting this Part 2 of a look back to The Golden Age Of Dance Music between the years of 1988 and 1994. It's that time of the year again! Tax season. The good news is they are done now, and I can refocus on upcoming Charleston weddings, meeting with clients, enjoying the weather, and working my blog like I truly love to do.  If you are just visiting my blog for the first time, Welcome!  You may not meet a more passionate guy when it comes to music, and I like to share that passion with my clients. I like to share that passion with my clients to give them a wide variety of options as to how their magical musical soundtrack could be and how it could play out. But, let's get back to business, if you are catching my blog for the first time, check out this link to Part 1 of my series that outlines the Golden Era of Dance Music that has a focus from about 1988 through 1994.  Get your headphones ready or turn up your speakers and let us continue this look back at a truly golden era of dance music.  Even better, your Charleston Wedding DJ playlist may sound even more awesome with a few of these songs on it.

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Today is the first day of spring and I've got visions of the Charleston spring wedding season dancing in my head. I was recently approached to organize and create some playlists for some private events that could be making their way to the Charleston area this spring and summer. In conducting the research for what would become an amazing customized playlist for dancing, I began to reflect back to a truly golden era in dance music. From about 1988 through 1994, there was an incredible bumper crop of artists bursting onto the scene and occupying the Top 40 and Dance charts. These songs created mass hysteria in night clubs all around the Charleston area back during that time, but tend to get pushed to the side in lieu of the Top 40 artists of today.  The research for the music to be added to this post allowed me to take a trip back in time to the early 1990s (say around 1994), when I turned 21.  We had a night club here in Charleston located right on Vendue Range called The Jukebox.  It was in the most ideal location and no club that has opened since then has had such an ideal location. When it closed in the mid 90s, I sensed something missing when it came to night life in Charleston. It's location was absolutely perfect: it was right in front of the Charleston Waterfront park. You could literally dance the night away and then step outside and get some fresh air right on the water. It was perfect. And another thing that was perfect at this place was the music they were playing.  

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Hello! Mike Bills here, owner and operator of Mike Bills Entertainment, one of Charleston's top wedding DJs. I'm smiling ear to ear now because we've turned a corner on the seasons and it's now SPRING in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Even though it's still a little cool, it won't be too long before we have those awesome spring days in Charleston with incredible sunsets and breezes all around the area.  Choosing the wedding entertainment for your Charleston wedding is one of the many decisions you'll make as you plan your wedding, but one of the most important. Whether you choose a band or a professional wedding DJ like myself, the music has got to be perfect and a soundtrack must be created that will have you, your family, and guests talking for 500 years or more.  For brides and grooms planning their wedding in Charleston: I have a few questions for you:
A. Do You Want To Have "Just" Music? OR
B. Do You Want To Have A "Extraordinary Musical Experience"?

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Over the past decade, Charleston, SC has grown by leaps and bounds and has seen a tremendous growth in it's food and beverage scene. Perhaps its the consecutive annual awards by the likes of Conde Nast Traveler that have caused this explosion of new, hip, and chic hangouts and establishments that have shaped Charleston into an even more social and foodie city. With these awesome new establishements and venues comes the need for an amazing hip and chic soundtrack to go with the amazing views and weather that we've come to know in this beautiful city of Charleston.  Aside from being one of Charleston's top wedding DJs, my obsession with 80s music is way up there with my obsession to helping brides and grooms create the absolute best playlist for their most important day here in Charleston. With the 80s in our rearview mirror (but far from being forgotten), I wanted to bring together my collection of the some of the more familiar 80s tracks (all in an extended 12' version), and some of the tracks that when you hear, you might say oooooooooooh. As a child growing up back in the 80s, I remember quite fondly what it was like to turn on the radio, and MTV for that matter and see videos that would end up creating lasting images for a lifetime. Back in the 80s, we didn't have Spotify or You Tube, so the DJ you heard on the radio or Casey Kasem on Sunday morning were some of the only sources to hear new music. There were also some specialty shows like Solid Gold and American Bandstand that offered more live performances, but for the most part your favorite radio station was a popular place where listeners first heard about new music.

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You've been planning your perfect Charleston wedding for months, and in some cases, years. After all the planning and preparation that has gone into one of the biggest days of your life, there is only one word that comes to mind when describing what your day should be; "fun". While I've certainly talked in previous posts about how important it is to hire the right Charleston Wedding DJ and entertainment and how that will certainly give you the best chance of having an awesomely fun reception, there is one more dimension you might add to your big day. A photo booth. Employing a photo booth at your wedding is one of the best ways to really get you and your guests engaged and having a blast at your wedding reception in addition to the best soundtrack I'll help you create.  As you may have read in my previous posts, I don't offer any upgrades. Click HERE to read this post from last summer to get a little more caught up on who it is I am as a Charleston wedding DJ.  My aim is to continue to keep that laser focus on all my brides and grooms in creating the absolute perfect soundtrack for the biggest day of their lives. I want to continue to do ONE THING and do it excellent. In recent months, I had been thinking about adding a photo booth company to my preferred vendors list. Back in December, I connected with Melissa Ingersoll of Lowcountry Photo Booth at a networking event and what she was doing really caught my eye.

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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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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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