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Mike Bills is the owner and operator of Mike Bills Entertainment, a higher end DJ service based in and around the greater Charleston, South Carolina area, which happens to be the Number 2 wedding destination in the country. This means he is the ONLY DJ on staff in the company. This also means there is NO lengthy roster of DJs in his company, just ONE exceptional wedding DJ there for you to help you craft the perfect mix of music for your very special day. Since there is only ONE DJ, there will be NO surprise who your DJ will be. Every single review you read online about Mike Bills Entertainment is from a Charleston wedding or event that was personally performed by Mike himself. Over the years, Mike Bills Entertainment has become one of the top choices for a wedding DJ in Charleston. Mike's style is professional, classy & fun, so there will be no silly jokes and gimmicks or ANY cheesiness at all. When he started Mike Bills Entertainment, the goal was to be the total "antithesis" of the cheesy wedding DJ, and he's accomplished that goal very nicely. Mike's aim with every couple he works with is to create a wedding reception (in terms of music) that is all about them and their specific tastes.  Brides and grooms want a soundtrack to their big day that will be remembered for years. "When you make the music about the bride and groom, you cannot really go wrong in creating lasting memories......" says Mike.

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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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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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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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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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She'll be in town tonight and this is a date that I have had circled on my calendar for quite a few months now. Live at the Gaillard Center downtown in Charleston, SC, it's world renown jazz pianist and singer, Diana Krall. Billboard magazine named her one of the best selling jazz artists of her time. Her voice is very rich and sensual, and in my humble opinion one of the best in history out of all female jazz musicians. I am giving Diana some time on my blog this weekend because her music would go perfectly at a black-tie Charleston wedding down at the Hibernian Hall or the historic Gadsden House, or even the Governor Thomas Bennett House. If you are just hitting my website and blog for the first time, welcome! If incorporating other jazz musicians into your Charleston wedding playlist is something you are interested in, you might check back at an earlier post from a few weeks ago about my smooth and sexy like silk jazz cocktail hour for Charleston weddings as well. It's only a few posts back behind this one.

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They say "hate" is a strong word, so when it comes to the Charleston wedding DJ business, we'll make it a little less dramatic and refer to those songs that we "dislike greatly" as Do Not Play songs. Wedding DJs all around Charleston and the rest of the country have made their reports and the votes have been tabulated, as to which songs were placed on Do Not Play Lists all over Charleston and in the rest of the major wedding markets across the country for all of 2017. If you just landed on my blog for the first time, welcome to my website and blog that was professionally designed for the modern bride in mind.  You probably are hitting a lot of DJ sites out right now if you just got engaged over the holidays or will be in the next few weeks. The Do Not Play List is one of the most important discussions that you should be having with your prospective wedding DJ as you plan your 2018 or 2019 wedding.  It's YOUR wedding, so the music that you choose for your wedding playlist should reflect your musical tastes. If you are thinking about designing a special theme for your cocktail hour, check back over my blog for many playlist ideas. One of the biggest parts about making your wedding music about YOU is making sure the DJ you hire does not play the songs you don't like.

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She'll be here next Saturday night. She has one of the beautiful female jazz voices in modern jazz music history. Her name is Diana Krall. She has a very smooth and sexy voice and I cannot wait to hear it live and in person downtown at the Gaillard Center. In preparation for Diana Krall, I decided to throw together another cocktail hour playlist alternative when planning the music for your upcoming Charleston wedding. Today's iteration of the cocktail hour has to do with the smooth and sexy like silk sounds of smooth jazz.   The sounds of smooth jazz are perfect for a cocktail hour that's located right next to the water.  I am picturing this smooth jazz cocktail hour to go very well as a way to relax after your wedding ceremony and soak up a few rays of sun, especially if your wedding reception is held downtown at the Historic Rice Mill or Harborside East. Imagine, if you will, you and your guests socializing during your cocktail hour right on the water as the sun sets. It's the perfect soundtrack for your guests to socialize and sip cocktails down by the water in Charleston.

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Wow! Today is February 1, and we are kicking off that month of love, but don't worry, we'll have plenty of time to talk about love. It was a beautiful day today here in Charleston. Did you get outside to enjoy it?  When spring does come back to Charleston (in time for another wedding season), I am certainly going to do a happy dance. In the meantime, perhaps this next edition of the cocktail hour playlist series will warm you up.  I was doing a little maintenance on my music database the other day and started to play a little bit of infectious James Brown. One James Brown track led to another and the next thing I knew was I was putting together a "Feel Funky" cocktail hour playlist to give brides and grooms another great idea for their playlist for their Charleston wedding. This "Feel Funky" Cocktail Hour Playlist is the perfect way to loosen up after your wedding ceremony and socialize for a little bit before dinner.  So, since it's now February, let's get funky.

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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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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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