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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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The culmination of another Charleston engagement season is upon us. Valentine's Day is now just a day away, and that day itself is actually in the Top 10 as one of the most popular days to propose. These past few days have been so warm here in Charleston and certainly have had me smiling about the spring wedding season that is just around the corner. Warmer weather just feels so much more romantic to me than cold weather. If you've read over my blog, you have a pretty good idea just how big an impact the perfect soundtrack that is created will play on your upcoming Charleston wedding day. But before we get to your big day in the Holy City, how did you envision the big moment that will turn into that wonderful day?  Music is powerful, and the right choice of song could make for a powerful and beautiful moment during your proposal. The type of song that you might choose to play during your Charleston wedding proposal is really going to depend on your mood. Some proposals are going to go down the very sappy and romantic love song route, whereas other proposals are going to be more funny and light-hearted. 

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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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