How We Make Money as DJs

Let’s talk about the journeys and insights of DJs transitioning from club DJing to private events and weddings. This podcast features discussions on technical challenges, gear preferences, music selection importance, and adapting to audience needs. Russ and Rev share personal stories, including memorable gigs, and emphasize the importance of evolving DJ skills and utilizing technology for enhanced performances.


The landscape of wedding entertainment is continuously evolving, and there's no better way to understand these changes than stepping into the world of those who curate these magical moments - the DJs. In a captivating conversation, we delve deep with Russ Collins and Jonathan Reville, also known as Rev, two DJs with rich backgrounds in both the club scene and private events, who've recently focused their talents on revolutionizing wedding entertainment.


From Serato to Ceremonies

Rev's journey into DJing is a tale of passion, evolving from curiosity sparked by musicians’ magazines to pioneering the integration of club elements into weddings and private events. Initially drawn to turntablism and the electric energy of clubs, Rev made an indelible mark on the nightlife scene in Dallas, rubbing shoulders with celebrities and capturing the vibrant club atmosphere. However, amidst the vivacity, a yearning for change emerged, leading Rev towards a more meaningful and personal aspect of DJing: weddings and private events.


A New Era of Wedding Entertainment

Russ and Rev bring their unique perspectives, foregrounding the need for DJs to adapt and evolve to meet the changing expectations of modern couples. The traditional wedding DJ stereotype, characterized by line dances and lengthy announcements, is giving way to a more dynamic, club-like experience. This shift demands not only musical expertise but also an ability to seamlessly integrate various entertainment technologies.


Technology Takes the Stage

A significant trend highlighted in their discussion is the increasing role of technology in transforming wedding entertainment. Video integrations, such as customized first dances with video projections, are becoming staples. The expectation now extends beyond merely curating a playlist and creating an immersive audio-visual experience that captivates guests and leaves a lasting impression.

Moreover, the importance of lighting and visuals, once the purview of nightclubs, is now making its mark on the wedding scene. Moving heads, spotlights, and sophisticated DMX programming are becoming part of DJs' arsenals, elevating the ambiance and creating a visually stunning experience that rivals any club.

The Art of the Mix

Perhaps the most critical evolution noted is the art of mixing. With the digital age ushering in a quick consumption culture, guests' attention spans are shorter, demanding a quick mix style that keeps the energy high and the dance floor packed. Platforms like BeatSource have become invaluable, providing DJs with an extensive library of tracks and edits that allow for smooth transitions and the ability to cater to various musical tastes instantly.


Harnessing the Future

As we look towards the future, it's clear that the role of a DJ at weddings and private events is no longer just about playing music. It's about creating experiences, blending audio with visuals, and bringing the vibrancy of a club to a more intimate setting. Russ and Rev's insights spotlight a future where DJs are not just entertainers but architects of unforgettable moments, utilizing the latest technological advancements to craft events that resonate deeply with their audience.


The conversation between Russ and Rev not only showcases their journey but also serves as a beacon for the evolving landscape of wedding entertainment, highlighting the importance of adaptation, technical skill, and a deep understanding of their audience's changing needs. As we navigate this new era of wedding entertainment, one thing is certain: the innovation and creativity of DJs like Russ and Rev will continue to redefine what it means to celebrate love and commitment.


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Written By

Russ Collins

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