Quote from a great article about what skills make a great DJ, that cannot be duplicated by technology. This describes what we do:
"If we are not aware of how to differentiate ourselves from an I-pod. If you choose to be a music "distributor" for a live event, your days are numbered. Your access to a huge music library is no longer enough (music is readily available with the click of a mouse) The ability to beat mix and scratch is great but there are tons of pre-recorded mixes available easily on the Internet. So it gets down to two critical skills that can not be replaced:
1. Your ability to read the crowd on the fly and have a sense of what will keep the energy level high and the dance floor full. It's a skill developed through experience; to know in what direction to take a party. To know what trigger songs will reignite the crowd. It frankly is more art than a science, and no one has successfully created great art artificially on a computer. That is pure human talent. DJs that have the skills can't be replaced.
2. Your unique personality can never be captured on an Ipod. What you say, how you say it, and your ability to engage the crowd with your microphone skills and verbal content will always distinguish you from being just a "music provider". At school dances, private parties, and weddings the human element is the critical ingredient that will keep you in demand. If you are fun, upbeat and truly passionate about being an entertainer not just a DJ (a jockey of discs), your career path is safe from the onslaught of technology."
A FEW THANK-YOU LETTERS...
"Dear Vicky and Chris,
Words cannot simply express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for the wonderful DJ service you provided at our daughter Alyssa's wedding on July 18 at La Fonda.
Everyone absolutely loved the musicand had a blast dancing.
You were so attentive to the energy of the guests and always seemed to know what music to play and when.
We really loved how you ended the evening by playing the Notre Dame Fight Song! So, so neat!
Too bad we ran out of children or we would hire you for our next wedding!!
Again, mil gracias for making the evening so memorable.
Rosemary and Ray Moya"
"Chris and Vicky -
Thank you for the awesome DJ service for our Wedding, and for all your help throughout the process!
All our love -
Yussef and Angela."
Thank you so much for planning the music for our wedding ceremony & reception.
The wedding was beautiful and went as planned.
We loved Roberto and our guests raved about his talent.
Your DJs also did a great job.
We really appreciate your efforts to make our day extra special.
It was a pleasure to work with you!
Janet & Lee"
I just wanted to say thank you for the greatest party ever!!! Everyone keeps talking about how much fun they had - "the best wedding they have ever been to" - and this is a reflection of what a great job you guys did! You set the perfect atmosphere for a fantastic wedding! The songs, the timing - everything was so well planned - just perfect! Mark and I had so much fun and danced all night - my feet were numb for days! I hope you guys had fun too!
"Vicki and Chris,
We would like to thank you for the superb job you did at the wedding reception on March 28th. So many compliments came our way throughout the evening and afterwards. I can only imagine how wonderful your band Soulstice is. The Mariachi group was exceptional as well, many compliments came their way also. What we really enjoyed was the extra activities you did to interact with the guests, like the love songs, the male and female bonding dances. You kept the dance floor crowded and we had a great time. Thanks,
Mary and Dan Caldarera( parents of the bride)"
I wanted to take a moment to thank you and your staff for your wonderful service at our wedding.
I am so glad that I had the chance to meet you and your husband and I was so touched with the care that you both took to help me pick out songs that went with my music interests for different portions of the reception, especially your help with the father/daughter dance.
Though I'll admit I still figured that the DJ that showed up at the wedding would just play whatever suited his fancy. I didn't quite believe you all would play each and every song that I picked out from cocktail reception, dinner to dancing. I even sent my list to a friend saying "but we'll see what they actually play". I was wrong! From Built to Spill to Old 97's to David Bowie - he played it ALL. The songs that remind us of each other, special times, special places or we just LOVE - he played them all.
DJ Jim was so attentive to me. He explained everything to me and made sure I knew what was going on and when. My guests had a blast. My new 89 year old grandmother in law didn't leave the dance floor all night. My groom, who doesn't dance, DANCED! My neices and nephews have never had so much fun. My 4 year old niece came up to me at 10:00 pm and told me emphatically that "this is the best party I've ever been to in my entire life". I couldn't agree more with her.
Thank you so much for making that happen. We had the best wedding (of course) and are tremendously grateful to our vendors who went out of their way to make it so. Please send our compliments and appreciation to Jim our DJ.
Meggin & Andrew Lorino"
"Dear Absolute Entertainment,
Thank you for making our destination wedding in Santa Fe such a success. The Loretto Chapel is beautiful and the String Quartet was wonderful. It was a fairy tale wedding. The music was amazing--the string quartet, the mariachi band, and especially the DJs. You guys made the whole evening flow smoothly. The music selection at the dance was a great mix for all of our guests, and we really enjoyed watching everyone have such a great time. Everybody left saying it was the best wedding party they had ever attended. When the DJ announced the sparkler send off for Alison and Adam, I heard guests saying, “Oh, I wish it wasn’t over yet!” That is a great wedding when the guests are having so much fun that they don’t want to leave. Thank you Absolute Entertainment!
Alison and Adam C. (bride and groom)
Jim and Linda R. (parents of the bride)"
"Vicky and Chris!
Well it's been a little over 2 weeks and our guests can't stop talking about our wedding! We can't thank you, Absolute Entertainment, enough for putting on such an awesome show! Leigh Ann and I talk about how wonderful everything and everybody was throughout the weekend. To be topped off by such great entertainers! Unbelievable!! Most of our friends and family are used to "one dimensional" entertainers for the most part. Absolute Entertainment went above and beyond, you have imprinted yourself in our memories, as well as the memories of our guests! Leigh Ann and I can't wait to see the video. Morgan said they couldn't stop laughing while they were editing it.....I'll let you know how it comes out. Thanks for being wonderful!!!
BRIAN and LEIGH ANN M."
"A quick note to anyone considering hiring Absolute Entertainment (Chris & Vicky Speer) - do it!
We hired Chris and Vicky to DJ our wedding reception and it is a real pleasure to recommend them.
We and our guests had a fantastic time at the reception party, due in no small part to the professional efforts of Vicky & Chris. They met with us weeks before the wedding to go over every detail of the music and coordinated with the hotel to ensure everything went smoothly. They have numerous contacts with local musicians (in addition to having their own band) and were able to supply an excellent Mariachi group, which played before dinner. During dinner and afterwards they were professional, unobtrusive and highly experienced - Chris' exhaustive knowledge of music accommodated all tastes and kept the party going, and Vicky worked extremely well with the crowd - taking requests, MCing when necessary (e.g. announcing toasts, dances etc.) and even serving as an impromptu wedding coordinator to handle those inevitable last minute surprises which popped up. They clearly enjoy their work, and it shows. In short Chris and Vicky Speer are a class act and a lot of fun. We thoroughly enjoyed working with them.
SCOTT CROOKER PhD and MOLLY V."
A HUGE thanks to you and Chris for making the evening so amazing! Every detail that you worked on was just perfect and we all had a great time. I had multiple people compliment the music choices, from the string quartet to the dinner and dancing tunes. Perfection!!
I will send along some pics when I get my hands on them but thanks again for all of your guidance and support.
You rock! Literally!!!!
xoxox Courtney Gay Account Executive"
"Dear Chris and Vicky,
Matt and I want to express our heartfelt thanks for providing amazing dj-ing and mcee-ing on the night of our wedding. It has taken awhile for us to catch our breath after the wedding and now we are trying to thank everyone who made the day so wonderful.
Chris, everyone loved the music you played and so many stayed until the last dance! Vicky, thank you for being flexible and "going with the flow" when the speeches went a little longer than planned, etc. We didn't worry about a thing that night and just had a blast. You are true experts and we are grateful to have had the chance to work with you. Am sure you will be making other people as happy as you made us for years to come!!!
Take Good Care!!
Rosemary and Matt"