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...
"I wanted you to know how pleased we were with the job Devin and Lance did for Shannon and Dave's Aug 13th Wedding. It was fantastic ! had tons of people tell me it was the best wedding ever, and ask for the playlist.
Devin did a fantastic job as MC and really kept things going. The Mariachis were great too.
Thanks for a job very well done.
Sincerely, Sonia Miller. Mother of the Bride"
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 Primavera 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."
"Dear Vicky and Devin,
I want to express my appreciation and gratitude for all of your hard work! Vicky I am thankful for your expertise and know-how throughout the planning process of the Johnson wedding. Devin you are a doll! It was a pleasure working with you! All of you are so professional and experienced and most of all flexible and accommodating of all situations. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
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"
"DJs Lance and Devin are great!
What kind and professional young adults they are! We had a great event and everyone loved the music. Thank you again. We look forward to working with you again next year!
Director of Marketing
TeamBuilders Counseling Services, Inc."
"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 (7/28/12). 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"
" I think the wedding and reception went wonderfully and everyone is describing it all as a "storybook wedding"! Primavera was beautiful and everyone thought their music was magnificent! Chuscales was great as well and my "discriminating" brother said he really set a nice tone for cocktail hour! Devin and Lance made the reception spectacular and really kept the fun going! Every part of the music you provided was beyond compare! Thank you so much for helping us pull this wedding off in such grand style. Leslie Kennedy."