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Dj Spotlight on Damian Rhodes

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We wanted to start something new with our blog that puts the spotlight on our DJs and even local vendors. This is just a small way to say thanks to those who are driven, dedicated and passionate about our industry. This week, we kick it off with our very own Damian Rhodes. Damian is an incredible DJ, MC, Radio Personality and friend. He’s talented in so many ways and hopefully he can rock your next party.

5 Questions with Damian Rhodes

1. WHEN DID YOU START TO DJ AND WHAT MADE YOU GET INTO IT?

I first starting DJing when I was in high school. (I had a very simple setup back then. Two cassette decks & some cheap speakers lol). I would DJ some of my friends birthday parties, Halloween parties & so forth. I found myself always watching & studying the DJs our school would hire for our homecoming dances. I’ve always loved music. I was the kid who always had earbuds in my ears rocking out to my favorite songs . As I went on to college & studied communications/broadcasting I fell out the DJ thing. Then when I got hired in radio out of college I got back into DJing after getting numerous emails from listeners asking if I could DJ their party or wedding.

2. DO YOU HAVE A MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER THAT STANDS OUT AS ONE OF THE BEST MOMENTS SO FAR?

I actually have a few. One was a homecoming dance I did for Warwick high school where you literally couldn’t see the floor in the cafeteria they had their dance in. (the school’s cafeteria was actually bigger than their gymnasium so they had their dance there). But I’ve never seen so many people dancing at one time in my life! It looked like a sold out concert!

The second is a wedding I did at Park Inn in Mechanicsburg where at the end of the evening while I was taking my equipment down, the bride came over, gave me a big hug, said thank you for making their big day perfect, & that I was “her most favorite vendor to work with out of all the vendors she had because I was so easy to talk to.”

My third was a bride & groom I worked really close with through the planning process, built a friendship with them and still stay in touch. They recently asked me to get together with them to see their baby.

3. WHAT MUSIC DO YOU PERSONALLY LIKE? FAVORITE ARTIST? FAVORITE SONG?

My music taste is kind of all over the place. I typically listen to anything from top-40, to 80s, & even some classic rock. You’d find Nickelback, Robin Thicke, Maroon 5, Ben Rector, Gavin DeGraw, Flo Rida, Boston, Elton John, Phil Collins, 38 Special, Stevie Wonder, and even my guilty pleasure (a boy band called 98 Degrees) on my ipod 🙂

4. WHAT DO YOU LOVE THE MOST ABOUT DJING?

I love getting to know my wedding clients & working along side them during the planning process. I really enjoy sitting down with them, getting to know what they like to do outside of their wedding planning and really get to know them. Of course I also love finding a good mix of songs their guests like & mixing & blending them all together seamlessly. I love mixing songs together & looking up from my laptop and seeing a dance floor full of people dancing, smiling & even sometimes singing along to their favorite song.

5. YOU RECENTLY GOT ENGAGED. BEING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PLANNING TABLE, HOW IS THE PLANNING GOING SO FAR? ANY ADVICE TO THOSE PLANNING?

Right now the planning is going slow lol. We still have to pick a date yet. My fiancé is waiting for my weekends to free up over the Winter so we can start looking at venues and shop other vendors. What’s cool for us is that I see a lot of great ideas when I go out & DJ on the weekends so I’m always taking pictures of center pieces, cakes, escort cards & venues to share with my fiancé & get her opinion on things. It also helps that I know a lot of people with amazing talent in the business so I know firsthand who would be a perfect fit for our wedding day.

Here’s one of Damian’s 5 star reviews from Wedding Wire:

“For our wedding, we were very pleased to work with Damian from Mixed Up productions. Our first meeting with Damian went well, he was already answering our questions before we even had to ask and walking us through the details step by step. Damian really showed his dedication and expertise in the months and weeks leading up to our wedding by quickly and honestly responding to every question or request we had. He also had great suggestions when we needed them! The true test was the big day, not only were we impressed by the professionalism with us during the wedding but our guests had a great time from start to finish. Damian even made a special announcement honoring our parent’s wedding anniversary. We will recommend Damian and Mixed Up productions to all of our friends and family, we are so happy to have had him as part of our wedding!”

Want Damian to rock your next event? Reach out today to see if he’s available for your date! info@mixedupproductions.com

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