It's only been a million years since I've added to my Vendor Spotlight series. And I honestly don't know what the hold up was. We're going to blame it on the craziness of wedding season.. not me failing to have my act together.
I wanted to highlight my favorite DJ in the area... DJ Kat from KD Productions Entertainment. It's been over a YEAR since we worked our first wedding together and I remember being so awestruck by a DJ who seemed so unique and full of life (on a blistering hot July day no less!). We've since gotten to know each other better at various wedding professionals network events and she's always one of my favorite people to talk to. She always makes everyone around her feel welcome and included and especially for someone who isn't so great at throwing myself into situations like that, I always appreciate it.
Kat DJs weddings in exactly the same way. She is personal and fun and makes the wedding reception a party without taking away from the true stars of the show, the bride and groom. The wedding we did together had no coordinator, so guess who stepped up and kept everything on schedule running smoothly. I remember her popping up during family pictures seeing if anyone needed water (it was SO HOT, y'all) and that is so far from being her job. She was just doing everything she could to make this couple's day as perfect as possible.
I'm going to stop fangirl-ing now and let you read her responses to the interview questions I posed. Hopefully this is helpful to all the future brides!
How did you get started in this business?
I was 16 years old when I became a DJ. I really shouldn't say "accident" because I truly believe that in life, there are no accidents. I used to go to a bowling alley up in Syracuse NY to hang while my dad worked security every weekend. I have been always into music for as long as I can remember. Going to bed at night when I was 4 I would always start my Madonna record (yes record!) to put me to sleep. Ok, back to the bowling alley.
So anyway, I used to bug the heck out of the DJ's making requests and telling them what they should play, until one day the DJ working was like, "why don't you try then?" If anyone out there knows me personally, they know I love the challenge of anything and of course I accepted the DJ's challenge that night. I got right behind that mixer and went at it. To his surprise, I picked right up and then he told his boss. Boss man was a little apprehensive at first but after being told my the DJ how easy it was for me, I was hired right away. After that, I started DJ'ing parties and then weddings and the rest is history. At 23, I decided to go out on my own and open my own DJ service in Syracuse and since 2010 I relocated to Richmond and business has been great since.
What would you say is your style and approach in working with your clients?
My business approach/style is very personal. I get to know my clients needs specifically and its very often that I become friends with my clients and see them at other events in the future. They are the ones hiring me, so they get what they want. Bottom line.
What sets your business apart from others in the industry?
My interaction while DJ'ing sets me apart from any other DJ. I make sure to get right out there. One of my greatest peeves about other DJ's are the ones that just stand behind the table and "press buttons". We are Dj's, the "life of the party", the Entertainers. We should be our there engaging the crowd and getting them pumped up and excited to be there. I know my limit as well though. There can be DJ's that make it all about them and take the spotlight off the guests of honor.
Who is your ideal client?
I don't really have an ideal client. Any age, race, etc. doesn't matter. I offer the client what they want and have DJ'd events from a 1 year old birthday party to a 60th wedding anniversary. Sometimes the clients are party animals and others just want to listen to good tunes. As long as they get what they want and are happy, then I'm happy.
What would brides be surprised to know about you or your business?
Brides would be surprised to know that I have been doing this for 17 years. People say I look like I'm 21 so when I tell them, they look confused. I'm 33 now and still loving it!
What would you like clients to know before hiring a DJ?
Before hiring a DJ, know these tips:
* Make sure there is a written contract between both parties
* Make sure the DJ you talk to is the DJ who will be at your event
* Make sure the DJ meets ahead of time to go over all the event details
* Be careful about paying too little for a DJ; We all love a bargain, but you will get what you pay for most of the time when it comes to entertainment.
You can connect with DJ Kat at her website http://kdproductionsentertainment.webs.com/ or call her at 804.482.0537.