DJ’s April 2016 Spotify Playlist

It’s time for the B-Boy April 2016 Spotify playlist release – just in time before we fully jump into May. These selections are from some of our working DJs who have given us a few of the songs they are enjoying this month. Not all of these are meant for event purposes (although many are); they represent what our team of event DJs are listening to. If you haven’t subscribed to our Spotify channel, do it today!

 

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DJ Brian B (Owner/ Executive DJ)

  • This Is What You Came For – Calvin Harris Feat. Rihanna
  • Faded (Tiesto Northern Lights Remix) – Alan Walker
  • Let It Go – James Bay

Dj Irving G (Associate DJ)

  • Pop Style – Drake, The Throne
  • Traidora – Marc Anthony

Dj Dan Davis (Associate DJ)

  • Beauville – Letting In
  • Nas Feat. Genuwine – You Owe Me
  • Depeche Mode – It’s No Good

DJ Josh Bausch (Associate DJ)

  • Victorious – Panic At The Disco
  • Got Getting Up So Down – They Might Be Giants
  • Cake By The Ocean – DNCE

DJ Shawn (Associate DJ) 

  • She’s American – The 1975
  • Touch ‘Em – Koi Child
  • Luxuries – Folded Like Fabric
  • Panda – Desiigner

Dj Charles (Associate DJ)

  • Troubled Love – Mullally
  • Sunshine – Flight Facilities
  • Champion – Kanye West
  • Obviously – Gramatik

Grand Entrance Wedding Suggestions For 2016

The flood of Grand Entrance songs of 2015 have swept through the Gulf Coast and, fortunately, left very little damage to our ear drums (inside hurricane joke for our Florida panhandle folks). With the passing of every year, there seems to be a couple of songs that are much like the belligerent guests that linger way too long after the party is over. Despite their generous advances of gear consultation and musical expertise, you can’t help but think to yourself, “Why are you still here?” Fortunately for us, the majority of good entrance songs overwhelmed the not so great.

Grand Entrance Songs 2016

We believe that the Grand Entrance is one of the most important moments of a wedding reception. It is the first real preview your guests get of what this party will be like. Like any great writer will tell you, it’s imperative to start well and end well. The Grand Entrance is the moment the superstars of the night are introduced to their guests and they, in turn, are introduced to their party. The ending or finale should be the confirmation of what was declared in the beginning. Any polished and aware DJ/MC will know how to help form this. Choosing the right Grand Entrance song to fit your style is an important aspect of the planning process. This task can be fun and off the cuff or maybe a bit stressful. The aim of this post is to hopefully give you some gems from this past year and maybe steer you in the right direction. Below is our list of the top ten most popular Grand Entrance songs of the past year in no particular order (according to our clients).

Adventure Of A Lifetime – Coldplay
Coldplay absolutely kills it with this track. If you’re looking for fresh, electronic pop rock, this is the song for you.

Shut Up and Dance – Walk The Moon
Quirky, indie/dance rock track. Great party starter for sure. *Quote from the band on the song: “We kind of wanted to write a dork rock anthem for all of those poor souls like us.” If you want to save this for your dance set, then play the instrumental (we do this often) for the Grand Entrance.

Marry You – Bruno Mars
Classic summertime pop track. Perfect for weddings. I mean it has the word “marry” in it!

Feels So Close – Calvin Harris
Catchy, synth powered ear worm.

Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
Instant classic. Throwback Prince homage of sorts.

Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Futuristic rock with a disco/funk feel.

Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
Fun, fresh pop rock feel.

How You Like Me Now – The Heavy
You may not know this track by name, but we guarantee you’ve heard it. Check it out HERE!

Chris Brown- Zero
Fresh electronic, disco/funk pop song.

Anything we should add to the list? Comment below.

How did we get our name? | B-Boy Productions

It happens at least once a month.  Someone calls looking for B-Boys.  I’d love to say that’s how B-Boy Productions got its name but unfortunately, that’s not the case.  I wasn’t blessed with those dancing genes.

B-Boy Productions

When I first started DJ’ing in the nightclub scene, my last name (Buonassissi – pronounced: Boe Nuh See See) was obviously too long for nightclub flyers. I was also never a fan of the cheesy DJ names that people were using, though I did take on the “DJ GranMasta B” moniker for awhile.  This was partially due to my affinity for playing “Rapper’s Delight”, looping the line ” I’m the grandmaster with the three MCs” and then cutting down the loop to the first 3 words of the phrase.  It also had to do with a patron who jokingly chided me because I was so young DJ’ing in the clubs (I was 18 when I started) that he thought I had a “Bud Bundy” sort of look and it played to the sort of persona he created one season on Married With Children.

Grandmaster B

As I grew in my craft and started getting requested, the nickname “B-Boy” started making the rounds.  I’m guessing it was because my first name starts with a B and my last name starts with a B so it just worked. I  liked it!  There was a tie-in to the old school music/dancing roots and it was linked to DJ’ing. When it became clear that this was something I wanted to do as a career and needed to create a company name, I had to include it. I still can’t believe the .com URL wasn’t already taken so I snagged it and the rest is history. 20 years in, I’m proud of what our name stands for as well as the reputation and legacy we’re building.

Bud and Alley’s Weddings in Seaside, FL

If you’ve ever driven along 30A going from Santa Rosa Beach into Seaside, then you’ve had to come across Bud and Alley’s in Seaside, FL. We’re so excited to see more and more of our clients having their wedding receptions there.  This venue has always been an after-hours place for many of our wedding clients once everything else closes down at 10PM due to the upstairs bar that stays open till 2AM.

However, they just completed a renovation of the main restaurant and over the last year or so, a ton of wedding receptions are now being held on property. I recently got a chance to see the venue a few weeks ago and sit down with their event coordinators, Rachel and Kathryn.

This outdoor space has been redone to include a tented area for the DJ to set up under.  Additionally, they have professional grade speakers permanently mounted to the top of the tent that allows us as the DJ to tap into.  This eliminates the clutter of seeing our speakers stands, etc. On that lower level is where dancing takes place.

Bud and Alley's Weddings
There’s a raised deck that is adjacent to the restaurant.  This is where the dinner tables are placed.  This picture below doesn’t show it but the deck wraps around to the left and more tables can be placed there. They have standalone heaters for the cold months available and cafe style lighting strands are strung over the dance floor year round to give it that throwback rustic look.

Bud & Alley's Reception

If you haven’t yet seen Bud & Alley’s and are looking for a private venue that serves amazing food, make sure you check it out.  They only do 1 event per day so be sure to get your reservation in early.  We will be shooting a venue profile video and have it up on our YouTube channel later on this season.

Best David Bowie Party Song Ever

David Bowie passed last night but his legacy lives on.  His music has been a staple in our wedding and corporate event dinner and dance sets for years.  Just a couple that are in our music catalog:

  • Golden Years
  • Heroes
  • Kooks
  • Let’s Dance
  • Modern Love
  • Oh! You Pretty Things
  • Space Oddity
  • Under Pressure
  • Ziggy Stardust

However, now that our 20 something wedding clients are products of the 90s era, very few find their way on to our couples’ music request lists anymore.  Except for two.  You can probably guess which ones.  They are “Let’s Dance” and “Under Pressure”.  Both songs are upbeat (although the latter is a faster tempo).  But if you had to pick just one, what would be your best David Bowie party song ever?  Which one would rock your party the best?

David Bowie DJ Songs

From a DJ perspective, I have to go with “Under Pressure”.  The tempo (114 beats per minute) is perfect to transition between a dinner set into a dance set. You have the noticeable bass riff that has guests usually thinking you’re going into “Ice Ice Baby”.  However, I’ve found that in a wedding set, you can keep the older folks dancing longer with this David Bowie tune because they know the lyrics rather than going with Vanilla Ice’s knock-off old school rap track.  The key to this tune is not to stay with it too long.  If you get to the bridge at about 2 minutes in, the beat drops out for about 20 seconds (which can seem like an eternity for your average dance crowd) and then the track changes in feel and can be tricky getting out of without letting it play to the very end.

The best remix I’ve found to date for a wedding/corporate application is one by DiscoTech.  The song stays true to the original and is a quick 2 minutes and 30 seconds with a DJ friendly intro and outro fade that makes it easy to transition into whatever genre you want to go to next.  What are your thoughts?  Do you agree with this pick?  Or do you think another song should top the list?  Have a better remix of Under Pressure?  Comment below.

DJs December 2015 Spotify Playlist

It’s time for the B-Boy DJs December 2015 Spotify playlist release – just in time before the end of the month (and year). These selections are from some of our working DJs who have given us 1-3 songs they are enjoying this month. Not all of these are meant for event purposes (although many are); they represent what our team of event DJs are listening to. If you haven’t subscribed to our Spotify, do it today!

Wedding DJs Spotify

 

DJ Brian B (Owner/Exectuive DJ)

  • Love Yourself (KANDY Remix) – Justin Bieber
  • Sugar (HUGEL Remix) – Robin Schulz feat. Francesco Yates
  • Same Old Love (Filous Remix) – Selena Gomez

DJ Duane (Associate DJ)

  • WTF (Where They From) – Missy Elliott feat. Pharrell Williams
  • Like I’m Gonna Lose You – Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend
  • Here – Alessia Cara

DJ Irving G  (Associate DJ)

  • La Gozadera – Gente de Zona feat. Marc Anthony
  • One Call Away (KLYMVX Remix) – Charlie Puth
  • Fiesta – Bomba Estereo feat. Will Smith

DJ Dan Davis  (Associate DJ)

  • Honeymoon  – Lana Del Rey
  • Downtown – Macklemore
  • Good For You – Selena Gomez

DJ Josh Bausch  (Associate DJ)

  • Adventure of a Lifetime – Coldplay
  • On My Mind – Ellie Goulding
  • Lean On – Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ

DJ Shawn Frady  (Associate DJ)

  • White Iverson – Post Malone
  • You Got Me – G-Eazy
  • Bros – Wolf Alice

DJ Che (Jr. Associate DJ)

  • Good Times Roll – GRiZ & Big Gigantic
  • Random – G-Eazy
  • Holding on To You – Twenty One Pilots

DJ Josh Weck (Jr. Associate DJ)

  • When We Were Young – Adele (original not on Spotify)
  • In The Night – The Weeknd

Steve Harvey gaffe at the Miss Universe Pageant was not what it seemed

Being in the event world and putting such an emphasis on MC’ing with my DJs, the Steve Harvey moment at the Miss Universe pageant last night seemed to be, on the surface, a very teachable moment for my crew. Steve had to have known this was the one thing to get right. How do you not take the 30-60 seconds to look at the cards and prepare before announcing the winner to millions watching on TV? Although it’s a on a much smaller scale, wedding party introductions carry the same type of magnitude. We spend the first half of our DJ training course on this specific area.

Steve Harvey

But that’s where this particular story shifts. As much as “live” TV tries to sell the general public that it is indeed live, those of us in the production world know nothing is left to chance on these sorts of things. It is always mapped out, especially when millions of people are tuned in. Think of any award show you have watched. Do the producers and directors let the host or presenters free-style? Of course not! It is scripted and placed on a teleprompter for them to read. So where I am going with this?

In an industry that demands I stay up on all the latest social media platforms, I stay connected to them all. If you’re not on Snapchat, then you may not have seen one of the snaps in the “Miss Universe” story. Steve Harvey was caught on video talking to the producers saying that the prompter showed “Miss Universe – Colombia”. Interesting enough when I went back this morning to look for it, that snap was deleted! Luckily, the web keeps all this stuff and I found the snap.

If this snap is indeed accurate, I give Steve Harvey a ton of credit. It would have been so easy to throw the production crew under the bus. Yet, he put it on himself. As MCs in the event field, we can take a cue from Steve on this. How many times does a bride/groom switch the wedding party order last minute or the planner calls an audible or a father of the bride demands we switch a song that will kill the dance floor? Do we blame someone else (though we’d have every right to) or do we take it on the chin and make it work. I’ll always go with the latter. Your thoughts? How would you have handled this?

Destination Wedding DJ Heidi Jade at Hilton Sandestin

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DJ Heidi Jade

Today we are highlighting Destination Wedding DJ Heidi Jade who recently was our headlining entertainer at the destination wedding of Grace and Danyel. The ceremony and reception took place at the Hilton Sandestin in Destin, FL. When asked what their ideal DJ looked like, their reply was “carefree and fun.” We then had them describe their ultimate wedding reception to which they said “party of a lifetime”.

Assigning their wedding DJ was a no-brainer. We knew Heidi would fit the bill perfectly for this wedding. Her easy-going demeanor and impressive mixing skills would be sure to amaze not only the bride and groom but their 65 guests in attendance as well. We utilized one of our DJ assistants so it would be easy for Heidi to coordinate and get out from behind the decks and into the middle of the deck for the Grand Entrance announcements.

One of the best parts of a destination wedding is that you have your closest family and friends in attendance. This usually means they have no problem letting loose and having a good time. Grace rated her crowd as a 9 on a scale of 1-10 (10 being complete party animals). The love that these guests had for the bride and groom could be felt immediately and they lived up to the party rating.

From the moment the open dancing started, Grace set the tone and danced the entire evening. Her guests followed suit and the party was officially on! With some of their guests coming from New Orleans, Zydeco and Cajun music were on the request list as well as some of the popular line dances like “Cupid Shuffle” and “The Wobble”. These were the formality song choices:

  • Grand Entrance (Bridal Party): “I Gotta Feelin” by Black Eyed Peas
  • Grand Entrance (Bride/Groom): “Everything” by Michael Bublé
  • First Dance: “1000 Years” (Christina Perri Cover) by Boyce Avenue
  • Father/Daughter Dance: “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle
  • Mother/Son Dance: “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  • Cake Cut: “How Sweet It is” by James Taylor

Check out this highlight reel of Heidi that we put together from the wedding below.

Our Event DJs November 2015 Spotify Music Picks

We’ve put together a list of tracks for our event DJs November 2015 Spotify music picks which you can listen to here. This a fantastic way to stay up on some of the new music climbing the charts and getting airplay on the radio as well as to get a feel for what a lot of our entertainers are playing out at parties.  Be sure to follow our channel and subscribe to the playlist.

B-Boy DJ Spotify Picks November 2015

Brian B (Owner/Executive DJ)

  • Be Real (Vice & Justyle Remix) – Kid Ink, Dej Loaf
  • Say My Name (Ganz Remix) – ODESZA feat. Zyra
  • Renegades (The Knocks Remix) – X-Ambassadors

DJ Duane (Associate DJ)

  • What Do You Mean – Justin Bieber
  • Delirious (Boneless) – Steve Aoki, Chris Lake & Tujamo feat. Kid Ink
  • Lean On – Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MO

DJ Irving G (Associate DJ)

  • Hotline Bling – Drake
  • Sorry – Justin Bieber
  • Run For Your Life – Big Grams

DJ Dan Davis (Associate DJ)

  • Skin-Tight Boogie – EODM
  • Here – Alessia Cara
  • Disarm You – Kaskade feat. Ilsey

DJ Josh B (Associate DJ)

  • Honey I’m Good – Andy Grammer
  • Stitches – Shawn Mendes
  • Downtown – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

DJ Che (Jr. Associate DJ)

  • Revolution – Diplo
  • Middle – DJ Snake
  • Don’t Wanna Fight – Alabama Shakes

DJ Josh Weck (Jr. Associate DJ)

  • Cake By The Ocean – DNCE

DJ Shawn Frady (Jr. Associate DJ)

  • S.O.B. – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
  • Weathered – Jack Garratt
  • Retrograde – James Blake

DJ Heidi (Jr. Associate DJ)

  • Can’t Sleep Love – Pentatonix
  • Gibberish – MAX feat. Hoodie Allen
  • Levels – Nick Jonas

Until next month…happy listening!

Wedding DJ Wedding Package Winners | Des & Basil

Last year we did a wedding package giveaway. It was one of the best contests we’ve ever ran. It came down to the wire but Deserie and Basil (pictured bottom left below) pulled away and won it!

DJ wedding package

It took over a year to see the wedding come to fruition but wow, what an awesome event. I didn’t get a ton of time to hang out with Des and Basil but you could see the genuine love in their eyes all night. Their crowd was amazing and boy did they love some old school!

This was the first time I’d ever worked at this venue, Plaza De Magdalena, in San Juan Capistrano, CA. From the street, you’d have no idea this hidden gem was there. And a hidden gem it is! The courtyard is downstairs and very private – perfect for ceremonies and cocktail hours. But the crown jewel is the Magdalena Room, which boasts a phenomenal in-house lighting system (complete with decor and monogram/gobo lighting potential) and they have an in-house sound system. Patti, the contact at the venue, was amazing to work with. She was very accommodating and unlike many venue contacts, she stayed until the end (which I very much appreciated).

Des had her friend, Elena Moreno, run the event and she couldn’t have been easier to work with! You’d have thought she had done this for years by the way she was so calm and collected throughout the night. Here are a photos of the evening we snapped.

Plaza De Magdalena Courtyard

Wedding Instagram

Wedding Decor

Wedding Decor

Wedding Cake

Wedding Decor

DJ Brian B CA Wedding DJ

Atomic Dog

DJ Brian B Official

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