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Video Killed The Radio Star

Posted in Style Down The Aisle on September 25, 2011 by djlorib

Holy smokes it was a busy summer for DJ Lori B. Weddings, weddings and more weddings. All types: traditional, same sex and transgendered. A party is a party no matter who you are in the world.

I’m preparing to roll into the fall wedding season with events up and down the New England Coast. Love It.   


Below is a video of the last dance (Firework by Katy Perry) for Yuli & Greg. Over 120 guests attended their reception at the Hampden Country Club in Hampden, MA. The Dance floor was packed all night and I played popular party tunes from LMFAO, Usher, Beyoncé, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.


Hot Fun In The Summertime

Posted in Style Down The Aisle on August 6, 2011 by djlorib

I don’t know what’s hotter, all the fabulous parties and receptions I’ve hosted so far or the really hot and humid temps in the northeast. DJ Lori B votes for the parties of course.

Gary & Kathy were married in a private ceremony on the village island of Islamorada located off the Florida Keys. About a month later they invited friends and family for a golf outing and party.

Gary & Kathy 🙂

Their event was held at The Grassmere Country Club in Enfield, Ct. It was my first time DJing at Grassmere.  The layout  is DJ friendly with plenty of space for equipment and lights. The staff was friendly and courteous.

The party kicked off right after dinner. Kathy provided me with a great playlist with a lots of variety. Motown, classic rock, top 40 dance, and disco. Gary is a country fan and I played a lot of songs by Keith Urban.

Live Like You Were Dying

Posted in Style Down The Aisle on March 17, 2011 by djlorib

No, this is not a morbid post.

An interesting wedding trend is emerging. More and more wedding couples are having their events at funeral homes.

A recent USA Today article titled “Funeral homes find new life by hosting other events” focuses on The Community Life Center in Indianapolis. Across the USA funeral homes like The Community Life Center are rebranding their business to include names like event and community center. In addition, funeral homes are remodeling and expanding existing space to include banquet facilities, gardens, and patios.

Wedding chapels and banquet houses have closed due to the economy where as funeral homes are pretty much recession proof. The funeral industry is moving further away from “traditional” wakes and more toward personalized services that celebrate the living like weddings, proms, meetings and holiday parties.

Having an event at a funeral home may not be for everyone. If a wedding couple can look beyond the doors of sadness they can reap the benefits of a less expensive venue, greater availability and a setting that in general is tastefully decorated with plenty of amenities like limo’s, flowers, and a chapel.

Post Song: “Live Like You Were Dying”- Tim McGraw

Tid Bit Tini

Posted in Style Down The Aisle on March 6, 2011 by djlorib

Weddings By Google:
Google has simplified managing and planning a wedding reception. For wedding couples short on time this site is an all-in-one-wedding planner. I played a bit with Goggle Sites, Picnik, Google Docs and Picasa. These are easy and FREE planning tools that will allow couples to save time and have fun while planning their special event.

Thoughts on Selecting a Disc Jockey

Posted in Style Down The Aisle on February 1, 2011 by djlorib

A once in life time celebration cannot be redone. The overall success of your wedding reception or event depends on partnering with the right DJ entertainer.  Below are some of my opinions on finding the right DJ for your event.

Personality:  First impressions are telling. When discussing your celebration with potential disc jockeys ask yourself this question a few minutes into the conversation. Do I like this person? Do I like what he or she can bring to the table in terms of experience, energy and professionalism?  Remember “It Don’t Mean Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”-Duke Ellington.

Profile:  I define profile as the professional and personal make up of a DJ (how they roll).

In 2010 I re-tooled Martini Productions. I worked with a creative designer who encouraged me to redesign my logo and collateral materials. In addition I went from a static web-site to an active blog. The end result are marketing materials that are clean, classy and professional. It’s the exact image I wish to convey because first impressions are telling.

Below is a picture of my old business card on the left and my new and improved look on the right. Oh my what was I thinking? 🙂

Martini Productions Old and New Logo

I love to write and I love my blog. It’s a way for me to stay current with topics related to being a disc jockey. It also gives potential clients a sense of my experience and personality. I’m amazed at the amount of DJ web-sites that have not been updated in years. If other DJ’s aren’t paying attention to their business tools then what else might they be missing?  Topic Song: “Fresh”-Kool and the Gang.

I‘m spending more time on the microphone during an event, therefore I want my voice to be the best it can be. This past weekend I had lunch with Mary McKitrick who is a voice over actor from Northampton, MA.  She was kind enough to give me practical advice on how to better manage my voice and tone during an event. I could simulate other DJ’s on You Tube, but I want tips and suggestions from a trained voice professional. Topic Song:  “Voices Carry”-‘Til Tuesday.

Price:  There is a saying in the DJ universe “Good entertainment is not cheap and cheap entertainment is rarely good.” When considering a DJ one must also consider the value of entertainment services provided. Is there more value at an event with a decorated ice sculpture, or is the value of a professional, experienced and polished disc jockey that honestly wants to rock your party a better choice?  80% of the success of your event is in the hands of the entertainment you choose.

Discussing price is often a tricky subject.  Professionally and philosophically I do not subscribe to “DJ Discounts”. Offering discounts is like yo-yo dieting, in the long-term it does not work. The clients I work with value my services and my pricing structure reflects that. There are many DJ’s who will do or say anything to secure a gig. My hope as an entertainer, who loves my profession, is that client service is not sacrificed for a discounted price. Topic Song: “Good Time”-Alan Jackson

2011 Wedding Trends

Posted in Style Down The Aisle on January 6, 2011 by djlorib

It’s cold in the northeast and I need a Bear hug. 🙂  I love this sunny, warm picture of the Bear’s. Rocked their party at Kelleys Island on Lake Erie. A few more months to go before the warm temps return.

Brian & Caroline Bear

Below are a few of my wedding predictors and trends for 2011. They’re based on what’s happening in the world, research and conversations I’ve had with other wedding professionals in Western Massachusetts.

We should all prepare for Royal wedding fever.  April is just around the corner and if people thought media coverage for Lady Diana’s wedding was intense, wait until this event starts to gain traction.

The Black Eyed Peas will dominate social media, music charts and dance floors throughout 2011. Their latest release “The Beginning” is full of  fun, catchy, dance/party songs that will keep DJ’s very happy this year. The growing popularity of their album, plus performing during  the Superbowl half time show in Dallas, (with about 107 million US viewers) will keep the Peas and their music in front of the masses.

Wedding lighting (up lighting) will continue to be popular with couples. Less of a trend and more of a must have according to Diana Marszalek, who recently wrote an article for the Associated Press titled “Lighting can transform a wedding space”.  Lighting with color is a great way to enhance an event space and create the mood for a party. Personally, I love up lighting and transforming a space from wow to POW.

Not all wedding receptions have to be on a Friday or Saturday. Sunday receptions are becoming more popular. Wedding couples that can’t get a Saturday date at their preferred event location, can plan a Sunday event and possibly save money by doing so.  A party is still a party even on Sunday. Amen.

Diversity is in. DJ’s must have a basic understanding and catalog of latin music.  At 80% of the events I hosted last year, at least 1 guest requested to hear latin music. The most popular types of latin music are: salsa, meringue, bachata & reggaeton. I’m ahead of the curve. I love latin music and blogged about it in the category Caliente. In 2011 latin music will be hot.

Hot Hues, Hot Music, The Summer Wedding Season is Heating Up

Posted in Style Down The Aisle on May 11, 2010 by djlorib

This year, fashion forward brides have a wide variety of color designs to choose from. 2010 is the year to be bold and colorful. Bridesmaids dresses with hues of  pinks, oranges, yellows, purples and turquoise lead the way to the classic white/ivory bridal gown embellished with colorful sashes and bows.    

If  bridal attire is bold and colorful, why not the music for the party? During a five-hour wedding reception, I typically play 50-60 songs for the “party” portion of the event. In the grand scheme of all things musical, that is not a lot of songs to pop a party with.    

To help maximize the playlist, I’ve ecouraged couples and their guests to consider dancing between courses at the reception. It’s a perfect time to play ballads and a few classic songs that may appeal to the more mature group of guests in attendance. Dancing between courses sets the tone early on that the couple of honor intend to dance and celebrate their special event in a big way.     

Great party music cycles in and out every three to four years and this is a good year. The Black-Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Flo Rida, Justin Timberlake, Cascada, and Sean Kingston lead the charge in the pop/dance category. Other party tunes from Michael Jackson, Madonna (getting a bump from Glee), Pink, Big & Rich, Jamie Fox, Trace Adkins, KC & The Sunshine Band and The Commodore’s fill in the gaps; thus filling the dance floor.