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The 80s Power Ballad Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

April 18, 2017 by GreggHollmann
In this 86th installment of the wedding cocktail hour series, we’ve set our sights on the power ballads of the 80s.  Think big hair with lots of hairspray, big drum kits, big vocal buildups and high drama!  Representative bands include Journey, Motley Crue, Poison, Firehouse, Whitesnake, KISS, Foreigner, Bon Jovi and Van Halen.  Besides cocktail hour, any of these tracks would represent an interesting surprise for dinner music or a slow dance. Our selections span from 1978 to 1990, with most tracks being released in the mid-1980s.  Take a trip down memory lane by viewing any of these songs’ music videos on YouTube. For an accompanying signature drink, we’ve selected a popular beverage of the Eighties – a  Bartyles & James Wine Cooler.   Lights – Journey More Than Words ... [read more]
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The Far East Wedding Cocktail Hour – by DJ Gregg Ambient

December 28, 2016 by GreggHollmann
This DJ had the fortunate experience to live and work in Japan during the 1990s. The following cocktail hour playlist is inspired by my time spent in the Far East, reflecting the complex fabric of life in Japan that combines traditional and modern elements. The playlist is deliberately heavy on ambient electronica, but takes on a more pop feel later in the set. While the selections are focused on Japan, the list includes a delightful R&B track from the Thai artist “Groove Rider” – you don’t need to speak Thai to feel the good vibes. For a signature drink, we’ve selected a glass of Suntory whiskey on the rocks. This is a salute to actor Bill Murray who promoted Suntory in the movie “Lost in Translation” set in Japan. Following the track list below is a link to a Spotify playlist. Since ... [read more]
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The Boy Bands Wedding Cocktail Hour (Volume 1)

December 20, 2016 by GreggHollmann
backstreets_backTechnically "boy bands" go back to the 1950s and 1960s with acts like The Beatles, Monkees, Osmonds and Jackson Five. However, in this blog installment, master music mixologist DJ Iron Mike selects boy bands from the 1980s through the present crop. Sample artists include the Backstreet Boys, 'NSync, New Kids on the Block, Color Me Badd, Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees, the Jonas Brothers, One Direction - and more! Boys bands - typically manufactured by promoters to target the masses with handsome young men, pleasing harmonies, fancy dance moves and catchy pop hooks can be particularly nostalgic to brides who enjoyed these acts d... [read more]
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The Fall/Winter 2016 Dance Playlist by DJ Gregg Ambient

December 10, 2016 by GreggHollmann
  1. Give it Up – Nathan Sykes f/ G-Eazy (pop) – enjoy this glittery Jamiroquai-esque production
  2. Let Me Love You – DJ Snake w/ Justin Bieber  (dance)
  3. Closer – The Chainsmokers w/  Halsey (EDM)
  4. Girls Like – Tinie Tempah f/ Zara Larsson (dance)
  5. Bailar – Deorro w/ Elvis Crespo (a great EDM / Merengue track)
  6. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars (pop/funk)
  7. The Greatest – Sia (pop)
  8. Millionaire – Cash Cash & Digital Farm Animals f/ Nelly (performed live at the recent DJ Times DJ Expo in Atlantic City!) (dance)
  9. This Girl (Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners) – Kungs (dance)
  10. Fade – Kanye West (R&B / House)
  11. Starboy – The Weeknd w/ Daft Punk (pop / electronic)
  12. One Da... [read more]
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The Blues Wedding Cocktail Hour (Volume One)

December 9, 2016 by GreggHollmann
blues_cover_photoBlues is a genre and musical form that originated in African-American communities in the "Deep South" of the United States around the end of the 19th century. While there's no reason for you to be singing the blues at a wedding celebration, blues is a distinctive and pleasing musical genre. It's also the foundation for many modern musical styles including rock n' roll and jazz. Our DJ Marti Gras (Martin Valcin) recently performed at a wedding where the couple requested a generous portion of deep blues music. Marti Gras brushed up on the genre and compiled over 400 tracks. In this playlist, he shares some of his favorites. ... [read more]
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The Catchy Covers Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist

December 2, 2016 by GreggHollmann
scott-bradlees-postmodern-jukeboxThis playlist was inspired by the trend towards vintage covers of contemporary music. Scott Bradlee's group "Postmodern Jukebox" with its various lead singers is at the forefront of this trend, and is well-represented in this set compiled by Ambient DJ music mixologist Christopher Smith, aka "DJ Spinz." We've augmented the set with other catchy cover versions by artists including Sam Tsui, Boyce Avenue, Jamie Cullum, The Robert Glasper Experiment, Who is Oliver, Richard Cheese and The United Rhythms of Brazil. To make the playlist accessible, we've restricted our selections to songs that a... [read more]
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The 70s Soft Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour (Volume 2)

November 30, 2016 by GreggHollmann
ambrosia_band_70sBack by popular demand, our DJ Iron Mike has compiled a second volume of 70s "soft rock" hits for your listening pleasure. Despite not even being born until 1981, Mike has studied up on his 70s music - call it a guilty pleasure of his. I've even experienced Mike listening to this genre while cruising around town. Stand out tracks from this volume include Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver", Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love" and Ambrosia's "Biggest Part of Me." Other representative artists include Carly Simon, Andy Gibb, Bread, Fleetwood Mac, Seals & Croft, Orleans and Elton John. For volume one, our selected signature dri... [read more]
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The Sunset Sessions Wedding Cocktail Hour

November 23, 2016 by GreggHollmann
hawaiian_sunsetFor today's wedding cocktail hour playlist, we are thrilled to welcome guest blogger DJ Troy Michael. Troy is a wedding DJ specialist based in Hawaii in the greater Honolulu area. Troy's resume includes time in the San Francisco Bay area where he spun in numerous clubs and lounges. Troy's approach to weddings is similar to our own - that is, a tasteful, music-centric approach with mixing and musical programming at the forefront. For more information about Troy's wedding DJ services, visit www.tmhawaiidj.com. Troy has prepared a delightful "Sunset Sessions" set incorporating a variety of musical styles including soul, R&... [read more]
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Product Review – “Marketing the Music” – An Educational DVD by Joe Bunn

November 19, 2016 by GreggHollmann
Several years ago, DJ Joe Bunn, a successful DJ company owner based out of Raleigh, North Carolina, began speaking at national DJ conferences.  From the first how-to-promote-your-dj-companytime that I heard Joe speak, I realized that he was a savvy marketer with great ideas. His polished marketing and branding have helped Bunn DJ Company to become a market leader.  Joe and his staff DJs perform at over 500 weddings annually, supplemented by another 200+ private, corporate and charity events. I was excited to learn that Joe was producing an educational DVD focused on marketing and branding.  The DVD was released in March 2016 and is titled ... [read more]
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The African Safari Wedding Cocktail Hour

November 16, 2016 by GreggHollmann
african-safari-elephants-kilimanjaroThis latest wedding cocktail hour playlist was inspired by our recent performance at an African-themed summer party by our client Mike Mattia. This Fall, Mike will be taking his family on vacation to South Africa. For their summer party, he and his wife Stacy gave guests a taste of Africa with authentic food, beverages and music (our department!). The following playlist contains authentic African artists like Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Youssou N'Dour, but has also been calibrated to American taste with African-influenced artists like Paul Simon and Santana. Like a morning on the Af... [read more]