Tuesday, February 11, 2014

iPod vs.DJ

iPod vs. DJ by Matthew Shew

In the search for an answer in the never-ending iPod vs. DJ debate, you must ask yourself one question: What role will the music (and the person controlling it) play in your wedding day? 

The most common arguments to be made for the iPod are monetary significance, control of the playlist, and a terrible past experience with a live DJ.  Let’s address each briefly.  If you have decided to use an iPod to “save money”, then you may not be considering all of your expenses.  Do you have all of the necessary sound equipment (speakers, speaker stands, amplifiers, microphones, wires, etc.) you will need?  In many cases, you will spend a decent amount of money to rent these things.  After the rentals, buying music, and paying someone to operate the equipment, you may be a few dollars shy of what a DJ would’ve cost.  (When I address the advantages of hiring a DJ, you may be asking if you can afford to NOT hire a DJ.)  Wanting control of the playlist is another reason you may consider the iPod.  There is no denying that once you hit play on an iPod, if functioning properly, it will play the exact songs in the exact order in which they have been preset.  You can also collect guest requests in advance, and incorporate them into the festivities.  In my 17 years in the business, I’ve heard of very few parties where a preselected list of music succeeded in making for excellent entertainment throughout the course of the entire event.  I’ve even had DJs make playlists based upon music they had been given, and change midstream due to not being the “right time” (by their estimation) to play something.  This is made an even more mute point, given the fact that most DJs are willing to play the music you want to hear.  While I have heard of certain DJs not wanting to play from a playlist or take requests because it hindered their ability to “do their thing”, I believe these DJs to be the exception to the rule.  Leading into my final iPod strength of not having to deal with a terrible, or just plain unqualified DJ, we must assume the operator of the iPod will be doing little to nothing.  They are there to “babysit” the sound equipment, and that is all!  If the fear of having a bad DJ experience is your motivation, then read on and hopefully I can put your mind at ease on some of those issues.

Unlike the iPod, the benefit to having a live DJ at your event receives a single argument.  That argument is what I will call the “human factor”.  The “human factor” entails many “pros”, but can also include some “cons”.  Since the “cons” of the DJ serve as “pros” to the iPod, I will address them now briefly.  All of them are relatively easy to avoid, but ultimately a percentage of them turn into the aforementioned “terrible past experience with a live DJ” we spoke of in the iPod section.  Whether your DJ is inexperienced, obnoxious, overbearing on the microphone, or maybe drunk, these are all things which an iPod (by itself) cannot be.  On the flipside, a coordinator, emcee, music expert, and troubleshooter, are things an iPod can also not be.  In these capacities, the “human factor” is very powerful and invaluable to a wedding.  A good DJ will keep the flow of the party by communicating and interacting with you and your guests, as well as any other vendors at your event.  Your photographer, banquet coordinator, and any of the other significant players will be thankful to you when they have someone else to assist on a professional level.  Being able to accommodate this “flow” is something which takes experience and knowledge.  This is arguably the most important “pro” of the “human factor”, and the one which was repeated in almost every reference I could find.  DJs will also be able to adjust the style and volume of the music, as needed, based upon crowd reaction or as necessity dictates.  Even with impeccable timing, this would be extremely hard with an iPod.  They will also provide their own personal sound equipment to ensure quality and familiarity.  These may seem like small details, but they are details about which you will not need to fret.  It is a very cliché statement (but very true) that a wedding day goes by too quickly.  One less thing for you to worry about is a battle won, two or three less is winning the war. 

Some of the other downfalls of iPods are reliability and capacity.  We use iPods as backups, and have seen them malfunction in the past.  Regardless of the size, an iPod can only hold a certain amount of music.  These negatives just serve as more positives for the DJ side. 

There is no right or wrong answer to this debate, and I am all for personalization & living within one’s means.  That being said, I think a professional DJ is the hands down, stress-free favorite of couples in 98% or more of all wedding situations.  Enjoy your wedding and make sure your guests enjoy it, too!
Matt Shew
Shew-sical Entertainment Services, LLC
"Make your event a Shew-sical Masterpiece!" Music. Party. Shew-sical.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Booking a DJ for your Wedding in Frederick,MD

At Shew-sical Entertainment Services, we are continuously finding new and exciting ways to help our future clients. Today, we will address a very commonly asked question in the constantly changing world of wedding planning. When do you start looking for a DJ for your wedding in Frederick, MD? The answer to this question is simply-now. And not just in Frederick, MD, but anywhere. If you know you are going to be getting married in the near future, you may want to go ahead and start doing your "homework" on whichever companies in which you may have interest. Does booking "well in advance" guarantee you the DJ you would like? Not always, but just as with other vendors, booking as soon as possible could get you the vendor lineup to help ensure the "wedding of your dreams." Unfortunately, there is no real solid guideline for when to book certain vendor types (although some would have you believe that.) Book early to have the best results. We have even seen people who are set on certain vendors, call them all and schedule around their availability. Whatever your course of action, planning ahead is the best recipe for a well executed event in ALL aspects. Until next time, this is Matt & Nicole Shew of Shew-sical Entertainment Services, signing off...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Here Comes The....Gift Cards!

Yeah, yeah, yeah....We know with all of Shew-sical Entertainment's normal wedding chatter that you thought we were going to say,"bride". Not this time. Shew-sical is getting ready to start the "Shew-sical Lyric Challenge" once again. We are counting down the days until you can participate in the return of the much anticipated 2nd season. We will be placing the rules on the Shew-sical Facebook page prior to the contest's official start. If you have questions about the challenge, please contact us at info@shew-sical.com or give us a ring at 888-743-9742 (888-Shew-sical). Good luck & happy point gathering.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

14th Annual Bridal Show-February 12,2012

Here come the Brides....Come join Shew-sical Entertainment Services (& nearly 50 other vendors) at the Martinsburg Journal's 14th Annual Bridal Fair. It will be 1 pm-5 pm on Sunday February 12 at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Shepherdstown, WV. There will be a fashion show, door prizes, and lots of GREAT vendors. The Frederick Area Bridal Network(www.fabnet.info) will be represented at 7 tables, including a FABNet table. We look forward to seeing you there OR contact us to book your wedding reception. (www.shew-sical.com) We are running out of openings in 2012, so contact us today.

-Matt & Nicole Shew

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ladies & Gentleman, Get ready for the Main Event...Bridal Expo, that is.

This Sunday, January 29th, 2012, Shew-sical Entertainment Services will be participating in one of Frederick, MD's longest running bridal shows. It will take place at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center, next to the Francis Scott Key Mall, from 12 noon-4 pm. We have only a few FREE tickets left, if you would like to attend. Come register at our both for a chance at 50% OFF a 4 hour full service DJ/MC package. Please contact us for more information. We are looking forward to seeing all of the excited newlywed couples!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bridal Show Mayhem Continues

Shew-sical Entertainment Services is proud to be in attendance at the Liberty Mountain Annual Bridal Faire on January 22, 2012 1pm-3:30pm in the Jacqueline Ballroom at Liberty Mountain Resort. There will be lots of great vendor present, and we are privileged to be among them. Come on in and register at our table for the chance at $100 off of any NEW contract. Or just say, "hi" to Nicole and Matt. See you there!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Shew-sical Entertainment Services is proud to be a part of the 2012 Herald-Mail Bridal and Prom Expo. It is this Sunday, January 15th, at the Valley Mall in Hagerstown, MD. We will be there from open until close, so there is plenty of opportunity for you to come out and see us. Look for us next to the FABNet (Frederick Area Bridal Network) table near the center of the Mall. It's wedding booking season!