Matt & Natalie 05-26-13

Matt & Natalie 05-26-13

Celebrating the wedding of Matt and Natalie was an amazing adventure. Heavily steeped in a film and TV background this celebration of marriage was of the most epic Hollywood productions. This ceremony and reception was truly amazing! Its nice when I have clients that are not just good people but also gifted with awesome imagination. Matt and Natalie knew exactly what they wanted and I will say that with everyone on board we delivered with all the enthusiasm of a A List production crew. Richard Roper sure to give this one an a+ !

Music score and lighting provided by DJ Pat of Sound Prodigy. Still images provided by True Photography. Cinematography masterfully crafted by Russell John films and all directed by Ann Stroble.

Congratulations Matt and Natalie!!!!! DJ Pat

Sound Prodigy – DJ Pat
True Photography
Russell John Films
Anns Plans – Ann Stroble

No You Tube Music

When it comes to location music for your wedding ceremony or special reception song your wanting by a particular artist I cannot stress enough to NOT use YouTube as a source for music research and here are the reasons why. First off, sometime you might find a song that you like but in some cases either the artist or song title is mislabeled and not accurate. Then you try to locate the song through Amazon Or Itunes and you can’t find it. This happens quite a bit. Now why do I try to located the MP3 or WAV through Amazon and Itunes and not playing the track from You Tube? I never run the risk of streaming audio for ANY formality song or dance. Even if the signal is strong you never know. The transfer could still buffer at any time. Plus the audio quality is horrible. Now it may sound ok coming out of your laptop speakers at home but through a professional sound system it will sound horrible. The reason for the is when audio is loaded onto You Tube the compression of the file has to be low to maximize space on the You Tube server. Literally the music will sound like is coming out of a crappy AM radio. Please remember that as your DJ I want your event to go as sooth as possible and also sound amazing.

Thanks for reading! DJ Pat

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9 Reasons Why Hiring an Amateur Wedding DJ Is a Huge Mistake

“If you think its expensive to hire a professional Wedding DJ, wait till you hire an amateur”

What most couples who are planning a wedding don’t know is that saving money by hiring an amateur DJ for your wedding comes with a high price tag.  Before you make a decision you regret, here are some things you need to know.

1. There’s a high probability that a cheap (or free) DJ won’t be in business by the time your wedding arrives

Many low-priced DJs aren’t charging enough to support their own businesses for the long term; you’re just financing their hobby.  Meanwhile, your wedding is 6-12 months away or more.

We’ve received those calls from desperate couples who had a “friend of a friend” DJ cancel on them last minute.  It’s not pretty.

Do you want to risk the possibility that the cheapie DJ is bankrupt and out of business before your big day?

2. Amateurs are less invested in their performance than a wedding professional.

The amateur DJ is doing it “for fun,” and if something goes wrong, it’s not a big deal.  A wedding professional, on the other hand, risks his entire reputation and livelihood with every performance.  One bad review can destroy his business and he knows it.

At one wedding, the DJ brought along his wife and newborn.  Their table was littered with MacDonald’s bags and his wife decided to breastfeed the baby during dinner.

Would you rather have an entertainer who is 100% invested in his business and performance on your wedding day or someone who does it as a hobby?

3. A wedding is a unique event that require the skills and experience of a wedding specialist for a smooth, flawless ceremony and reception.

It’s about more than just playing music.  Your wedding DJ is responsible for coordinating the timeline, orchestrating the introduction and flow of events, working with your other vendors, managing the guests, reading the crowd and making sure the right song is played at just the right time.

Even a DJ who is quite experienced in the club setting will be at a loss because she simply isn’t familiar with the flow of events and how to prevent disasters when something goes awry.

One inexperienced DJ mistakenly announced a special dance with the bride and her grandfather because he forgot to update his notes.  The entire family started crying because Grandpa had passed away two weeks earlier.

Are you willing to place the outcome of your wedding in the hands of someone who doesn’t “do” weddings for a living?

4. Your guests won’t dance without an experienced entertainer who can read the crowd and keep the momentum going.

You have to play the right songs at the right time and in the right order to maintain dancing.  Oftentimes, the mood changes and your entertainer needs to change the program to maximize the dancing along the way.

If she can’t mix from one song to another, you’ll have gaps of “dead air” or awkward rhythms that will frustrate your guests and clear the floor.

Many couples think that providing an amateur with a set list of songs they love will be enough to make a fun wedding.  It’s not.  You need someone with experience to work with your requests and what your guests are responding to in order to avoid an empty dance floor.

One bride regrets hiring her DJ because he played “Unforgettable” five times during the wedding because he didn’t know any other slow songs.

Are you willing to sacrifice the fun at your wedding to save money on a cheaper DJ?

5.  The MC (the guy or girl on the microphone) has a huge impact on the mood and outcome of your party, for better or worse.

An obnoxious DJ with an abrasive voice will irritate your guests and dampen the mood of the entire party.  Professional DJs invest in vocal training and practice to optimize their performance.

I personally witnessed one DJ and embarrass everyone by making suggestive comments to the bride over the microphone.

Do you want just anyone acting as your wedding host or do you want a professional speaker you can trust?

6.  Your special events may not happen if you don’t hire a specialist who’s experienced in channeling the flow of events.

Who will direct your bridal party and guests at the ceremony?  Who’s going to line them up for introductions?  Who’s in charge of making sure the toasts, special dances and dedications go without a hitch?

Just having the equipment and knowing how to push play doesn’t guarantee the people wrangling skills you need for a fun, smooth reception.  In most cases, your entertainer is the one who makes sure your special events are executed as you’ve requested.

One inexperienced DJ forgot to bring the couple’s First Dance song; they were forced to dance to Barbra Streisand, who they can’t stand.

Will you risk leaving your special events to chance or do you want to ensure that everything is done according to plan?

7.  An amateur doesn’t have the experience to include your unique requests in a way that truly expresses your personality AND keeps people dancing.

You can’t make your guests dance to the songs you like if they don’t feel the same way.  Your DJ needs to read the crowd and have the experience to build sets of music around your preferences.

An amateur DJ can play the songs you request, but lacks the experience necessary to make it work.

One bride told us her DJ played the unedited version of Sexxy Back during dinner and had five minutes of dead air while he queued up the next song.

Do you want your guests on the dance floor all night or is it acceptable to have large chunks of time with no dancing?

8. An amateur DJ has inadequate or non-existent backup equipment, which means that if something fails you have no music at your wedding.

A fully functional backup system on the premises is essential to making sure you have music at your wedding no matter what.  Most amateur DJs won’t have a backup plan if a speaker blows or a laptop crashes.

We were approached at the end of one wedding by a DJ in the next room who asked if he could “borrow our speakers” because his were broken.

Are you willing to takes your chances without a backup on your wedding day?

9.  DJs who charge less invest less into their equipment, which means you have inferior sound and performance at your wedding.

A stereo system that sounds great in your living room doesn’t sound good in a spacious wedding venue.  Professional speakers and equipment are necessary for clear sound that has impact at low volumes, so your guests can speak at the tables even while the dance floor is thumping.

If you want your guests to actually hear your exchange of vows at the ceremony, you’ll need professional equipment and an onsite tech to make sure that happens.

One DJ showed up at a venue for the first time without ANY speakers or mixer because he’s been told that he could, “use the venue’s sound system” and he didn’t call ahead to verify.

Are sound issues like blasting music or impossible to understand audio acceptable on your wedding day?

f you’re not planning to have any formal events at your wedding, and you’d like a cocktail party more than a dance party, it may make sense to save money by hiring a non-professional.  But if you’re investing thousands of dollars on creating the perfect day, please don’t jeopardize it by hiring someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.

Your wedding day only happens once; make sure you hire a DJ who gets it right.

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The Knot Best Of Weddings Hall Of Fame

For the last five years I have won consecutive back to back award “Best Of Weddings” from The Knot. With has now brought me to make this amazing announcement. I have have been selected as a recipient of The Knot Best of Weddings Hall Of Fame! The Knot Wedding Network is inducting wedding professionals who have won four or more Best of Weddings awards into a VIP group known as The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame. Words do not express how thrilled and happy I am to be honored in this way. For me its like winning a Grammy, or an Oscar and even an Academy Award! I not only that my family and friends for the love and support I have received from them to presume my dream of being the BEST DJ I can but I also thank the many wedding professionals and my clients past and present for believing in me and what I can do. I feel like dancing!

-Love DJ Pat

Ben & Mandy’s Disney Wedding 2013

In May of 2013 I did a wedding at Disneyland for Ben and Mandy. Their wedding was a morning to afternoon ceremony and reception. I was up early, had an awesome breakfast at Steakhouse 55 (yes they serve breakfast too) I had a sunrise burrito and some OJ and I was ready to go! After setting up my equipment and getting my suit on I started walking the area around the ceremony site waiting for things to get going. Little did I know that the maid of honor was also the sister to Mandy and her identical twin. This girl (who I thought was the bride) came up to me and said hello and started talking to me about a dance request she wanted a little later. And ( with a puzzled look on my face) I am like… Mandy don’t you think you should be getting dressed into your gown? She laughed and said who she was and we both had a nice laugh! I have a picture of her in this blog as well with Mandy so you can see what I am talking about! They had their ceremony at the Rose Court Garden. The cocktail time was at the Adventure land Lawn and the reception was in the Sleeping Beauty Pavilion. I have done many wedding here in the past and its one of my favorite locations to perform in at Disneyland. Ben and Mandy were an amazing couple. The Disney staff was perfect as always and we sure did have one amazing afternoon! I have to point out that this cake was like nothing I had seen before! It incorporated Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto all in one amazing towered confection of awesomeness! Speaking of Awesomeness I also ended up working with Jenna from White Rabbit Photo Boutique. One of my personal favorites to work with when I am at Disneyland. Jenna is always on time, always prepared and keep good communication with me during the event to make sure that we are working together. She also has a love for Disney like I do and I think it shows in her work and makes her a more valuable assets as a result. If you have a look at her work you will know what I am talking about. Another Disney Fairytale wedding come true and I am so happy that I was able to help!

Thanks for reading!  DJ Pat

Disney Fairytale Weddings –
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Best Of Wedding From The Knot 2014

San Diego, Ca 01-01-2014 – Sound Prodigy is pleased to announce we have been selected as a 2014 ­­winner in The Knot Best of Weddingsa special section featured on the number-one wedding destination, most trusted by brides.

The Knot Best of Weddings 2014 provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to the top wedding professionals across the country, and is a must-have when it comes to selecting the best-of-the-best wedding resources. Whether they’re trying to find the  wedding dress salon with the best service in Philadelphia, the most creative wedding photographers in Los Angeles, New York’s top cake bakers or Miami’s hottest  reception sites, engaged couples across the country want the inside scoop on the best from real brides.

Check out this review from Wedding Channel:

Best Wedding DJ!

“DJ Pat was the best vendor I hired for my wedding and I highly recommend him. Not only does he do an awesome job with the music, but he even acted as a coordinator. He timed the ceremony music and instructed our wedding party, coordinated with my family and photographers to make sure all were present for every big moment, and was flexible with our music choices. He showed me different versions of songs I had picked (guitar version, instrumental, etc) that I ended up liking better and using. The thing I liked the most was how often he updated me on what big moments were coming up, your wedding day goes by so fast and it was extremely helpful to have someone give you warnings such as “cake cutting in ten minutes”. He kept the wedding day schedule moving and everyone on the dance floor. During the planning he was quick to respond to emails, flexible with times, and has an awesome client login page where you can manage all your music. DJ Pat is so much more then just a wedding DJ, my day would not have gone as smoothly without him.”

Wedding: 9/7/2013
Member Since: 8/12/2011

Sarah & Eric’s Mt Woodson Castle Wedding

Here are some pictures from Sarah and Eric’s wedding at Mt Woodson Castle September 20th 2013. It was a beautiful night at one of my favorite venue to work at here in San Diego. Working with Iman from Personal Touch Catering / Mt Woodson Castle and Sean Capshaw from Resolusean Photography was awesome as always! Its always nice when I get the chance to work with people that have the same philosophy as I do when it comes to giving the clients the BEST we have to offer.

We Are A Green Company

Back in 2010 Sound Prodigy officially became a “green company”. What does that mean you ask? Basically cutting down the amount of supplies that not only I use but the client does as well. First how we started was using rechargeable batteries instead of the throw away kind. Thus reducing the amount of batteries we throw away by 90%. We also use less paper too. Because all our clients information is online we only have to print a day of itinerary as a back up source incase we loose internet.

Our contracts are also eSignture witch means we never have to print out another set for contracts for myself and the clients to sign. They can be saved online in a word document and stored in a digital format. Because of this we are happy to say that we have gone from using anywhere from 5 and 6 reams of paper to less that 1 ream per calendar year. This number only applies to office paperwork and my personal paper /battery usage for performance. When you add in the paperwork for our other DJ’s (4) this number jumps a lot higher.

This paper savings also applies to the client not having to print paper as well for an even greater reduction. In to what we do use is properly recycled and nit simply thrown away with the rest of the garbage. We strive to be efficient in every way we can. The less we use equals less demand and less production witch is better all around. As a small company it may not seem like much but when you add the just a few dozen small companies doing this convergence it does make a difference.

Thanks, for reading! DJ Pat

100 Review Club

So happy and excited to be in the 100 review club. What this basically means is that over the last 3 years I have been publically asking my clients to donate some time to write a review of my performance after the fact. This helps me a great deal because this is how future clients gage how I do things and builds a strong foundation of trust with the client and myself.

Lets face it, this day is so important to people that they really want to be sure they are getting the quality of a professional DJ, Wedding Specialist and lighting designer. And not just a good sales pitch and cheap price. In reading past reviews you will notice that I really take the time and cater to the needs of every client and make them feel that I value the quality and flow of their wedding just as much as I do.

Now at this point I do have (date of this posting) I have 126 weddings recorded however, I have sent about a lot more request that I get reviews backs. Some clients that just feel like the wedding is over so they don’t need to involve themselves in it and that’s fine. This blog and recognition goes out to all the awesome people that have taken the time to write that review and give me the continued success that I hold today.

THANK YOU ALL!!!!!! Love DJ Pat