Tuesday With the Pros: DJ Dennis Jones

Tuesday with the Pros is an ongoing blog series featuring experts in the wedding and event industry. Today's authority is Dennis Jones, DJ and owner of Creative Music DJs.Dennis JonesLI: Tell us about Creative Music DJs.Dennis: I started on the club scene in '87 with vinyl turntables, and I always had this mindset of having to know everything about music.  Who plays that song? Where can I get it? How can I use it?  After a while I took a break from DJing and went back to school, where I got my Bachelor's Degree in computer science and my Master's in business, so I'm not only an educated DJ, I also have a firm grasp on technology and computers which is really what it's all about these days.  A few years ago I began spinning wedding events and joined up with the ADJA and within a year I was the Vice President of the San Diego branch.  Creative Music DJs is also a full production service offering dancefloor lighting and unique uplighting to enhance the atmosphere of the event space.Image by MattLI: What are some of your favorite things about DJing events?Dennis: Being able to make a client's night special in a way that I don't know many other entertainers can...like being able to give them this party that they and their guests are going to talk about forever. I also work with couples in a way that helps them to "brand" their wedding so all the music and effects during the reception support their type of event as well as their personalities.  A good DJ experiments a lot with their set list, playing songs that give them an idea what the crowd wants to hear and maybe what they're not so into, and being careful not to burn through all the hits at the beginning of the night!LI: What would be a really exciting event to DJ in your opinion?Dennis: It would be a huge club or celebrity event experience, like with several thousand guests, like a stadium event featuring multiple DJs.  Themed events are also really fun because then I can be creative in figuring out apt music to play that supports the theme.  I like being able to work with my clients to help implement their visions instead of just being the backroom hired help.LI: As an event professional, what advice do you have for clients and couples out there looking to save money on their events?Dennis: Talk to other couples who have been in the same situation and ask them now that it's over, what they would have done differently, or spent more or less on.LI: Do you have any events that you're looking forward to that may be coming up?Dennis: I always get excited when I get to do something different that I haven't done before.  For example, recently I designed a custom monogrammed gobo for a wedding couple this November and we are going to backlight the cake tablecloth with it.  It looks so cool (pictured) and it is so different from the normal gobo wash across the dancefloor or projection on the wall.  It is a great solution for the space, which does not have any place to project it otherwise.lit cake tableLI: Where do you go to get down on the dancefloor?Dennis: I have been wanting to check out Fluxx in San Diego, but normally....Las Vegas.For more about Dennis and Creative Music DJs, visit:Creative Music DJs official websiteDennis' official blogCreative Music DJs official Facebook pageDennis' FacebookDennis' Twitter