Archive for DJ Paul Dailey

Why 4% Does Not Equal 43% and Other Wedding Budget Mysteries

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 28, 2014 by pauldailey

Everyone wants their wedding day to be special and represent them as a couple. But the line between what you want and what you get is often determined by what you can afford. As one of the most experienced Wedding DJs in Boston, with nearly 30 years in the business, I am often asked for wedding guidance.

My single most vital piece of advice to friends who are about to embark on the wedding planning journey is this: Divide up all the elements of your special day (venue, food, cake, ceremony, entertainment, flowers, photographer etc) and assign them each a slice of the total pie based on your priorities – then let that list drive your budget, not the other way round. Continue reading

Mark Farrell Explains Why $1800 for a Wedding DJ is Dirt Cheap….

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 29, 2014 by pauldailey

30 years ago, you could hire a wedding DJ for about $400. This was your run-of-the-mill, average DJ.

I can think of nothing that hasn’t increased in value over the last 30 years, except DJs. Mostly because to most DJs, what they do is a hobby to them. YOU’RE their hobby. Or they’re beginners – YOU’RE their “lab rat.”

But consider this: Talented professionals charge accordingly and deliver accordingly. Talented professionals are worth more that a 30-year-old price tag. Talented professionals are worth more than “chair covers,” “veggie platters,” and “favors,” because they provide so much more than those items.

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One of Boston’s Most Respected Wedding DJs

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 24, 2014 by pauldailey

Katie_Noble_Photo-1Many people who visit this site know me as a “club DJ” who has been on the Boston scene for nearly 30 years. But what many people do not know is that I have been DJing parties and weddings – for even longer.

Capitalizing on decades of event planning and music mixing/programming as one of Bostons Best Wedding DJs – I bring a music centric focus to your event with personalized selections to set the mood you want and please guests of all ages. You can find more details, playlist ideas, and read my latest client reviews here:

The decision about where to allocate budget is down to what you value most for your wedding day. Some people believe that the food and flowers are the most important part of the night. The clients I work with would disagree, and set aside a bigger portion of their budget for entertainment – believing that long after the dessert and salad is forgotten, guests will still remember all the fun they had dancing the night away.

If you believe that music plays a vital role in the success of your event and are willing to budget accordingly for a truly exceptional performance, Contact Me to set up a consultation.

Cell: 781-856-3856

Great Article about Picking The Perfect DJ For Your Wedding Day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 24, 2013 by pauldailey

Great article from Becka Pillmore at Pill Photographer in Philadelphia – about how to pick the perfect DJ for your wedding day

Play that funky music DJ! Play that funky music right NOOOOOWWW! How does that song go again?

In my opinion a DJ can make or break your wedding reception vibe. When it comes to choosing a DJ, it is important to get someone who plays good music, but that is not all. Not all DJs are created equally and I would love to give you a few things to think about when choosing your music provider for your big day!

1. Technology | If your DJ tells you they wheel in over 20,000 CDs to fufill any and every request, RUN! I am embarrassed to tell you that I have seen far to many DJs at a wedding still using CDs. There is nothing more frustrating then having your first dance song painfully scratch through the whole chorus. Also, does your DJ have a wireless mic and enough equipment if you need him to run sound for your outdoor ceremony? Have an idea of all your sound needs when initially meeting your DJ.

2. Interacting with guests | Guests request the strangest songs and your DJ should be able to buffer those ridiculous requests in a professional manor. Once at a wedding, I saw a tiny battle between a guest, bride, and DJ. The DJ decided to tell the guest that he couldn’t play a particular song because the Bride won’t let him (which was a lie). It went around and around and it was super awkward. I think the best DJ’s know how to interact with guests where it is a win/win for all parties and no one, especially the bride and groom, gets thrown in front of a bus.

3. Experience and ability to problem solve | Anything is possible on your wedding day. A guest might kicks a cord and it comes unplugged, your outdoor reception might be a bit windy, the officiant drops the mic and it breaks, a cocktail hour has to be moved inside at the last minute, etc. Does your DJ have enough experience to handle any situation? Ask how many years of experience they have or if they has any technical background? We have actually helped a DJ put batteries into a mic, no lie.

4. The ability to read a crowd | Maybe the most important characteristic of a DJ is the ability to read a crowd. I have seen the dance floor hopping and then all of a sudden the DJ plays a slow song and not one person hits the dance floor for another 30 minutes! A DJ should play what the people want and keep the crowd happy. A great DJ should be aware of his crowd while playing music sets that are personalized to your wedding day and not just playing his favorite jams!

5. Not the bell of the ball | I feel that I shouldn’t have to say this, but sadly I do… Some DJ’s love the spotlight! If you are meeting with a DJ and they are talking more then you, it might be a good sign that this DJ diva will have a hard time putting down the mic at your reception. A good DJ will be comfortable on a mic and use it sparingly.

Why are there so many amateurs in the DJ Booth?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 9, 2009 by pauldailey

This all started when in-house promotions were replaced by external promoters.  This has been going on in earnest for probably 10 or 15 years in the club scene.  Continue reading

Forecastle Video on Youtube

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 6, 2009 by pauldailey

Cool video that captures the Ocean Stage and Afterparty from this summer’s Forecastle Festival.

Forecastle Festival (and live mix)

Posted in News with tags , , , on July 16, 2009 by pauldailey

For the second year in a row I was asked to play at the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky.

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