As Unique as You

As you may have already read, we’ve been in the industry over 20 years and what has made us stand out besides the service and professionalism of course is diversity. Growing up I was exposed to several types of music which I grew to love and appreciate. Through the course of time, I kept my music collection and decided to use it when I began to DJ at a young age. Of course I kept up with all the new hits at the time because I was hired to DJ at my high school but those classic tunes would always be nearby. I loved to look at my friends’ parent’s face when I would surprise the party with some cool classics that had everyone grooving.

After a while, I had so much music that I was left wanting something more. I started venturing out to other countries’ music and began to collect cool sounds for my own personal listening pleasure. Little did I know that it would come in handy someday. Well, I started getting hired for weddings and more family events and some people would ask me if I had any “_____” type of music and sometimes I’d be excited to say, “Yes I actually do!”. There were of course lots of times where I had to say, “Sorry no, I don’t have any” but I would always make it a point to write it down and do my research.

Because I come from this type of background, I can really say that I am a diverse DJ that plays all types of music. Well maybe not “all”, but many types of music of different cultural backgrounds which helps me stand out amongst others. I have DJ’d events with a diverse crowd and have been able to keep all of them on the dancefloor while still keeping those surprise tunes in my back pocket for that little “Whoa!” or “Wow” factor.

I’ve always realized that I may not be the best in the business but what I bring to the table (or decks if you will) is something unique. Even with all this experience and knowledge, I continue learning and getting better and as long as I continue doing that, I will continue to grow as a DJ. I also don’t cater only to a specific group of people with similar music tastes or needs. I gladly welcome all and accept any challenge I am given. If you need a diverse DJ in the Los Angeles County area that can handle your unique musical needs, contact us. I want to put a smile on your face!

Tips on Planning a Pool Party for Adults

Pool PartySummer is officially here and that means wedding season is in full effect however, weddings aren’t the only happenings during the summer. People are out on vacation, taking trips, and hosting other types of social gatherings. The most popular events in the summertime are BBQs and of course pool parties. Thanks to the Miami scene taking over Las Vegas, we are hearing more and more of these pool parties that are of course, for adults and start in the afternoon and go on to the night. If you’re on a budget and can’t make it to Vegas for a few nights, why not have your very own pool party right in your back yard? Pool parties have become the latest craze as of late and if they are done the right way, can make a hot summer even more enjoyable. Here are some helpful tips we think will help you prepare for your next pool party:

 

1. Make a guest list and send out invitations – No need to get fancy. Just use Facebook to create a private event and invite only the people you want to invite. Not on Facebook? Send out an “E-vite” which is received via email. Paper invitations are great too if your budget permits but just remember to make the invitation fun and let your guests know that it’s an “Adult” pool party.

2. Decide what type of refreshments to serve – You can get as fancy as you want with this. You can serve Margaritas, Mojitos, Pina Coladas or anything with a tropical flavor. Be sure to have non-alcoholic drinks available for those guests who are not interested in alcoholic beverages such as: Lemonade, punch, ice tea, soda or even smoothies.

3. Decorations – Go to your local party supply store or make some homemade decorations. Here are some decor ideas to consider: Tiki torches, flowers, carved fruit, shells, leis, and bright colored accessories to place in the pool to invite your guests to take a dip.

4. Adults play games – Just because this is an adult pool party doesn’t mean that you have to rule this one out. There are things like volleyball and water basketball that people can enjoy or just have some beach balls laying around to play catch.

5. Food – Your guests are going to get hungry being in the sun and pool all day so make sure to prep some good food. Here are some foods to consider: Grilled veggies, kebobs, grilled shrimp, steak or chicken skewers, or even tacos, burgers, and hot dogs.

6. Can’t forget the music – Great music always makes a great party and if you’re hosting an adult pool party, another thing to consider is hiring a DJ. Having the right mix of music will make your party that much more enjoyable. For more information on DJ services please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

DJ Saenz @ Broadway Bar

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This year the sounds of DJ Saenz have been taking over Downtown Los Angeles’ Broadway Bar on certain Wednesdays when he hosts “EDM Wednesdays”. On these nights, he spins an entire spectrum of electronic music including Deep House, Electro, Progressive, and Trance to name a few. Although his specialty lies with EDM, he never neglects the other genres. He recently was invited to spin at Agaves Bar in Downtown Long Beach which turned out to be a success. His next appearance at Broadway Bar will be on Friday, August 31, 2012 where he will spin Hip-Hop, Top 40, Electronic & Mash-ups. If you’d like to come out to witness his skills behind the deck, you are more than welcome to attend. The next EDM Wednesday will be on September 19, 2012 at the Broadway Bar.

For FREE mixes by DJ Saenz you may download them at iTunes and Sound Cloud.

Quinceanera / Sweet 16 – Top 10 Tips

For most girls, a Quinceanera is the most important time of their lives next to her wedding. This special event has been around the latin culture for hundreds of years and is a celebration of a young girl’s coming of age. With time the celebration has evolved so how you celebrate your Quinceanera is really up to you. We’ve put together a list of 10 tips we think you’ll find valuable and will help you organize your big day.

  1. Set a Date – Start planning your event with ample time. We suggest  10-12 months prior to the date and start making a list of what you’ll need. You may also want to discuss the budget at this time so you have an idea on what to start looking for.
  2. Book the Venues – At this time, you’ll want to book the church first and then the venue where the reception will be held. When booking the reception site, you’ll want to keep in mind the number of guests you’ll be inviting to ensure that the venue can accommodate your guests. Also, are they within your budget? You’ve got the biggest part done, now come the details.
  3. Choose your Participants – Who is going to be part of your court / corte de honor? Who will be your sponsors / padrinos (if any)? You’ll want to ask these important people to be part of your celebration with plenty of time so that they make arrangements to be there and if you’ll be having traditional sponsors/padrinos, discuss the budget as well. Start practicing the vals/waltz.
  4. Vendor Search – At this time you’ll want to search for the vendors that you’ll want working at your event. Make sure that you interview your DJ, photographer, videographer, caterer, baker, choreographer, etc. Make a list of valid questions and ask away. You want to make sure that you choose the right vendors for your event. Oh, don’t forget to look for your dress!
  5. Flowers vs Balloons – Can’t afford too many flowers? Use balloons to cover empty space. Balloons are a more economical way to decorate your event. The right mix of both will make a huge difference.
  6. Personalize your Event – In order t make your event more personal, you can do different things from creating a theme to creating your own invitations and party favors. Now, you don’t have to make everything yourself, so don’t worry. Usually someone “knows someone” that is on the creative side and can help. If not then have a small “party” and have your court or sponsors help you make them!
  7. Creating a Mood – Consider what type of mood you want to set. Do you want an elegant night or do you want something fun and colorful? Lighting can help tremendously. Uplighting can set an elegant mood at dinner time to party time or it can transform your night from elegant to a fun and vibrant night. You can also personalize your event further by projecting your name in lights!
  8. Coordinate the Night – Now that you’ve got the venues and decor out the way, it’s time to coordinate the night’s timeline. If planned ahead of time, this will prevent any last minute stress or mishaps. An event planner can help you with your event but if it’s not in your budget to hire a planner then, ask your DJ! The DJ is usually the center of the entire event and can help you with coordinating the events and your vendors as well.
  9. Rehearsal – Make sure you go through your list to make sure you’ve got everything in order. One of the last things to do at this point is to have a rehearsal of what the night is going to look like. From the moment you’re introduced to the moment you’ll be having the father/daughter dance. It helps everyone get rid of last minute anxieties.
  10. Final Tip – This is one of the most important tips we have for you so try to remember it on your big day. Don’t forget to SMILE and have a great time! All the hard work is done and now it’s your time to enjoy yourself. You’ll want to smile because everyone is going to be taking pictures of you and you’re going to see family members and friends gather together to see YOU!

We hope that this list of tips helps you with your event. We know there is more to it than these ten items so if you have any questions or we can help you in any way, please contact us. We can help you put your timeline together and get your night organized. Ready to start planning? Let us help you!

 

 


Event Coordination: What’s the big deal?

Why is event or wedding coordination so important? It can save you lots of frustration! Usually at your typical wedding, you hire various vendors (DJ, photographer, videographer, caterer, musicians, etc.) to work at your reception. On average, the typical wedding reception lasts around 6 hours long and you usually hire your vendors for a certain amount of time. If the vendor needs to stay longer for whatever reason, you’re usually charged an overtime fee. Now, unless you have a money tree growing in your backyard, that fee may not be convenient for you especially if you’ve got several vendors charging you overtime at the same time. I’m sure you could use that extra money on the honeymoon right? That’s where your coordinator comes into play.

Have you ever been to a wedding where everything seems a little unorganized and everyone seems to be running around and look a little lost? Have you witnessed a DJ start playing a song and somebody runs towards him and says “No not yet!”? Having the right coordinator can help your event flow much smoother and will seamlessly transition one point of the night to the next. Your coordinator should also have the right experience and knowledge to know how to deal with any circumstance that may present itself unexpectedly. How much does a coordinator cost you ask? Depending on the coordinator, it can run you from a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand.

What’s my point? At this time, Saenz Entertainment is offering to coordinate your wedding at no additional cost. Why? We want your event to be well organized and to run as smooth as possible so that you, the bride and groom, enjoy your special day and focus on the most important thing that night…each other. We stay in constant contact with your vendors so that everyone knows exactly what’s going on and what to expect next. We also realize that by making your night the best it can be, we not only save you costly overtime fees, but we also have the opportunity of making clients for life. That means you! We want your repeat business and yes we even want to service your family and friends. So that means giving you the best service possible and making your event as successful as possible. Either way, you win! Want more information or need to book our services? Send us a message via our contact tab. We’re looking forward to serving you!

Interview Your DJ!

If you’re getting married, odds are you’re probably looking for a DJ. Let’s assume you’ve already narrowed your search down to a couple of companies or DJs and now it’s time to meet with them. It’s always a great idea to write down questions to ask because you don’t want to hire a DJ without asking some valid questions. Remember, you’re hiring the DJ so it’s basically an interview. You also don’t want to forget what their response to your questions were so writing this information down will help you tremendously especially when the time comes to make a decision. You’ll have your own questions and concerns for each DJ but when it comes down to making a decision, you’ll want to consider:

1. What sets them apart from the other guys?

2. What have past clients of theirs said about them?

3. How responsive were they when I brought up my concerns?

4. Did they ask ME any questions?

5. Are they willing to follow-up with me before the wedding date to ensure an accurate timeline, etc?

Of course these are only a few things to keep in mind but one important aspect of the consultation, or interview, is did you have chemistry? What I mean by that is, did you make a “connection” with them? This is something that is very important to me because if you don’t make that “connection” with someone you might often feel like you’re just another gig to them. Although I do take this part of the hiring process serious and I am cordial, I also like to make my clients feel comfortable and encourage any and all types of questions. Hiring a DJ is a tough decision and with all that you have to deal with before and during your special day, you’re going to want a reliable DJ that’s going to pay attention to every detail you specify. If you want someone to “care” about your vision and your expectations, I’ll be happy to talk to you.

Wedding DJ Tips for Brides and Grooms – The Basics by Brian S Redd

Here is a great video with tips on choosing the right DJ for your event. It gives you a great overview of the business and basically what to look for. I hope you find it useful and it helps you make the right decision for you.

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