Names: DJ Starlene & DJ Steffon Location: Las Vegas, NV Company Name: Sound Fusion Entertainment Number of Years in Business: 4 years Website: www.soundfusionent.comBlog: www.soundfusionent.wordpress.comFacebook: Sound Fusion Entertainment Fan Page
What did you do prior to this?
DJ Starlene~ Jr. Program Manager for Housing & Registration, Operations Assistant, & Event Coordinator for a Destination Management Company.
DJ Steffon~ Food & Beverage
If you didn’t DJ for a living what would you be doing instead?
DJ Starlene~ I would be Event Planning. I planned my first event at the age of 12, a Birthday Party for one of my Best Friends, and fell in LOVE with it. Although I would LOVE to: Work on a movie set, be a Make-Up Artist, and I would LOVE to be Oprah’s replacement!! If I could have any dream job & the talent, I would choose to be an actress or singer.
DJ Steffon~ I would be a multi-talented musician in a band.
What are some of your hobbies?
DJ Starlene~ Watching movies. I own over 500 VHS Tapes, DVD’s, Blu-Ray’s. Scrapbooking. Mostly because I LOVE photos!! Anything that will feed my inner Adrenaline Junkie. I have been sky diving, white water rafting, parasailing, & been in the swamp on a shallow boat surrounded by alligators. Baking & Singing.
DJ Steffon~ Working on my ‘66 VW Bus & catering to Arlene.
What is the craziest wedding experience you’ve ever had?
DJ Starlene~ Setting up my DJ equipment on the roof of a Hotel with wind gusts at 50 to 60 mph wind, even then the director shot down my request to set-up inside. So eventually a good gust of wind almost knocked down my speaker & laptop before I grabbed it. Unfortunately I was not able to save my records that flew right off my turntables, and violently crashed into pieces against the balcony wall. Thank God for bringing a back-up for everything. Then I had to reset all of my equipment up inside, did I mention the wedding reception was about to start in 10 minutes? So I had to re-do an hour set-up in a matter of minutes.
DJ Steffon~ Having to set-up the sound system for a wedding ceremony 3 times within an hour, because of a storm. Then having to carry out all the DJ Equipment for the wedding reception in the rain.
What is the best wedding experience you’ve ever had?
We have taken very fond memories & friendships from every wedding we have DJ’d for.
We have had weddings that have had Salsa Dancers, Belly Dancers, Ballroom Dancers, live bands, & live musicians. Special Dances for loved ones who have passed on.
Catering to clients & guests who are from all over the world, and playing cultural music from countries like: Thailand, India, Philippines, Mexico, Vietnam, Peru, Ireland, Africa, France, China, Greece, Lithuania, Scotland, Korea, Bulgaria to name a few. Then getting to see the cultural dances that go along with the songs.
Grand Entrances that were themed around Mardi Gras to a Barbados Carnival Festival, which had beads, umbrellas, masks, feather boas, amazing headdresses, conga lines, and SHOTS!!
Voiceover messages incorporated into songs for a special dance. One of my favorites was a surprise recording of the Bride & Groom’s daughter for a special family dance. It was a surprise for the Groom, but the Bride was just as surprised when she heard it for the first time during their dance. There wasn’t a dry eye.
Surprise videos. One of our favorites was a video message from the Groom’s brother who is serving in the military, and was deployed overseas.
What is your inspiration?
Life. “Music Is The Universal Language Of Mankind”~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Outre-Mer. Every song takes you on an emotional journey, because there is probably a song written for every possible aspect of life. Love, Loss, Marriage, Cheating, Children, Hope, Anger, Faith, Drugs, Addiction, Happiness, Pop Culture, & Peace. We are drawn to the music that expresses those struggles, and gives us an unspoken connection with everyone around us. Music has a way of touching your soul, has the power to remind you of memories, to heal a broken heart, and inspire the world even in the midst of war. We DJ to share life’s journeys through music with those around us.
Name an exotic location you’d like to visit soon.
DJ Starlene~ Greece, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, & Jerusalem.
DJ Steffon~ Great Barrier Reef, & a Tour of Europe.
Why do your clients choose you over some of your competitors?
We try to do our best to make a real connection with our clients. We believe that friendship is key to a successful event or wedding. Once you develop a genuine connection you start to truly understand the expectations of your clients, because you know who they are. This gives us the advantage to create a unique musical experience, based on that knowledge.
Even though we may play Billboard Hits, we are not cookie cutter DJ’s who just play what’s comfortable, or what every other DJ is playing. We assist our clients with choosing music that will make their event unique or tell their love story at their wedding through the music we play. So we brainstorm, research, and play good music even if it’s not mainstream, because this is part of a DJ’s job.
We are one of the only DJ companies in Las Vegas who continue to use turntables, which allows us to incorporate Mixing Techniques. We also have DJ’s with nightclub experience.
What is the best piece of advice you can offer a bride and groom on their wedding day?
Yes, hire wedding professionals that you feel have the talent you are looking for, but make sure they are people you feel like you have a connection with. If they care about you, then they will care about the product that they put out.
Hire…Hire…Hire a Wedding Planner to take the stress off your shoulders. It’s hard to handle every detail of a wedding by yourself, and even more stressful relying on other people who may not be able to assist you when you really need them for whatever reason.
Speaking as a recent bride myself. Do NOT expect perfection!! Your Wedding Day is already perfect, because it is not the details that will make your wedding day perfect it’s the moment. It’s so easy to forget that the most important thing about a wedding should be about the people you share it with, and that you have found “your” someone who has vowed to spend the rest of their life with you.
Anything else interesting you’d like to share?
Thank You to all our Fans & Families who continue to support our company & believe in us. It is your Love & Friendship that has brought Sound Fusion to where we are today!! We LOVE You!!
A HUGE "Thank You" to all the DJ's who have mentored, taught, shared, and inspired us especially: DJ Presto One, DJ Jor-el, & DJ Anthony Johns.
We DJ to share music we love, and we are grateful that we are able to work on this love & passion everyday. We look forward to what 2011 has in store for us, and all the possibilities that it may bring. Cheers to Dreaming BIG!!
You can meet us in person at the upcoming Bridal Spectacular at the Cashman Field on January 21st & 22nd in Booth#564.
Juliet “Thank You” for being Kick Ass, and for allowing us to share a little bit about ourselves with all the fans of your blog!! XoXo
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