I Deejayed My First Wedding!

I Deejayed My First Wedding!

I deejayed my first wedding this month! Weddings are very high stakes events, so I’ve been holding off on jumping in until I felt ready. For me, being ready means having tons and tons of backup gear. There’s no room for excuses when it comes to weddings. Getting all the backup gear together took a long time, but now, I have backup gear for every piece of equipment in my setup, from my laptop all the way down to my microphone. And if all else fails, I keep the entire playlist on my iPhone cued and ready to fill in the gap while I figure out what to do next. Thankfully, I made it through this gig without needing any of the backup gear, and everyone had a great time. Here’s the complete dance playlist: 1. Chris Brown – Forever 2. Beyonce – End of Time 3. Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop til You Get Enough 4. Michael Jackson – Off The Wall 5. Bruno Mars – Treasure 6. Michael Jackson – Rock with You 7. Daft Punk ft Pharrrell – Get Lucky 8. Lionel Richie – All Night Long 9. Janet Jackson – All for You 10. Beverly Trottman 11. Ciara ft Missy Elliott – 1,2 12. Cupid – Cupid Shuffle 13. Dlow – Dlow shuffle 14. Lecrae – Spazz 15. Social Club – Bang 16. Flame – Break the Building 17. Flame – All In 18. KB – 100 19. Lecrae – Hallelujah 20. Tedashii ft Trip Lee – Notihing I Can’t Do 21. Andy Mineo – You Can’t Stop Me 22. The Saturdays – What About Us...

“She Say” – Yaves The Street Pastor Official Video

I really enjoyed this video from Yaves The Street Pastor and Slingshot Media Group. This video fit the vibe of the song so well. It’s not often artists in the Christian rap genre attempt videos for songs this chill, my guess is because they’re harder to make appealing. But this is daringly expressive of the mood. I wish other elements were introduced along with the glass that fit the black and white minimalist vibe, but this was an impeccable use of resources. You can really tell when a video is made a certain way because someone thought a gimmick looked good versus when the artistic direction was for the sake of the song. This was definitely the latter. I started paying attention to The Street Pastor on the song “Go Harder”. Honestly I’m picky when it comes to the UK accents I like in songs, right down to the track. This to me was a great delivery by Yaves. Find this track and more on his latest mixtape “It’s Pronounced Yah-ves” on the Slingshot Media Group...

Do you play ANY secular music at all?

I get asked this question by almost every person who is interested in my deejaying. The simplest answer is yes. There is indeed truth, beauty, and goodness outside of scripture; so is the case outside of scripture-based music. So if a client specifically requests music by a secular, not anti-Christ, but simply non-gospel genre artist, I will consider on a case-by-case, song-by-song basis. But otherwise I stick to Christian artists. Usually it’s a situation (all the requests have been from Christians by the way) where the client will be hosting a spiritually mixed crowd, and wants to cater to everyone. I cater to one. My priorities don’t change. I spin what will honor God and spiritually uplift listeners. So if I’m putting on anything remotely secular, it’s going to be free of profanity, degradation of either sex, sexually suggestive themes… you get the idea. Unless it’s a married couples thing for that last one… awkward…. Of course there are those exceptions like the youth group or gospel rapper that wants me to play a clip from Jeezy or Wayne to make a point about what they say in certain songs. And they’re providing the CD. I’m not buying/supporting that trash. I don’t play secular instrumentals for artists at Christian outreaches either. So don’t call me. I think it confuses people on the street listening from a distance and actually keeps them from realizing there’s something DIFFERENT going on. Too much good stuff out there that doesn’t already have someone else’s rep attached to it. Some Biblical examples of using secular “tools” for God-honoring purposes: Acts 17:22-28 – Paul referring...

Back in the Mix

I’m returning with this new website layout to what really matters at this point: deejaying. That’s the current focus, and it’s about time I got back in touch with my priorities. That means new mixes, videos, and even a new visual identity (logo, etc) for DJ Blaklyte. In this downtime I’ve been busier than ever, but I’ve got little to show for it. A lot of dust in the air, but little built. And I’m ok with that. Learn while you’re young, right? So I’m going to focus on what I really care about, stay in my lane, and partner with people who are gifted in the stuff that I’m just competent in. That way everybody’s happy, and if everybody’s happy, the only thing that’s missing is the music...

NEW MIX: Club Hoppers Dance Mix

Just uploaded, or actually re-uploaded a sampler mix of up tempo hits that are just right for packing a dance floor. I’m really feelin that South Florida sound right now, represented well by natives G-Notes, Rhema Soul, and even a little experiment from that midwest boy Lecrae. I also put some true midwest bumpers on there from Lecrae and D-M.A.U.B. Also look out for some club staples of house beats from Frontlynaz and dancehall from Mr. Lynx and Monty G. Last but not least the award-winning Group One Crew puts their signature party starters on this one. See the full playlist with links to find the artists after the bump. 1. Get Loose – D- M.A.U.B. 2. Hands Up High – Lecrae 3. Gimme that Funk – Group 1 Crew 4. Night Lights – G-Notes 5. Giving it Up – Rhema Soul 6. What U Lookin 4 – Frontlynaz ft Beez & J. Johnson 7. Identity (remix) – Lecrae 8. True Gangsta – Mr. Lynx 9. Lively Up Yourselves – Monty G 10. Bring the Party to Life – Group 1 Crew Note to my fellow wannabe web designers: check your website on ALL major browsers, especially Internet Explorer! *DJ...