Freeland, MI to Loxley, AL

Most of my days are spent talking with new & long-term clients to bring their vision to life, visiting venues, working with engineers, brainstorming future ideas, meeting with business men and women to collaborate, and making playlists for whatever event I have next. Through my journey being a DJ, I have had many life changing opportunities. Announcing Kid Rock to the stage internationally on his Chillin’ the Most Cruise in 2016 would have to be a top experience that has forever changed my life. On this cruise, I met a beautiful and talented artist and was fortunate enough that we developed a professional relationship. As the years went by, and many concerts and festivals later, she found the love of her life and they asked me to perform at their wedding near their hometown in Loxley, Alabama. The trip was roughly 2,200 miles round trip. To help keep my hospitality rider at a minimum as a courtesy to the client, I made sure to pack food to eat on my way down to Alabama and back to Michigan. I prepped a ton of wraps and sandwiches, as well as prepackaged snacks and granola bars, and the essential: Energy Drinks! It worked out well because it allowed me to cut back on the hospitality rider charge as well as cut back a ton on making stops and adding time to the trip. Having a wedding booked 4 states away can have some difficulties but with communication being my #1 priority, it went as smooth as a wedding would have been had it been an hour away. With many Zoom meetings, phone calls, emails sending venue maps back and forth, security checks, and timelines there was no room for mistake. I even traveled with our REP Photobooth that had a custom photo background to match the theme with pampas grass and a stunning photo of the couple to be sure to add an interactive guestbook to their wedding. I was able to time out my travel days perfectly and arrived in Alabama early with enough time to do a walk-through, participate at the rehearsal dinner, and even found myself in the woods encountering my first (and hopefully last) rattlesnake just to make sure the sound was perfect. All that matters to me is that above all else, the bride and groom were happy and had the best day of their lives. After I knew that was successful, I packed up and headed my way back to Freeland, Michigan from Loxley, Alabama. Would I do it again? I wouldn’t think twice – of course. Traveling and building relationships with awesome people around the world are some of the best parts this job has given me.