About PleaseRock DJ’s
Background and fun facts of our DJs…
Born in New York City.
Growing up, RaeTone listened to the Jackson 5, Stevie wonder, Earth Wind & Fire & Lionel Richie.
His first DJ gig was like many DJs, at a house party in college.
“The More I Get, The More I Want” by Teddy Pendergrass is the song that is guaranteed to get him on the dance floor.
What RaeTone loves the most about DJing? Seeing people smiling, laughing & dancing. And the thing he loves the most about DJing weddings in particular: making THEIR day super special and memorable. His biggest rush is the crowd’s roar of “oooh” the instant I play their “jam”!
Born in Brooklyn, NY in body….and Atlanta, GA in spirit.
As a human and as a DJ robot-music-contraption I feel I am always growing up, but as a child my mom almost exclusively bombarded me with Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Etta James, Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, The Temptations, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Joseph Niles and The Merrymen, Bob Marley, Michael McDonald, Gladys Knight, The Commodores, Linda Ronstadt, The Police, Donna Summer, Barry White, John Coltrane, Kenny Rogers, The Bee Gees, Wilson Pickett, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Prince, Madonna, Al Jarreau, Bruce Springsteen, Thelma Houston, Cameo, Whitney Houston, Elvis Costello, and Byron Lee and The Dragonaires….can’t forget them. Exclusively bombarded. It wasn’t until my later musical matriculation that I found artists such as The Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Bel Biv Devoe, Bobby Brown, Daft Punk, Radiohead, Outkast, Mariah Carey, Nas, Alicia Keyes, Camp Lo, Notorious B.I.G, Dave Matthews Band, Bloc Party, Weezer, Bright Eyes, Lauryn Hill, PM Dawn, Beck, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Built To Spill, Black Star, Jay-Z, The Pharcyde, The Indigo Girls, LCD Soundsystem, The White Stripes, Hall and Oates, Arcade Fire, Liz Phair, The X-ray Specs, The Pixies, They Might Be Giants, Bjork, N.E.R.D., The Specials, and Depeche Mode….to name a modest few.
MP3PO DJ’d his first gig in the spring of 1993. End of the school year at his best friend John Morehead’s basement in Lilburn, GA. He had a CD player and a tape deck, plus a working understanding of the graphic EQ and pause button. No idea how to mix but undeniable ability to read the crowd and know good music when he heard it. Coincidentally, he had his first kiss that day too while listening to Nine Inch Nails.
If DJ MP3PO had to pick one song that would get him on the dance floor, it’s Jamiroquai’s “Canned Heat”. MP3PO thinks this song is the father of the nu-disco movement. Disco, funk, and pop got together at a speakeasy, drank some absinthe, and decided to take each other home. His honorable mention goes to Prince’s “KISS”. Sexiness in audio form.
Here’s what DJ MP3PO loves about being a DJ…
DJing is a style of expressing your idea of party using someone else’s concept of rhythm and spoken word. Actually, many someone elses’. When MP3PO DJs and transitions from hip-hop to rock to soul to funk to disco to indie to trap to reggae and back again…..the crowd feels it, and that is proof that musically and rhythmically we are spiritually multi-dimensional beings. Also, discovering music, new and old, is his job. Are you kidding me??
DJ MP3PO’s take on DJing weddings:
Weddings are generally attended by all kinds of folks of all kinds of ages. There is the enjoyable challenge of reading such a widely varied crowd, finding a niche that will please a lot of people, stepping out of that niche and making the feet move of that one guy who hasn’t gotten on the floor yet, and enhancing the memorability of such a special day. But he also enjoys getting to the point of the evening when he becomes the “can-do-no-wrong” DJ, where the dance floor rockers can’t help but dance/sing/rock to every single song played. That feels like true magic. And the chicks are great…JK?
His favorite wedding DJ moment:
DJing a wedding in Jackson Hole, WY. The backdrop alone was enough to make it an epic event – a truly amazing group of people in support of both the bride and groom. Towards the end of the night, he had the idea to host “Jackson Hole’s Best Dance Crews”, featuring the bride’s dance crew vs. the groom’s dance crew! Both crews danced to Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock’s “It Takes Two” and absolutely killed it. MP3PO is pretty sure the Groom’s dance crew ended up winning, but it ended with a one on one battle where one groomsman dipped the “man of honor” and laid a long, sweet, kiss on him. Classic night.