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DJ Ronnie


Sound Off

By The Editors



Four local wedding DJs spin some musical advice for couples on their wedding day.

Ronnie Shuman,
aka DJ Ronnie

What’s your top advice for couples?
Decide what is most important to you and your fiance. Also decide what memories you want your guests to take from Aspen. Do you want them to remember the best food, beautiful scenery or that they danced all night?

Your “don’t-do”?
Don’t stress. When you hire the right vendors, we take care of everything and make your special day stress-free. Seventy percent of the party’s success is looked after in advance. Professionals will communicate with each other to make the party is seamless. All you have to do is say, ‘I do.’

What’s going to be the top tune this summer?
Summer always brings new music. All DJs are excited for summer hits!

Parting thought?
As a couple, discuss the weddings you have been to in the past. Write down all the things you loved and hated. Share these notes with your DJ and party planner, and we will develop the perfect timeline for you. The music controls the energy of the room, so every single song matters.

DJ Naka G

Michael Nakagawa,
aka DJ Naka G

What’s your No. 1 piece of advice for couples?
I like to remind them that the day is about them, and that the majority of the music should reflect their style and personalities.

Your “don’t-do”?
Don’t be cliche. Stay away from music like “The Chicken Dance,” “The Electric Slide” and “The Hokey Pokey.”

What do you think will be the top hits this season?
Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.” I think the resurgence of hip-hop and R&B will continue: Bruno Mars, Cardi B and Drake, plus Post Malone, Marshmello and Justin Timberlake.

Anything to add?
I don’t like being known as a ‘wedding DJ,’ per se, but I like being known for my versatility—to be able do large events (like X Games and the Olympics) and still have the capability to provide the soundtrack for one of the most important days in people’s lives.

DJ Folami; DJ Mayfly

Folami Small,
aka DJ Folami

What’s your top tip for couples?
Remember that most of the people who are attending your special day are from different generations, and you’d like to make them feel at ease. It’s a party, after all. Standards such as Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” and Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” are popular and shouldn’t be missed.

What should couples avoid?
Do not freak out if everyone doesn’t show up in an orderly fashion. Aspenites know this: Our weather is unpredictable. Let’s face it, people are jumping through hoops to make it to witness the union of their two favorite people. Things happen. Nature happens.

What’s hot this summer?
Just about anything from Bruno Mars. The new Justin Timberlake with Chris Stapleton song, “Say Something,” and Sigala for his happy, feel-good sensibilities.

Anything else?
The people who get married in Aspen are extremely unique. No two weddings are exactly alike. We’re making sure that you, as a couple, have a party!


May Selby,
aka DJ Mayfly

What advice do you give couples?
Take into consideration the parents’ generation and what music they may want to hear. I’ve found that family members may have a love for jazz or country, but the couple didn’t think about this or ask prior to the party.

Your “don’t-do” for couples?
I ask what songs they want to hear and what they deem should be on the “do not play” list. There are times when a relative or guest really wants to hear one of those forbidden tracks and I have to decline.

What’s going to be musically hot this summer?
I don’t have a prediction, but for the dance party portion of a wedding, I always keep a few pop artists’ hits close: Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Selena Gomez, BeyoncĂ© and Taylor Swift tend to have the Midas touch.

Anything else?
Lighting is key for the dance party. I always love gobo lights with a signature stencil or stars illuminating the dance floor.