Tell me a little bit about your business!
I started working weddings back in 2000, and switched to nothing but weddings in 2005 when I started Jeremy Ganss Productions. I’ve been DJing for over 22 years and running my own company for over 14. I do not pretend to be that “all in one” DJ. I specialize in one thing – weddings! Artistic, elegant, and fun weddings. I always had a knack for keeping guests dancing and making the evening very enjoyable for everyone WITHOUT being annoying or cheesy.
JGP offers two awesome guys. DJ Andy Booth joined me in 2011 and is a huge asset to have for both future brides and the company.
What makes your work unique?
It would be the personalized service you receive from the first time we speak until the end of your event. I make myself available to you anytime. I also strive for perfection in every aspect of being a DJ and I am always trying to improve – whether it’s by buying more music, getting the newest equipment, finding out the latest wedding trends, or expanding my ever-growing wedding knowledge.
A DJ can literally make or break a wedding reception. A not-so-great DJ makes people want to stay in their seats, head for the bar or, even worse, head for the door. A good DJ gets guests moving for a while. But an awesome DJ has the dance floor packed all night. This is accomplished by planning and organization. I work hand-in-hand with each couple to make the event what they envisioned. Once we finalize all the details, I draft a flowchart and estimate a timeline. I send it to the couple 3-4 days before their wedding. Once confirmed, I send this out to all the other wedding vendors professionals. I am there to facilitate that seamless mix for the couple while they get to enjoy their special day. I’ve always said the biggest gift I can give to any client is letting them be a GUEST at their own wedding.
What is your ideal client like?
My favorite weddings are the ones where people are there to party all night. Any wedding where I can beat mix for a solid two hours of dancing = one of my favorite weddings! One memory that always sticks out in my head is the wedding where I had four generations of women from the same family out on the dance floor together. The groom’s 107-year-old great grandmother was on the floor! That is a memory I will never forget.
How do you get to know a couple’s taste in music?
Our online reception planner has a portal set up just for this. It lets our couples browse the music database and add songs to their night. Just like everything else in life, some things are liked more than others. That’s what there are multiple categories: Our Favorites, Play If Possible, Only Play If Requested, and the most important list, Do Not Play. I ask couples to supply around 30 songs. I always tell them, “Request enough songs to create your own ‘Pandora Station’ for the dance party and we can fill in the blanks for you.
How do you motivate guests to get on the dance floor?
I am not going to be on the microphone calling out Aunt Amy to the dance floor, nor will I be showing people how to do a line dance. The best motivator for a dance floor at a wedding is the newly married couple. If they are dancing, their friends and family will be on the dance floor with them. If they are in the back of the room hanging out telling stories, that’s where their friends and family will be. The night revolves around the couple; they are the biggest motivators of the day.
How would you describe your emcee style?
Minimalist. Andy or I will handle all the major announcements for the day. Once these are done, that’s it; you will not hear us on the microphone babbling all night.