The Art of the Halloween Mixtape

In commemoration of Halloween weekend, we’re sharing six mixes from the minds of our DJ music mixologists.  What makes a good Halloween mix?  Savvy track selection, smooth transitions, spooky sound effects, a surprise or two – and of course, musical storytelling.   The six mixes below showcase the unique style of our team.   The most terrifying mix – by DJ Linda Leigh – is saved for last

Keep scrolling down to view each successive mix.  Please follow your favorite Ambient DJ music mixologists on Mixcloud and we’d appreciate your comments and feedback!

Mix #1 – Halloween Night 2017

DJ:  Mike Bacon, aka “DJ Iron Mike”

Keywords:  Open Format, Party Rocking, Hip Hop, Halloween Cinema

Mix #2 – Ambient Halloween Mix 2017

DJ: Andre Ovalle, aka “DJ Dre Ovalle”

Keywords:  Metal, Trap, Big Room House, Party Rocking

Mix #3 – Sinister Halloween Dance Party

DJ:   Gregg Hollmann, aka “DJ Gregg Ambient”

Keywords:  Dub, Electronica, Classical, Sound Effects

Mix #4 – Halloween 2017

DJ: Christopher Smith, aka, “DJ Spinz”, aka “The King of Pop”

Keywords:  Open Format, Pop, Halloween Classics, Hip Hop, Sound Effects

Mix #5 – Clown Town, Symphony of a Madman

DJ:  Martin Valcin, aka “DJ Marti Gras” aka “Mixing Gone Wild”

Keywords:  Hip Hop, Hip Hop Tapestry, Sound Effects, Halloween Cinema

Mix #6 – Tapestry of Terror

By: DJ Linda Leigh

Keywords:  Electronica, Techno, Spooky, Terror, Sound Effects

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is a mobile DJ entertainment company based in Central NJ.  We pride ourselves on a creative, music-centric approach.  To learn more, visit us online at www.ambientdj.com

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The Anatomy of a Nigeria 419 Scam Against DJs

Disc jockeys and other event professionals are being targeted by international criminals attempting to defraud us of our hard-earned money.  These criminals are increasingly sophisticated.  The number “419” refers to the section of the Nigerian Criminal Code dealing with fraud.

In this blog, I share a recent encounter with a scammer and how they attempted to defraud our company of $1,450.  The article concludes with a list of  “red flags” suggesting that you are at risk of being the victim of a Nigeria 419 scam.

The Approach

A month ago, our company received a lead via The Knot from what looked to be a normal wedding couple seeking wedding DJ services.  The lead from a Mr. Shane Rovers was inquiring about availability and pricing for his Friday, November 11, 2017 wedding at The Rose Bank Winery in Newtown, PA.   Other than the late nature of the booking, nothing seemed out of the ordinary.  He even had an authentic looking gmail address.

We responded to Mr. Rovers with our pricing and he agreed to book a basic package for $1,400.  At that point, Shane began acting strangely, mentioning that he lives in Canada and is not allowed access to phone calls.  However, he was very much interested to send us payment in full.  We played along, asking for the information needed to complete the contract and providing an address to send payment.  We didn’t hear from Rovers again for two weeks.

A week ago,  he re-established contact by email and said that the check was on its way via his assistant.  However, “there is a little mix up from her.  She was supposed to send out two checks today, one for you and one for the wedding planner.  She mistakenly sent the whole payment to you.  Please, I will really appreciate it you could deduct your deposit and help send out the remaining funds to the wedding planner.  Your help will be greatly appreciated.”

The FedEx Package Arrives

Last Friday, a FedEx package arrived on my doorstep, sent from a Gwen Beattie in Haymarket, Virginia.  Inside the package was a very official looking check for $2,850.  The check was supposed to be written to our company name, but was mistakenly written to “Greg Holland” (a poor misspelling of “Gregg Hollmann”).  Several hours later, I received an eager email from Shane Rovers:

“How are you doing over there? Great i hope?  I just got a confirmation from Fedex that the check will get to you today.  Here is the tracking number…7704 8605 1481.  Please deposit the check in your bank as soon as you recieve it and when it clears please kindly walk to a walmart near you and tell the cashier you want to make a walmart to walmart Transfer to this information below
Name…Kimberly XXXXX (Editor: last name deliberately omitted)
Address…..XXXX Herndon st, (Editor: street # deliberately omitted)
Bakersfield, California 93312″

Note:  I suspect that “Kimberly XXXX” is another person whose identity has been stolen.  Most likely an individual with a fake ID bearing her name and address claims the money on the other end.

After conferring with my consigliere, it was agreed that the best course of action was to disassociate from “Shane Rovers.”

The Disassociation

The next day after receiving the FEDEX, I sent out this email:

Shane Rovers,

I received the check. However, it was not written to “Ambient DJ Service” as requested.

It was written to “Greg Holland” – this is not my name. I cannot cash the check.

I will not be cashing the check and have written VOID on it in big black marker (see attached photo to this email).

Do not send me a replacement.

I do not feel comfortable with this transaction whatsoever with the wedding in Pennsylvania, you requesting me to send money to a supposed wedding planner based in California, with the FedEx sent from Virginia, and you supposedly based in Canada. It has all of the characteristics of a Nigeria 419 scam.

I do wish you well on your wedding day.

Please do not contact me again.

Sincerely,

Gregg

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This response did not elicit any reply from Shane Rovers.  Good.  I guess he knows that this potential victim is a lost cause.

The research that I’ve done on Nigeria 419 scams indicates that the Africans do have U.S.-based actors to help execute these scams.   I don’t recommend antagonizing these potentially dangerous individuals.

The Aftermath

I still had some unanswered questions.  First, was the check that I received a counterfeit?  So I called Risk Mitigation Department of Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union whose name was on the $2,850 check.  They asked for the check number and determined that it was a fraudulent check.

Second, what would have happened if I deposited that check?  There is a possibility that it would not have immediately bounced, and that the funds would be made available to my account.  Scammers are known to use authentic bank account numbers that have real funds behind them.  The fraudulent nature of counterfeit checks can take some time to uncover, at which time the bank would debit the amount of the check from your account.  If you were gullible enough to send funds to the third party in the interim (in our case, “the wedding planner”), you would be out of this money.

A more eloquent explanation of the banking details is provided on Wikipedia:

The use of checks in a scam hinges on the practice or law in many countries concerning checks: when an account holder presents a check for deposit, the bank will usually make the funds available to the account holder within 1–5 business days, although checks, particularly if international, may take longer than that to clear.  The clearing process may take 7–10 days, and can take up to a month when dealing with foreign banks. The time between the funds appearing as available to the account holder and the check clearing is known as the “float”, during which time the bank could technically be said to have floated a loan to the account holder to be covered with the funds from the bank clearing the check. Even after it has cleared, funds may be reclaimed much later if fraud is discovered.

The check given to the victim is typically counterfeit but drawn on a real account with real funds in it. With correct banking information a check can be produced that looks genuine, passes all counterfeit tests, and may initially clear the paying account if the account information is accurate and the funds are available. However, whether it clears or not, it eventually becomes apparent either to the bank or the account holder that the check is a forgery. This can be as little as three days after the funds are available if the bank supposedly covering the check discovers the check information is invalid, or it could take months for an account-holder to notice a fraudulent debit. 

Regardless of the amount of time involved, subject to certain limits, once the cashing bank is alerted the check is fraudulent, the transaction is reversed and the victim’s account debited; this may lead to it being put in overdraft.

In doing some internet research, we also discovered another victim of fraud in this scheme.  Gwen Beattie, the sender of the FedEx is a real baker and complained on Twitter this morning that she found $150 of fraudulent FedEx charges on her credit card account.  Shameful!  We touched base with Gwen.  She was grateful to hear from us and apparently FedEx has been very accommodating to her situation.

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10 Red Flags for the DJ – Nigeria 419 Scam

  1. Event dates and durations that are atypical (e.g, a nine hour wedding on a Tuesday).
  2. Poorly written English that is overly polite with haphazard punctuation and odd phrases such as “walk to a Wal-Mart near you” and “God Bless You”
  3. A lack of interest in service details and packages.
  4. Lack of interest in signing a contract.
  5. A fixation on financial matters and payment methods.
  6. A sense of urgency to send you money.
  7. Preference for email communication and avoidance of phone conversation.
  8. The introduction of third parties who they would like you to pay on their behalf as a favor.  A sense of urgency to pay these people quickly.
  9. Odd looking email addresses with strange domain names.
  10. Odd prospective client names – often British sounding.

Hudson Valley Credit Union, on its website, shares a list of “Red Flags for Fraud” that can be viewed at  https://www.hvfcu.org/Online-Services/Safe-Computing/Red-Flags-for-Fraud

In Conclusion

I believe that most wedding professionals have the common sense not to take a proposed transaction such as this to its ugly completion.  However, it’s important to stay vigilant as scammers are refining their scripts and on average getting more believable.  One of the scarier aspects of the schemes is that they use publicly available data to impersonate real people.

My best advice to those who think they are being targeted by a scammer is to disassociate as quickly as possibly.  Block them.  Nothing good can come from their overtures.

Report these scams to law enforcement officials if you like, but good luck catching these criminals who are most likely based offshore in shadowy Third World internet cafes.

 

 

The Yacht Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour (Volume One)

For the 90th installment of the Ambient DJ wedding cocktail hour playlist series, Mike Bacon, aka DJ Iron Mike, shares thirty of his favorite “yacht rock” cuts.  What is yacht rock?  According to Wikipedia,

“In the musical sense, yacht rock refers to the highly polished brand of soft rock that emanated from Southern California between 1976 and 1984. The term is meant to suggest the kind of smooth, mellow music that early yuppies likely enjoyed while sipping champagne and snorting cocaine on their yachts. Significant “yacht rockers” include Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross, and Toto.”

In other words, yacht rock doesn’t necessarily involve nautical themes – although it can – it’s more a musical aesthetic.  Disclaimer:  for the playlist that follows, even though it is for a wedding, we’ve allowed a few songs with bittersweet themes.  Our thinking is that having an authentically feeling yacht rock playlist is more important than maintaining an air of perfect romance.Sex_on_Beach_Project_Cocktail

For a signature drink, Mike has selected “Sex on the Beach” – a nod to the decadence of the yacht rock era.  Learn how to mix one by clicking here.

Immediately after the playlist, listen to Mike’s selected songs on a special Spotify playlist.

The Yacht Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Iron Mike

  1. Ride Like the Wind – Christopher Cross
  2. What a Fool Believes – The Doobie Brothers
  3. He’s So Shy – The Pointer Sisters
  4. How Much I Feel – Ambrosia
  5. One on One – Hall & Oates
  6. Southern Cross – Crosby, Stills & Nash
  7. Back in the High Life Again – Steve Winwood
  8. Cool Change – Little River Band
  9. Vahevala –  Loggins & Messina
  10. This is It – Kenny Loggins
  11. I.G.Y. – Donald Fagen
  12. Key Largo – Bertie Higgins
  13. Waiting for Your Love – Toto
  14. Chuck E’s in Love – Rickie Lee Jones
  15. JoJo – Boz Scaggs
  16. Love X Love – George Benson
  17. You are the Woman – Firefall
  18. Baby Come Back – Player
  19. Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
  20. Tin Man – America
  21. Moonlight Feels Right – Starbuck
  22. Into the Night – Benny Mardones
  23. My Flame – Bobby Caldwell
  24. We’re In this Love Together – Al Jarreau
  25. The Girl is Mine – Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney
  26. You Can’t Change That – Ray Parker Jr.
  27. I Just Wanna Stop – Gino Vanelli
  28. Lotta Love – Nicolette Larson
  29. If I Saw You Again – Pages
  30. All Right – Christopher Cross

Listen on Spotify (Unmixed)

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is an award-winning mobile DJ entertainment company  specializing in weddings.   To book DJ Iron Mike or one of our other DJ mixologists for your wedding or other celebration, connect with us online at www.ambientdj.com   Ambient DJ is available for destination weddings.

To view our 2017 Wedding Music Master Class that contains links to our other 89 themed cocktail hour playlists, click here

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10 Questions to Ask a Prospective Wedding DJ

Congratulations on your engagement!  Now you are on the hunt to secure a professional team of wedding vendors, including a wedding DJ.  Our recently published ebook, “The Bride’s Guide to Selecting the Perfect Wedding DJ” provides a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to identify and interview a prospective wedding DJ.  The book contains a list of “10 Questions That You Really Need to Ask When Interviewing a Prospective Wedding DJ.”  These questions are excerpted below:

10 Questions That You Really Need to Ask a Prospective Wedding DJ

1. How did you get into DJing? – This is a great opening question, as it puts the DJ at ease and you will learn about his or her background as well as motivation for getting into the business. Find out where passions lie – whether with the music, the emcee aspect, or the prestige of performing at formal events. With a timeline, you can also learn how long this person has been performing as a DJ.

2. What is Your Style?– DJs run the gamut from extremely interactive to those who make sparse announcements and primarily mix the music. In recent years, there has been a trend towards “non-tacky” wedding receptions that eliminate “cheesy” features like the Electric Slide. Perhaps you want a high-energy emcee who really gets the crowd going. There is no right or wrong answer, but you need to align yourself with a DJ who is a good stylistic match for your vision. You should be proactive in asking this question, as some DJs might first ask you about your expectations, and then cater their answer to appease you.

3. How Many Weddings Did You Perform at Last Year? – This will give you a great idea on how experienced the DJ is in performing at weddings. An experienced wedding DJ is desirable as he or she will have the requisite experience to preside over a seamless evening of music and entertainment, also working well with the extended wedding team (i.e., wedding planner, banquet hall manager, photographer, videographer). Hiring an inexperienced wedding DJ exposes you to the risk of becoming the next YouTube sensation after a major mistake is made. While your DJ does not need to work as a DJ on a full-time basis, he or she should be performing regularly at weddings. For those wedding DJs who are extremely busy (say performing at over 60 weddings per year), be sure they have adequate time to give your wedding the special attention that it deserves.

4. What Would You Do If a Guest Spilled a Drink on Your Laptop Computer During Our Wedding? – This question indirectly asks about back-up equipment, which a professional wedding DJ should always bring to an event so your party isn’t halted by a technical glitch. It also gives you an idea on whether the DJ is a problem solver, or quick to blame others.

5. What is Your Approach to Musical Programming at a Wedding? – This question will reveal how flexible a DJ is in his musical programming as well as what types of music he favors. How much flexibility is there in the music programming? How many songs do you pick versus how many does the DJ pick? Try asking, “if we did not provide you with a strict playlist, what are some songs you might program for cocktail hour, dinner music and peak hour open dancing?” An experienced wedding DJ will have very well thought out answers. Programming at weddings can be tricky, given the wide range of guest ages and musical tastes. I have often said that the art of the wedding DJ is to make each and every guest feel as though they had the best time of their life! Keep in mind that inappropriate musical programming is one of the biggest complaints against wedding DJs. Inappropriate programming could mean playing modern club music all night long for a mixed crowd; or playing too many ballads for a younger crowd that wants to cut loose on the dance floor.

6. Are You Insured? – Talking about insurance can be a real mood killer, but in today’s litigious society, insurance may be a part of the wedding DJ hiring equation. If your banquet hall requires liability insurance (as many of the finer facilities do), an uninsured DJ company will not be allowed to perform at your event. There is no sense in spending any serious time interviewing a DJ company if they are unable to perform. Professional DJ companies carry liability insurance, while novice operations often don’t. Insurance_Canopy

SPONSORED LINK For those wedding DJ entertainers who do not carry liability insurance, the company Insurance Canopy provides event liability insurance for 1-3 days for disc jockeys starting at just $59. To learn more, visit www.insurancecanopy.com/dj-event-insurance.

7. Can You Provide References? – An experienced professional wedding DJ will have a thick stack of testimonials and be happy to provide references. These testimonials are probably already available on public review sites like WeddingWire.com. If possible, review the DJ’s online reviews prior to the consultation to get a sense of his or her style. If a DJ goes on the defensive from this question, it could be a red flag. Additionally, it is not recommended that you ask the DJ if you can drop in to observe one of their wedding performances. Would you want you DJ schmoozing with prospects at your wedding reception?

8. How Does Your Planning Process Work? Planning a wedding reception is a major endeavor. In plotting the music and entertainment for your celebration, how will the DJ assist you? Does the DJ meet with you in-person prior to the event? Is this planning session conducted in-person, via phone or video conference? Does the DJ have planning forms and other tools to assist you? Will you have access to the specific DJ who is performing at your event or will you be working with a support staff member? Professional, planning-oriented DJs reduce your stress levels in the weeks and months leading up to your wedding. It’s also a fact that the better the planning, the better the results.

9. Do You Have Contingency Plans in Place in Case You are Unable to Perform Due to Illness? Illness and injury are a fact of life, and there is a small chance that your wedding DJ could be physically unable to perform on your wedding date. Ask about what contingency plans are in place to ensure your show goes on. The fact that a DJ has taken the time to prepare a contingency plan is a testament to their professionalism.

10. Can You Tell Us About Your Packages and Pricing? – At a consultation, it is bad form to ask about price first, as it sets an awkward tone. Wedding industry consultant, Alan Berg, has astutely observed that consumers are quick to ask, “how much?” The question isn’t because they are price shoppers, but because they aren’t aware of the proper questions to ask. Of course, price is an important factor on everybody’s mind, but first take the time to learn about the service. Towards the end of your consultation with a prospective DJ, inquire about pricing. By then, you’ll have a good idea on the services and value the DJ can offer for your special day.

Ask these insightful questions, and you will be well on your way to picking the perfect wedding DJ to provide a magical evening of music and entertainment!

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About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is a full-service mobile DJ entertainment company based in Central New Jersey. We enjoy collaborating with clients to create unforgettable family celebrations. For more info, visit us on the web at www.ambientdj.com

New Summer Mix 2017 by Ambient DJs

To celebrate the ongoing summer season, Ambient DJ Service has release a summer mixtape.  Titled “Hot Summer 2017” and compiled and mixed by DJ Gregg Ambient, the one hour mix is open format, fusing a range of musical genres.

The mix starts with stone cold classics by Kool & the Gang and Roy Ayers, before dropping a sultry bootleg rework of Sade’s “Love You More” from the Noc Boots record label run by DJ Cloak Dagger.  Then, onto the moody Lost Frequencies remix of Miley Cyrus’ “Malibu” and a recent electronic offering from Kaskade.  Calvin Harris’ tropical house/hip hop fusion offerings have been a huge innovation of 2017 – and we highlight two of his tracks “Rollin” and “Holiday.”

From here, Santana’s “Maria, Maria” gets mixed into DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts,” and from here the dance beats kicks in nicely, starting with DJ Cloak Dagger and his moombahton edit of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” followed by journeys into Latin music, reggae and pop. The set concludes with Luis Fonsi’s smash hit “Despacito.”

The mix can be enjoyed for free on Mixcloud via the player below.  Enjoy the rest of your summer party people!  To learn more about Ambient DJ Service, visit us online at www.ambientdj.com.

Songs for Space Travelers

In honor of the solar eclipse occurring on August 21, 2017, we’ve compiled a musical playlist for space travelers to capture the grandeur and mysticism of space.  The selections are skewed to the cinematic tracks from the electronic and classical genres, with a touch of singer-songwriters and psychedelic rock.

Immediately below the playlist is a Spotify playlist where you can listen to the music in its entirety.   To listen and acquire “Are You Sun” by upcoming Swedish producer Apel, visit http://apel.bandcamp.com/track/are-you-sun

The Songs for Space Travelers Playlist – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

  1. Rachel’s Song (from Blade Runner) – Vangelis
  2. Moonbathing – Tom Middleton
  3. Are You Sun? – Apel
  4. Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey) – Richard Strauss
  5. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity – Gustav Holst
  6. 12:18 – Global Communication
  7. Spacelab – Kraftwerk
  8. Everything in its Right Place – Radiohead
  9. The Scientist – Coldplay
  10. Space Oddity (Munk Machine Remix) – David Bowie
  11. Rocket Man – Elton John
  12. Walking on the Moon – The Police
  13. Under the Milky Way – The Church
  14. Echoes – Pink Floyd
  15. Future Takes Place Deep in Space – Korsakov
  16. Space Walk – Lemon Jelly
  17. Space Maker – Air
  18. Landing Boots – Shiftee
  19. Landing Dubby Style – Peter Munch
  20. Exploration of Space – Cosmic Gate
  21. Silence (Tiesto’s In Search of Sunrise Remix) – Delerium w/ Sarah McLachlan
  22. Last Night – Moby

Listen on Spotify

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is a mobile DJ entertainment company based in Central NJ.  Our music mixologists enjoy compiling playlists for all occasions!  To learn more about our services, visit www.ambientdj.com

The Retro Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist

For the 89th installment of the Ambient DJ wedding cocktail hour playlist series, DJ Nick Kaminski submits a retro playlist that lingers primarily in the 70s and 80s.  In addition to being a talented wedding DJ, Nick is an exceptional musician as both a vocalist and pianist.  It’s no surprise that his picks include many great vocal performances by the likes of Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Barry White and the Carpenters.

To best enjoy the music, Nick recommends the Pear Barbotage (Champagne, Pear Brandy and St. Germain).   St. Germain is a liqueur created in the French artisinal manner that utilizes freshly picked elderflower blossoms.Pear_Barbotage

Immediately after the playlist, listen to Nick’s selected songs on a special Spotify playlist.

The Retro Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Nick Kaminski

  1. True – Spandau Ballet
  2. Lady in Red – Chris de Burgh
  3. I Just Called to Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder
  4. Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears for Fears
  5. Hold Me Now – Thompson Twins
  6. Sacrifice – Elton John
  7. Head Over Heels – Tears for Fears
  8. Suddenly – Olivia Newton-John
  9. You are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
  10. Too Much Heaven – Bee Gees
  11. Just the Way You Are – Barry White
  12. (They Long to Be) Close to You – The Carpenters
  13. More than Words – Extreme
  14. Leave a Tender Moment Alone – Billy Joel

Listen on Spotify (Unmixed)

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is an award-winning mobile DJ entertainment company  specializing in weddings.   To book DJ Nick or one of our other DJ mixologists for your wedding or other celebration, connect with us online at www.ambientdj.com

To view our 2017 Wedding Music Master Class that contains links to our other 88 themed cocktail hour playlists, click here

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The DJ’s Choice Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist

For the 88th installment of the Ambient DJ wedding cocktail hour playlist series, we turn to one of our company’s star performers Mike Bacon, aka “DJ Iron Mike.”  Mike was recently married and for cocktail hour provided his DJ a melange of classic soul, 70s soft rock, 80s, 90s, R&B and contemporary selections.   Mike’s actual set list is shown below, and he clearly dug deeper musically than the average groom.Hazelnut_Brown_Nectar_Rogue

For an accompanying signature drink, Mike has selected his favorite craft beer, Hazelnut Brown Nectar by Oregon-based Rogue brewery.

Immediately after the playlist, listen to Mike’s selected songs on a special Spotify playlist.

The DJ’s Choice Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Iron Mike

  1. Here I Am (Come and Take Me) – Al Green
  2. Just One Look – Doris Troy
  3. (You) Got What I Need – Freddie Scott
  4. Gimme Little Sign – Brenton Wood
  5. You Can Never Tell – Chuck Berry
  6. Head Over Heels – Tears for Fears
  7. When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going – Billy Ocean
  8. Every Heartbeat – Amy Grant
  9. Lovefool – The Cardigans
  10. I Love You Always Forever – Donna Lewis
  11. The Longest Time – Billy Joel
  12. Every Little Thing I Do – Soul 4 Real
  13. Dreamlover – Mariah Carey
  14. Higher Love – Steve Winwood
  15. Borderline – Madonna
  16. The Game of Love – Santana f/ Michelle Branch
  17. I’d Really Love to See You Tonight – England Dan and John Ford Coley
  18. Send My Love / Send One Your Love – Born Jamericans
  19. Shy Guy – Diana King
  20. Hymn for the Weekend (Seeb Remix) – Coldplay
  21. All Day All Night – Moon Taxi
  22. Thunder Clatter – Wild Cub
  23. Walking on a Dream – Empire of the Sun
  24. Electric Feel – MGMT
  25. Show Me Love – Robyn
  26. Bring it All to Me – Blaque, ‘N Sync

Listen on Spotify (Unmixed)

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DJ Iron Mike

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is an award-winning mobile DJ entertainment company  specializing in weddings.   To book DJ Iron Mike or one of our other DJ mixologists for your wedding or other celebration, connect with us online at www.ambientdj.com

To view our 2017 Wedding Music Master Class that contains links to our other 86 themed cocktail hour playlists, click here

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50 Songs for a New Jersey Sweet 16 (2017 Edition)

Fresh out of prom season 2017, our DJ music mixologists have compiled a playlist of hot dance floor tracks – calibrated to the New Jersey taste bud – featuring a range of musical styles and tempos.  Of course, always go with the clean radio edits.  The blog concludes with two recent free mixes from our music mixologists – DJ Marti Gras and DJ Spinz.  Enjoy!

To learn more about our Sweet 16 / Teen Dance services, visit www.ambientdj.com

The Top 50 Songs for a New Jersey Sweet 16 (2017 Edition)

  1. Despacito – Luis Fonsi f/ Daddy Yankee
  2. Humble – Kendrick Lamar
  3. Unforgettable – French Montana f/ Swae Lee
  4. Shape of You (Cloak Dagger Moombahton Remix) – Ed Sheeran
  5.  Passionfruit – Drake
  6. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
  7. Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
  8. Chantaje – Shakira f/ Maluma
  9. Side to Side – Ariana Grande f/ Nicki Minaj
  10. Swalla – Jason Derulo f/ Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla Sign$)
  11. The Cha Cha Slide – DJ Casper
  12. The Cupid Shuffle – Cupid
  13. The Wobble – V.I.C.
  14. Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem) – Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall
  15. Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) – Silento
  16. DJ LilMan Anthem – DJ LilMan (Jersey Club)
  17. Closer – The Chainsmokers
  18. Fireball – Pitbull f/ John Ryan
  19. Danza Kuduro – Don Omar
  20. My Boo – Ghosttown DJs (i.e., Running Man Challenge)
  21. Honey, I’m Good – Andy Grammer
  22. Cotton Eyed Joe – Rednex
  23. Lip Gloss – Lil Mama
  24. Gangnam Style – Psy
  25. The Harlem Shake – Baauer
  26. Rolex – Ayo & Teo
  27. iSpy – KYLE f/ Lil Yachty
  28. Mask Off – Future
  29. Location – Khalid
  30. Bounce Back – Big Sean
  31. I Got the Keys – DJ Khaled f/ Jay-Z and Future
  32. No Problem – Chance the Rapper f/ 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
  33. Millionaire – Cash Cash & Digital Farm Animals, f/ Nelly
  34. Rude (Zedd Remix) – Magic! (EDM)
  35. Tremor – Dimitri Vegas & Martin Garrix & Like Mike (EDM)
  36. Victorious – Panic! at the Disco
  37. My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light it Up) – Fall Out Boy
  38. OOUUU – Young M.A.
  39. Hot Boy – Bobby Shmurda
  40. 679 – Fetty Wap
  41. Magnolia – Playboi Carti
  42. T-Shirt – Migos
  43. Speed Challenge – DJ Telly Tellz (Jersey Club)
  44. Cash Me Outside (How Bow Dat) “The Jersey Mix” (Jersey Club)
  45. That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars
  46. Starving – Hailee Steinfeld & Grey f/ Zedd
  47. Ginza – J. Balvin
  48. Soy Peor – Bad Bunny
  49. Gyal You A Party Animal – Charly Black
  50. Bruk Off Yuh Back – Konshens f/ Chris Brown

BONUS 10 Tracks

  1. XO Tour Life – Lil Uzi Vert
  2. This is What You Came For – Calvin Harris w/ Rihanna
  3. Slide – Calvin Harris f/ Frank Ocean & Migos
  4. Bad and Boujee – Migos f/ Lil Uzi Vert
  5. Handclap – Fitz and the Tantrums
  6. I’m the One – DJ Khaled & Friends
  7. Strip that Down – Liam Payne f/ Quavo
  8. Stay – Zedd & Alessia Cara
  9. Baby – Justin Bieber (throwback)
  10. Fergalicious – Fergie (throwback)

The Mixes

The Indie Folk Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist

For our 87th installment in the Wedding Cocktail Hour series, our Martin Valcin (aka DJ Marti Gras) has compiled a playlist of primarily indie folk selections, with a touch of wedding friendly pop music for good measure.  Representative artists include Ingrid Michaelson, Mazzy Star, Regina Spektor, Vampire Weekend and the Decemberists.  Pink_Lemonade_Hippie

For an accompanying signature drink, Martin has selected a “Hippie Juice Cocktail” served up in a Mason jar.  View the drink recipe by clicking here.

The Indie Folk Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Marti Gras

  1. Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
  2. Central Reservation – Beth Orton
  3. Love Song – 311
  4. She Treats Me Well – Ben Howard
  5. Shiny – The Decemberists
  6. Us – Regina Spektor
  7. The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
  8. New Soul – Yael Naim
  9. Stuck on You – Meiko
  10. I Choose You – Sara Bareilles
  11. I Do – Colbie Caillat
  12. Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer
  13. I’ll Be Your Man – The Black Keys
  14. Home – Phillip Phillips
  15. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
  16. White Sky – Vampire Weekend
  17. Just Like Heaven – The Cure
  18. Closer – Tegan and Sara

Listen on Spotify (Unmixed)

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DJ Marti Gras

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is an award-winning mobile DJ entertainment company  specializing in weddings.   To book DJ Marti Gras or one of our other DJ mixologists for your wedding or other celebration, connect with us online at www.ambientdj.com

To view our 2017 Wedding Music Master Class that contains links to our other 86 themed cocktail hour playlists, click here

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