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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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

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


The Top 25 Songs of 2016 – by DJ Marti Gras

Ambient DJ Service continues its 2016 musical recaps with this playlist submitted by Martin Valcin, aka “DJ Marti Gras” whose moniker is “Mixing Gone Wild”  Below, Martin has submitted his Top 25 party jams of 2016 as well as an incredible “Pop Reggae Fusion” Dance Mix.  Here are his listening notes:

This year saw the steep rise of reggae fusion or pop-based dancehall-style tracks from artists such as Drake, Tory Lanez, Ariana Grande, and Rihanna. As a person of Caribbean descent, this was music to my ears. Other “tropical” sounds continued to make waves in the 105 BPM area with the entry of a lot of old school remakes. EDM and dance-pop made a strong imprint on the charts, whether slow or fast. Here are my favorite 25 songs of the year.

The Top 25 Songs of 2016 – by DJ Marti Gras

1.     This is What You Came For- Rihanna
2.     Run Away With Me (Velvet Sunrise Remix)- Carlie Rae Jepsen
3.     Love is The Name (Reggaeton Remix)- Sofia Carson ft. J. Balvin
4.     Work (Mr. Collipark Remix)- Rihanna
5.     Controlla- Drake
6.     Oljuelegba- Wizkid ft. Skepta & Drake
7.     Way Down We Go – Kaleo
8.     Starving- Hailee Steinfeld and Grey ft. Zedd
9.     Luv- Tory Lanez
10. Panda- Designer
11. Starboy- The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk
12. 24K Magic- Bruno Mars
13. In Common (Kenny Dope Remix)- Alicia Keys
14. Work From Home- Fifth Harmony
15. Bonbon- Era Istrefi
16. Do You Mind- DJ Khaled ft. Nicki Minaj, August Alsina
17. Closer- Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
18. Hula Hoop- OMI
19. Bailar- Deorro ft. Elvis Crespo
20. Pillow Talk- Zayn
21. Gold- Kiara
22. Your Number – Ayo Jay
23. I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Seeb Club Mix)- Mike Posner
24. Come Down- Anderson Paak

25. Side to Side- Ariana Grande

Listen on Spotify

Listen to DJ Marti Gras’ 2016 Reggae Fusion Mix

For More Info

To learn more about DJ Marti Gras or to book him for your upcoming throwdown, visit  #KeepingNJInTheMix #MixingGoneWild

To read DJ Gregg Ambient’s Top 25 songs of 2016, click here.

DJ of The Month – Martin Valcin, aka “DJ Marti Gras”

Periodically our company likes to acknowledge a DJ from our staff who is doing particularly great work.  To that end, our June 2016 “DJ of the Month” from the Ambient DJ Service roster is Martin Valcin, aka “DJ Marti Gras.”

We initially met Martin at the DJ Times International DJ Expo in Atlantic City.  Martin, like many upcoming DJs, was at the DJ Expo hungry for knowledge to elevate his craft.  Martin subsequently joined the New Jersey Disc Jockey Network (NJDJN) where we got to know him even better.  Thereafter, we invited him to perform under Ambient DJ Service, and he agreed!


“Mixing Gone Wild!”

About DJ Marti Gras

Born and raised in New York City, Martin discovered his passion for the DJ craft while attending Syracuse University. After receiving a BS Degree majoring in biology, Martin began performing at private parties under the stage name of “DJ Marti Gras” with a tagline of “Mixing Gone Wild.” His portfolio of work includes Sweet 16s, Communion Parties, Weddings, Block Parties and Fashion Shows. DJ Marti Gras is the ideal choice for those seeking a hot dance mix, drawing from his palette of current dance music, pop,hip hop/R&B, Caribbean vibes, disco and party classics.  Martin is Ambient DJ’s most educated music mixologist, with a Masters Degree in Public Health.

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A Happy Marti Gras Sweet 16 Client!


The feature that particularly stands out about DJ Marti Gras is his focus on excellence and self-improvement.  We’ve progressively stepped up the degree of difficulty of his DJ engagements, and Martin has met each challenge with great aplomb!

When asked to step up his game for interactive kids parties, Martin not only learned a series of games, but developed a curriculum of new games that he shared with the rest of our staff.   Martin has also made great strides as an Emcee.

Martin is an avid music curator and researches new musical themes in great depth.  This means that he is able to work with people of all ages and ethnicities, and always has the perfect track for your party!

Finally, Martin is extremely organized and his well-labeled DJ gear has multiple backup solutions in case any component should fail during a party.  Backup equipment is the hallmark of a professional DJ.

In Closing

Thank you Martin for your contributions, and we look forward to your continued excellent contributions!  To book Martin for your upcoming party, connect with us online at


Packing the Dance Floor with DJ Marti Gras!

Spring 2016 Dance Playlist by DJ Marti Gras

The tulips are blooming, the birds are singing – Spring must be here!

Ambient DJs’ hard-driving music mixologist Martin Valcin, aka DJ Marti Gras,whose moniker is “Mixing Gone Wild” shares twenty of his top selections for the dance floor this Spring.  The list spans a variety of current music and choice throwbacks.  Enjoy!

DJ Marti Gras Top 20 Track Selections for Spring 2016

  1. Love Yourself (Kue Remix) – Justin Bieber
  2. Better When I’m Dancin’ – Meghan Trainor
  3. This is What You Came For – Calvin Harris f/ Rihanna
  4. Adventure of a Lifetime – Coldplay
  5. Hula Hoop – OMI
  6. Bang My Head (Robin Schulz Remix) – David Guetta f/ Sia and Fetty Wap
  7. Cake By the Ocean (Riddler Remix) – DNCE
  8. One Dance – Drake
  9. Run Away With Me (Velvet Sunrise Remix) – Carly Rae Jepsen
  10. Sorry – Beyonce
  11. My House – Flo Rida
  12. Panda – Designer
  13. Don’t Let Me Down (WandW Remix) – The Chainsmokers f/ Daya
  14. All I Do is Win – DJ Khaled f/ T-Pain and Snoop Dogg
  15. My Boo – Ghost Town DJs (Running Man dance routine!)
  16. Conga – Gloria Estefan
  17. Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira f/ Wyclef Jean
  18. Brick House – The Commodores
  19. Musicology – Prince
  20. Let’s Dance – David Bowie

Listen to Marti Gras’s playlist on Spotify at the link below (note: in some cases the original tracks were used rather than Martin’s recommended remixes.  Musicology by Prince (Rest in Peace) was not available – we substituted a song composed by Prince (“I Feel for You” by Chaka Khan).

To listen to DJ Marti Gras’ continuous dance mixes, visit his MixCloud page at  To book Martin for your upcoming party, connect  at