Kelton Higgins is best known as one of the multi-award winning Fatback DJs. His DJ career started as a hobby, playing hollywood movie worthy house parties (think Old School) and hosting raves around Washington, DC. Since the aughts he has been a professional DJ at both clubs and finer private events from DC to NYC and Oslo to Bangalore.
Basic DJ Package:
1) Over 12 years of experience (this is really what you are paying for).
2) Six hours of performance time beyond setup and breakdown.
3) A single DJ setup comprised of wireless mic, hardwired mic for the DJ, two speakers and a subwoofer for optimum sound.
4) MC responsibilities for the night.
5) Access via email and cell phone throughout the entire planning process.
6) Use of the easiest online planning document you have ever seen!
7) All of the music you request, even if I don't already own it.
8) Full liability insurance with a coverage value of $1,000,000 (venue may require this).
9) Travel expenses with in 100 miles of the 20009 zip code.
1) Eight channel audio mixer for perfect balanced sound.
2) Two ultra high quality wireless analogue microphones (you choose: hand held, stand mounted, head set or jacket clip on).
3) Dedicated speaker with ultra wide dispersion and vocal frequency optimization for total clarity.
4) Pre-processional, processional and recessional music.
5) Coordination with the officiant ahead of the ceremony.
6) Feedback suppressor for highly reverberant rooms.
7) An understanding of acoustics and audio engineering that avoids problems to start with.
Cocktail Area Package:
1) Dedicated four channel audio mixer for music and microphone use.
2) Two dedicated speakers for even coverage and consistent volume.
3) iPad for independent music source.
How often do you get on the mic?
I keep my use of the microphone to announcements and the occasional call and response song. I let the music do the talking.
How long have you been DJing?
Before 2003 DJing was an occasional hobby. Since 2003 I’ve been DJing in a professional capacity.
How long have you been DJing weddings?
I started DJing weddings in 2004.
What are some of your all time favorite wedding songs?
Timeless favorites include:
Nelly “Ride Wit Me (must be the money)”
Kenny Loggins “Footloose”
David Bowie “Let’s Dance”
Le Tigre “Deceptacon”
Paul Simon “I Know What I Know”
The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
Dolly Parton “9 to 5”
The B-52′s “Rock Lobster”
Violent Femmes “Gone Daddy Gone”
R. Kelly “Ignition (Remix)”
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats “S.O.B.”
What is your philosophy on weddings?
Weddings should be fun. I like to work with brides and grooms starting months ahead of time to get a sense of who they are and what they want the event to be, not just the music. That way on the day of they can enjoy time with friends and family not have to think about the DJ or the music.
What makes you different from your competition?
Personality and experience set me apart. There aren’t a lot of people out there with the necessary combination of creativity and responsibility to be a great private event DJ. A lot of creative types are just plain rude, and most “wedding DJs” will not push the envelope beyond the lowest common denominator. I also find myself grooving along in the DJ booth and having as much fun as the guests, which tends to be infectious.
What do you do to motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
Switch it up! I like to keep things moving and keep people guessing. Give them what they want but don’t be predictable. You have to watch your audience so you don't loose them in the first place. Eventually you get good at reading a crowd and sensing what they need to get them going.
What training have you received?
To become a successful DJ you have to undergo a lot of on the job training. Over the years I have put on thousands of events both for others and for myself. You learn from each success and each challenge.
What problems have you encountered at a wedding and how have you solved it?
A common problem is the friend or relative who has been asked to play an acoustic instrument at the wedding but didn’t realize that they needed amplification to be heard by hundreds of guests. I always pack extra microphones and cables that can turn a DJ monitor into an emergency PA system in minutes.
Call, text or email to schedule a meeting: 202-459-3600 KeltonHiggins@gmail.com