Trends in Creating Music & Coachella by: DJ Ray

April 28th, 2014


GoldenVoice’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, where modern day Woodstock music merges with new art and fashion providing a mind-blowing experience. This experience combines so many of the senses that your head spins and your body moves, and you are – sometimes – lost in the music. Additionally, the energy of you and others around you makes you remember why people go to concerts instead of just listening to the music on their headsets.


Coachella doesn’t disappoint, which is not to be confused with having moments worth considering in evaluating where the art of live music performance is going. The venue and experience creates a landscape where the bands and DJs show us who they are and how they perform through their music.

Because I’m all about the music, I want to talk about what is starting to be lost in extravaganzas like Coachella. Make no mistake, it was awesome and I loved every single minute of it. That’s #1 and I would recommend everyone to go, expanding his or her horizons or just have an awesome time experiencing the music. What I found missing from some performances was the story telling and creation of dynamic set lists. When an artist has an hour set to tell their story, it has to unfold and have a through line. Performers must consider how to build the energy of a set: what act was before them, which is to follow, what’s the time slot, etc. All of this matters, especially when you have tens of thousands of fans that have traveled from all over the world and paid over $400 for a ticket and $9 beers to experience their music. I believe the “I buy songs on iTunes” culture is the cause of poorly planned set lists and why some groups don’t know how to play for audiences today. Before iTunes, bands had to be thoughtful in a different way about their albums and the tracks they made. They had to tell a story through the progression of those tracks and present the story through naming the album. This might be a lost art for a lot of artists who are trying to sell hit singles instead of an album.


Take Rubber Soul, one of the most listened to albums of all time. The entire album told a story, a sad story, but each track of the album is a piece of a journey. Is it possible that the art of storytelling might be lost to the art of 140 words?

Who are a few (but not the only ones) that did it right at Coachella? Calvin Harris, Aloe Blacc, Kid Cudi, Girl Talk and Chromeo prepared for all the elements of a huge festival. They took everyone one of us on a thoughtful journey full of energy, and told their music’s story. That’s what I want and I believe that is what you want too.



That commentary notwithstanding, look for me at the front of the line next year.





We Love Soundtracking Your Wedding by DJ Ray

March 7th, 2014

This past weekend I was spinning for a wonderful couple. As they kissed at the end of their ceremony with all their guests smiling in the background I pushed play and the guitars from “Just a Little Bit” by Supertramp filled the room. These two are a guitar music loving couple and it was perfect choice for their recessional. The song swelled into the lyrics and they walked back down the aisle to cheering and loving support. It was beautiful. It was life being lived.
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I again realized how lucky I am to play music for people as my job. I get to soundtrack a persons life. That’s what we call it here at the JE office and we talk about if often. Soundtracking a couples life for one night. With skill, care…and of course love…myself and the rest of the JE team. We love being there with you both on your day. Thank you for having us.
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A big thank you to Christian Oth Studio for the beautiful image.





P!nk Nails it at the Oscars

March 4th, 2014


I was excited for Pharrell to perform Happy at the Oscars and he did not disappoint. What I did not expect was to love Somewhere Over the Rainbow by P!nk. She killed it, effortlessly singing a very difficult song. She was relaxed, poised, and beautiful in a dress that matched Dorothy’s ruby red slippers that I just saw in Washington DC. I raise my glass to her.




The White Dress Launch Party

November 13th, 2013




We are excited to be part of The White Dress launch party today. Come be entertained by our own DJ MKL and Sound House of É L A N   A R T I S T S and pick up a signed copy of  The White Dress in Color: Wedding Inspirations for the Modern Bride. The book is by Beth Chapman of The White Dress By the Shore, Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events and photographer Carla Ten Eyck. Please stop by to say hello at the Lace Factory 161 River Street, Deep River, CT. 6-7pm is the book signing and 7-9 for eats, delicious cocktails and fantastic music.

 





Picnic House Planning Party

September 30th, 2013




“Planning an event can be stressful; let us help! The Picnic House in Prospect Park is holding its first Picnic House Planning Party this Columbus Day. We hope you will join us for a unique opportunity to view the splendor of the Picnic House and meet our exclusive caterers as well as a group of hand-selected event vendors”





The Picnic house is a beautiful Renaissance Revival building with a glass enclosed pavilion that makes it the perfect spot for a scenic wedding. This Columbus Day (October 14th) is a rare opportunity to see one of the most beautiful venues in the New York area as well as meet some of the top vendors in the business.





Make sure to say hi to DJ Matty and DJ Stephen who will be representing Jarrell Entertainment at the party. There is zero charge for attendees (an RSVP is required), so definitely make sure to check out the Picnic Party.


To RSVP, send an email to sizzo@prospectpark.org


To learn more about the Picnic House, check out their website at http://www.prospectpark.org/parties/weddings-prospect-park/weddings-picnic-house





Meet DJ June

September 23rd, 2013




Who are you and what do you do?

I am a DJ and Business owner of White Dove American Vintage Apparel and Accessories. I have been DJ’ing for ten years and selling exquisite vintage clothing and styling people for six years.


Where are you from?

From a teeny tiny town called Scio, NY, south of Buffalo, NY. We have one stop light, one bar, one mini mart, one school and one farm across the street. My mother owns the only hair salon in town!


Any first impressions since you started working with JE?

Ray Jarrell is one of the most professional but nicest people I have met in the industry. I have spun for some of the best clients of my career and the weddings have been so fun to work on. His clients are unique, fun, cool and nice. I have loved working with the company so far and people really seem to dig having a female DJ on board!


What do you bring to the table that’s unique?

I’m a female stylist DJ, so right there that makes me unique. However just like with clothing, I’m an excellent stylist with music. I can blend together all different types of genres because my musical taste is so broad. I know how to make people dance, laugh and have fun. That’s what you learn as a club kid and DJ for so many years! Did I mention I always look fabulous in my unique vintage dresses I wear to events?!


What’s something you are currently obsessed with?

I am completely obsessed with the British electro house duo DISCLOSURE. They look like they are 14 years old, but their music is way beyond their years. I’m also obsessed with fresh green beans slightly grilled with lemon pepper. Last obsession are spin classes at Soul Cycle!


Where is your favorite meal in NYC?

I love diners and my favorite diner is in the east village on 1st avenue. It’s polish and the food is so delish and cheap! I like to sit out in their backyard and have the garden salad with sauteed spinach and grilled salmon. Their spinach is TO DIE FOR.





Fun + Interesting First Dance Songs

September 16th, 2013




The first dance is often one of the most memorable moments of a wedding. As the bride and groom sway to their first dance, all the guests of the wedding reflect on how these two people are now one; they have come together to start a family. The mother/son and father/daughter dances that often ensue also symbolize two things: the “letting go” of their children, and the merging of their two respective families into one. Needless to say, choosing music for this huge event is an important decision made at every wedding.


For Wedding Wire Magazine DJ Ray and DJ Matty each put together a list of five fun and interesting first-dance songs from last year’s wedding season.


Here’s Ray’s List
1. Ou-Es-Tu, Mon Amour  - Charlie Haden Quartet West

“This is a very long song, so the couple had me play it while guest entered and at 3 minutes they walked on the dance floor and did their first dance. We loved this idea!



2 . You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
This is one of my favorite songs in general. It has a great energy to start and then drops down for the couple to have their romantic moment.



3. Stevie Wonder – All I Do
What can I say…it is Stevie! This song is fun, upbeat and has the line “You made my soul burning fire”. This is one for the couple that is looking for a song that is not normally used and wants to groove.



4. Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
Blessed this broken road works. Plain and simple it is a solid first dance song. Gary LeVox does a fantastic job of singing this story and the song has resonated for a few of our couples.



5. That Girl – Justin Timberlake
A few weeks ago a couple of mine at Blue Hill at Stone Hill danced to this JT song. This is not an easy song to dance to but holy smoke was it hot and the guests loved it! The couple worked with a dance instructor, they had done the work, everything was choreographed and it was perfect. I thought to myself if they are going to do all that then I am going to kill it…and I did. They danced from beginning to end after the first dance.



And now check out Matty’s top 5:
1. You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone
“Recently I did a wedding for a couple that wanted “You Light Up My Life.”  Yes, it’s cheesy, and they knew it.  The couple met doing a show where she was onstage performing, and he was the lighting designer.  He literally “Lit” her up.  After a minute of the regular version of the song they asked me to mix in a dance version of the song and invite everyone to the dance floor and that started a huge dance party.


2. Cheek to Cheek – Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
“The track is actually almost 6 minutes long, but they wanted to hear the entire song.  We worked out a plan that after about 2 minutes they would start to dance with their mom and dad respectively, and then after another 2 minutes, all immediate family couples would dance together to close out the song.  They actually used one song to facilitate the first dance as well as the mother/son and father/daughter dances.”



3. You Send Me – Sam Cooke



4. All I Need – Awolnation




5. I Won’t Give You Up – Jason Mraz

 





Meet our newest member: DJ Irene!

August 30th, 2013




Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Irene and I am a full time DJ

 

Where are you from?
Originally from a small town in Ukraine but now living in the beautiful and great New York City

 

Any first impressions since you started working with JE?
The amazing level of professionalism and positive energy.

 

What do you bring to the table that’s unique?
I like to think that I bring good vibes as well as knowledge of world music. When I began DJing, I played for so many different crowds and venues. It taught me how to read multiple and diverse crowds. So now I can basically play music from all over the world as well as fun current dance stuff.

 

What’s something you are currently obsessed with?
Game Of Thrones!!!

 

Where is your favorite meal in NYC?
Always and forever…Cafe Mogadore on St Marks. I also really like Sticky Rice for Thai Food on Rivington Street on the Lower East Side.

 

What are your 3 favorite albums of all time?

Manu Chao – Clandestino

Hex Hector – Remixology

Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

 

What are your 3 favorite songs of all time?

Danza Kuduru – Don Omar

La La Land – Green Velvet

Keep It In the Closet – Michael Jackson

 

What’s your all-time favorite moment as a DJ?
I’ve had a lot of great DJ moments but I still would have to say that even though it was scary, the first time I ever DJ’d was the most exciting night ever! It was at a club on the lower east side called Mehanata and it was super packed with club regulars, random people, and lots of friends. I was really nervous and excited but it was a night I will forever remember.

 

 





Summer Drive Playlist

August 22nd, 2013

 

 




It’s that time of summer again; time to make the not-so-fun transition from vacation back into real life. For many of us the end of summer is marked by the final drive home to the city. The trip can be frustrating since we don’t want to leave vacation-land, and there’s a big chance we might hit traffic. But fear not! While you’re driving put on our new Spotify playlist, designed to put you into a good and relaxed mood during your homeward travels. The playlist features everything from this summer’s biggest hits to some 80′s throwbacks, all guaranteed to make you not really care that you’re stuck in traffic. Click the link below, log into Spotify, follow our Spotify page, and sit back and relax! Safe travels!


Summer Drive Home Playlist

 

 





Summer Music Festivals

August 16th, 2013




If you went to Bonnaroo this year you know that Paul McCartney’s set was the most talked about act of the festival. While we love seeing all our old favorites at the festivals, checking out new artists is the best part for us. At the festivals we get inspiration from checking out all the new and creative music which helps keep our DJ sets fresh and exciting. So as summer is winding down we’ve put together a short list of our favorite new acts that played at this summer’s festivals.





The Stepkids are a psychedelic soul band from Connecticut who played Bonnaroo this year. The band made splashes on Youtube this summer with their cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” done with an indie-jazz twist. The band’s premier album landed on Mojo’s “Top 50 Albums of 2011″ list, as well as Spin Magazines “20 Best R&B records of 2011.” Keep an out for their upcoming album, Troubadour, which drops this fall. Check out the Daft Punk cover and one of their originals below.







Charli XCX created a ton of buzz with her performance this year at Bonnaroo. She first came onto the music industry’s radar when she sang the chorus to Icona Pop’s “I Love It.” Charli XCX describes her musical ambition better than anyone else: “we need to reboot British girl power, but this time with edge!” Her album “True Love” dropped this spring and below is one of the hottest tracks from it, “Nuclear Seasons.” The craziest part might be that she’s only 19!






This year Brooklyn duo MS MR were part of the crew of emerging artists to play at Lollapalloza this summer. Their album “Secondhand Rapture” dropped this past spring and their hits have been on Gray’s Anatomy, Game of Thrones, and Pretty Little Liars this past year. Check out “Fantasy” which has been featured on practically every TV show this summer.






If you haven’t made it to any of the summer’s festivals, definitely join us at Electric Zoo, August 30th through Sept 1st, on Randall’s Island Park. Electric Zoo hosts some of the biggest names in the electronic music and DJ world: names like Avicii, Benny Benassi, and Bass Nectar. As always though, the most exciting part for us will be checking out some of the newcomers this year. Check out these two lesser-known artists on August 30th (Friday); British DJ Scuba who’ll be spinning a lo-fi set and San Franciscan Logic Pro wizs “The M Machine.” It’s awesome there’s a music festival going on only 20 minutes from our new Park Slope location. Gotta love NYC.