Friday, January 28, 2011

Press Release - Ambient DJ Wins Bride's Choice Award


East Windsor, NJ – January 28, 2011 - WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce Ambient DJ Service has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for Wedding Disc Jockey Entertainment!

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

Ambient DJ Service stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud Ambient DJ Service for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

We are happy to announce that Ambient DJ Service is among the very best Wedding Disc Jockey Entertainers within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011.

Ambient DJ Service President, Gregg Hollmann, said "We are honored to receive this prestigious award for the second consecutive year. I would like to thank the clients who took the time to review our services on WeddingWire. I would also like to thank the Ambient DJ staff for their hard work and attention to detail. We look forward to delivering a superior quality service to the bridal community in the years to come!"

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The "Amen Break," Sampling and DJ Funktual

The following video pertains to the "Amen Break," a ubiquitous drum sample from 1969 that has subsequently been used in hip hop, jungle, drum n' bass and even commercials. The break was taken from the song "Amen Brother" by the Winstons, which was the B side of their hit record "Color Him Father."

The video below not only details the history of the Amen break and its subsequent usage, but also contains great background information about sampling and the legal evolution thereof. Check out the video, and as you listen to today's music, be on guard for the "Amen Break"! Special thanks to Jamie "Funktual" Freund who originally shared this video with me. Funktual is an expert on hip hop samples and has recorded 43 amazing volumes of Youtube videos that reveal original funk records and the hip hop artists who subsequently sampled them. For more info, visit Funktual's Youtube site or website.

For DJ Funktual's lastest Best Samples in Hip Hop History (Volume 43!), see below:

And finally, check out DJ Funktual's distinctive "Sample Junkie" tee-shirts, as modeled by yours truly! The back of the shirt contains a list of records. If interested in ordering your own, contact

DJ Jesse Lambros (L) and DJ Jagged (R), enjoying the 2010 DJ Times International DJ Expo in Atlantic City. Sample Junkie tee-shirt provided by DJ Funktual, and is a great conversation starter! Joey Fatone (from N' Sync) saw me in the hall and addressed me as "Sample Junkie"!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Five Tips for Flawless Wedding Emceeing

This article below was submitted by Christopher Smith, aka DJ Spinz, one of Ambient DJs' wedding specialists. Chris is a gifted entertainer with multiple stage personas ranging from the smooth and refined wedding MC to the high-energy taskmaster.

As Master of Ceremonies ("MC" or "Emcee") you have a very important job to do. You are the spokesperson for the Bride and Groom on one of the most important days of their lives! Family and friends have traveled from near and far, and every last detail has been thoroughly planned. You must create the seamless flow that will carry the reception from start to finish and leave the guests feeling like they just attended the party of their lives! This article includes five essential tips that will help you become a better wedding MC, and also guide you towards creating flawless receptions, even under the most demanding circumstances.

1) Practice, practice, practice....

Just like anything else in life, practice makes perfect. Practice projecting your speaking voice, tonality and pacing. You can use a tape recorder or video recorder to review how you sound and look while speaking. Check your body language. Do you look uncomfortable? Are you rushing your speech?

Create a repertoire of phrases and descriptions that can be drawn from for your performance, and mix them up. For example, some emcees overuse stock phrases such as "at this time" or "Ladies and Gentlemen..." Mix it up to avoid appearing like a boring drone! As bridesmaids and groomsmen pairs are announced, use a variety of phrases such as "escorted by" "accompanied by" "ushered by" and so forth. For examples of effective emcees, study the delivery of a late night talk show host who guides their guests through a structured program of entertainment.

For the event, create a brief script in preparation for your performance. This script will help you to refine your thoughts and delivery, and also serve as a base in case you need to change a few things off the cuff later. During the drive to the venue, begin focusing on your upcoming performance, visualizing the success of the event and reviewing the pronunciations of names in the family and bridal party.

2) Be Prepared and "Take Notes"

Have all of your notes in order before arriving to the event. Whether you use an iPad, a legal pad or note cards, be sure to make these notes easy to edit, as it is not uncommon for things to change unexpectedly. Bridal party rosters can be overhauled just moments before a grand entrance, meaning that you must be able to react well under pressure. The guests have no clue about the chaos behind the scenes and may not forgive you for confusing the flower girl with the Maid of Honor! Also, be sure to review your notes with each of the other onsite wedding vendors, including the photographer, videographer and banquet manager.

3) Listen, Interact and Be Approachable and Fun

You may overhear that it's also "Uncle Ron's" anniversary tomorrow, or "Aunt Peggy's" birthday on the 5th! Including special announcements such as these personalizes the event for the extended audience of family and friends, and makes the celebration more memorable. Rather than spending too much time back in the DJ booth with your partner, mingle among the guests, befriend them and collect information that you may be able to inject into your performance!

It should go without saying that this is a people business, and nobody likes a grouch. Smile when making announcements and be enthusiastic. You are the "Steward of Good Times"! Guests will be drawn to your positivity, making the party an even bigger success! While surely an extreme example, recall how guests were drawn to the outgoing Vince Vaughan and Owen Wilson in the movie "The Wedding Crashers"!

4) Check In

Your Bride and Groom will be swimming from all the excitement of their big day. Make it easy on them and check in periodically to ensure that the music and entertainment is to their liking, and to see if there's anything that you can do to make their evening more enjoyable. Of course, for any formal activities, you will need to provide them a heads up on the impending ceremony (e.g., Cakecutting, Parent Dance), so that they can freshen up their makeup if needed (Bride) or put on their jacket (Groom).

5) Be Confident

If you believe in yourself, then others will follow! Conversely, if you are nervous, then you will look, sound and perform like an amateur. Take a goodhearted approach to your role. You are a representative of a great couple and are tasked with making memories that will last a lifetime! With practice, preparation and experience, your confidence will only increase.

Of course, confidence should never be confused with arrogance. Brash, aggressive Emcees are a dying breed! Treat your guests as you would expect to be treated at a wedding reception. Never humiliate a guest. Work together with the other wedding professionals in a collaborative approach, and check your ego at the door! This event is not about "you" - it is about the bride and groom, and their guests.

One final tip - enjoy yourself as you get to spend your time with happy people celebrating the good times in life. This is a reward in and of itself! As a wedding emcee, you should be grateful to earn your livelihood performing in elegant party environments while getting to see people at their very best.

Thank you Chris! His full biography can be read here. To learn more about Ambient DJs' wedding entertainment services, please visit us on the web at

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Is an iPod Wedding Reception a Good Idea?

In recent years, there has been a trend towards "iPod weddings." In other words, couples program their music to an iPod and rent a speaker system. The music is put on auto-pilot, and for special songs, a friend or family member operates the iPod. The main attraction of this configuration is the perceived "cost savings." Just as wedding DJs came to rise above the wedding bands of yesteryear, will iPods replace wedding DJs and become the accepted mode of wedding entertainment?

Here are ten reasons why a professional disc jockey is a better choice for your party than an iPod:

10) MP3 files played on an iPod tend to be recorded at varying volume levels. Without somebody monitoring sound levels on the device, volume levels may rise and fall dramatically from song to song. For songs with long fade-outs, there may also be uncomfortable gaps of "dead air" between songs. A professional DJ monitors volume levels and brings in the next song without awkward dead air;

9) DJs know how to trouble-shoot their equipment. If technical issues arise at an iPod wedding, lengthy delays or awkward moments could result;

8) Pre-programmed set lists on an iPod may not reflect what is happening on the dance floor. Imagine a four song dance set that hits the airwaves just as the salads are served. A DJ not only plays the right song, but plays it at the right time for maximum impact. A wedding reception oscillates with energy waves, and DJs are masters at riding these waves, adjusting the tempo and volume when appropriate;

7) Renting a professional sound system is not inexpensive. For example, my company would charge at least $400 to rent two powered speakers and a wireless microphone. Delivery/pickup and provision of an onsite attendant would increase the fee accordingly;

6) A rented sound system will likely feature lower grade components than the "top shelf" equipment that a wedding DJ will bring. The reason being is that companies are wary of leaving their best gear with clients who have limited knowledge on how to operate it;

5) Assuming that the song is on the client's iPod, guest requests can be fielded at a party. However, there will be "dead air" as the song is searched for and cued up, possibly de-railing the dance floor. DJs not only bring large music collections to a party, but will cue up and mix in the requested song without dancers missing a beat;

4) The prep work involved for a successful wedding reception party does not disappear. It merely shifts from the DJ to the client and their appointed audio-visual person. Music must be acquired and organized in a logical manner. Particularly for weddings, do clients really want to be inconvenienced with all of this additional work when there are other more important details?

3) For our wedding DJ services, prospective wedding clients regularly ask us about backup equipment. "Do you carry backup equipment? What happens if your laptop breaks during a gig?" For those who use iPods for parties, the same question must be answered. If an inebriated guest spilled a drink on the iPod, what would you do? Do you really want to gamble with one of the most important celebrations of your life?

2) Your appointed emcee (if any) most likely does not have experience in running a successful wedding reception. At the hands of an experienced wedding DJ, the reception will be seamless with announcements made on-point and guests never wondering what comes next. Remember, there are no "do-overs" for once-in-a-lifetime moments such as the announcing of your first dance as husband and wife!

1) An iPod is a machine devoid of personality and life experience; a DJ is a unique, talented and flexible individual who can think on his or her feet and solve problems!

There is great news for wedding couples who opt for a disc jockey! You can still hear all of the music that you and guests would love to hear at the reception. Just put these songs on your "must play" list!

For cocktail hours in which you have the ability to tap into a banquet hall's sound system, an iPod is a reasonable option, as this music is atmospheric background music as guests mingle and there are no announcements required. In the past, we have handled a client's iPod for cocktail hour before DJing the reception party thereafter.

With money tighter than ever in the economy, we must constantly evaluate ways to save money. Just as I would never attempt to install a furnace (due to my lack of expertise in this discipline and for fear of blowing up the house!), I believe that couples getting married would be wise to hire a professional wedding DJ entertainer and realize the value deriving from that decision.

The video below was produced by the American Disc Jockey Organization ( and contains footage from what I would consider a disastrous iPod wedding!

To learn more about Ambient DJs' professional wedding DJ services, please visit us at To read testimonials from our satisfied customers, click here.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Saxiest Songs Ever

The saxophone is one of the coolest instruments out there. Here are some of the best songs featuring the sax, a sax solo or perhaps a strong sax part in the brass section. Pick your 15 saxy favorites from the list below, and present a mix CD to that special someone on Valentine's Day! Thanks to all of my fellow friends and DJs who weighed in with their selections! Is it my imagination, or were saxophones used to excess during the 80s?

Maneater - Hall & Oates (80s)
True - Spandau Ballet (80s)
Careless Whisper - Wham! (80s)
Caribbean Queen - Billy Ocean (80s)
What You Need - INXS (80s)
Who Can It Be Now - Men at Work (80s)
Rio - Duran Duran (80s)
Only the Lonely - The Motels (80s)
I Want a New Drug - Huey Lewis & the News (80s)
Being With You - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (80s)
Mercy, Mercy Me (the Ecology) - Marvin 80 (Soul)
New York State of Mind - Billy Joel (vocalists)
Harden My Heart - Quarterflash (80s)
You Belong to the City - Glenn Frey (80s)
My Pre-Rogative - Bobby Brown (80s)
Waiting on a Friend - The Rolling Stones (rock)
Walk on the Wild Side - Lou Reed (rock)
Shine on Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd (rock)
Mr. Saxobeat - Alexandra Stan (dance)
Edge of Glory - Lady Gaga w/Clarence Clemons (dance)
** The big man, Clarence Clemons, received accolades from numerous voters! **
Rosalita - Bruce Springsteen (rock)
Jungleland - Bruce Springsteen (rock)
Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen (rock)
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen (rock)
Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen (rock)
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty (rock)
One Step Beyond - Madness (rock)
Tender Years - John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band (rock)
Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones (rock)
Us and Them - Pink Floyd (rock)
Heart to Heart - Kenny Loggins (rock)
Gaucho - Steely Dan (rock)
Tequila - The Champs (50s rock)
The Wanderer - Dion (60s rock)
Runaround Sue - Dion (60s rock)
Show Me What You Got - Jay-Z (hip hop)
Brass Monkey - The Beastie Boys (hip hop)
Candy - Cameo (funk)
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag - James Brown (funk)
Get on the Good Foot - James Brown (funk)
Pick Up the Pieces - Average White Band (funk)
Super Freak - Rick James (funk)
Respect - Aretha Franklin (Motown)
Inner City Blues - Marvin Gaye (Motown)
Dancing in the Street - Martha & the Vandellas (Motown)
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder (Motown)
You are the Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne (soul)
Rehab - Amy Winehouse (soul)
Soul Man - Sam & Dave (soul)
My, My, My - Johnny Gill (soul)
New York State of Mind - Billy Joel (lounge/pop)
Oh Babe What Would You Say - Hurricane Smith (70s/pop)
Yakety Sax (Theme from Benny Hill Show) (soundtracks)
Cantina Bar Theme from Star Wars (soundtracks)
Just the Two of Us - Grover Washington, Jr. (smooth jazz)
Europa - Gato Barbieri (smooth jazz)
Smooth Operator - Sade (smooth jazz)
Calabria - Enur f/Natasja (dancehall/dance)
Robi Rob's Bariqua Anthem - C & C Music Factory (90s/dance)
Sex Sax - Drop the Lime (dance)
Sax in Miami - DJ Mpulse (dance)
The Saxy Track - Rhythm Factory (house)
Songbird - Kenny G (ballads)

For the jazz cats, here's a few more selections:

Round Midnight - Sonny Rollins
Confirmation - Charlie Parker
Giant Steps - John Coltrane
On Green Dolphin Street - Eric Dolphy
The Girl from Ipanema - Stan Getz

To an extent, the saxophone seems to be going out of style in a digital world. Hope that the producers will bring it back, or even sample some saxophones!

What songs would you add to the list above?

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Wedding Gig Log - Meredyth and Mike, Nassau Inn

January weddings are a rarity. However, Meredyth and Michael took the plunge, scheduling their event for Saturday January 8th. Meredyth is an attorney and Michael is a physicist of Russian heritage who currently teaches at Princeton University. The challenge identified by the bride was creating a music and entertainment program that would stimulate a brainy crowd and not result in a dull party.

The wedding reception was held at the Nassau Inn at Palmer Square in Princeton. The Nassau Inn is one of my favorite venues to work at given its location, classy Ivy league charm, professional staff and great food.

The area was hit with a nice snowstorm the day of the wedding, and it continued to snow through the afternoon. Palmer Square, with its big Christmas tree, looked magical. I am sure that Meredyth and Mike's photos came out great. Kyo Morishima, an amazing photographer who is recommended by the Nassau Inn, said that he enjoyed shooting in the snow.

The reception was held in the second floor - picture dark hardwood floors, oriental rugs, poinsettias and a cozy fire. The reception party then moved into the Palmer and Witherspoon Rooms. This is a unique space, as there are two sections. The larger section is a dining room. Adjacent to the dining room is a smaller room for dancing (and the DJ booth); there is a double doorway that connects the two rooms and is left open. The challenge of this layout is that the DJ is somewhat isolated from the guests; the benefit is that the back room is an exclusive party zone where the volume can be pumped up after dinner. Ambient DJ provides uplighting in the dancefloor area (pictured below), creating an inviting space to lure in dancers!

The grand entrance came off flawlessly. Guests packed the dancefloor area, awaiting the bridal party and newlyweds. Each bridal party member had a special song. The new Mr. and Mrs. Romalis entered to the Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling," then enjoyed their first dance to Dean Martin's "Sway" complete with a ballroom routine and dip for the grand finale! To recognize the groom's Russian heritage, a traditional champagne toast was followed by a vodka toast!

The groom came up with a very creative idea for centerpiece giveaways. Each of the eight tables, in addition to having a floral centerpiece, had a Stirling Engine (pictured below). With a heat source (such as a candle), these engines fire up! To determine the winner, I worked with Meredyth on creating multiple choice questions that would stimulate a crowd of lawyers, physicists and engineers; sprinkled with some questions about Princeton and pop culture. For example - what is Princeton's most famous ice cream establishment? What year did Einstein emigrate to the U.S.? Which Supreme Court Justice hails from Trenton, NJ? A question about Lady Gaga. The game was well-received!

The dance party kicked in hard for the final 45 minutes or so, with a non-stop mix of dance music. The reception had a good party vibe throughout. The guests had a great time (as did the DJ!). Congratulations Meredyth and Michael!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Top Ten Parties of 2010

During 2010, I was privileged to touch the turntables 135 times, entertaining guests throughout New Jersey, as well as in Pennsylvania, Manhattan and even Massachusetts. Selecting the ten best parties is no easy task. What ingredients make a top ten party? Exotic locations, interesting clients, electrified party vibes and/or hyped-up dancing crowds tend to be the most distinguishing factors. Below is 2010's top ten list, along with explanations about what made them extra special! They are listed in no particular order.

1) West Windsor-Plainsboro Prom - Camden Aquarium. As a former participant in the corporate world, I am no stranger to swimming with the sharks. This high school prom was held at the acclaimed Camden Aquarium in a dimly lit area with guest tables situated adjacent to a massive illuminated tank containing sharks, giant rays and other exotic aquamarine life. The DJ booth was situated in a giant atrium, and the students had a blast dancing to a mix of hip hop and high-energy dance music.

2) Fourth of July Wedding, Sabir & Marina, Columbia Station, Phoenixville, PA. Sabir and Marina are a super cool couple who opted to get married on the Fourth of July, which fell on a Sunday. A bi-cultural crowd of guests embraced all musical styles, and the dance floor was frenzied at times, particularly during old skool and salsa sets. Special touches included a local fireworks display, and a sparkler exit. A detailed blog entry of the celebration can be found here.

(photographs above sourced from Wren and Field Photography's blog).

3) Wedding, Eric & Ji-May, Elkins Estate - Elkins Park, PA. Myself and DJ Brian (aka DJ Extreme) provided the music and entertainment for another awesome couple, Eric and Ji-May. The Elkins Estate is the mack daddy of mansions, built on a grand, majestic scale. Memorable touches for this November "foodcentric" wedding included a breakdancing exhibition, a food-eating contest, and the groom reading his welcome speech from an i-Pad. A detailed blog entry of the celebration can be found here.

4) Corporate Gala - Bloomberg, Skillman, NJ. Each year, Bloomberg throws an employee appreciation/awards event for its Skillman campus employees. This year's theme was beach & boardwalk (following 2009's Brazilian Rainforest theme). Ambient DJ provided music in three separate zones, with DJ Spinz entertaining guest indoors, while I worked the main stage under a tent. Egils Matisse and his team from Eggsotic Events in Hampton, NJ once again transformed the campus into a magical environment with their special lighting and custom-fabricated decor.

5) Alpha I NYC - Midtown Manhattan. In 2010, through a mutual friend, I met Manhattan-based Emm Pakdee, aka DJ Emm Bangkok. Kindred spirits, Emm and I collaborated on a party series at the Alpha sushi lounges in midtown (Alpha I) and Chelsea (Alpha 2). The most successful of these parties fell on Thursday December 16th, when I spun from 11 PM to 3 AM to a group of smartly-dressed party people. The vibe of the party was off-the-charts, and I was definitely locked in a groove on the mixing board that night, playing the music that I love. These are the parties that we live for as DJs!

6) The Lohmann Weddings - Chesterfield, NJ. Holly and Julie are twin sisters. Both were married in 2010, and I had the privilege of DJ'ing both receptions. Holly was married in April at the Olde Yorke Country Club in Chesterfield, while Julie was married in September at the Inn at Fernbrook Farms - also in Chesterfield. Mr. Lohmann, their father, is a music lover and attended the planning meetings for both of his daughters, casting his votes for songs to play (and to avoid!). The Lohmanns are good people, and I enjoyed getting to know the family over a period of months. To read the full story (as well as details regarding my other set of "twins wedding" in 2010, click here).

(Above - Holly toasts her twin sister Julie at The Inn @ Fernbrook Farms).

7) Super Sweet 16, Villa Mannino -Bordentown, NJ. We brought out the big guns in our equipment arsenal, including plasma screens and intelligent lighting on a truss. I mixed high-energy dance sets, while VJ Brian manipulated snap photographs of guests on the fly. A large group of outgoing teens kept the dancefloor packed all evening in what felt like a scene from a Vega$ club. The banquet manager asked me to subdue the bass, after our rumbling sub-woofer caused a painting to fall off the wall! Good times :-)

8) Farm Wedding, Robin & Matt - Ringoes, NJ. Robin and Matt planned their reception at the Steenman Farm from out-of-state (Florida and Texas). Despite the logistical challenges, a program with many details and heartfelt moments came off seamlessly. To my delight and somewhat to my surprise (it was very hot and humid under the tent), the dance floor sprung to life later in the evening and an hour of overtime was commissioned. Memorable touches included announcing a guest to the theme from Top Gun, and a glowing note of appreciation received from the bride.

9) Waterfront Wedding, Pat & Drew - Brick, NJ. Patrice and Andrew opted for an intimate party with a smaller group of family and friends (many from New York). This extended reception featured a loose structure, and rigid formalities were replaced by ample cocktails, cigars and lobsters! I shared the entertainment card with duo "Chelsea and Ronnie." Chelsea is an amazing lounge-style singer, while Ronnie is the smoothest sax player that you will ever meet. What struck me about this reception was the mentality of the guests (particularly Patrice) who possessed a zest for life and genuinely cared about the people around them. It was a great feeling when Ronnie offered to prepare me a plate of food (I was entertaining at the time) before he had even eaten himself! The detailed blog entry of this event can be found here.

10) Corporate Party Series, Dow Jones, Plainsboro, NJ. This past June, I booked a Monday evening party for a sales group from Dow Jones, who was training at the Wyndham Conference Center. Our first evening of trivia and karaoke was such a success that they had me return two nights later for the group's final night in town. These super outgoing individuals really made the party pop!

We start 2011 with a blank slate. Will your next party make a future Top 10 list? Thank you for reading the Ambient DJ blog, and best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Gregg Hollmann
Ambient DJ Service

Thursday, January 6, 2011

DJ Spinz's Top 50 Dance Songs of 2010

Christopher Smith, aka DJ Spinz, checks in below with his Top 50 list, accompanied by some extended artist analysis!

"Greetings party people! 2010 was a tremendous year filled with many peaks and valleys. On the music side of the equation we had a slew of jams that kept our bodies moving to the beat! In countdown fashion here are my Top 50 dance songs of 2010! - DJ Spinz"

50) Empire State Of Mind- Jay Z ft Alicia Keys
49) All I Want Is You- Miguel ft J Cole
48) Sex On Fire- Kings Of Leon
47) Letting Go (Dutty Love)- Sean Kingston ft Nicki Minaj
46) Forget You - Cee Lo Disclaimer: "This was only used for bar and club appearances"
45) It Takes Two- Rob Base and EZ Rock
44) Bulletproof- La Roux
43) Billionaire- Travie McCoy ft Bruno Mars
42) Single Ladies (Ted Smooth RMX)- Beyonce
41) Your Love- Nicki Minaj
40) Find Your Love- Drake
39) Your Love Is My Drug- Ke$ha
38) Aston Martin Music- Rick Ross ft Drake and Chrisette Michele
37) Miss Me- Drake ft Lil Wayne
36) Ridin Solo- Jason Derulo
35) Airplanes- B.O.B ft Hayley Williams
34) One (Pharell RMX)- Swedish House Mafia ft Pharell
33) Party In The U.S.A.- Mylie Cyrus
32) Pon Di Floor- Major Lazer
31) All I Do Is Win- DJ Khaled
30) Hold Yuh (RMX)- Gyptian ft Nicki Minaj
29) How Low- Ludacris
28) Hot Tottie- Usher ft Jay Z
27) Pokerface- Lady Gaga
26) Tik Tok- Ke$ha
25) Calle Ocho- Pitbull
24) Teach Me How To Dougie- Cali Swag District
23) BMF(Blowin Money Fast)- Rick Ross
22) Bottoms Up- Trey Songz ft Nicki Minaj
21) Over- Drake
20) Deuces- Chris Brown ft Tyga
19) Just The Way You Are- Bruno Mars
18) Stereo Love- Edward Maya ft Vika Jigulina
17) The Time (Dirty Bit)- Black Eyed Peas
16) California Gurls- Katy Perry
15) Club Can't Handle Me- Flo Rida ft David Guetta
14) Cupid Shuffle- Cupid
13) Raise Your Glass- Pink
12) Just Dance- Lady Gaga
11) Hey Soul Sister- Train
10) Say Aah- Trey Songz ft Fabolous
9) DJ's Got Us Fallin In Love- Usher ft Pitbull
8) Sexy Chick- David Guetta ft Akon
7) We No Speak Americano- Yolanda Be Cool ft D Cup
6) OMG- Usher
5) Like A G6- Far East Movement
4) I Like It- Enrique Iglesias ft Pitbull
3) Only Girl (In the World) - Rihanna
2) Taio Cruz- Dynamite
1) ** Shots- LMFAO **

Breakout artists of the Year:

5) Pitbull- riding a slew of club hits, Pitbull has maintained his status as one of the hottest collaborators in the music industry.

4) Usher- Mr. Raymond always seems his best after some sort of relationship issue. His recent divorce seems to have sparked such a creative surge, resulting in some of Usher's best music since the Confessions album.

3) Bruno Mars- Perhaps a bit sappy but nonetheless Bruno has scored some of the biggest hits this year with collaborations on Travie McCoy's mega hit Billionaire, and B.O.B's smash "Nothing on You." These hits were topped only by Bruno's solo effort Just the way you are which rocketed up the charts and is becoming a favorite amongst bride's and grooms.

2) Drake- The Canadian born rapper, singer and actor first graced us with the summer love anthem "Best I Ever Had" and carried on with smash after smash, crushing every mix tape and guest spot he appeared on. Young Money CEO Lil Wayne quickly scooped up this rap phenom and created a dream team of artists that will most likely dominate the music scene for the next decade. Drake has enjoyed wide crossover appeal due to his clever rhymes, melodic singing and dapper good looks. He has made numerous guest spots including a seemingly endless amount of songs with Nicki Minaj! Drake is poised to be hip hop's poster boy for the foreseeable future.

1) Nicki Minaj- Nicki has single-handedly changed the game with a uniqueness reminiscent of early Missy Elliot. Her clever wordplay and manic delivery is a breath of fresh air in a "me too" society. Although not all of her tracks hit the mark, "her collaborations brought Nicki superstar status seemingly overnight. Her recent album Pink Friday has garnered platinum status with 7 singles in the hot 100. Nicki's style and good looks have made her a megastar, not to mention that she is also a member of Lil Wayne's Young Money record label. Nicki is in a league of her own with no formidable competition on the horizon, so be prepared for 2011 as I predict a Pink takeover (lol)!
Thanks DJ Spinz!

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

DJ Gregg's Top 50 Dance Floor Hits of 2010

As per annual tradition, I have listed my Top 50 dance floor hits of the year gone by. They are presented in countdown fashion. To make the list, a song needs to have been (a) frequently played or requested during the year, and (b) embraced on the dancefloors of New Jersey. Some songs were released in 2009 and came into full bloom during 2010. Others are recently released, and are just hitting their stride!

Drumroll please...................... here's the countdown:

50. Champage Life - Ne-Yo
49. Soldier of Love - Sade
48. Loca - Shakira f/Dizzee Rascal
47. I'm in the House - Steve Aoki
46. Stylo - The Gorillaz
45. Xxxo - M.I.A.
44. I Remember - DeadMau5 f/Kaskade
43. Tik Tok - Ke$ha
42. Runaway - Kanye West
41. Black and Yellow - Wiz Khalifa
40. Telephone (Mars from Metallica Mash-Up) - Lady Gaga vs. Metallica
39. OMG - Usher
38. Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)- Shakira
37. Toes - Zac Brown Band
36. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
35. Teenage Dream - Katy Perry
34. Memories - David Guetta
33. Forget You - Cee Lo Green
32. Billionaire - Travie McCoy f/Bruno Mars
31. Lil Freak - Usher f/Nicki Minaj
30. Not Afraid - Eminem
29. Dirty Picture - Taio Cruz f/Ke$ha
28. Rad Anthem - Rad Omen
27. Nothin on You - B.o.B. f/Bruno Mars
26. Bulletproof (Dave Aude Cherry Remix)- LaRoux
25. Take Over Control - Afrojack f/Eva Simons
24. Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz
23. Drop it to the Floor - Pitbull f/T-Pain
22. Hey Soul Sister - Train
21. Only Girl in the World - Rihanna
20. Paparazzi (Moto Blanc Remix) - Lady Gaga
19. Shots - LMFAO f/Lil Jon
18. Whataya Want from Me (Fonzerelli Electro House Edit) - Adam Lambert
17. Blowin' Money Fast (B.M.F.) - Rick Ross
16. The Time (the Dirty Bit) - The Black Eyed Peas
15. One - Swedish House Mafia
14. Club Can't Handle Me - David Guetta w/Flo Rida
13. Hold You - Gyptian
12. Pon di Floor - Major Lazer
11. Carry Out - Timbaland w/Justin Timberlake
10. Rude Boy - Rihanna
9. Stereo Love - Edward Maya f/Vika Jigulina
8. Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z w/Alicia Keys
7. We No Speak Americano (Remix) - Yolanda Be Cool, D Cup and Nablidon
6. Bottoms Up - Trey Songz f/Nicki Minaj
5. Teach Me How to Dougie - Cali Swag District
4. Feel It - Three Six Mafia f/DJ Tiesto, Flo Rida and Sean Kingston
3. Like a G6 (Disco Fries Remix) - Far East Movement
2. DJ's Got Us Fallin' in Love - Usher
1. ** Dynamite ** - Taio Cruz

What songs did I miss? Two songs that are missing by design are Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair," and Justin Bieber's "Baby". Sorry kids, this is the major leagues!

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Ambient DJ featured in January 2011 Issue of DJ Times Magazine

I have read DJ Times for many years. It is my favorite magazine and contains a wealth of information about the mobile and club DJ scenes, along with inspiring artist interviews. Past issues of DJ Times have featured some of my favorite DJs, including Grandmaster Flash, Paul Oakenfold and DJ Dan. The cover of the January 2011 issue, in which the article "DJ Takes Stock in Wedding Market" appeared, was graced by Dutch trance DJ Ferry Corsten. Ferry is an all-time favorite, and several years ago I caught his late night closing set at Space in Miami.

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