Scruff’s Top 5 (Firehouse, Luverne Middle School, Broersma Wedding)

This week I continued my residency at the Firehouse, entertained the up and coming generation with some tunes in Luverne, and had the honor of playing for Kate and Darren on their special day. It’s crazy to think that this time last year the only events that I really had was the occasional school event or bar. I can say that I’ll probably be quite busy right up to the end of the year. With each upcoming event I look forward to the challenges of keeping up with the music and keeping the bodies on the dance floor. This week was no different, it had it’s challenges, rewards, and lessons as usual.

Thursday night is birthday night at the Firehouse, as I continue my weekly residency there I have come to notice the trend in music that most people want to listen to. Every once and a while you get the occasional random request but for the most part it’s business as usual. I play the top 100 tracks on billboard throwing in a few remixes to test out  and keep things rather upbeat for the most part. This Thursday I had a few more twerking, booty shaking requests made, not an issue with most of today’s artists focusing their #1 hits on club movement. I play some tracks by Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, Tory Lanez, and some old school T-pain to quench the appetite. Other tracks played that night included : Ariana Grande, Lizzo, and some Snoop Dogg. I always have fun playing at the Firehouse, I get introduced to many new tracks and artists while also making connections that might lead to weddings and other private events.

Friday I made my way to Luverne, Mn for a middle school dance. Now usually I don’t enjoy doing dances for that young of an age, not because they don’t deserve the best entrainment that they can get, but because of the amount of slow dances you have to play lol. I know what it’s like being a pre teen finally getting the chance to have a party at school, a slow dance with a pretty girl, and hanging out with your friends. As a DJ it does draw out the event a little bit, but you play and smile regardless because the kids are having fun. This dance was no different, except for the fact that I had to deny the kids half of the music they were asking for because it wasn’t appropriate for school grounds. I understand the times have changed and I usually don’t have a problem playing tracks that are heard on the radio, but if a song is suggesting lots of sexual behavior, or drug usage I have to draw a line. Not because the administration would have a problem, or the fact that half the song can’t be heard in the clean edits, but because the music is influential. My job is to use the influences of music to dictate the mood of the dance floor. I can’t have a clean conscience knowing that what I played could potentially lead kids to doing mischievous things. Now I would hope that the kids asked for these songs just because of airtime and because the artist is popular, not because they readily identify with the lyrics per say. I just can’t support it in a school setting, especially at that young of an age. Besides the music request the kids had a great time, I played a lot of group dances and kept the party going with all genres of music. I had some requests for Rock, old school country, pop and of course snowball dances. I must have had to play at least 3 slow dances within the first hour.  At the end of the night the kids wanted me to play some more, and the staff said they would be delighted to have me return. This is what I call a successful evening.

Saturday I made my way to Prairie Winds for my first wedding of the season there. I feel like it was a tad bit late, but it’s always good to work with the staff in Orange City. The wedding was for Kate and Darren Broersma. The lovely couple and their families had a night of fun and games planned, and I was there to help it all come to light. The evening started off with uncle Mark introducing the wedding party, he had a lot of fun joking on each member and keeping things nice and light.  Kate and Darren dismissing tables for dinner, they wanted to serve their guest since they all came out to support them in their union. After all the tables were dismissed and the the newlyweds finally got the chance to sit and eat uncle Mark hosted everyone in a game of Family Feud. It was fun watching everyone guess on information about the couple and where they are from. After some great speeches and photos, we got down to the special dances and open floor. I started things off country, after gathering some information from the bridal party I knew that would be the perfect way to kick things off. I played a lot of the 90’s country hits by artists such as:  Alan Jackson, Josh Turner, Big and Rich, and of course Garth Brooks. The hits didn’t stop there though, a lot of the hot wedding tracks were played as well. I had to get in the Cupid Shuffle,Wobble, Y.M.C.A., Shout and Mony Mony. I had a great time partying with these guys, it took a while for the dance to really get hyped but once it did there was no turning back.

  1. Crab Rave – Noisestorm
  2. Espan – Carlos Sanchez, DJ Ray
  3. House Way – Remniqe
  4. Rock ‘N Roll – Bali Bandits
  5. Rock It – Teig

Scruff’s Top 5 ( Halloween at The Firehouse, Sioux Center Private Party, Computer Issues)

This past week was a lot of fun in the lad of music, it was Halloween and that meant spooky fun! I started my musical weekend on Thursday at the Firehouse, I had obtained my costume for the festivities and I was ready to get down. I dressed up as the Dark Voyager from Fortnite, this allowed me to hide my face until I wanted to been seen. Some people knew what I was going for and others didn’t, I was just glad I was able to interact with those who were curious. I blended right in with most of the patrons that night. I saw lots of different characters: Mario, Luigi, Poison Ivy, Swat officers and Disney characters just to name a few. With all the crowd participation it made for the perfect atmosphere for a good time, drinks were flowing and people were ready to get down on the dance floor. It didn’t matter what I played that night, everything was a hit. Grabbing from different eras and genres was the name of the game. I played some Michael Jackson, Prince and Whitney as well as DaBaby, Migos, and Lizzo. I had to do some of the Halloween classics like thriller and the monster mash, I know that might seem corny but everyone knows them and it’s one of those silly traditions that I as a DJ play every year. I made sure to do a lot of group dances like the wobble and cupid shuffle, just so that the people judging the costumes could get a good look. I must say I had a great time, there wasn’t any drama and people were there to have fun.

Friday I made my way to Sioux Center for a private Halloween party. I recycled my look from the night before and dressed as the Dark Voyager. I had to help create the mood for the night when I arrived so I brought my uplights and set them on a bright red to compliment the spooky decorations. There was also some hollowed out tree decorations that we put lights in to make them come alive, it looked awesome when it was all said and done. Tonight the costumes were a little more planned out couple wise, some of the attires included: Joker and Harley Quinn, The Incredibles, Salt and Pepper, and The Greatest Showman’s Ring Master and Muscle Man. My demographic for the night was from 21-40 so I stuck to the hits from the late 90’s to today. I had to play Push It by Salt n Peppa for the Salt and Peppa, and of course The Greatest Show for the ring master and her acting partner. Other hits that were played included: Barbie Girl, Yeah!, Get Low by lil Jon and Low by Flo Rida. It was a great crowd and those who attended didn’t want it to end, I was glad to be a part of the fun and keep the crowd grooving.

Saturday I had the night off but Sunday was were my nightmare begin. I had been having issues with my computer and it crashing suddenly all the time. On top of that my internal speakers weren’t working correctly, It was becoming quite a nuisance, so I called up Apple and I started the long process of fixing my laptop. It took around 3-4 hours for everything to get fixed, apparently I had some corrupt files in my operating system and it was causing everything to malfunction. They had me format and erase my whole hard drive and start if from scratch. I had a back up which wasn’t an issue, the issue lies in the fact that my back up didn’t back up everything. I lost quite a bit of information and some important files when it was all said and done. Good thing I had some stuff located elsewhere to recover what I needed. This could have all been avoided if I would have purchased my laptop earlier this year. I had saved up the money and when the time came I spent that money on lowering some bills and getting out of debt. This was a smart decision at the time, but now I have a computer that’s becoming more of a liability than it should be. I’ll have to go back to the drawing board and save up for another laptop, this time when I reach that magical number I’ll use it on what I saved it for and nothing else. I’m glad I got everything resolved and are back and running at 100%, it just makes me nervous since my computer is getting old. Parts are becoming harder to find and next time a simple format might not do the trick. Who said this being an adult thing was easy!

  1. Bassface (Dillon Nathaniel Remix) – Destructo
  2. Flip The Beat (Sinden Remix) – Sinden
  3. Find A New Direction – Dustycloud
  4. Get Whipped – Boris Roodbwoy, Andrew Rai
  5. Bappi – Jamie Jones, The Martinez Brothers

Scruff’s Top 5 ( Firehouse, Anzua Wedding, Exhaustion)

This was a long week in the world of music. I had four events this week and each one was great, I lost a lot of sleep and the realization of rest and work balance has come to the front of my thought process. I had fluttering eyes, body aches, and brain clutter; but I made it. Two nights back to back at the Firehouse, two different playlists, two different groups of people. Saturday a bilingual wedding, my second one of the year, and a wonderful experience. All in all I had a great learning experience, a great weekend and i’m stepping in to a new weekend with a different mindset.

Thursday night started off my four day event calendar, this was the real start to change. I made my way down to Sioux City for a fun night at the Firehouse, they have been celebrating Halloween all month and this night was no different. All of the staff wore their favorite costumes and put on their best spooky service with a smile. You had Captain America, Spider-woman, a vampire, and even a jester walking around that night. I kicked things off in a poppy fashion, they had the jukebox rocking the tunes before I started and I figured that I would keep the trend going so that it wasn’t all of a sudden the complete opposite of what was being played right away. throughout the night I played all of the fan favorites from Lizzo, Post Malone and Lady GaGa to DaBaby, Migos, and 2 Chainz. I love playing for the Firehouse, there is always a mixture of young and older so that means I can play not only the newest of new but the classics (or at least what I consider classics) and nobody complains. I finished up there that night around 2 and was on the road about 10 after. When I made it home it was around 3:15 and I made my way to sleep probably by  3:30. I got up for work around 7:45 am and made it in to the kitchen at 8. Only a little over 4 hours of rest and I felt like a Zombie. I don’t drink when I work so there wasn’t any hangover or extra energy drainage from partying the night before, my body just needed more rest.

Friday night after work and my production class with Cova I made my way back to the Firehouse for some Friday shenanigans. Once again I really enjoy coming down and playing for those guys, the clientele was completely different, and this time I was able to go a little harder and a little more experimental. On the playlist included Juvenile, Ludacris, Tyga, Iggy, and Michael Jackson just to name a few. I played a few remixes as well, this is something that I do within my own discretion. Even though there are a lot of open formatted songs being played on the radio, I have come to realize that even in the clubs around here people want the familiar or little change. With that being said playing a few remixes a night is what I really strive for, just to introduce the crowd to the idea of new or change. Sometimes it works and sometimes it’s a completely bomb. I don’t usually judge a track by its first play out, there have been times when I played music that just hadn’t hit the mainstream trend yet. One of these tracks is The Git Up, I saw the videos on Tik Tok and my cousin actually introduced me to the song via Snapchat, so when I first played it out I was expecting a great response. The song hadn’t hit my neck of the woods yet so the reaction was horrible. Look at the song now, I can’t go to the Firehouse without someone asking me to play it at least twice in a night. I had a great time Friday night watching the dance floor and glancing at the pool tables behind me. I packed up and made my way out of there a little after 2 again which means I was in bed after 3 and with a long day ahead of me I passed out.

Saturday my day started at 9am and ended Sunday morning around 2am. I made my way into the kitchen to cook  and afterwards I played for Brianna and Daniel Anzua’s wedding. This was my going to be my greatest challenge for the weekend. Now it wasn’t a challenge because this was my first time playing at a new venue, or the fact that I was running on little sleep, this was my greatest challenge because the Anzua wedding was bilingual. This is my second bilingual wedding of the 2019 wedding season and I must admit I get nervous whenever I have to play music in another language. Brianna looked stunning and Daniel looked sharp, all of their guest had bright smiles on their faces and were ready to party. I had lots of help this evening from the host and hostess Josh and Joni. Like I had stated this was a bilingual wedding and those two were my translators. For most of the evening they took the drivers seat and conducted most of the activities. Danny and Bri enjoyed playing the shoe game, and having guests look for items for a scavenger hunt. I took the reigns right after with the first dances. This is where my nerves started to kick my butt, i’ve rocked crowds to the 80’s 90’s today’s and everything in between tunes. When it comes to traditional banda’s, cumbia’s and latin hits outside of today’s reggaeton artists i’m lost. I started off with group dances like the Cha Cha Slide and wobble, I then slowly transitioned into some spanish music with the Macarena first then Payaso de Rodeo. I got the response that I expected and then some. Instead of clearing the dance floor with the language switch almost everyone stayed and did their best at dancing to whatever was played whether they understood the language or not. After a few songs I got the chance to witness some very traditional activities performed at many Mexican weddings. First Brianna and Danny both stood on chairs and locked fingers making a bridge, and with the support of a few people they had their guests make their way under the bridge all while trying to knock them off the chairs. It was quite crazy for a moment but all in good fun. Next activity was even wilder, the groomsmen took Daniel and started to toss him in the air. They did this a few times, tossing him higher and higher each time to the point where he almost touched the ceiling. It was awesome to see what other cultures do when celebrating the union of man and wife. We partied for a few more hours after that, bouquet toss, garter, and dollar dance were all done. I switched back n forth between styles of music and with the help of guests I was able to not only keep my dance floor full, but I was able to expand my library. The nervousness never subsided, I take my job seriously and I want to make sure that all guests have a good time. I was just happy that I was able to cater to everyone a little bit, I felt really honored to be a part of Bri and Danny’s special day.

After A long weekend it’s time to talk about how my body felt, about the dangers I faced, and what I plan on doing to keep myself from feeling like this. After the first night at the Firehouse I went to work feeling like a  zombie. I was at a point in which I knew I was awake but at the same time I was no where near functional enough to be around sharp and hot objects. After another night at the Firehouse my eyes fluttered more on the road and my body started to ache the next day. When I say ache I mean stiffness throughout my body, I mean joints hurting as I moved, my knees wanting to collapse underneath me, and my body wanting to just shut down. Now I know I got some rest and a small nap on Friday but Saturday after working in the kitchen I showered and left for Brianna and Danny’s wedding. No rest, and when you are in the business of entertaining you push all of that aside and give your 100% because that’s what your clients purchased, and most importantly that’s what they deserve. When you are giving that much energy you need to replenish that energy with healthy eating and lots of rest. I am definitely guilty of not eating right, and as you might have read rest was almost non existent this weekend. This was dangerous, not only because I could have fallen asleep behind the wheel of my car, or seriously hurt myself in the kitchen. It was dangerous because my actions could have gotten someone else hurt or worse. Not only that but I put excess wear and tear on my body when it was unnecessary. Yes, there will be times in which you have to work on little amounts of sleep, but they should not exceed healthy choices. There were times I felt like I was going to pass out. If I would have been the cause of an accident on the road or at work, my guilt for the situation would have been a heavy burden to carry for a long time. In the future I will be making sure that I  have the time that I need to recover from a long night, this is what I plan on doing for a very long time. I have to make sure that I take care of myself, and I am conscience of what harm I could be putting someone else in due to my negligence.

  1. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (Freejak Remix) – Abba
  2. Huapango Tribal – DJ Moys
  3. The Funk – Raumakustik, Andrew Meller
  4. Creeping – Gene Farris , Dakar, Tough Love
  5. Divided Souls – Diddy, Wax Motif

Scruff’s Top 5 – (The Firehouse, Loges Wedding)

It was a great weekend in music, I started it off in the club and ended it off celebrating the union of of Ashley and Austin. I would call it the best of both worlds, when I play in a club or bar I update my playlist with songs that I haven’t necessarily heard in a while or ones that I have never heard of. I also get the chance to mix some of the new school club bangers with the old one’s live, try and bring two different generations together on the dance floor. It’s a rush dealing with different demographics every hour, since people like to bar hop I never deal with the same crowd all night. This in my opinion is the highlight of an open format club/bar DJ. At weddings my playlist grows by genre more than anything, being in Northwest Iowa I find that country and classic rock are more of the go to’s. Nonetheless each night is different and a lesson is to be learned, one that I can use to better my skill and keep the dance floors rocking.

Friday night I made my way down to the Firehouse in Sioux City for a night of good tunes and happy patrons. Throughout the night I had requests that were not so traditional such as: Starship, Phil Collins, Disney tunes, and Celine Dion. Now since these requests were made earlier in the evening I did play some of them. The bar wasn’t quite busy just yet, and the songs were definitely ones that most people knew. I had a fun time playing some remixes and b side tracks while going through some of the crowd favorites. I had a group of patrons ask for some tracks by Young Dolph, an artist that I had heard of but not to familiar with. The tracks that were requested were hardcore but still had a great beat. I was able to incorporate the requested tracks in with some of my southern hip hop favorites by T.I., Juvenile, and Outkast. I also had some requests for Lizzo, Snoop Dogg, and Ariana Grande. Not the normal tracks but some new ones that weren’t on the billboard top 100 just yet. Finding out some new music is always a rush because you never know how a dance floor will react, and you are eager to play them just because you want to play an exclusive track. It’s a risk with high reward if the song is fire, if not it can go as a dud until it becomes more popular. With Halloween coming up i’m grabbing as many tracks as possible to play for the night of fright and mystery. I’ll be back at the Firehouse that night so get ready for the unreal.

Saturday night I had the honor of being a part of Austin and Ashley Loges’s wedding at Sheldon’s Crossroads Pavilion Event Center.  The room was decorated magnificently with a giant L over the head table and lots of candles on each of the guest tables making things feel elegant and romantic. Austin and Ashley had a popcorn bar for snacks and a lovely array of cupcakes for dessert. With hanging lights from the ceiling, a mantle honoring loved ones that have passed on and pictures depicting the generations of marriage before them; Ashley and Austin painted the perfect scenario for a celebration. After a lovely meal and speeches that made you laugh we played the shoe game followed by a scavenger hunt with plenty of guest participation. The crowd was great they loved the interaction and when the dance started they continued by moving their feet to the very end. We partied to lots of the 90’s and 2000’s hits, sang along to Neil Diamond, and Garth Brooks, had slow dances to Shania and Willie. It didn’t matter what was played the bridal party, Ashley, Austin, and all of their guests just wanted to have a great time. I had an amazing time with this family, I was so glad to be a part of their special day. Night’s like this remind me of how fun the music can make the day.

  1. Higher Love – Kygo & Whitney Houston
  2. Long Cool Woman – The Hollies
  3. Circles – Post Malone
  4. Tarzan – Black V Neck
  5. Call Me – Hannah Wants & Kevin Knapp

Scruff’s Top 5 – Klaahsen Wedding/Luverne Homecoming/Klein Wedding

well I know it seems like I am a week late with my posts, but sometimes you have to take some time off to get your mind right. Last week I was really struggling, not only with staying focused on my tasks at hand but also my creative state. It happens to everyone and sometimes pushing through is the way to go, sometimes you have to step away for a few days to regain perspective of the big picture. I took the latter approach. I wanted some time to just sit, breathe, push doubts to the side and be prepared to do the scary thing that most people are afraid to do… Succeed. Now i’m back and going to recap last week’s adventure and this past weekend’s as well.

October 5th Lee and I made our way to Calico Skies, a winery that is located in the hills between Inwood, IA and Canton, SD. It was my first wedding at the venue, Lee had been there a few times before but I was excited to see the space and meet the staff. We arrived ready to set up for the reception and the ceremony  which was supposed to be conducted outside. The weather did not permit that so we made sure the space inside was ready for all of the nights activities. We had up lights set around the room in a nice dark purple color matching the color scheme of the bridal party. After a nice ceremony and social hour we introduced Mr. and Mrs. Jerry and Kristen Klaahsen to their guest and enjoyed a wonderful meal before proceeding with the dance. The bridal and groom were a little older so we had a night filled with 80’s and 90’s hits. It was a small intimate wedding and we enjoyed being a part of Jerry and Kristen’s special day.

This past Friday Lee and I made our way to Luverne High School for their homecoming dance. I had been there the prior year for their winter formal and it was a blast, I was looking forward to trying out some new tunes and taking requests from the kids. It’s one of my ways of keeping current with the trends, now this doesn’t mean that I necessarily play the track that they requested; I do have to keep the music clean and appropriate for school grounds. The dance started around 9 and we had a great time playing some crowd favorites and a whole bunch of “new new’ for the students. We were definitely surprised by some of the requests. It amazes me how some songs disappear and others seem to thrive even after 10+ years. One thing that I did notice is the amount of songs that have little dances to them. I joined Tik Tok a while back and I can say that the video influences are trending. Most of the students wanted to hear songs just to do the mini dances that went along with them. Just goes to sow that kids are still kids and some things will never change. I remember doing the same thing with myspace, MTV, and early internet tracks.

Saturday I made my way back to Calico Skies for the Klein/Olson wedding. The bride is a long time friend of Lee and I’s. Lee used to teach her son Jaylen hip hop while instructing at Robin’s School of Dance in Sioux Center, and I have had a numerous amount of gigs in which Melissa and Jaylen have attended. I was ecstatic when I found out that she was getting married and she wanted our company to be the ones to facilitate the evenings activities. Once again there was bad weather and all activities that were planned for outside were now cancelled. That didn’t stop the party from commencing, we danced all night to a wide range of music, from country to 90’s R&B, pop, to hip hop and everything in between. Despite the cold snowy weather outside  the dance floor was heating up inside. There were guests performing the worm, and kids working their favorite 80’s break dance moves into the wee hours of the night. We partied until about midnight and that’s a long time considering how long of a day it is for he bridal party. It was truly an honor to be there for Melissa and Billy, I wish those two and all of our wedding couples nothing but the best.

  1. Get Ur Freak On – Nader Razdar
  2. Glitches (Yvvan Back Remix) – Croatia Squad
  3. Mr. Molly – James Curd, Nah Man
  4. Inside My Head – Gene Farris, Will Clarke
  5. Tokyo Bill – Born Dirty, Bellecour

Scruff’s Top 5 – Homecoming Edition: MOC/NWC

This weekend was the start of the school season, weddings are still going strong, we just added a few school functions in the mix as well. Both of the homecomings were eye opening, I sometimes forget where I am at times. I was thrown off a bit but I can say both events went well and now it’s time to get ready for next week’s activities.

Friday night Lee and I made our way to Orange City for MOC’s homecoming, it was night one of two in Orange city for me this weekend. The boys football team were in a battle when we arrived, they were playing the Sheldon Orabs and even though that was a little conflicting for us since we live in Sheldon we wanted the Dutchmen to win. Usually when the homecoming team wins we have a better night, we don’t have to try and get their minds off of a lose just help them celebrate. Unfortunately the Dutchmen lost, but the students came piling in ready to dance. We started the dance off with some classics like the cha cha slide and wobble, afterwards we tried to hit them with some newer music. We quickly realized that newer tracks weren’t doing it for this crowd. Now some of the newer songs worked like: Truth Hurts, The Git down, and Hot Girl Summer, but anything else in the newer hip hop selection didn’t. This just brought me back to the realization that my location still has a lot to do with song selection in the schools. If I was down in Sioux City most of the tracks I wanted to try would have worked and that’s only 30 mins south from where I was at. Things like that just make you adapt to your surroundings and try something else. I had to resort to early 2000’s and some pop hits to keep the crowd alive. That’s one of the reasons why I was glad to tag team the event with Lee, we were able to bounce ideas off each other until we got in a rhythm of tunes that worked. At the end of the night we had quite a few kids left and I felt exhausted, it’s been a while since i’ve felt like i’ve had to really think about the songs I played. It was awesome to be put in an uncomfortable situation for a change, something to keep me on my toes.

Saturday I made my way back to Orange City, for Northwestern’s Homecoming. It’s always great to back on NWC campus, takes me back to the years when I was a student and I feel like it’s great to give back to that community. Sound check was at 9:30 and that was a perfect time to play out my latest track on a larger system than my studio monitors. Around 10 the students started to fill the large tent on the campus green warming up the air a bit. Due to the fact I had stick to older songs at MOC’s homecoming I decided to start everything off there. I was able to play a mixture of tracks for the 2 hour dance, switching things up genre wise and timeline wise. I can say that I really enjoy the freedom of curating a playlist, even though that has more of a risk it’s worth the reward when you can rock the crowd. Some of my favorites of the night was: Everytime We Touch, Turn Down For What, and Suge. For the college crowd I was able to throw in some remixes and see how they played, once again the area I was in showed me that they weren’t into the remixes as much as the originals, but at least I know. I try to expose these guys to new materials, sometimes it just takes longer to receive it. I had fun overall playing, for two hours it felt like I was a student on campus again. Now it’s time to prep for next week’s adventures and work on some new music.

  1. New Jack City – Gene Farris
  2. Wanna See You – Sidepiece
  3. Movin – Jauz
  4. Nightcap – Glass Petals
  5. Stand Up – Fex

Scruff’s Top 5 – Karaoke/Hickman wedding/Firehouse x2

This week was one of new experiences, self reflection, and humility. It’s great when you open up a potential new avenue of revenue, testing it out might be a little nerve wrecking but when it all comes together the possibilities are endless. Looking in the mirror knowing that you have work to do to stay relevant is a hard pill to swallow, after you see the reflection what you decide to do from that point on is when the real journey begins. Playing at a certain location multiple times can be quite humbling, and yet at the same time empowering. When this starts to happen you tend to look at the original big picture, this is when the magical sparks start to fly.

Thursday night I hosted the first S&E Karaoke night at The Lounge here in sheldon. The event was put on by the Young Professionals group of Sheldon, the organization is trying to fit in activities that appeal to adults between the ages20-40, trying to keep the town of sheldon thriving. The Lounge which is in the same building as Cook’s Cafe and Langer’s Bar and Grill donated the space to help bring the vision to life. Being that this was the first ever karaoke event I had to host I can admit that I was a little nervous. After setting up and testing things out, I was quite hopeful that we would have lots of fun and that this wouldn’t be the last time that we would be hosting the event. The event started at 7 and right at the beginning we had a crowd gathering to sing and create a fun loving atmosphere or drinks and vocal folly. I was quite happy with this because that meant I wouldn’t have to sing many songs to keep things rolling. I did kick the night off with my own rendition of The Backstreet Boy’s classic I want it that way. Needless to say I was glad that was the only song you hear coming from lips that evening. I enjoy singing along to music, but putting a mic in my hand is very different. I have one of those solo voices, so low that only I can hear it; in the shower. Throughout the course of the night we had up to 25 people engaged in their favorites songs, ranging from classic country to 80’s rap and some rock and roll. Whatever the track, you could tell that everyone was having fun. We only had a 2 hour slot for the first event, just in case no one had come out to party. I’m positive that this won’t be the last time we do karaoke for the Young Professionals, I also think that we will be adding this to our wedding packages in the fur as well.

After leaving The Lounge I made my way down to the Firehouse in Sioux City. The manager at the bar had been trying to get me to play on their Thirsty Thursday night for  awhile now. Since I took the night off of work for karaoke I was able to make it happen this week, I was excited to see how different the night was going to be compared to the weekends. Now usually when I play at the Firehouse it’s top 40’s open format style of play. This night was different though, I had people come out to the bar just because they knew I was playing and they wanted to hear house music. So for the first time in a long time I was able to play house hits for at least 80% of the night. I had the occasional request for the songs like The Git Up and the Cupid Shuffle so I had to switch things up for a little bit, but for the most part it was house all night long. House music is definitely my passion genre and I would love to play out some more, after listening to my set I realized that I needed to work on my house mixing. Yes, I have a radio show in which I only play electronic music but that’s different than playing a house  set at a bar or club. It’s time to hit the drawing board and work on the performance side of my craft. Once I get back to the level I need to be at I want to try and introduce a house themed night for the Firehouse. The owner is quite open to many different ideas and hopefully this is something that he would be on board with. It’s quite humbling knowing that people came out just because they knew I was playing, it does stroke the ego just bit, but it also motivates me to be a better artist. I can’t expect people to follow me, or come out to my shows if i’m not bringing the best sounds to ever hit their eardrums. It’s time to grow and that just means more discipline, consistency, and practice. By spring I want to be able to look back at this post and know from my heart that I have done what it takes to play better, not just for the fans of the music, but most importantly for myself and the music culture.

Friday I had the Vander Plaats/Hickman wedding in Sioux Center at the Terrace View Event Center. Walking in the building you felt the magic in the air. The design and decorations were straight out of a fairytale. The lobby had the photo shoot cozy feel with candles lit and a comfy couch in front of a backdrop of white balloons. A fountain of punch and pictures of Kari and Forrestal hanging on the wall. The main banquet room was spectacular, a back drop of low emitting lights setting the mood for an intimate meal, the head table set on a platform with a love seat for the newlyweds with a sign hanging above with their initials. Outside chairs set up for the wedding ceremony, it was really breathtaking. We started the night off in a non traditional way, we had dinner before making our way outside for the ceremony. Blue mountain catered the meal and that was very delicious, we had classic styled sodas to enjoy during the ceremony, and a full cake and doughnut bar for our dessert. After Some beautiful speeches by the maid of honor and best man we continued the evening with the special dances accompanied by slideshows with pictures highlighting both Kari and Forrestal individually, as well as together starting a new chapter in their lives. We danced the night away to hits from the all across the board. It was truly an honor to be a part of their special day, Kari was dressed in an elegant dress, Forrestal was decked out in a navy blue suit which accompanied his wife perfectly.

Saturday night I made my way back to the Firehouse for an evening of shenanigans. The place was packed and I hit them hard right out the gate. We connected with tracks from the 90’s such as Shoop, U can Do it, Fantastic Voayage, and Ghetto Superstar. I played some of the classics from the 2000’s such as Yeah, Candy shop, Get Low, and Naughty Boy. The 2010’s are a little harder to dance to but I got them going with the Git Down, Cupid Shuffle, Wobble, and of course hits from guys like Tyga, DaBaby, and Megan Thee Stallion. Sometimes I have to remember the songs that I play definitely affect the mood of the evening, I noticed the crowd getting a little rowdy when I played tracks such as Whoop that Trick, and Rep Yo City. At the same time when I had a request for some old school rock and roll things calmed down as I played Thunderstruck by ACDC. The remote was in my hand and I controlled the volume, overall we had a great time partying. The bar was full, the staff was happy, and the vibes were good. I call that a successful evening and the end to another week in music. Now all I have to do is record my radio show and get prepared for the next week.

  1. Gold Digger (Richastic Remix) – Kanye West ft. Ray Charles
  2. Brighter Days (Odd Mob Remix) – Cajmere Ft. Dajae
  3. Mint Tea – Jack Moure
  4. House Phone – Zookeper
  5. Rhythm In My Brain – Mason

Scruff’s Top 5 – Poppema Wedding/ Janssen Wedding

This past week was awesome, two more weddings in the books for the season. The 2019 season is almost over but that doesn’t mean the work stops. Over the weekend I had the chance to see the end of an era and the start of a new chapter. I Traveled to a new location and made some connections with new vendors, this journey never ceases to amaze me. 10 years down and years more to come, i’m still learning, growing, curating my craft as an entertainer.

Friday night I made my way to the Sheldon Crossroads Pavillion for the Hoekstra/Poppema wedding. Now, before I continue on the night’s activities I must bring up that I had already done a combined 5 weddings between the two families. For the Hoekstra’s I had celebrated all four of their boys tying the knot, and with the Poppema family I had did the groom’s dad’s wedding a few summers ago. So this night was truly a special one for me. I knew 90% of all the guests and after all this time it felt more like a family reunion instead of a wedding, and I was the distant cousin that came to bring the party to life. Kenli is Ken and Robbi Hoekstra’s final child, the baby of them all and the only girl. She wore her grandmother’s wedding dress, a 60 year old heirloom, brothers in her wedding party, parents married for over 20 years, her roots run deep of love. Dalton a man of ambition and strong parents for role models. A man that had to impress a father and four brothers to get to this point. Growing from just a childhood friend, to boyfriend, fiancé, and now a husband. You can tell he has the will to overcome any obstacle, these two were made to be together and it shows.

The host and hostess Steve and Vonda took the reigns for the evening: dismissing tables for the meal, playing the shoe game, scavenger hunt, and being the master of ceremonies. It was different for me to sit in the backseat and just wait for the dance to get started. I did take some notes and watch how they interacted with the guests, there is always room for improvement and if something worked I wanna incorporate it. After the games, speeches, and special dances it was time for me to go to work. I played everything from the 80’s to today’s hits, doing my best to reach each generation and genre in the process. We had a great dancing and singing, but the real honor was watch the final chapter unfold. This was my last Hoekstra/Poppema wedding, no more kids to watch do their first dances for at least another 20 years, no more daddy daughter, mother son, it was surreal. Joy fills my heart knowing that I had the chance to celebrate with the two families, this is something money could never buy, this is one of the reasons why I do what I do.

Saturday night I made my way to Gilmore City, IA. 20 miles south of Pocahontas to celebrate with Behrendsen and Janssen family on the union of Brittany and Colten. I was really worried about the settings of the reception, it had been raining off and on the whole day and the reception was to be held in a 100 by 40 ft. tent. Upon arrival I was put to ease when everything in the tent especially the ground was dry. The place was decorated quite nicely with white linens and candles, after setting up my equipment I helped light those candles and got ready for the guests to arrive. I was expecting a party with an open bar provided by the bride and groom, and the soft serve ice cream station for dessert. It seemed that these guys had all their bases covered for youthfulness and lots of folly. After a wholesome dinner, and heart filled speeches from the wedding party and the brides father it was time to get down. Brittany and Colten’s first dance was sung by the bride’s grandfather and brother, bringing this close to heart. After the rest of the special dances we continued the night with the bridal party dancing to The Git Up, and the groom doing the worm across the dance floor. We partied until around 1130 and I can say the floor was never empty. From the Shania Twain hits all the way to DaBaby and G-eazy, there was a group of people of the floor showing the world what they had. I had a few people inquire about some dates next year before packing up and making the 1.5 hour drive home. It was definitely a long weekend but one that was full of fun and laughter. I can’t wait for my next set of weddings and events, let’s keep em coming.

  1. Bongo Soul – Maximono, Josh Brown
  2. Every Morning – Chris Lorenzo
  3. Binding Problem – Jace Mek
  4. Birthright (Dosem Remix ) – Nora En Pure
  5. Mama (Just Kidding Remix) – Ella Eyre & Banx & Ranx ft Kiana Lede

Scruff’s Top 5 Labor Day Weekend – Eagles Club/Rudy Wedding/ Car Show/Firehouse/Family Time

It was a busy three day weekend for me in the music world. Not only did I have my day job, but every night I had a different event that kept me on my toes, with lots of loss sleep in the process. Though it was hectic I made it, another weekend in the books and more memories made. It doesn’t ever get old, well maybe the windshield time, but each time I plug in I still get shivers and butterflies. Confirmation of success comes in many ways; smiles and dancing is how I get mine. This weekend there was both smiles and a packed dance floor, a double double in my book.

Friday started off with me posting my weekly radio show on Soundcloud, sharing it on all my social media pages. I can’t expect people to hear my music unless I post it, this is a tedious task sometimes but in the long run its one of my most effective ways to share my passion with my friends and fans. That afternoon I had my weekly class, advancing my techniques and skills as a producer. I will say that this is one of my biggest challenges, I am learning sounds and feelings in music. narrating the emotions of a song, it’s to easy by any means. I know that things don’t come overnight so that’s why I’m working at it, but this it tough, it’s something new and it doesn’t just come easy to me. In time I will be proficient and I will be a master at my craft, this is just part of the process. That night I set up for an evening at the local Eagles Club. It’s the start of Labor Day Weekend and no better way to get things started than with some music and drinks. I played some old school rock and roll, 80’s and 70’s hits for the patrons at the club. The demographic is a little older so sticking around those specific eras was more of a common sense thing.

Saturday Morning Lee and I left Sheldon to head towards the Tiburon Golf Course in Omaha, Nebraska  for The Rudy/Han Wedding. This was our first time at this specific venue so we made sure to leave super early, especially since we knew that there was some construction on our only way into town. The venue was laid out pretty sweet, a long head table with family style seating for the rest of the guest; with a picture of the lovely couple on each table. Our set up was spread out with one speaker on each side of the head table along side a stand with lights. The photo booth was on the other side of the room, which played out quite well, Lee was able to send signals discretely indicating if sound needed to be adjusted. Dinner was plated so there was also a vendor’s table where we had the chance to sit and eat with the photographer and her team for the evening. It was great to meet other professionals in our field and actually get a chance to sit and chat with them over a meal. Speaking of the meal, we had a stuffed chicken breast with tomato basil filling, roasted potato cubes, dinner salad, roll, and an 8 oz steak. A ton of food but very delicious, the meal was catered in house, shout out to the chef on that team for making everything superb. After the meal and some beautiful speeches I kicked the dance off with some of the bride and groom’s favorite tracks. They sent us a list of tunes that included a lot of 90’s boy band hits, and early 2000’s dance floor bangers. I can say that I hit the jackpot, this was the era in which I was just starting college and becoming my own independent adult, so I was quite familiar and ready to jam. The dance floor was full all night, people rotated from the photo booth, to the bar, and back to the dance floor. We ended the night with Billy Joel’s Piano man and prepared ourselves for the long journey home.

Sunday/Monday we were in charge of the tunes for Sheldon’s Annual Car Show. Sunday was the car cruise and that took place on old Highway 18, the main road that goes through the town of Sheldon. Monday the festivities took place on the lawn of the high school. Since we in charge of both days Lee did the music spinning on Sunday, and I took over on Monday. This gave me the opportunity to head down to the Firehouse Sunday night for a little fun. Surprisingly there wasn’t as many people there as I had thought. I figured since Labor Day was the last official Holiday of the summer people would be out and about. Don’t get me wrong there were people out, I just envisioned a huge turnout. Nonetheless I had a great time down in Sioux City, the set I played was quite different than normal. Instead of hitting them with all the top 40’s on the radio, I played more of an open format set. I hit them with lots of remixes, twerk, moombahton, and even some trap styled tracks. There were many latino patrons out that asked for some spanish music, so I played more cumbias, merengue, and spanish influenced tracks as well. A very eclectic playlist and it was quite appreciated. At the end of the night I was complimented by the bartenders, they enjoyed the fact that I had played something out of the normal. In the future I think i’ll ask if I can turn the Sunday Nights into a more Sunday Funday open format kind of event. This will give me a chance to play some B-sides and more electronic tunes to the masses. Maybe open the minds and ears of Sioux City, giving me the opportunity to re-establish their house and electronic scene.

Monday I played for the car show at the high school, there was over a hundred cars and lots of people out to look at the classics. The playlist was geared towards the 50’s-60’s hot rod era (upon request of the coordinators).  This is what the original soundtrack for the scene so that was understandable. I knew it was going to be a long day so I invited my cousin from the twin cities to come down and join me. It had been a couple of months since I had seen him, and no better time than to check out some cars and catch up. After awards were given at the car show and I was all packed up, we went to a buddy’s house and grilled some food. This made for a full day and the close to a long weekend. Four days of music and memories, just how I like it.

  1. 7empest – Tool
  2. Loco Contigo (Cedric Gervais Remix) – DJ Snake ft J Balvin & Tyga
  3. Do Re Mi (Tarro Remix) – Blackbear
  4. Put Your Phone Down (Low) – Jack Back
  5. East – Teenage Mutants

Scruff’s Top 5 – Week in Canada/ McGrath Wedding

This week’s adventure has had me speechless, now that I have decompressed and caught a few z’s I can finally express how the trip to Canada really felt. I needed this trip for more than just a few reasons, I hadn’t seen the groom in 7 years and it was way past overdue, I’ve had a passport for a few years still hadn’t used it, and now I have a new found love for traveling and it’s expenses. This trip was more than eye opening, I reevaluated some goals that I didn’t think I was able to accomplish.

Tuesday Morning I flew into SeaTac (Seattle- Tacoma Airport) and was greeted by my long friend Richie. We both went to Northwestern College and ever since I had met him he’s been trying to get me to come visit him in Canada. I felt really bad that it took so long to get here but I was super glad that I made it. It was as if time stood still, it was like we were still in college worrying about classes, going to the next party, playing sports, etc… These are the type of friends you don’t meet often, it’s like we picked up where we left off. We took the 2 hour drive back to the border but first stopped off for some lunch at Dick’s Hamburger. This place was straight out of a 50’s/60’s movie, no indoor seating only drive up and great food. We crossed the border, and I finally made it to (The Promised Land) according to Richie. First on the agenda was a trip to Vancouver and dinner. We had pizza, beer, and a great view of the Pacific Ocean. The first thing I noticed after the view was the view, there were fancy cars and fancy prices. all around us were Tesla’s, Audi’s, BMW’s and the ticket for the meal was as if we were in NYC. Not gonna lie it threw me off guard a little but I did have some funds saved up so I wasn’t too worried. We made our way back to Richie’s house and I finally got the chance to meet the lovely Bride to be Megan. We had talked wedding and reception via video chat, but after chatting with her for a bit I knew that Richie had made the right decision.

Wednesday Richie and I got up and went to Tsawwassen, Canada to meet up with his boss and go boating across the Pacific to Orcas Island for the day. This was my first time on the Pacific and I was glad that we had the chance to see some seals, porpoises, and just a nice still current on the open water. We hit up the local brewery while on the island and enjoyed beverages and a cornhole game by the locals. On the way back I had the idiotic idea of  jumping in the water, let’s just say I still think that was one of my less than sane propositions. We rounded off the night with a nice meal and early shut eye, tomorrow was the start of a long weekend.

Thursday morning travels were made to Chilliwack for the Frasier River Lodge where both the rehearsal and the wedding. Upon arrival I had the chance to meet up with the bridal party, and wedding coordinator.  I must say I was quite impressed with their support group, all the groomsmen had the qualities that Richie needed around him to help make conscience, mature decisions when it comes to not only life, but when it comes to being a husband. The bridesmaids were all very giving: giving their time, advice, and their hearts. You could see this whenever you saw them laughing and joking with Megan. The wedding coordinator was precise and def took the lead when it came to dealing with the order of events. It was the perfect first experience. This place was beautiful, I mean the facility and and it’s staff were quite accommodating, the rooms were quite comfy, but the real kicker was the view of the Frasier River and the mountains right behind it. When people usually think of dreamy weddings they usually have beaches and mojitos in mind, this place was on a whole different level. In my mind this is where you clear your head, reevaluate your priorities, make new goals and find out the path you need to achieve them. This place in my opinion is the perfect spot to start a new chapter with your wife. Thursday night was when things got interesting, both Lee and I went to school with Richie. Lee wasn’t supposed to be able to make the trip due to other situations, things changed and Lee came up. I knew about the plans but Richie didn’t. This was the best surprise for the groom, all three of us together, Heemstra brothers and friends for life.

Friday was the big day, Lee and I did what we do best and that’s taking the concern of the Newlyweds and putting on our shoulders. We had ceremony and reception duties, it was showtime and Canada was about to get a big dose of the midwest’ finest. Ceremony went off smooth and reception was to follow. We played the scavenger hunt with the guests worked with one of the brides’ cousins Ryan on MC duties and played I even got the chance to get the parents of the bride to kiss twice when the guests clanked on the glass (Brides’ parents are divorced but played along as if they were still married). After all the special dances and a few hours of tunes we shut down the reception and did an after party for the bridal party in one of the cabins. This was where everyone let loose, it felt like a high school reunion, a vacation, it felt like we were back in college.

Saturday we all packed up and left the Frasier Lodge partied out, ready for a recovery day.

Sunday morning the Newlyweds, Lee and I took a drive into the mountains to visit Squamish, a ski lodge town with some magnificent views. We  arrived took some photos and hit up a local brewery. Didn’t stay long because Lee had a flight later in the day and had to show him Vancouver. We made our way downtown and purchased the Canadian staple food poutine. I must say after eating some I wouldn’t be ordering anymore in the near future, this was def not my cup of tea. After viewing the Chinese embassy and high priced vehicles we got Lee back to the house so that way he could leave for his flight. For my final night in Canada we had pizza and wings for dinner.

My experience in Canada was one that I will never forget, this is just the beginning of my travels. Thanks to Megan, Richie, and both of their families for not only making us feel like we were part of the family, but also making my first international experience the first of many. I can’t help but feel like this wouldn’t be possible without the music. First going across state lines last year in Montana, now country borders. To be grateful mean to do the best that I can with my craft. I intend to do this and continue to cross the borders in genres, states and countries.

  1. Free – DJ Scruff
  2. Joanna (Drogba) – Afro B ft French Montana
  3. Let This Ride – Alex Preston
  4. Loca Loca – B & B
  5. Best Friend – Logic