Boston bred, Brooklyn centered.
Valerie comes from a musical family, which inspired a life-long passion and curiosity. Her grandfather was a well-traveled Jazz saxophonist in the 40’s, and her mom played folk guitar at Village hotspots like The Bitter End in the 60’s. She has fond childhood memories of her brother banging out blues tunes on the keys, and her audiophile father playing his vinyl copy of Michael Jackson’s Thriller loudly and proudly on the (unusually large) home stereo.
In the 90’s, Valerie launched her DJ career on the award-winning radio station, WERS 88.9FM, and has since gone global from her original reggae/world music format to far beyond, encompassing everything from A Tribe Called Quest, Pitbull and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, to Stevie Wonder and David Bowie. She has honed her skills in the world’s best dance clubs, spun electronic and house music at Lincoln Center, hip-hop on Sirius FM, and most recently, performed an all-vinyl 45 set in an underground club in Berlin.
As a wedding DJ, Valerie is a self-described romantic with the expertise to capture your unique story and set the mood perfectly. She takes pride in her work, believes that you and the music are the stars of the occasion, and loves to customize her sets accordingly. Whatever the celebration, Valerie is extremely versatile, knowledgeable, and will ensure you and your guests have an amazing time with her easygoing nature, sense of humor and infectious spirit.
INDIVIDUAL DJ FAQs:
What kind of equipment do you use?
I use a Pioneer controller with Serato and professional JBL sound system including various microphone options that is expandable depending on event needs, with optional 18-inch subwoofers and additional 15-inch PA speakers.
I also recently added optional lighting to my setup:
Tier 1 includes basic dance lighting (1-2 moving head lights that can be a variety of colors and can also strobe, a disco ball effect light for a full room movement effect good for dancing time, and some haze/smoke that could be used sparingly for a subtle effect at the very end of the night during dancing.
Tier 2 would also include uplights around the room to give an atmospheric a wash of color.
What does your setup look like?
I can provide a table with elegant silky black covering, or more often, I use the venue’s banquet table and linens depending on wedding theme/preference.
What is your MCing style?
My MC style is short-and-sweet inspired from my radio days! I think the clients are the stars, so the focus will always remain on them. Whatever is needed, I can make it happen – from minimal announcements all the way to announcing the names of every member of the wedding party – it’s all good to me!
What is your personal mixing style?
I love to beat match, to allow the songs to breathe and for the dancing to rule the choices make in terms of pace, tempo and mood of the selections. I enjoy tapping into the energy of the room to tell a story or inspire emotions that link to the personalities of the couple, who are the real stars. I tend to play a song, rather than a segment of a song you might hear in a mega mix. Either way, I let the music and the mood lead the way and pride myself on motivating EVERYONE to dance and enjoy the moment.
How do you handle lulls?
There is an ebb and flow of every event, which is useful for folks to refresh their drinks, have a conversation or take a rest for their next round on the dancefloor. I find that certain moments are best used for a slow song interlude, and other moments are more suited for a giant dance party. I love to provide an array of moods and moments that suit everyone. I tap into the energy of the room and make selections that will tune into the mood, and uplift as much as possible.
“We knew Valerie from her work with the festival she produced in the Boston area, and we used to listen to her on the radio so we were excited to have her as our wedding DJ! She took the time to understand our tastes and the schedule of the day. We were traveling so she was able to meet with us via Skype and she was very thorough and professional. We had so much on our plate and we were so glad to have her take care of this for us! My husband and I are both musicians and we were able to just relax and enjoy our day! We wanted to both perform and she even jammed a little with us and the transitions from live to her DJ sets were seamless. Valerie is extremely creative and highly skilled at both selecting, and playing the music. She kept the announcements to a minimum as we requested, and was well spoken on the microphone. She knew all the greats from jazz to more contemporary music to get all ages on the dance floor! We could not believe the funk songs she played for us. We were shocked at her rare selections we had not even heard, and how she tied it into current music that sampled from those records! Valerie was so much fun and she knew exactly how to craft the perfect soundtrack to our special day. We highly recommend her!” – Kristin, Married May 2013
“We are thrilled with Valerie. You can tell she really cares and puts her heart into what she does – we are very romantic and she immediately understood the mood we wanted. Our wedding day was unfortunately rainy and we had to have the wedding and reception in the same area but Valerie kept it moving with upbeat energy. Her music was the perfect compliment to our schedule and she knew exactly how to handle the transitions of the day. She combined our requests together with her impeccable taste. We did not have to say much in fact, since we knew that a few song names and genres were enough to inspire Valerie. We are a multicultural family and Valerie’s vast musical knowledge of not just popular music but she also played an amazing salsa set – it was the perfect blend of music for everyone at our wedding! Valerie was a joy to have with us all day and we hope our friends and family will also hire Valerie too!” – Mel, Married June 2015
“Valerie saved the day. Our DJ got sick at the last minute, and she came on the same day and pulled it off amazingly! We don’t know what we would have done without her! We had very specific requests with the other DJ and on the spot she was able to get the vibe we wanted. The wedding party planned a surprise performance for us and they were able to work it out on the spot! Valerie showed up on time and was great at communicating with the venue to make sure we got what we wanted. We are glad we had somebody experienced like Valerie or otherwise the day may have not gone well. She did the music in two locations at once, for both the ceremony and cocktail hour as well as the reception and dinner! She was a pro, she had a sense of humor and she looked beautiful. Valerie got everyone, everyone! dancing. What a lucky accident, to have had Valerie be our DJ. We can’t say enough about what an awesome job she did.” – Judy, Married August 2016
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