From Sydney’s Premier Wedding DJ, DJ Damo: DJ + Live Band = Perfect Marriage!

All you wonderful brides and grooms have so many decisions to make… Set dessert or candy buffet? Roses or orchids? Where to seat Uncle Dave so that he will cause the least embarrassment?

And then it comes to choosing wedding entertainment, and you’re wondering, do we go with a live band or DJ?

A live band will take your wedding reception into the party stratosphere with the excitement that can only come with live musicians. But a DJ can play virtually any song in recorded history, and comes in a budget friendly package.

So, here’s the solution. As the little girl from the Old El Paso Taco ad says, “Why not both?”

In the last year, Funkified has started putting a DJ with live bands as a premium wedding entertainment package. As a DJ, I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside the best two bands in Sydney, The Usual Suspects and Lets Groove Tonight. And I can tell you from six years experience, they’ve been the best wedding receptions I’ve ever had the pleasure to attend. 

Here’s how it works. When the band takes a break between sets to breathe, regroup, and plan out their next party busting set, the DJ takes over the performance duties, seamlessly segueing into the next track to keep the dance floor pumping! As a DJ I can easily take requests that a band might not be able to do at the last minute, and I can also play more recent songs so that everyone’s musical tastes can be satisfied.

So for your reception, consider adding the versatility of a DJ to the blistering energy of a live band and get the absolute best of both worlds! 

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Winners of the Entertainment of the Year “Live Bands” at the 2014 WEOA Awards!

We’re still on a high from Sunday’s award ceremony! So incredibly excited to have received this honour! A huge thank you to all of our suppliers, clients and most of all our amazing muso’s – you mean so, so much to us. We’re grateful beyond words to work with such a special, talented and just generally awesome group of people. X

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The Usual Suspects at Amanda & Sam’s Wedding

So, so much love for these snaps from Amanda & Sam’s Gunners’ Barracks wedding! Absolutely stunning work by Lisa & Pete from And A Day. Take a look:

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Such a party! In honour of the occasion, The Usual Suspects rolled out the following requests:

Bridesmaid’s Entrance: Run The World (Girls) – Beyonce

Groomsmen’s Entrance: Do Ya Think I’m Sexy – Tom Jones

Bride & Groom’s Entrance: Another One Bites The Dust – Queen

An upbeat party song is exactly what you want for your entrances. It sets the tone for the whole reception and gets everyone pumped for the night ahead. Amanda & Sam opted for tunes that were a little cheeky & sassy, which really helped to get their guests into the party mindset (as you can see below!)

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Cake Cutting: Better Together – Jack Johnson. This is a great choice for cake cutting. It’s romantic & sweet, but mellow enough to simply compliment -rather then dominate- the moment.

Bridal Waltz: Everlong – The Foo Fighters. Amanda & Sam really demonstrated that you can never go wrong with a personal favourite for this special dance. It’s purely about the two of you – if you can choose something you both love then you’re on to a winner!

Farewell Song: I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston. Ending the night on a high with a dance floor classic! Flawless.

And there you have it. Just a few of many beautiful memories from a very special night 🙂

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Funkified is a WEOA 2014 Awards Finalist!!

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Hi all,
We just received some news here at Funkified HQ and we are all soooo excited!
Funkified is in the final selection for the “Weddings and Events Of Australia” Awards of Excellence, in the Entertainment: Live Bands category! You can click HERE to learn more about this independent organisation dedicated to sourcing and recognising the suppliers within the Australian Bridal Industry.
 

We’re extremely proud to be finalists, and looking forward to attending the Awards night to represent the Entertainment Industry!
Finger crossed guys, we’ll keep you posted with more info in the coming weeks 😉

 

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A few pics from Samee and Danny’s wedding

At Funkified, we love hearing from our newlyweds! Case in point, here are a few pictures Samee and Danny recently sent us from their beautiful ceremony in the Rose Garden at Oatlands House last April.
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The couple booked our gorgeous Salt Strings Quartet to play the following:
Processional: “Canon in D” – Pachelbel.
A traditional and romantic favourite.
Signing: Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder.
A popular request and bit of tongue-in-cheek!
Recessional: “Wedding March” – Mendelssohn.
Adding that extra bit of drama and excitement, this was the perfect note to close on!
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We can’t thank Samee enough for the heartwarming testimonial she sent us after returning from their honeymoon in The Maldives:


“We would also like to say a big thank you to you and to the string band for making our ceremony perfect. You were all helpful from the start and professional till the end. The ladies were so lovely! 
Funkified’s positive can do attitude and professionalism will be remembered and will be recommend to many. I’m so glad that I found you online :)”

Thanks a lot Samee and Danny for this wonderful feedback. The Funkified team wishes you all the best!
Now that Funkified Entertainment has created an Instagram account, we are always looking for new images to post! If you are a former client of ours who is willing to share any of your favourite wedding shots, please send them through at info@funkified.com.au (we’ll credit you and your wedding of course!).

 

Funkified in Papua New Guinea

A few weeks ago, Funkified was approached with the opportunity to provide entertainment for one of the biggest charity events of the year in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Naturally we were extremely honored to be a part of such an initiative and super excited to get to work on our very first gig ABROAD!
The brief called for a 12-piece orchestra to support multi-platinum operatic pop-group Il Divo (Yep, Il Divo!!), so we quickly locked down the talented crowd from The Sydney Camerata Chamber Orchestra, pianist Ambre Hammond and guitarist David De Vries.
The event was hosted at The Lamana Hotel’s famous Gold Club by the Sir Theophilus Foundation Inc., to raise money for the Port Moresby General Hospital. The concert itself was stunning, featuring a vivid lighting scheme and set exclusively designed by the Lamana’s general manager Yiannis Nicolaou; to enhance and compliment Il Divo’s dynamic renditions of My Heart Will Go On, Con Te Partiro and more. Of course, everything was offset by the group’s trademark charisma and friendly banter – their onstage presence is truly something to behold! These guys haven’t sold over 26 million albums for nothing!
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The gig was a resounding success with over $4 million raised, and it was truly humbling to have worked on such a wonderful event. Several of the musicians from Sydney Camerata were approached by both guests and hotel staff afterwards, thanking them for their beautiful and moving performance – we were actually told several times that with live orchestral concerts being fairly uncommon in Papua New Guinea, they were elated to have had the opportunity to see one of such high calibre. This was particularly special to hear!
On that note, we’d like to extend a huge thanks to The Lamana Hotel, The Sir Theophilus Foundation and Il Divo for including us in this amazing opportunity. It was certainly something we’ll never forget! Closer to home, a special thank you to the musicians of the Sydney Camerata Chamber Orchestra, Ambre and Dave for your mind-blowing talent and consistently friendly and professional demeanour. You guys are always a pleasure to work with and you really did us proud on this one! Looking forward to more collaborations together and hopefully with Il Divo in the future 🙂

Happy Birthday Funkified!

Funkified Entertainment has just turned 5!
Naturally we chose to celebrate with cake, champagne and cider.


Without getting too sentimental, it’s been a pretty incredible journey.

We started out in a tiny space in Leichhardt with barely enough room for two desks (case in point, Alley and Rob were actually sharing the one for a while there). Fortunately however, two years ago we graduated to our current and beloved digs in Beaconsfield; complete with a performance area, sunny balcony and city views. We’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the best muso’s in the country and we’ve welcomed some exciting new acts to the books – most recently twentysomethings, whose front woman Tash Rindfleish has just returned from touring with Elizabeth Rose at Canadian Music Week (to rave reviews of course!).
This June will see our first international gig, for the Lamana Hotel in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; featuring the wonderful Sydney Camerata Chamber Orchestra backing Il Divo. To summarise, big things have been happening all round!

On that note, we’d like to say a special thank you to everyone who helped to bring us to where we are today. To all of our amazing suppliers, clients, muso’s, family and friends – from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for your support, for your assistance, for everything. You’ll never know how much it truly means to us.
Much love from the team at Funkified Entertainment.

Jay and Simon’s wedding

Nightingales Wedding Designers are renowned for creating absolutely sensational events, but they really outdid themselves last weekend with Simon & Jay’s!

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The couple celebrated their reception at Opera Point Marquee, overlooking the glittering Sydney Harbour. A particular talking point throughout the evening was the massive ice sculpture, inscribed with the couples names and decorated with delectable offerings of fresh oysters and sashimi! A perfect compliment to the waterside location and balmy weather.

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The Usual Suspects (with guest vocalist Jessica Lingotti) and DJ Damo were on dance-floor duty; a collaboration that absolutely wowed the room! Everyone was on their feet until closing time.

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Here’s a couple of Simon & Jay’s top picks for the night:
Bridemaid’s entrance : “Crazy in Love” – Beyonce.
An absolute show-stopper of a song that never fails to make an impression on the crowd.
 
Bride and Groom’s entrance : “Feels so close” – Calvin Harris.
Ditto the above! Also a particular favourite of The Usual Suspects to play.
 
Cake cutting : “At Last” – Etta James.
A beautiful song that is a perfect accompaniment to the sentiment of the moment.
 
Bride Waltz : “If I Lose Myself” – Alesso vs One Republic, played by the DJ.
Not a traditional choice for a bridal waltz, but a great way for Jay & Simon to show their personalities and have a little fun 🙂

Jay was kind enough to send us this little note a few days later:

Thanks for a great night guys! We received many many many compliments on how awesome you guys were 🙂

We were absolutely touched to receive such lovely feedback. Thanks Jay! We wish you and Simon all the best!

Salt Strings Quartet’s filming session.

May is a pretty busy month here at Funkified Entertainment. We’re excited to say that new demos and videos of our acts will be available on our website very soon!
The talented Salt Strings Quartet were recording last night, which was a nice opportunity for us to enjoy a private concert in our office 🙂

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It’s always a blast for us to witness a performance from these ladies, and we have no doubt you guys will love the video too.
Stay tuned on www.funkified.com.au

 

Linda & Ben’s Sensational Fort Denison Wedding!

Congratulations to Linda & Ben, who were married earlier this year. After a fairly major hiccup that entailed their original reception spot losing its liquor licence just three weeks before the big day, we suggested Linda call up the lovely Liz Taylor from one of our favourite venues, Fort Denison, who was miraculously able to accommodate them on the same date!

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Linda was absolutely gorgeous in a gown by Pallas Couture; and Ben just as handsome as when he was in the running for Cleo Bachelor of the Year back in 2002 😉

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The Usual Suspects were in charge of the evening’s entertainment, and as always did a spectacular job – to the extent that a good handful of the guests refused to leave the dance floor when the boat came to take them off the island!

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The weather left something to be desired, however the sheer happiness and great music on the night made everyone forget about the cold and the rain. And on that note, here are a couple of Linda and Ben’s top song choices of the night:

Bridal Party Entrance: Get Lucky – Daft Punk. Perfect party song to start the night!

Cake Cutting: At Last – Etta James. A vintage classic – some tunes are a cliche for a reason.

Bridal Waltz: If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys. The quintessential modern R n’ B love song.

Farewell Song: Feel So Close – Calvin Harris. No wonder no one wanted to leave the dance floor!

Congratulations again Linda and Ben. It was great working with you guys X

Thanks also to bkaptured photography for the above images – beautiful work!