What did you get out of your first rental after high school? Most of us got a crash course in diplomacy thanks to that one roommate who never did dishes. Or a rude awakening regarding the true cost of groceries.
DJ Brandon Wooldridge was lucky. He got an internship and discovered a passion! His first rental was a house owned by the founders of Steez Promo, a successful live event promotions company. The connection led to an internship, which in turn led to many nights in the club scene. Brandon admired the way a great DJ could design the sound and guide the crowd through the night. So he got his first DJ controller and started to learn!
Even before he discovered DJing, Brandon was serious about music. He plays the trumpet, guitar, and piano. But there’s something about those bass drops that the trumpet just can’t beat.
DJ Brandon honed his chops in clubs and bars for the first few years. And after he’d learned his way around the controller and the crowd, he was ready for weddings. He’s had over 7 years of wedding DJ experience and continues to play a variety of gigs all over Maryland, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia. In fact, he was nominated for Best EDM Act at The Maryland Music Awards twice, in 2017 & 2019!
When he’s not DJing, Brandon is spending time with his two fur babies, Treble and Slinky, or cooking up a feast. (He won second place in Maryland’s state-wide high school culinary arts competition. No big deal)
We asked DJ Brandon (aka Sircasm) to chat with us about weddings and the DJ scene. Here’s what he had to say.
Responses have been lightly edited for clarity.
What makes a great DJ?
Passion. When you see me spin tunes, it's undeniable that I'm passionate about my craft. I want nothing more than to pack the dance floor and to create a memorable experience for the party-goers and dancers.
What’s your favorite local wedding venue?
The Bellevue Conference & Event Center in Virginia. It feels like you're in a Disney movie and the sound & lighting are top-notch.
What’s your favorite thing about weddings?
Sharing such important memories with the bride and groom!
If you were getting married this weekend, what would your first dance song be?
The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen at a wedding?
The bride twerking.
What’s the best “little kid moment” you’ve seen at a wedding?
A little girl doing a "special" solo dance to Dynamite by BTS for the bride and groom. It looked like something choreographed from MTV's 90's era.
What's the most unique processional song you've ever played?
luv(drunk) by Conro.
What do you think is the most overplayed wedding song?
Any line dance song.
What’s one thing you wish people knew about working as a DJ?
We can't always play your request "next" and make it sound good.
Side note: This is a great point! At Maryland’s DJ, we always do our best to honor guest requests. But we won’t play requests that the couple added to their “do not play” list, and we’ll never put the party vibe in danger for a request that doesn’t fit the mood.
When you're not working, what kind of music do you listen to?
House music, bass house, stuff that makes you wanna jump around.
We’re so pumped to have Brandon on the Maryland’s DJ team. He adds over a decade of experience and tons of wedding and event skills to our already talented crew. To work with DJ Brandon—or any of our incredible DJs—contact us today!
Tuesday, November 9, 2021