We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Moyer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
When starting my business ten or so years ago, I wanted to combine my love of Djing with my hospitality background to provide a fun, personalized special event/wedding DJ experience. People deserve a DJ that can actually mix proficiently between different genre’s and adapt to a mixed crowd of people. It was my thought that if I could tailor the music experience to the client and their guests, while still helping to MC the different moments of the evening to keep things moving organically, that it would really fit a lot of modern clients who may be getting married or having a private party. So many modern people don’t want their parents DJ. Specializing in providing this type of custom DJ experience that aims to fit each client’s unique music tastes has been quite rewarding… I get exposed to unique music and groups of people regularly, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
While I learned how to DJ with vinyl records 20 years ago, it wasn’t until I was able to play digital music from my laptop through my standard DJ setup that I began to consider weddings and private events. In fact, I had taken a break from djing for a few years, when a client at my restaurant asked me to DJ their wedding. They actually bought my first Serato box that allowed me to dj mp3’s in exchange for me DJing their wedding. It seemed like a pretty natural fit right away. After practicing and building my library further, I started djing nightlife regularly and doing some more weddings and private parties through word of mouth. I got tired of the nightlife scene after a few years and began focusing more heavily on weddings and the private event space. There were many challenges along the way, and I feel like I’m still constantly learning and growing, which is great! I had to figure out how to get a business card, website, promo materials as a first step. I did quite a few bridal shows over the years and meeting people in person has always been one of my stronger ways of finding new business. I worked in fine dining restaurants to pay the bills as I figured out how to operate a business effectively and develop a reputation. It was definitely a side hustle for the first 5 years. Eventually, I got so busy I had to leave a very comfortable job and take a leap of faith that I could make enough money to support myself. The first year was definitely the hardest, but I had a lot of time to learn my craft and grow in the right direction. It’s been my full time job for 3-4 years now and it was the best decision I’ve ever made! Everyone contributes something to society, and I feel blessed that people trust me to make their most special moments unforgettable!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Phoenix is such an amazing city to be a tour guide in. If I had a friend visiting, I’d definitely spend some time downtown. I’d go get coffee at The Monorchid and check out the art gallery there. If we got hungry, sushi at Moira sounds good right now. After that maybe go to a concert at Crescent Ballroom or The Van Buren, and end up on the roof at Bar Smith most likely, unless there was a Walter Project party, or a first Friday party at Snood City Neon art gallery on grand. If we were going to have an amazing multi-course dinner, I’d probably head to Atlas Bistro and see what Todd and Cori are cooking up. For something a little more relaxed, there is a great new place in the McCormick Ranch area called The Mick Brasserie, or My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee is also a vibe.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d have to say it all started with my mom when I was little. We had a nice stereo and she taught me how to play my favorite songs on her records and make mixtapes when I was in elementary school. She signed me up for CD clubs and even let me borrow some money to put a CD player in my first car before I was old enough to drive it. Music was always an interest of mine, and without her help, I might have never taken things to this level. I also am thankful for anyone who has ever worked with me in a restaurant, or gone with me to a concert or music festival for helping shape me into the well rounded person I am today. There are hundreds of people I can think of that I’ve learned some fundamental part of my personality, taste or intellect from and I’m thankful for each and everyone of them!
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