Camouflage necktie by Bull & Moose; suit is model’s own.
DJ Stereo Faith has been sending club-goers into a frenzy with his signature style of DJing, since the mid-1990’s. The Washington City Paper calls him “a straightforward party starter.”
As one half of Baltimore’s Taxlo, named by Blender magazine as “Best Party in America,” he’s played alongside world-renown DJs such as Diplo, Switch, Boys Noize, Flosstradamus, Gesaffelstein, 9th Wonder, Prince Paul, Treasure Fingers, Annie Mac, Passion Pit and many, many more. Stereo Faith maintains club residencies in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.
How long have you been DJing?
I’ve been DJing for over 15 years.
How long have you been DJing weddings?
I’ve been DJing weddings for approximately 6 years.
How often do you get on the mic?
I’m not on the mic very often. I typically play venues where the owners, as well as patrons, prefer the music do the talking!
What are some of your all time favorite wedding songs?
Stevie Wonder “You and I” and Michael Jackson “The Lady In My Life”
What kind of music do you DJ when you’re not at a wedding?
Indie, Brit Pop, Techno/Electro House, Top 40 Pop and Hip Hop
What is your philosophy on weddings?
I think weddings are amazing events. Two people met, dated, fell in love and decided to dedicate their lives to one another forever. Very few things in life can top that.
What size wedding do you prefer to DJ?
I don’t have a preference when it comes to the size of the wedding. I do, however, prefer that the guests, no matter crowd size, be up for getting down post dinner!
What makes you different from your competition?
Unlike a lot of DJs that claim to “play everything,” I truely am well versed in an array of genres, and can rock the crowd accordingly. It takes more than just a crate (virtual or otherwise) of songs to keep a dancefloor active. You have to know when and how to play the songs, and I’m very good at doing as such.
What do you do to motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
I choose from my mental list of sure-fire songs (depending on the genre) that are guaranteed to get people moving on the floor.
What training have you received?
Since the mid-90s I’ve received nothing but hands-on, do-or-die, jump straight into the fire training in clubs. Nothing anyone could have told me would have adequately prepared me for what happens when you’re playing in front of a very discerning crowd. I’ve learned through trial and error, and I’ve found that to be the most effective training when it comes to DJing.
What problems have you encountered at a wedding and how have you solved it?
Ample preparation with regard to time, music and equipment, for each and every wedding I’ve done, has allowed me to do my job properly and without a single hitch! *knock on wood*
Preferred DJ gear manufacturers:
Pioneer mixers, Technics turntables and Shure needles
Favorite record labels:
Factory, Creation, Dischord and 1605
Preferred clothing labels:
Gucci, Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton
Favorite DC nightspots:
U Street Music Hall, Rock and Roll Hotel, Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar and Black Cat
Favorite live show(s) (strictly as a member of the audience):
Prince – Purple Rain tour
Soul Vegetarian, Everlasting Life and Marvin
“I can’t hear myself think in here!” Favorite spot for a quiet cocktail:
Blackbyrd Policy (before 10 pm)
What are your five desert island discs?
- Joy Division Unknown Pleasures
- Belle and Sebastian If You’re Feeling Sinister
- Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers L.A.M.F.
- The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico
- The Jesus and Mary Chain Psychocandy
What’s your dream DJ gig?
My dream DJ gig would consist of Soulwax/2 Many DJs, Umek, Erol Alkan, Tiga and me playing music, all night, at a newly resurrected club Hacienda in Manchester, England.
What clients are saying:
“If there is one thing about wedding planning you need to remember, it’s to pick really great vendors. Our wedding was such a hit because of the fantastic work of our DJ, Steven [Stereo Faith]. The timeline of our night got a little off but Steven was flexible and when we sped things up a bit, he got the dance floor going SO quickly. Our guests kept talking about how funny it was that as soon as the dance floor opened up, everyone descended immediately. He had the perfect songs for dinner and we loved all the dance music he played… … Thanks for a great wedding!”
“We used DJ Stereo Faith from DJ D-Mac’s team for our wedding at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on October 4 & we could not be more thrilled with the quality of service! I always wanted to have one of those weddings where the floor is still packed when the last song plays – and we had just that! The floor was never empty thanks to DJ Stero Faith’s expertise in gauging the crowd to keep everyone moving. Steven (aka Stereo Faith) also provided the music for the ceremony & cocktail hour which was outstanding. Steven and DJ D-Mac are incredibly professional, responsive, and truly care about making sure your requests are completely taken care of. I would not hesitate to use DJ D-Mac & Associates, particularly, DJ Stereo Faith. You will not be disappointed!”
“DJ Stereo Faith was our wedding DJ and he was fantastic. He kept the dance floor filled the entire time, including a block of Greek tunes for our big fat Greek wedding! The whole process was easy and painless, and worth every penny.”
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