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 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!
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.
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 your 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:
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 I playing music, all night, at a newly resurrected club Hacienda in Manchester, England.
Stereo Faith rocking Eleanor & Kevin’s wedding | image courtesy Rebekah J. Murray Photography