Known for rocking crowds from coast to coast with his signature blend of disco, house, R&B, hip-hop, afrobeat, Latin, and funk, Jacob Talbot has been a mainstay of DC nightlife since his arrival in 2005. His parties and mixtapes have received critical acclaim from the Washington Post, Turntable Lab and SoulStrut, among others. Catch him at his numerous residencies in DC, including the always-awesome Sol Power party with Stylus and Meistro, running bi-monthly (currently even-numbered months) at the Eighteenth Street Lounge.
Please Note: Deep Sang will be saying a (hopefully temporary) farewell to DC as he’ll be heading off to graduate school in Michigan for the fall, 2012 semester. We wish him the very best of luck and hope to book him for the occasional event during his visits back home!
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How often do you get on the mic?
I try to remain in the background as much as possible. There are times when it’s good for a DJ to get on the mic- to make introductions or to let the guests know that something exciting is about to happen (I don’t want people to miss the bride and groom cutting the cake!). But weddings aren’t the time for a DJ to do his best Fatman Scoop impression. I let the music do the talking for me, let the dancers enjoy themselves, and only clear my throat to help keep the flow throughout the evening.
How long have you been DJing?
How long have you been DJing weddings?
2008 (it’s been a three busy years!)
What are some of your all time favorite wedding songs?
Too many to list! I love mixing up current hits with motown, 80s, classic rock and more. At heart I’m a disco junkie, so you’re likely to hear some Chic or Emotions if the vibe is right. Prince and Justin Timberlake often get some play as well. D-Mac’s list of sure shot wedding jams is a great place to look for wedding staples- he hits on a lot my favorites!
What is your philosophy on weddings?
Understand the bride and groom’s taste and then let things develop from there. A great wedding playlist will reflect both the couple’s taste and the DJ’s expertise. When things are in sync, everyone at the wedding will want to dance, from the youngest nephew to the eldest aunt.
What size wedding do you prefer to DJ?
There’s no ideal size, only an ideal crowd. I love weddings where people want to hear a variety of music- rock, pop, soul, hip hop, house etc. If people are feeling loose and ready to dance then that’s a great wedding to me.
What makes you different from your competition?
What I, and the rest of the D-Mac crew bring, is real club experience with rocking large, diverse crowds.
What do you do to motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
There’s no silver bullet with DJing, and any DJ that tells you there is, doesn’t spend enough time reading the crowd. A good DJ will watch how the party goers respond to songs all night, so that if the dancers begin to drift, he knows what songs will bring them back. Every crowd is a little different, so having experience playing to a variety of people is essential to keeping everyone engaged and excited to dance.
What training have you received?
There are a few “DJ schools” out there, but they’re really geared toward kids who are interested in finding out what DJing is all about- the basics. Training happens in the club, where I’ve been playing for over a decade.
What problems have you encountered at a wedding and how have you solved it?
With the appropriate preparations, there aren’t any complications. D-Mac is a pro who makes sure that all of us in the roster have ample equipment to tackle any technical issues that may arise. To date, I can’t think of a single problem, which is a real credit to the company.
Who are your preferred DJ gear Manufacturers?
Rane, Technics, Sure and JBL
What are your favorite record labels?
Code Red, Warner Bros., Tru Thoughts, AVI, BBE and Peoples Potential Unlimited (PPU)
What are your favorite DC nightspots?
U Street Music Hall, Eighteenth Street Lounge, Meridian Pint, Wonderland Ballroom and Lil Miss Wiskeys
What is the best DJ moment of your career (so far)?
Residency at Eighteenth Street Lounge with DJs Meistro & Stylus for our bi-monthly jaunt SOL POWER!
What is your favorite live show(s) (strictly as a member of the audience)?
Chuck Brown, Hercules and Love Affair, Escort
“I can’t hear myself think in here!” Favorite spot for a quite cocktail?
What are your five desert island discs?
Sylvia Striplin “Give Me Your Love,” Gladiators “Sweet So Till,” U.G.K. “Ridin Dirty,” Donny Hathaway “Live” and Outkast “Aquemini”
What’s your dream DJ gig?
Sol Power in the Maldives!