I’ve been super passionate about music for as long as I can remember. I was “THAT GUY” going to hundreds of concerts, making mix tapes and spending my spare time at record and CD shops.
So in 1997, when my friend Annie’s wedding DJ cancelled three days before her wedding, she turned to me and asked if I could take that musical knowledge and help her. I gulped a bit, but immediately agreed.
The night went great and was life-changing for me. Soon thereafter, I began to DJ for many of my friends’ weddings. It was just the best. I loved it so much that I left my corporate job in 2004 and being a Seattle Wedding DJ is what I’ve done professionally ever since.
It often feels to me like the rest of my life was building up to prepare me for this career.
I was a newspaper reporter in my 20s. Many of the interviewing and listening skills from that era still help me ask good questions and listen actively enough to really understand what people want from their events. Or help me extract the perfect piece of information to introduce the wedding party during the Grand Entrance. Sometimes, I’ll even interview a couple and include their own story in a first dance.
Later, I spent a decade in the corporate world at the "Redmond Software Giant." I planned and executed numerous large events, including one with then-CEO Steve Ballmer as a speaker. I also flew across the country doing software demos in front of passionate groups of user, so that helped me hone my skills on the mic.
I live in the Green Lake area of Seattle with my incredible wife Sarah and our 10-year-old twins, Jake and Lauren (collectively referred to as “The Tornados.) And, oh yes, I most certainly do rock the minivan.
If you have read or skimmed this far on the "About Alan" page, I suspect
you're looking for the obligatory list of interesting/quirky things that make me
unique. Am I offbeat? Do I like sunsets? Do I like to walk on the beach? How do I evaluate the
pros and cons of soft puppies?
I do not wish to disappoint, so here goes:
More? Really? Well ok.
From the photo booth...