There are plenty of perks that come with working in the wedding industry. One is having the opportunity to listen to great jams into the late hours of the night. Luckily for us, we get to work with DJs that truly know how to keep the good tunes comin’. Gold Noise DJs is one of our personal favorites. Not only does she have a vibrant and charismatic MC persona, but she definitely knows how to choose tunes that will keep wedding guests tearin’ up a rug all night. Get to know Jena Nixon – the hip and gorgeous gal behind Gold Noise DJs!
Photo taken by Tuan H. Bui, Photographer.
NYE: Tell me about your business- what do you specialize in?
Jena: My business is Gold Noise DJs, and we have quite a few specialties–proms, gyms, bars/clubs, etc.– but weddings are a personal favorite.
NYE: How did you get started, what inspired you?
Jena: Well, this month actually marks my ten year anniversary as a DJ. Before I started, I loved playing DJ by making mix tapes for friends and driving around aimlessly together, music blaring. I was a car stereo control freak, haha. I officially started DJing in 2005, entirely inspired by the musicians whose music I play. Pretty soon I realized that with my broad taste I had a real knack for curating the perfect playlist for all different kinds of events…especially when there’s a dance floor involved. So I started taking it more seriously, and really honed my skills and built my music collection. And continually build it. I worked for a couple of awesome DJ companies in New York and Chicago, but I knew I wanted to start my own business. So a couple years ago I finally did, and it’s been amazing.
NYE: What’s your favorite thing about working in the wedding industry?
Jena: The love and happiness is contagious! It’s like everyone forgets all their stress for one night, and people really let loose and have a genuinely good time.
NYE: How would you describe your business’ style?
Jena: Trendy and fun without pretension. We try to avoid playing cliche wedding music, but we aren’t music snobs either. We have an appreciation for all genres, and everything from underground music to guilty pleasure radio hits. But first and foremost, we tailor to our clients’ taste. It’s what they envision for their wedding that we care about. Oh, and it’s not our style to be tacky on the microphone like, “Get your booty on the dance floor, Grandma Nancy!” Haha, we keep it short and enthusiastic without being embarrassing like that.
NYE: How far in advance should clients book your services?
Jena: I can’t believe it, but I’ve already started booking Summer of 2016 events! So the earlier the better. I still have availability between now and then, and sometimes just a few months in advance is all you need.
NYE: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Jena: Karaoke, writing, Netflix, eating(!!!), going to see live comedy shows and concerts, hanging out with my dog Luke (The Gold Noise Mascot, lol)!
NYE: What is some advice you think all couples would benefit from knowing?
Jena: Hmmm, let’s see…On your invitation or in an email or Facebook group chat, ask your guests what songs would get them dancing. Send the list to your DJ as suggestions! It’s also a good idea to provide a basket of flip flops so that your female guests can take off those lovely yet cumbersome heals and really dance!
NYE: Do you have a favorite moment from a wedding that you can share?
Jena: Oh I have too many great memories to name just one. Lots of them involving the Hora. Or the last song of the night, because once I announce that there’s only a couple songs left people really make it count. They sing along, they sway back and forth, they dance like they’ll never be able to dance again, and there’s just so much love.
NYE: How can clients connect with you?