Don Driftmier, a lifelong resident of the Northwest, has been a DJ at parties and special occasions since 1979. He has performed at well over 1,400 wedding receptions and thousands of corporate, school, and private events all over North America. He has shared the stage with such big names as Carlos Santana (twice), Sheryl Crow, Matchbox Twenty, Heart, The Doobie Brothers, Creedence, Sammy Hagar, Queen, Yes and Bill & Hilary Clinton, and many others. He has personally selected and sequenced the music for thousands of other occasions, from 24 hour dance-a-thons to political campaign events, from large Gala Events to background music for restaurants. Don has DJ'ed all over the U.S. and Canada for a variety of spectacular events. Don was also recently selected for the fifth consecutive year to DJ the prestigious Open Night Gala for the 39th Annual Seattle International Film Festival at the Seattle Center where he played to over 3500 enthusiastic guests!
Don believes the best quality of a DJ is being able to read the crowd, to anticipate what they need and when. The key is to facilitate the party and reach the client's desired objective through a variety of means, often just by playing the right songs, or by adding a touch of personality when appropriate. With the versatility and flexibility found only in true professionals, Don can read a room and determine what it takes to get everyone tapping their feet to the music. You can't always get all of the guests on the dance floor, but sometimes a nod and smile at the end of the night is very satisfying, indication enough of a job well done. All events, no matter what size, theme, or occasion, will go through some kind of transition. The key is being able to select music that works in the moment, but also starts to reach a desired goal with the crowd. Usually that goal is to get as many people as possible participating on the dance floor. Sometimes a goal is to pace the crowd, or to encourage people to stay longer than they had planned e.g., at a corporate client event, or dance-a-thon or maybe a reception at which the limousine isn't scheduled to arrive for another hour or two. All parties need to end sometime, and they should end gracefully. These are all challenges that make the job of DJ fun and different every time.
Don's current library consists of over 48,000 song titles. Something for everybody is an understatement. The trick is not how many songs one can collect, but how to pick the right handful for a particular event. Don loves taking requests, but if he is doing his job right i.e., playing a good mix, then he usually doesn't get many requests.
Most Recent References:
"Don! Thank you so much for being the DJ at the best wedding ever! (OK, I'm biased, but I've heard from numerous people -- aside from my parents! -- that it was the best wedding they've ever been to!) We had a blast. You worked all of my requests in and managed to reflect our music tastes perfectly. I saw people dancing at our wedding who I swear have never gotten out on the dance floor in their lives. Thank you!!"
Travis & Sarah M.
"As an event planner, my vendors are my reputation. A great vendor helps me create a great event. That is why Music Man is the first place I call when I need a DJ. They are always on time and always professional. They have an awesome selection of music and do a terrific job of reading the crowd and providing the appropriate music for every event."
A Well Planned Event, LLC
(formerly the event manager for Amgen)