Andy Anderson/Gotham DJ
Working with Andy was incredible. From our first phone interview to the dinner we had to discuss our wedding music, Andy was professional, attentive and FUN. It felt like we were talking with an old friend. Andy worked very closely with us to find the perfect songs for our processional and recessional. After the wedding, several people contacted us to find out what songs they were because they loved them so much. He also worked with us on the entire flow of the evening, and often spoke with our venue and audio vendor to make sure everything went perfectly. Andy's knowledge of music is extensive -- I love Cher and my fiance loves hard rock. None of our musical taste cross over. And yet somehow Andy managed to find music that worked perfectly for both of us and all of our guests. The dance floor was always packed. People who NEVER dance were cutting a rug :) Additionally, Andy isn't the kind of DJ who needs attention on him. He only came on the mic when necessary. Also, don't expect him to play the Chicken Dance or Electric Slide -- he only plays good music! We both highly recommend Andy. He made our night really special.
Absolutely incredible! From our first meeting to the final event, Andy was exactly what we needed. He catered to our specific needs and was absolutely perfect! I seriously couldn't recommend a better vendor - he was the best!
Andy was professional and supremely confidence-inspiring from the start. His work was top-notch.
We had an outdoor wedding on the hottest day of the year. Despite the sweltering temperatures, Andy packed the dance floor for hours on end. We had never seen so many people let themselves go and party like there's no tomorrow! This was impressive, but not a surprise -- Andy won our confidence early in the wedding planning with his careful listening, unparalleled musical knowledge, and calm easy-going professional attitude. Andy thought of everything and steered our party exactly as we had hoped. Too bad you only get married once -- we would love to do it all over again with him!
I am so happy that we found Andy and hired him to be our wedding dj. We were looking for a dj who:
-would work around our taste in music
-had the experience to suggest songs that would keep the party going and veto any weird obscure songs that we like but would kill a party
-"got" us and what our friends and family were about
-didn't have a cheesy "shtick" and would not play the electric slide or macarena
Andy was all of that and more! From our first phone conversation I could tell that he was organized and professional but also just awesome and a fun person to talk to. When we had our first meeting, 85% of the time was spent talking and bs'ing like friends and then the other 15% we were trying to stay focused on the music.
I had no doubt that everything would be fine, we had worked out a list of "definites" and the rest we left in Andy's hands. Everything went beyond perfectly. At one point in the night my mother-in-law said, "I didn't know you guys had such great taste in music!" I said, "We don't, but our DJ does!" He played the music that we loved, and the music that we didn't even know we loved. Everyone kept saying how awesome he was and it really made our night fun and special. It wouldn't have been the same if we didn't choose him as our DJ. I HIGHLY recommend Gotham DJ!
Andy was absolutely super to work with at all levels. We had to plan our wedding long-distance from Florida and we were very concerned about how to pull it off while being out of town. We were even more concerned because we had definitely ideas in terms of music and the atmosphere we were trying to create. Andy was a total pro and helped guide us through the sequence of the event and made sure that our musical tastes were properly represented at the same time. Great knowledge of music and very easy to work with - we highly recommend Andy for your wedding!
Most importantly, Andy provided the music that got the party going and did not stop until the hotel made us stop. The party was bouncing literally the entire night. He is a consummate professional, willing to work on the musical setlist with you one on one as much or as little as you want. He is not some generic, run of the mill DJ - he will customize your big night exactly the way you want, all while giving you honest, experienced opinions about what will and will not work for your specific party. Many people came up to us after the wedding to compliment us about our music.
Andy DJ'ed our wedding reception at the Central Park Boathouse in October of 2010. He was SO amazing- easy to work with and had great ideas and feedback for how to make our evening flow better. He is a pro with lots of experience- he took our party from a classy sit-down dinner to an incredible dance party with ease. Our guests were so happy with his music choices- and we couldn't have had a better evening. On top of ALL that- Andy is a fantastically nice guy. You'll enjoy speaking to him and planning your big day- and you'll love the service he provides.
Music was always going to be a vitally important part of our wedding, and something we were not prepared to compromise on. In fact, when we found Andy he actually interviewed us before he took the job on, and that sent all the right signals with regard to his professionalism and approach. He worked with us on the feeling we were looking for, and even indulged my British routes with an integration of Brit pop classics. But, at the same time we encouraged him to do his thing. Our friends partied from first song til the last, and many asked for the set list. Andy nailed the vibe, the dance-floor was never empty, and everyone left with huge smiles. A pleasure to work with, we could not recommend him highly enough!
Andy is 100% awesome.
We wanted someone who wouldn't have the awful DJ patter, who wouldn't play embarrassing line-dancing songs, who didn't have some kind of signage ("Check out Fist-PumpDJ.com for your next killer party!" or whatever)...generally someone who wouldn't be embarrassing. And who could play a few of our favorite indie-rock songs without bringing the party to a screetching halt. :)
Andy killlllled it. He was so much fun to work with, and really got our music tastes and was able to balance what we wanted with songs that people love dancing to. Everyone was on the dance floor the whole night, and having a great time! My 9-year-old cousin somehow knows how to breakdance now, too.
Andy is a little on the expensive side because he has an amazing pedigree (he's played at trendy Manhattan clubs, and spun for huuuge clients) and because he's completely awesome and worth it. He worked with our budget, and I was happy to pay a little bit more for him because I trusted him 100% from our first meeting.
HIGHLY recommended, especially for people who don't want a cookie-cutter wedding DJ, but someone who knows how to play fun, good, dance-y songs and spin your personality into the mix as well.
It was great working with Andy of Gotham DJ on Lindsey & Brian's wedding in Brooklyn. I know the couple and the guests loved him, because I heard their rave reviews during and after the event. I also have incredibly animated pictures of dancing to show it.
My second shooter and I were also tapping our feet all night as we worked. The sound quality and repertoire was excellent. I would recommend him to...
Q: How did you get your start as a DJ?
A: It was a circuitous path! I was a restless, music-obsessed student at Georgetown’s School Of Foreign Service. I left GU for NYC, where I landed a publishing deal as a songwriter with Sony Music in the mid-‘90s. At the same time, I started spinning at Manhattan clubs, playing at just about every major venue in the city, including a long-running residency at the Roxy.
Q: How did you get into event DJing?
A: It happened pretty organically. In quick succession, I was asked to DJ an Armani fashion show, a Food & Wine Magazine event and a Comedy Central party, which led to many other clients and events. Soon I started getting wedding inquiries. Then in 2007, I added two other DJs to the company.
Q: What types of music do you play at events?
A: It varies so much from party to party. I’ve been a music junkie as long as I can remember…and I’ve got tens of thousands of LPs/CDs/mp3s at my fingertips in any genre you could imagine.
For cocktails and dinner, I tend to play an upbeat, loungey mix. Maybe a bit of new soul, some electronica, retro Brazilian/French tracks, classic American jazzy vocals…a blend of music that’s right for conversation and mingling.
For dancing, it really is all about reading the crowd and pulling the right choices from a massive collection of current hip-hop/house, classic soul/disco, the good stuff from the ’80s/’90s, salsa, reggae, new wave, indie pop and just about anything else you could imagine.
Q: There are a lot of DJs out there. What’s one thing that sets Gotham DJ apart?
A: One of my goals as a DJ is to bring an elegant, fun and stress-free atmosphere to every event. I’ve found that I really enjoy the process of working with the client to create the perfect sonic experience for the night. Sometimes a client has very specific input, sometimes not. Either way, the meetings that take place during the planning stage are the key to figuring it all out. Then once the party begins, everyone can relax, dance and enjoy the night.
Q: Do you approach wedding DJing differently?
A: To tell the truth, I was leery of weddings at first. I assumed that most brides were looking for that “wild and crazy guy” and it didn’t really seem like my bag. But when a friend of Kate Spade’s called me to talk about her upcoming wedding, she assured me that she wanted the opposite. As with most weddings, the guests would be running the gamut from teenagers to octogenarians…and she really wanted someone who could spin for everyone.
Since then, I’ve done many high-profile weddings, including several featured in the New York Times. It’s funny that I was initially reluctant to do them, because now I love them. It’s a challenge to mix so many disparate types of music in a few hours. The trick is to do it in a way that makes sense. And while the musical menu at a wedding tends to lean towards the familiar, it doesn’t have to be corny. There’s a difference.
Q: Do you ever DJ outside of NYC?
A: Most of the events I do take place in Manhattan or the Hamptons, but in the past few years, I’ve spun at parties in London, Amsterdam, Aspen and LA.
Q: What are your other two DJs like?
A: They’re terrific. Like me, they live and breathe music. And they’ve gotten rave reviews from clients. They’re both very detail-oriented and super-skilled at what they do.
Q: How do potential clients book you (or your other DJs) for events?
A: Email GothamDJ@gmail.com or call (917) 593-9823. You’ll get a response within 24 hours.