Hi, my name is Chris Ward and I love music.
I’ve been a touring drummer for the last decade with Pattern is Movement. I’ve had the pleasure to share the stage with artists like The Roots, St. Vincent, Dirty Projectors, Shabazz Palaces and tour all around the world. I’ve also been booking shows for years at Philly’s own Johnny Brenda’s. My life revolves around music and that is why I love to DJ.
You might wonder – what makes me The Other Wedding DJ?
Well, I’m not your traditional wedding DJ. I won’t be playing ‘The Electric Slide’ nor will I be bringing any props (see: inflatable guitars, saxes, etc) with me. The way I see it, I’m just hosting the best dance party you’ve ever been to and it just so happens to be your wedding. What does that look like? I’ll be spinning Motown, Michael Jackson as well as TLC, Ashanti and A Tribe Called Quest just to name a few. All of my years of listening to and performing music has helped me hone the ability to read a crowd and when I’m spinning a wedding – my focus is to get and keep the party going.
So, when you hire me, you’ll get a DJ who is emotionally invested in your day. We’ll work together to figure out the songs you’ve got to hear on that special day as well the ones you do not want played. My job is to get everyone dancing from your Grandma to your best friend and I take that responsibility seriously!
Chris was incredible!! We knew that we wanted to work for with him for our wedding immediately when we he said, “I’m not the traditional wedding DJ.” He sat down with us and we discussed the kinds of music we like, anything we definitely wanted to hear, anything we explicitly did not want to hear. He is insightful, kind, and a musician’s musician who can speak to the masses. Our parents were a little nervous because he’s not a traditional wedding DJ, but they couldn’t stop talking about how great he was. And their friends were talking about the music for months after.
His rates are fair and worth every bit! His communication skills – before, during, and after – gave us great confidence in his professionalism. Chris is a very talented, focused, and professional person.
(Did I mention our parents love him?)
– Dan L.
Chris was the DJ at my wedding and absolutely killed it! My wife and I wanted lots of dancing but we knew that might be a challenge since many of our family members just historically do not dance at weddings. Well Chris turned that notion right on it’s head! In no time, he had a span of generations up on the floor having an amazing time together. He played a perfect mix of classic and new jams without alienating older folks or making young ones dismiss anything as corny. There were literally so many people jumping up at one point, there was legitimate concern the floor could cave in. It was truly magical and memorable, and so many people made a point of telling us as much after.I can’t recommend Chris enough for a wedding or any other event. He loves what he does and has a true talent for connecting people through music.
Further, he made everything super easy for us and pitched in with extra work beyond what we even agreed to. Great guy and a total pro!
– Nick A.
My wife and I chose Mr. DJ Chris Ward to provide the soundtrack to our wedding reception. I am a musician and my wife is a filmmaker so the crowd at our wedding was mostly young artists and musicians. DJ Chris Ward absolutely slayed it. Years later, our friends continue to talk about how fun the dance party at our wedding was. In fact, I recently attended the wedding of a friend who hired DJ Chris Ward based on his experience at our wedding and I don’t think I’ve ever danced more at a friend’s wedding. Every time I decided to sit a tune out, I found it simply impossible… If your wedding (or party of any kind) is going to include a lot of your friends ( and not too many crotchety aunties and uncles) and you want a dance party that everyone will actually remember, look no further.
– Kyle W.
Chris did an amazing job DJing our wedding. We were both very pleased by his mix of deep tracks and popular tracks and tracks we specifically requested. Everyone danced. Good times. Chris is a pro.
– Elliott S.
After attending a friend’s reception DJed by Chris, he was at the top of the list for my own wedding. He was very professional and personable, got to know us and what we wanted in terms of the music, and did a fantastic job. He promised an epic dance party, and that’s what we got. Definitely the most fun I’ve ever had at a wedding, which is exactly what you want at your own, and the music was a big part of that. Highly recommended. Thanks, Chris!
– Eric S.