When we first speak to couples starting out in the process of picking a DJ, we try to not only be conscious of the couple's needs and wants but take it a step further by matching them up with the DJ who can best express the couple's special energy to a room full of guests through music. While each of our DJs brings professionalism and talent to every event he spins, it's important to recognize that each also offers a uniqueness exclusive to him, be it in his favorite music, childhood heroes or embarrassing moments. It is in this spirit that we've decided to bring you a weekly profile of each of our talented (and special) crew.
…And now, our first victim: Trevor Blake! Trevor’s a native Washingtonian who grew up in Springfield. After college and grad school in Richmond, he lived and worked in Harlem, NYC for a year and then spent a year in Los Angeles. By day, he’s pretty genius designer who currently works as art director and design manager for Strayer University, where he works with a team of artists to produce radio and television spots, print ads and direct mail. By night, he’s – you guessed it – an amazing DJ! Read on to get to know Trevor better.
What is the first concert you ever attended? The first concert I ever attended was Color Me Badd. I can honestly say I was in the 7th grade [nice excuse!] and it was at Carrowinds (an amusement park) in North Carolina.
What is the best concert you ever attended? I saw the Roots at the 9:30 Club in DC and Kool G. Rap and Big Daddy Kane were special guests.
Say you're forming your dream rock band - you can have any 5 members you want, dead or alive. Who's in the band? My rock band would have Jimi Hendrix, ?uestlove from The Roots, Trent Reznor for some interesting production value, Alicia Keyes for some musicality, Pharrell as a frontman/singer/MC and maybe that's all.
What movie do you never get tired of watching? Pulp Fiction and Fight Club are two of my favorites.
So, you're a contestant on Jeopardy. What are your 5 dream categories? Car design, 90's hip hop, Blue Note jazz, 80's cartoons, design history (sadly).
What's something most people can do that you cannot? Most people can drive an automobile for more than a year without getting a speeding ticket. I apparently cannot.
Who would play you in a movie about your life? Morris Chestnut.
What five things are always in your fridge? Ranch dressing, pomegranate juice, grapefruit, a bag of baby carrots from '06 and a potato.
What is your favorite place on Earth? The rooftop of the standard hotel in downtown LA was pretty fun.
What's the first thing you remember wanting to be when you grew up? As a kid I could always draw really well and I thought that I might be a gallery artist someday.
What's the best love song ever written? I like really simple love songs, usually with a neo-soul twist. So I would have to say Nicole Willis "If This Ain't Love" or Alicia Keyes "Unbreakable"
What's the best present you ever received? I was once given a get out of jail free card. I haven't had to use it yet, but it is definitely going to come in handy.
What music artists would you love to see on a client's playlist for a wedding? I would be excited to see the anything off the Neptunes N.E.R.D. album.
What are some of your favorite reception sites in the Baltimore/DC area? My favorite site is easily the Strathmore music Center; it is really modern, without being cold and impersonal.