Many of our wedding clients hire us to provide recorded music for their ceremony. When they do choose live musicians, we’re always delighted to hear that they’re using Chris Dunn, a fabulous guitarist. Chris’ passion for music, and the quality of his service, is so apparent to everyone who works with him, which is why we’re always happy to refer him to our clients who want the experience of a musician at their wedding. Chris recently agreed to be interviewed for our blog, and we loved what he had to say. Here’s Chris!
What do you do when you are not working? I enjoy cooking, propagating cool plants, dabbling in finance,and traveling to off-the-beaten-path destinations. (This year is Tanzania.) I also run/direct a city wide outreach music program for Baltimore City Schools, grades 4-8: FacetoFaceGuitar.com
How would you describe your approach to weddings? My company has a streamlined approach to contracting, follow-ups, music planning and then finally, execution of services. The guitarists that work for me (including myself) perform as their main occupation.
What inspires you in your work? I guess two things. One, that my work is based on something I have spent my entire life working on, playing and perfecting guitar performance. Two, that our clients have chosen us to partake in one of the most meaningful days of their lives.
What do you find the most rewarding about your job? I get to see lots of beautiful locations and meet lots of interesting people. Playing guitar for a living is highly rewarding too.
What's the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your business? Hmm. Tough one... I guess that every guitarist that works for me is an international performer. They have prestigious degrees from leading music schools.
What do you think sets you apart from other musicians? Perhaps experience: when things go wrong, that tends to be the one thing that "saves the day.”
What do you love about weddings? People are happy and celebrating. It feels good to be part of that.
What do you hate about weddings? Traffic and I-95! The Bay Bridge on every weekend of the summer! I arrive very early to counter this.
What is the coolest thing you've ever seen at a wedding? I have seen lots of cool stuff. Off the top of my head: agroom landed a helicopter once in front of the ceremony site. Very funny. I watched a traditional Indian ceremony which was very interesting. (My first one as attendant.) A Chinese Dragon popped out from behind a garden during a cocktail hour for a dance performance set to percussion.
What's the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding? Make it a reflection of who you are. Be as organized as possible and plan ahead - the farther out the better. Then totally let go and relax the day of.
Who is your favorite artist or band? Impossible to answer :) I listen to classical, flamenco, electronic, good old rock and roll, bluegrass here and there. All styles are very different.
What is the worst song of all time? Haha- I am not sure but there are a bunch out there. Sometimes a request tune can be tough on the guitar if it doesn't lend itself naturally to the instrument.
Open mic, final thoughts:We perform a lot of outdoor weddings and provide all of our own sound gear.