I am best known on Martha’s Vineyard as a guitarist for wedding ceremonies and cocktail hours. I also lead Jazz ensembles of all sizes (as a guitarist and upright bassist). A few years ago I recognized a need for Disk Jockeys who keep things simple, respect clients’ tastes, and are reasonably priced.
For DJ-ing I simply plug my Apple Powerbook into a state-of-the-art PA system and click on my iTunes application. Instead of bringing tons of CDs I come with tons of MP3s. I interview clients beforehand regarding musical preferences and then customize playlists accordingly. During the event I spontaneously sequence tracks depending on how things are unfolding. There are no awkward pauses between selections or mad shuffling thru stacks of CDs. I may not look as busy as some DJs but that is just because I'm more efficient. As a musician I believe I have good sensitivity regarding what is and is not appropriate. I personally love music from all eras and am confident that I can successfully DJ parties for all age groups.
I keep my fees very simple. I believe I’m very competitively priced. Please contact me for rates.
As a caveat I do not wear a tacky tuxedo or lead the Macarena! I'll play whatever the client wants but I'll keep my time at the microphone to introductions and announcements.
This service is not for everyone but does provide a low cost, high quality alternative to the traditional DJ.
2 x Apple Powerbooks, Backup Ipods, Mackie Mixer
2 x 500 Watt Powered Monitors/ 1KW Powered Subwoofer
2 x Robotic Spot Lights
Thanks for rocking out at my wedding...I loved all the music you played and my guests had a blast!! I am so happy that I was able to walk to my “feather song” and the father daughter dance still plays in my mind as one of best moments of the day. I loved all the originality and certainly appreciate all the effort you put forth to make my day special.
Jen Petty Marshfield, MA
The music provided by Eric Johnson for our wedding was perfect. We had a destination wedding, so we met Eric only once, but he knew exactly what would make our wedding personal and fun. He played at the ceremony and without rushing or any concerns on our part, he was set up at the reception when the guests arrived. He played just the right mix for our crowd, and seamlessly incorporated special songs we chose. Our wedding day went so smoothly, and Eric was a huge part of a very successful party!
Erin Davis Fort Lauderdale, FL
My father is a professional piano player and my best man is a wedding DJ, so we had very high expectations for the music at our wedding and strong opinions about what we wanted. Eric was very professional throughout our process, from the initial meeting to our actual wedding day. His jazz performance during our cocktail hour was great. As a DJ he was very flexible and delivered exactly what we wanted to hear, not what we were expected to hear. It worked really well having him do both, my wife and I were both very pleased and would recommend him to others.
Alan Resnikoff North Haven, Connecticut
I would like to say that Eric is very accommodating and willing to do just about anything that you ask of him. I have been social chairmen at the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club for several years and find that I must work with a very flexible person in planning events. It is always difficult to set a schedule of events several months out knowing that many things may happen before the event actually takes place and then you have to roll with the punches. Eric provided us with music on two occasions, one with his live group and the other as a DJ.
The first event that Eric did for us was a raving success that brought together a mix of many members from all age groups and his music complemented our evening. Eric was also a DJ for a casual evening dinner that was held.
I would be very happy to recommend Eric to anyone in need of a talented and accommodating musician.
Barbara St.Germain West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
You completely exceeded all expectations and added an incredible element to our day. Sincerely – thank you for that.
Marie and Jaimie Fallon Holyoke, MA
[provided live ceremony music and DeeJay services]
You did an awesome job DJing our wedding. We and our guests had an ABSOLUTE blast! Especially our flower girl, who just loves her some Kesha. I especially appreciate your last minute taking of requests. I know my mom was so happy she got a Have Nagila/Hora combo, and my friend Tim and I had a marvelous dance to that totally arcane Donna Summer song. We just wanted to say thanks so much for helping make our special day so special!
Shauna Grob and Terry Stanley New York, New York