Expressway Music DJ’s Alberto and Dan were at Swatch Times Square NYC (Saturday and Monday) playing tunes that had shoppers and staff dancing and singing all day!
Archives for May 2012
DJ and Founder of Expressway Music
Our most requested DJ and the Founder of Expressway Music. DJ Dave DJ’s everything from high profile New York City events to intimate, elegant Weddings, Corporate functions and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. Dave is typically hired by clients who want all guests (young and old) to be consistently dancing together throughout their event. Dave is an expert at reading the dance floor and customizing the music to reflect the mood of your crowd. Dave will also Emcee your event (making all important announcements and introductions.) Being a DJ For most of his life Dave has selectively chosen the DJ Staff here at Expressway Music and has made sure each DJ represented by us is a top professional with many, many hours of DJ’ing NYC events under their belts.
Yelp Wedding Review(Venue Harold Pratt House Park Avenue NYC)
Yelp Wedding Review(Venue Mandarin Oriental Hotel Columbus Circle NYC)
Worldwide Law Firm Letter of Praise
Corporate Letter of Recommendation for DJ Dave
Thank you from Bat Mitzvah Client
Bi-Lingual DJ with Expressway Music since 2001
For the past 15 Years Alberto has been equally requested for Weddings and Corporate events by our clients. In addition to being a gifted DJ Alberto is also a professional dancer who has been written up in the NY Times. He has a dancers eye for the dance floor and is second to none at getting guests dancing and keeping there!
The Birthday girl and 100 of her closest friends celebrated her Birthday at New Jersey event venue the Highlawn Pavilion.
Joan Glenn of NYC/NJ event planner Six Degrees of Celebration coordinated the entire party.
Expressway Music provided the DJ (Dave Swirsky), Plasma screens(where they had zap shots and original music videos playing), and 3 dancers. Here is a photo of DJ Dave with two of the dancers(Julie and Kaylee)
Here is Expressway Music Dancer/Emcee Alberto mixing it up on the dance floor
This was a 5 hour dance party!!!
New York City’s Jayd Jackson was the photographer
The photo booth was also hugely popular!
DJ Dave also asked Trivia all evening and gave out the Itunes gift cards(compliments of the Birthday girls parents).The Kids loved it!
Father and Daughter dance to Paul Simon’s “Father and Daughter”
A big thank you to Joan Glenn from 6 degrees of celebration for producing another outstanding event!!!!!!
Originally from Manila The Philippines, Charissa is Expressway Music’s chief office administrator and event coordinator since 2009. Charissa is in charge of most things office related and is the liaison between clients, Expressway Talent(DJ’s & Musicians), and Venues. Charissa is extremely knowledgable about most thing wedding/event related and always available to clients to answer any questions about their event/party.
Private School Party
The Geneva School of Manhattan held a karaoke/dj party for it’s students last week. Our Expressway Music DJ was dj and Karaoke host.
While our DJ was Hosting the Karaoke and playing great dance songs the two Expressway Music dancers (Kaylee & Latoya)led the dancing.
The Kids weren’t the only ones singing and dancing. So were the parents and teachers!
8 Questions with NYC DJ David Swirsky
Foundry: So I guess the first obvious question would be, “How did you become a DJ?”
DJ David: My folks had MANY parties while I was growing up and at the age of 8 I was the designated DJ for them. I took to it naturally because since the age of 3 I was asking my mother to take me to the record store to buy music. Growing up I learned as much as I could about who wrote what song and what instruments were used on each recording. In high school and college I read every copy of Billboard from cover to cover. My family was/is very involved in music..my mother was a musician, my brother is a welll known songwriter and I have many of my original songs in television movies.
I am just as passionate sharing my musical knowledge as I am creating a new song…being a dj has allowed me to combine two of my strongest skills: putting music together for diverse groups/crowds and analyzing a live event… making people happy is the biggest reward to me.
F: Tell me about Expressway Music.
D: I started Expressway Music in the Summer of 1992 focusing in on Disc Jockeys, Live Music and Karaoke. While we are hired for all types of events the majority of the events we do are Weddings, Corporate events and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. Our staff of DJ’s and Musicians are so passionate and dedicated to what they do. I am very fortunate to work with people I deeply admire and respect.
F: So, DJ’s in the industry have a reputation for having a God complex. Working with you, you’re the furthest from it. What gives? Have the DJ Gods shunned you to be mortal?
D: I am focused on Customer/Client Service and Music. I don’t understand inflated egos and never did. Actually if you are Albert Einstein, Paul McCartney or Martin Luther King then I’m fine if you have a huge ego but not for what we do.
F: Amen! So,you’ve been in the game for a long time. How would you say the music scene has changed for DJ’s?
D: I think right now is the best time for dj’s. MP3 Technology finally allows us the tools to completely be able to concentrate on what we need to concentrate on and that is picking the best possible song to play next instead of going thru record crates and cd books searching for an album or cd to find a song you may not even use. Now you can test 5,6,7 songs before you choose what to play next. Musically, the last few years has produced the best dance music since the 70’s in my opinion…songs from Bruno Mars, Pitbull, and many more artists have kept guests dancing longer and with more energy. Producers are also getting much more prolific and becoming experts at what they do which is knowing subtle ingredients to songs that make people dance without them necessarily knowing why.
F: Once, I asked if you knew how to infuse other cultures, like Latin music into a wedding. You said, “If you don’t know how to mix Latin music, then you’ve never DJ’d in New York.” What if I told you Frodo & Samwise were having a wedding – Hobbit style! Can you still bring the house down?
D: Haha. Yes. I believe there is a KEY to every crowd. Pre Party preparation helps a lot by asking the client general information(age, ethnicity, where they’re from) about their guests and of course asking the client their own preferences. However, no amount of preparation matters if you can’t read the party as it’s happening and if you can’t put together the music quickly that reflects the crowd you’re in front of. I am VERY skilled at this.
F: You’ve DJ’d some of the best venues in NYC. How is The Foundry different from some of the others you’ve done.
D: Well I’m pretty certain it’s the only Steel Foundry that’s been converted to a 1st rate event venue …possibly in the Country?? All kidding aside, the Foundry has Heart and Soul and character…..
I personally love the fact that the Foundry keeps upgrading it’s space like the new greenhouse and the new flooring. I also really appreciate it when I am there and Allison(owner)always make me and my staff feel so welcome. Feeling like I’m part of the family there certainly makes the client have an even better party!!!
F: You’re sweet. Thank you. Tell me, how do you unwind after each gig?
D: It depends what time the gig ends(day or night)…most end late at night in which my lovely wife Katherine always has my favorite foods available which I eat while watching repeats of Criminal minds, The Voice or while playing facebook Scrabble!!
F: Last question – can you try and list me ten of your favorite albums?
D: Wow. That’s tough. I’ll tell you what, you can really get to know what music I personally listen to by listening to my weekly podcast “Music First with DJ Dave Swirsky” Beware of the many diverse styles of music(everything from Jay z to Hector Lavoie to the Beatles)
F: Looking forward to it!
Expressway Music DJ Dave Swirsky hosted a large, international law firms annual spring party last Wednesday night at Providence NYC. While there was some dancing..there was TONS of singing……
After a brief cocktail hour guests began singing right away….Here is a copy of the songs that were sung that night
Every year DJ Dave Swirsky hosts a Karaoke “idol” singing contest at New York City’s Marymount College. This is a video of the very last song of the night Gotye’s “somebody that i used to know”
The Expressway Music Jazz Trio played last night for a Worldwide Re-insurance firm at the beautiful New York City event venue The Vanderbilt Suites. Here is a short video clip of the guys from last night:
The Vanderbilt Suites is a unique space operated by the Patina Restaurant group located in the Met Life Building.