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SpotlightLA

DJ, MC, Event Entertainment Services for Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, Weddings, and party planning in Los Angeles
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Large and In Charge

We are excited to announce that in our 12th year, we have become the largest DJ Company in California! Thank you to all our friends, teammates, supporters and fans for helping us achieve this milestone in our business! We look forward to creating even more wonderful and exciting memories for our clients!

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Sounds Of The Summer

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Take The Party With You On The Go!

 

The SpotlightLA team will be posting playlists to our Spotify account all summer long.
From throwbacks to chart toppers, now you can sing along and jam whenever you want.

 

All you have to do is follow these 2 easy steps. 

 

1) Click the images below for quick access to our Facebook and Spotify pages.

2) Like and Follow as the images show you.

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Check out these 20+ hottest hits of the Summer!

We love giving back to the community!
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Giving Back To The Community

We are so happy and fortunate to give back to the community! We’ve recently had the privilege of working with some great schools, businesses, and charities to bring wonderful experiences across the board. Whether it’s a jog-a-thon, fundraiser, school  dance, or grand opening, we create an amazing experience every time!

We love giving back to the community!

 

Follow us on Spotify to stay up to date on the newest songs and biggest hits.
Check out these 20+ hottest hits of the Summer!

 

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Get In The Mix With SpotlightLA

In The Mix With SpotlightLA
Check Out What's Hot
 

Our team put together an amazing production at the Supperclub in Hollywood. Creating a truly unique environment of visuals, lighting, energy, and excitement. Take a look into the night with this great video from Ari Perilstein of Custom Made Productions. Our clients ask us to give them the ultimate party experience. It’s our pleasure to do just that. Our clients deserve the best.

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Digital Décor

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An event can be much more then a party. It can tell your story. Whether it’s the romance leading up to your wedding day, or how fantastic your company has done in the past year, it is your story.

A brilliant and innovative way to share your story is with Digital Décor. The evolution of event entertainment (at it’s finest) is combining a musical experience with a visual one.

Event producers like Colin Cowie and Mindy Weiss have become super-producers because their events are a feast for your senses. The success of your party hinges on a “Wow” factor combined with an intimate, warm feeling. Guests need to feel excited and taken care of from the moment your invitation or save the date arrives,  to the last dance and final hugs goodbye.

It is also important that stylish events reflect pop culture. Whether we care to admit it or not people love reality talent competition shows. Whether it’s American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance?, Dancing With The Stars or The X Factor, we are watching and rooting for someone!

Digital Décor elements have become a staple of the reality-tv talent show watching experience. Tell me the last time you watched a contestant on these shows performing to songs such as “Fire in the Rain” without screens and lights supporting the performance and enhancing the mood artistically?

SpotlightLA and it’s creators have been innovators in bringing this sumptuous visual element to live events. Creating visually appealing backgrounds during dance sets can create amazing amounts of energy, color, special effects as well as personal elements to your events.

This goes far beyond playing a music video. Of course those can be inserted, but Digital Décor should be expressed as a performance utilizing the creativity and imagination of the designers and visual jockey (VJ). Unique animated name graphics, monograms, and logos can be developed prior to your event for custom individuality. For example, if your event has a certain kind of branding, or a logo synonymous with it, we can incorporate that into the visual experience. If your invitation has a certain design (the guest of honor’s initials for example) that design can now be incorporated into our  Virtual Wall or Virtual Backdrop during the event to tie your other décor elements together beautifully.

Another great way to use digital décor is through pictures as an interactive story-telling device. Showing family photos, corporate slides, or custom photography as one element of different visuals can add incredible warmth and personalization to your event. Corporate events can use photos to highlight milestones throughout your company’s year or give special acknowledgment to those who went above and beyond the call of duty.

Digital Décor is a wonderful way to make your party both personal and thrilling. Warm and cool. Cutting edge and nostalgic all at the same time!

Warm Regards,

SpotlightLA

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Game On. E3 2013

E3 Alumni SpotlightLA were back to see the next big trends for interactive gaming experiences. We got to have some hands-on time with the new Playstation 4, Xbox One, and some of the other systems showing off new games.

 

Panorama of the E3 Show floor

Revamped layout of the E3 showroom.

 

While this year was less extravagant, the various companies still had some interesting design elements and concepts to their showroom areas.

 

Designs and layouts of the showroom floor

Designs and Layouts

MC Joel and VJ Andrew found their way through some of the interactive exhibits such as driving simulators, photo ops, and playing kiosks.

 

Driving Simulation Setups

Driving Simulation Setup

 

Newest addition to the Transformer family?

So… when’s it going to be a Transformer? New Stingray was awesome.

 

XBOX ONE case

First look at the XBOX ONE.

 

PS4 First Look Case

PS4 First Look Case.

 

Super Macht Bros.

Super Macht Bros.

It comes and goes so fast. We can’t wait to bring our clients some of our new virtual game experiences this fall. Until next year!

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The Importance of A Great DJ

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DJs (disc jockeys) are more important than ever. Not just any DJ but a DJ who is an artist.
In pop culture we are hearing and seeing more DJs than ever. DJs are selling out venues,
going on stadium tours, collaborating with major artists and sharing music globally. DJs
have become Icons. Armin van Buuren, Deadmau5, David Guetta, Tiësto, and more have
become international superstars and have changed the music industry forever.
So how does this affect your upcoming event?

Well, it starts with you.

As you go to parties and events this holiday season; listen closely to the DJ. Pay attention to his
or her’s transitions, mixing and song choices. A phenomenal DJ can take the energy of a room
from a 6 to a 27 in a set.  A DJ not only has to be proficient in music but also has to be able to
read the crowd. There is a certain level of sensitivity that is imperative for a DJ to have in order
to deliver the right song on que. A DJ could be mixing a top 40 set and mix an early nineties
song into it and it could be an epic mix; If it’s done right. Often times the talent of the DJ is
overlooked. Due to the fact that music technology is so accessible, many people are calling
themselves DJs. Not to discredit anyone with an interest in music but it takes enormous
talent and experience to be a great DJ.

When planning your next event keep in mind that your event can completely change
with the right person behind the booth.

Warm Regards,

SpotlightLA

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Party Planning & Psychology

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Always with good intentions, many times people will make it harder than necessary to get their parties off the ground. There are a few key elements that are very important to be mindful of when planning parties.

I remember doing a party down in San Diego. The level of expectation for this event was very high. This was around 2004/5, when people were having some very big budget events. I think the price tag on this one came in around $300,000. So naturally, there was some tension and concern about how this one was going to go. As the MC, it is my responsibility to create lift-off and make this event come to life. This is a responsibility that (as MCs & DJs) we love, but it’s a responsibility nonetheless.

There were several production meetings, 100s of emails over the year of planning and numerous meetings and conversations to assure great results. It was never shared with me that as part of the “look” for the room that white sofas would be outlining the dancefloor. This was meant to give guests a place to sit and watch the dancing. Well, the dancing never happened. This created a barrier and blocked the dancefloor. Eventually I had to physically move some of the sofas myself. At this point the dancing started.

When planning your parties either by yourself or with your event planner keep some things in mind about set-up and psychology. Remember YOU are YOUR PARTY. As the Host and Hostess & Guest(s) of Honor, your party will go wherever you go. If you want a high-energy, rocking party … DANCE! Dance a lot!! Your guests want to be where you are. They don’t want to overshadow you. Also, when you’re deciding about your dancefloor size; keep in mind smaller is always better. People are more inclined to dance on a smaller dancefloor because it always looks crowded and your guests won’t feel inhibited or on display. Also do not create any obstacles for your guests to get to the dancefloor. Putting the dancefloor on a stage, not a good idea. Creating barriers around the dancefloor (like the San Diego Party), no good. Renting a dramatic, huge dancefloor … nope, no good. Keep in mind, if you are producing a party for teens … teens like to dance in dim lighting. They want to feel a bit more like young adults. As cool as a really bright light-up dancefloor (in theory) is; make sure it is programmable and has some dimmer settings. If it constantly illuminating the room and making it very bright, the teens at your child’s party may run away. I have seen this happen.

No matter what, you’re party will be a success if you are excited about it. Smiling, excitement, great energy, laughter, and good vibes are contagious. These are the most important ingredients always. However, these other little tricks will help support your party and assure it will take flight and soar!

Warm Regards,

SpotlightLA

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The Importance Of Having An MC At Your Wedding

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A marriage is a milestone in your life. A wedding is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It is not a “dress-rehearsal”. Every element is important, from the music, to the flowers, and, of course, the menu.

Often forgotten is the Master of Ceremonies. Many brides and grooms that I have met with actually have not considered having an MC. I would say (in general) most people think for their wedding entertainment they have two options: a DJ or a Band.

Can you make a great movie without a great director?

I remember being a guest at a wedding in San Diego, some years ago. I remember gripping my chiavari with both hands during the entire first section of this wedding. It was so hard for me to watch the DJ (who was very talented) during all of the entrances. This particular couple had arranged with him for each member of the bridal party to come in to a different song. When introducing the honored guests it is important for your DJ/MC to be present on the dancefloor and inspiring your guests to participate.

How do you do that and change the music for every entrance song? It was so painful for me to watch him struggle so much. It took everything for me not to grab the microphone and help this poor chap. However, I was given very specific instructions by the Bride & Groom that “this time” I have to be a guest and I am not allowed to “work”. What my sweet friends neglected to realize is that this is not work for me. If there was an MC dedicated to crowd motivation, coordinating and inspiration and a DJ who just focused on mixing awesome music then this wedding would have went from being great, to being flawless.

The addition of a great MC can turn your event into a polished, clean, seamless experience for you and your guests. Even if you have a band booked for your entertainment; adding an experienced MC can help keep your event moving and allow the band to just focus on what they do best. Playing great music.

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Build A Relationship With Your MC and Their Company

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Every event is different. Every event is special. Every event is unique. However, when you and your family are on a circuit of attending local parties (every weekend) sometimes it can be a challenge to individuate from the masses.

So much time, consideration, thought, energy, creativity, effort and planning goes into producing a “Once in a lifetime event”. So how do you make yours different? How do you “stand out from the crowd”? How do you make sure that all of your efforts are not made in vein!?

One of the ways is by creating a strong relationship with your Master of Ceremonies and the team him or her works with. As a performer for over 25 years and with over 15 years of experience as an MC having real FACETIME with my clients is one way to make your party explode with energy and magic!

These parties are ABOUT YOU and YOUR FAMILY. Not about who is on the Microphone. For Example: if there is an introduction for a parent, grandparent or for the guest of honor and I can say a little something that is specifically about that person; it redirects the energy back to family of honor. Creating intimacy and highlighting the personal connection we all have. Also, if you care about me and I care about you then the chances of us all working together to make sure the results are outstanding for your party are much greater.

Also, take the time to get to know the office staff of your entertainment company. It is important for you to know that when you hire an MC, you hire his or her whole family. Similar to what they say when you get married. You marry “the whole family”. It is important to know that if your MC is unavailable for a chat, that you can call his or her office and speak with a representative there. You want to feel comfortable with the entire staff. It takes a village to raise a great party!

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When LA Meets NY

We had the privilege of working at the Luxe Hotel in Los Angeles for a New York themed bat mitzvah. The family was a blast and the guests were a great group of high energy partiers. We had a massive setup which included the SpotlightLA Virtual Backdrop, our Virtual DJ Booths, 4 Lighted Dance Platforms, and 4 Smart Light Towers which surrounded the dance floor.

New York City Themed Event with SpotlightLA

New York City Themed Event with SpotlightLA

Utilizing all of the virtual elements, we were able to fully customize our setup to match the pink and black color scheme of the event. We displayed a wide variety of imagery and motion graphics that turned the night into a New York city experience. Our Smart Light towers were fully customized and controlled throughout the evening. The family was excited when they learned we created a custom video introduction, played on our Virtual Backdrop, to get the party started for a one of a kind grand entrance. You can check out their custom intro here!

 

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The Family Coming In To Their Custom Grand Entrance!

Our team exceeded expectations and gave the family a night they will never forget. From left to right with the guest of honor Amanda:  Drew,  Mike,  John,  Andrew, Matt,  Joel, and Kelly.

Amanda and SpotlightLA

Amanda and SpotlightLA

Sterling Tyler Photography took amazing photos for the family leading up to the event and throughout the night. As usual, he photographed perfect moments of the family, the guests, and the entire experience. We love working with Sterling and even got to collaborate on some Virtual Decor with him for this event. You can see more photos from the event and read about what Sterling had to say from the night on his blog.

Amanda and Friends Rocking the Lighted Dance Platforms!

Amanda and Friends Rocking the Lighted Dance Platforms!

Ari Perelstein of Custom Made Productions did a phenomenal job as Videographer for the evening. A true professional and extremely skillful in his approach to capturing the perfect scenes. You can see more of his work at the Custom Made Productions Facebook page.

 

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High Energy Party With Non-Stop Dancing with SpotlightLA

The Hartstein family were so happy with the evening they left us a wonderful video testimonial which you can watch here.

Proud parents watching their montage

Proud parents watching their montage

You can see more from our team at our Facebook page, or see more information on our various Virtual Elements over at PartyAddons
See more about the Virtual Backdrop at the PartyAddons Blog.
Here’s what Sterling Tyler had to say about us too: Sterling Tyler talks about SpotlightLA

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SpotlightLA Are Now E3 Alumni!

SpotlightLA has been attending the Electronic Entertainment Expo for the last 6 years and have been promoted into their alumni status level.

 

Panorama of the E3 Show floor

Panorama of a part of the E3 Exhibit floor

It’s basically disney land for gamers. We got to see everything on the horizon in the gaming world, as all the big name companies were showcasing their upcoming releases.

Namco's Tekken 6 booth at E3 with custom cars

Namco's Tekken 6 booth at E3 with custom cars

MC Joel, DJ Drew, and VJ Andrew got in on some of the action winning some tournaments and even leading the crowd in some Dance Central.

MC Joel doesn't know where to go next!

MC Joel doesn't know where to go next!

DJ Drew Rocking The PS3 at E3

DJ Drew Rocking The PS3 at E3

 

VJ Andrew checking out the Halo 4 station

VJ Andrew checking out the Halo 4 station

It just goes to show that we are always on top of the newest trends and hottest games. We will be introducing some new games as they roll out! You can see a full listing of the virtual games we offer over at Party Addons and some additional photos taken from the event http://partyaddons.com/promotions-news/partyaddons-are-now-e3-alumni.

Panorama of the E3 Show floor

E3 2012 comes to a close.

Until next year!

The Gechtman Family Mitzvah
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An Outdoor Adventure At The Gechtmans B’nai Mitzvah

We had one of our most amazing events celebrating with the Gechtman family for their B’nai mitzvah. Dylan and Grant partied with their friends and family from start to finish.

The Gechtman Family Mitzvah

The Gechtman’s Rocking It With MC Joel Of SpotlightLA

We really got to utilize the services of Party Addons. VJ Andrew created a true outdoor adventure environment with our Virtual Backdrop. Breathtaking waterfalls, lush forests, and scenic environments set the mood. Our Virtual DJ booths complimented every moment with additional decor and ambient visuals. VJ Johnny programmed a fully customized light show with our Smart Light Towers. MC Joel put together a custom grand entrance video from one of the family’s home movies. The crowd watched and cheered as we started off with a bang! Axl Rose let everyone know “Welcome to the jungle! We got fun and games!”.

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SpotlightLA and Party Addons Celebrate With The Gechtman Family

SpotlightLA rocking the Gechtman B'nai Mitzvah in Los Angeles

SpotlightLA rocking the Gechtman B’nai Mitzvah

Our teammates for this event were amazing! Videographer Jim Murray provided us with cameras to shoot a full length time lapse of the event, as well as provide the family with awesome footage from the entire evening. Michael Delmonte of MichaelAngelo Photography took fantastic pictures from start to finish. He captured quality moments of the family, our staff, and all the guests involved throughout the night. You can see more photos from the night here.
It is always a pleasure to work with them both. Professional, easy going, and great at what they do.

We are very proud and happy to have celebrated with this family.
Truly a night to remember for everyone involved.

Celebrating With The Gechtman's

We are proud and happy to have celebrated with the Gechtmans

The family was even kind enough to share a
video testimonial of their experience working with us.

You can see more from our teammates at:
MichelAngelo Photography
Photos from the Mitzvah
Party Addons

PartyAddons Virtual Games
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Party Addons – Vendor Supreme

PartyAddons provides the technology that ushers your party to a whole new level of entertainment

PartyAddons provides the technology that ushers your party to a whole new level of entertainment

Party Addons is the ultimate party addition company in Los Angeles.
They specialize in high end, hi-tech concepts, that have reinvented the party.
They have pioneered a variety of original and creative services that compliment
your party’s entertainment, decor, photo, and video teams, to create the best events possible.

PartyAddons Virtual Games

PartyAddons Virtual Games

PartyAddons BeAnywhere Photos - Before

PartyAddons BeAnywhere Photos - Before

PartyAddons BeAnywhere Photos - After

PartyAddons BeAnywhere Photos - After

PartyAddons Virtual Wall

PartyAddons Virtual Wall

SpotlightLA utilizes these services at all our events to give our families
the best entertainment for mitzvahs, weddings, and all events in Los Angeles and beyond.

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Blog firing on all cylinders

SpotlightLA is now posting the blog to Twitter and Facebook. The DJ reach just got a little closer in Los Angeles. Stay Tuned for some great stories about past bar and bat mitzvah events.

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twingravity – The Designer Gurus

SpotlightLA is proud to show off our new website created by the creative studio twingravity.

Twingravity Creative Studio Asheville North Carolina

Twingravity Creative Studio

Working in collaboration with site architect and CCO Anthony Abraira, we had another great success! The twingravity team has helped us in the past, creating both SpotlightLA and PartyAddons websites for many years now and has been a huge influence in our marketing design/strategy since 2002. They understand our company philosophy and structure our design to show off what makes us the best DJ entertainment company for Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings, and all kinds of private events in Los Angeles.

Located in Asheville, North Carolina, twingravity is a creative studio and production company. They create and develop content for commercial advertising, digital and interactive platforms, feature films and film marketing, television, architectural spaces, and global brands. It’s a pleasure to work with designers who appreciate innovation, creativity, and a passion for their craft.

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The Party 101 Showcase Was A Hit

This past Sunday, April 1st, SpotlightLA participated in the Party 101 showcase
at the Westlake Village Hyatt hotel in Westlake Village, CA.

The event was a huge success and we had a blast getting to meet lots of new families
and vendors looking for the best entertainment choice in Los Angeles.

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SpotlightLA at the Party101 Showcase for DJ Entertainment

DJ Paul was in the mix. VJs Andrew and John made the booth come to life
with visuals and lights. MCs Joel, Kelly, and Matt greeted all the guests
looking for their perfect fit for mitzvahs, weddings, sweet 16s, and new vendors.

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Getting to meet lots of new families

 

Party Addons set up their Rad Racing game which was a big hit with the kids!

Party Addons with SpotlightLA playing a Virtual Game

Harrison tearing up the streets in Rad Racing

We also had the privilege of having some of our previous families come and show their
support for us by sharing their experiences with the guests. A special thank you to the
Brook, Gechtman, Markell, and Ratinoff families for their time and support.

Can’t wait to celebrate with the families we met!

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SpotlightLA Families Showing Their Support

SpotlightLA the premiere DJ entertainment company in Los Angeles
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Welcome To SpotlightLA!

Welcome to the new home of Spotlight LA!

We are the premiere DJ entertainment company in Los Angeles. Take a look around our brand
new site and learn more about us. If you are on Facebook or Twitter, you can follow the links
at the top of our site and click “Like” or “Follow”.

That way we can stay in touch with you for updates, new products, featured items, promotions,
and more. We will also “Like” and “Follow” you in return for cross referencing.

Feel free to leave comments or feedback regarding your experience with our site.
We would love to hear from you!

Our blog will be frequently updated with family experiences, interactions with vendors,
Spotlight LA adventures, and posts about why we will provide families with best events possible.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more!
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