mike silva

The journey for greatness, recognition and lifetime of memories in the mobile industry.

The journey for greatness, recognition and lifetime of memories in the mobile industry.

When your team does something awesome—whether it’s finishing a project a few days ahead of time or learning new ways of creating a memorable event experience you, as a manager, want to reward and recognize them.

Let’s get to know our amazing team that helped create some awesome memories!

Chris Andres

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How long have you been hosting events? I’ve been hosting events as an MC for 12 years or so.

What is your specialty in music?  I’d like to say that there’s no music I specialize in, however top 40 hits seem to be the most common genre I play week after week.   However, there are lots of ethnic events I do such as Filipino, Latino, Jewish, Middle Eastern and Caribbean.

What have you overcome as a DJ/MC to become better at your craft?  Speaking in front of a live audience. To speak on the mic in front of a live audience.  Lately, doing events that I’m not strong in (Mitzvahs)

Can you share one of your best wedding experience?  Under a tent in 96 degrees humidity and everyone was miserable.  I was able to win the crowd over without drawing anymore attention to the uncomfortableness.  Not a big crowd, but i was able to get them to dance regardless of the heat because I got personal with everyone. I studied the names of the intros and used it calling people out throughout the night.  They wrote a review days later without me asking for the review about how well it went

Can you share one memory as to “how you saved a party from a disaster? See above.

What information can you share with potential clients who want to book you as a host?  Relating to their current situation and extract their emotions.

What’s your mission for your clients when they book you!!!???  Have the best time of your lives before you get hitched!

Nicki

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How long have you been hosting events?
I have been hosting event for 3 years under LJDJs.

What is your specialty in music?
I’ve DJed many genres from African to Motown but my specialities in music include Hip-Hop, Jersey Club, House, and Pop.

What have you overcome as a DJ/MC to be better at your craft?
I have overcome one of the most uncomfortable and nerve-wracking situations, public speaking.

Can you share one of your best wedding experiences?
One of the best wedding moments I have experienced was seeing TKA perform live at a wedding on New Years. They were a ton of fun and it was great to see all of the adults become kids again when they performed their favorite songs.

Can you share one memory as to how you saved a party from a disaster?
During a 1st communion event I was hosting, one of the grandfather’s fell in the lobby and the entire was cleared as everyone ran to the grandfather. After about 3 minutes of panic, it was my job to get everyone back into the room and their minds off of what happened. I got everyone back in with a game of Ballroom Blitz followed by several other line dances and by that time, the coast was clear and everyone had moved on from the situation. Also the grandfather was fine because he came up to me later on and said, “Don’t worry I fall all the time.”

What information can you share with potential clients who want to book you as a host?
I like to give events a fun, youthful, and exciting feel when I am hosting, allowing for everyone to have a great time and experience. Communication with a client is key and I will always make myself available to answer any questions they may have or just put them at ease from all the stresses of event planning.

What’s your mission for your clients when they book you?
My mission is to always give my clients piece of mind that their event is taken care of and give them the confidence of knowing that they made the right choice picking me to host their event.

Ricardo

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How long have you been hosting events? For about 10 years now.

What is your specialty in music? I specialize in Latin, Top 40s, House, Oldies, and my favorite Dance Hall and Reggae.

What have you overcome as a DJ/MC to be better at your craft? One of the things that helped me better my craft was the pressure of performing at an event. Fear was also a small factor that mixed in with the pressure as well. At the end, I over came pressure by preparing for my events and also making time management a priority. I made sure that I would practice all announcements a head of time and right names phonetically. With fear, after doing my first event I pretty much told myself that there is nothing to be afraid of because I want to do this for the rest of my life.

Can you share one of your best wedding experience? The best wedding experience I had, I did last year at the Park Savoy in Florham Park, NJ for a couple who are professional ballroom dancers. What I loved is that you can sense their guest were itching to dance because they are all students of the dance school the couple owns and runs. Once formalities were over, the dance floor was flooded with dancers of all ages. I had the opportunity to meet a 5-time World Champion in ballroom dancing and a dancer who was partners with Michael Irving on ABC’s Dancing with The Stars.

Can you share one memory as to “how you saved a party from a disaster? The grandmother of the bride had a bad heart attack during the last hour of the wedding. After the ambulance came and the bride calming down a little, there was only about 5 minutes left and as per request from the bride during our finals meeting, she requested Sweet Carolina by Neil Diamond, and I asked the groom if we can play it in the background as I closed out the event, which he thought was a perfect idea. I called the bride and groom over and had their guest form a big circle around them to close out the night and had everyone hold hands. You can see the guest eyes were swollen from holding back tears thinking about the bride’s grandmother. I told the guest that I am going to count to 3 and have everyone give our bride and groom a big group hug. As we were cleaning up to get ready to go, both the bride and groom approached us with the news that her grandmother had passed on the way to the hospital. With all of her hurt and tears, they both hugged me and thanked me for playing the song and having their friends and family join them for that hug. Overall it was an amazing event, and with the unfortunate event, I took a chance and got what we love to hear in the industry, “Thank You!”

What information can you share with potential clients who want to book you as a host? I have an extensive customer service and sales background under my belt. I am a firm believer in making sure that my clients get what is right for them and their special day. My goal is to make you feel very comfortable with me when we first meet. This will give me an opportunity to build your vision, I will show you all of the options we can provide, and paint a picture for you that will fit your budget. Weddings are very expensive and my clients have or will pay top dollar for their weddings entertainment. Our services, for example; photo booths, TV screens, lighting, or a smoke machine will not make or break your wedding, it’s the entertainer. I want my potential clients to understand and see that with the years of experience and the extensive training that my current partners provide and practice everyday, you will be taken care of. You may hear that from all of our competitors in the business, but what sets my team and I apart is the lengths that we will go to make your day unforgettable. Site visits, helping find a photographer or a florist, or you just need some to help plan your event, my team and I are there. We also set up hours before your event to make sure everything is running smoothly. My team from the DJ or my MC will get a copy of all the paper work and mapping that we build, as well as the person in charge at the venue. I am not the type of person that waits to see you a month before your wedding or event, I am here for any and all of your needs for your event until the end.

What’s your mission for your clients when they book you!!!??? At the end of the day I only have one shot to make your day memorable. My goal, is to make sure I am available from when you sign your contract, till we say goodbye at the end of your event. As your Event Host and Coordinator, I will map out your event by visiting your venue and showing how we will set up. We will talk about music and what to play for your introductions, first dance and parent dances. If you did not book our own photographers or videographers, give me their information so I can reach out to them. The list can go on and on with what I can do for you and your day. My mission is to make sure you and your guest never forget the amazing time we had. I know that my mission is complete once I say goodbye and you are happy with what I promised you.

Mike SIlva

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How long have you been hosting events? I’ve been DJ’ing in one form or another for about 15 years.  More recently, I’ve been hosting events and helping brides and grooms plan their weddings for 5 years.

What is your specialty in music? There isn’t one single genre of music that defines my style.  I like to move with the crowd and that means being flexible with selections of songs.  Playing to diverse crowds of people at events such as weddings or sweet 16s has really given me the experience to flow between different styles of music and keep guests engaged on the dancefloor.

What have you overcome as a DJ/MC to be better at your craft? Overcoming the anxiety of public speaking and becoming nervous while hosting an event was my biggest hurdle and the most satisfying once I was able to conquer those fears.  I had amazing people around me that gave me the opportunity to learn and advance my skills as a host and they guided me to become an excellent MC and host to this day.

Can you share one of your best wedding experience? I always tend to say my last wedding was the best experience I’d ever had because every wedding is unique and special in its own way, and theres always something in each event that makes it amazing.  It’s why I love what I do and being able to be a part of these personal and intimate experiences with my brides and grooms.  But to single out a specific moment, I would probably have to say traveling to New Orleans in 2015.  It was a memorable trip.  New Orleans was new to me.  I had never been, and to soak in the city for the first time was truly great and then to be able to plan and host a wedding in the center of the French Quarter with a ton of New Jersey residents that also flew down NOLA was an experience of a lifetime.  I’ll never forget that trip.

Can you share one memory as to “how you saved a party from a disaster? Dealing with drunk or angry family members is always something that can lead to an out right disaster for a bride and groom.  I’ve experienced situations with drunk guests getting naked on the dancefloor or angry family members that were on the verge of fighting one another because certain things through out the event weren’t going the way they had wanted.  The best thing a host like myself can do is remain calm and rely on my team and the staff at the venue to come together and handle the situation as best as possible without making the situation worse.  When it comes to disaster coordination is key.  My job as host is to keep the party fun and uplifting and at the same time coordinating with my team and the venue to address the problem immediately.

What information can you share with potential clients who want to book you as a host? I want to be sure that any future brides and grooms I interact with are comfortable with me first, and that starts by creating a connection.  From a business stand point most hosts want to get down to the specifics of planning a wedding and never truly get a sense for who the bride and groom really are.  Creating that connection and getting to know the story that built the relationship gives me a sense of who they are as people as well as their family.  And I’m able to carry that connection to their wedding day and make that day even more unique and special.  Making a personal connection with the bride and groom also allows me to create and plan an evening that’s truly what they wanted instead of trying to sell them a package that they wouldn’t be interested in.   This leads to a trusting relationship between newlyweds and myself and makes for a better event.

What’s your mission for your clients when they book you!!!??? I strive for unexpected reactions.  And what I mean by that is, I live for moments when family and guests come up to me at the end of an event to simply compliment me on an amazing show.  When a bride and groom hug me as they walk out and tell me that their family doesn’t stop mentioning how great the entertainment was.  That’s the reason why I do what I do and the mission I take on when I book new clients.

Griffon

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How long have I been hosting events.

I first started Djing when I was a sophomore in High School. I started organizing and hosting “Teen Nights” at different lounges and nightclubs in the central jersey area.

What is my specialty in Music?

I have played just about every genre there is out there. From House Music to Latin and also even COUNTRY. For me music has no limits. But my specialty has definitely been House Music. More specifically Progressive House, from all the years I have been DJing in nightclubs and this also being the music I produce, I developed a good ear for it and it is really my favorite thing to play.

What have I had to overcome as a DJ to better my craft?

When I first started DJing I really just got thrown into it from little remixes I was making on my computer in High School. The first time I went to a venue to DJ my words definitely spoke louder than my actions. When it came time for me to perform I walked up to the mixer and it looked like I was about to fly a space ship, It hit me I had no idea what I was doing. But instead of getting discouraged and walking away I went back every week to practice, even on nights there wasn’t supposed to be a DJ. At a young age I realized this is what I wanted to do with my life and also knew i was going to have to bust my ass. I learned all the basics from beat matching by ear and than learned how to use each effect on the mixer to better my sets. From that one Lounge it helped me expand to something I was doing on average 3 nights a week within a year to now a full career.

Can you share one of your best wedding experiences?

This is a very tough question for me. There are no two weddings that are the same and it is a different experience every time. At LJDJs we spend countless hours in the office prepping and focusing on each client where the most satisfying feeling seeing the visions turn into realities. If had to point out one of the many amazing moments that really stood out it would have to be the time I had a client break out into tears at the end of her wedding because I made her “Dream Wedding” come before her eyes. When you are a part in organizing and designing someone’s wedding, you are a major key in one of the most important days of their life and they will never forget you.

What information can you share with potential clients who want to book you as a host?

Doing this for as long as I have been, I have met a lot of amazing DJs, MCs, and Event Designers. For me, it is not just about the music that is being played. It is about the atmosphere I am creating. The amount of detail that goes into every production for each step of an event is so huge! Hearing each couples story and bringing out their personality at the event is what makes every wedding different and unique.

THE BEST BRIDAL BRUNCH Part 2 with LJDJS Event Design and Entertainment

On November 15, 2015 LJDJ’s was at it again. Our 2nd annual bridal brunch was based out of our Belleville head quarters with an array of professional guest speakers consisting of Artist Makeup Academy, Mirage Artistic Photography, and Pure Ambiance NJ wedding planners just to name a few. Providing top-notch service LJDJ’s created an atmosphere for brides to reduce the stress they may be feeling as their day hastily approaches.
As per the past bridal brunch, the company holds itself to the highest possible standard of entertainment and design. The event went off without a hitch; guests enjoyed champagne, food, music and much more! This Bridal Brunch gave the brides an opportunity to experience and sample what these vendors have to offer and what they may see when dealing with the planning phase of their weddings. Brides were able to undergo free consultation meetings In order to find the trustworthy relationship between them and their vendors. We loved seeing our clients testing all of our great photo booths and new concepts for 2016 that LJDJs has.

That’s a guarantee!

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(MC Mike Silva chatting up with our future bride and groom.)

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(AMA prepping for our Bridal Make Up Consultations.)

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(Pure Ambiance helping with dresses and more.)

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(MC Jack providing just chatting it up!)

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of as a bride and even groom, don’t stress LJDJ’s will be hosting their next mixer in February of 2016. You’re all invited!

The professional staff at LJDJ’s understands how much you’re looking forward to your special day and the team wants to meet your expectations. I would highly recommend stopping by when they host their next Bridal Event. With a various group of specialists you’ll definitely pick up some good advice for not only a wedding but also a Sweet 16 or Quinceanera.

Keep you eyes open for our BIG announcement for 2016!
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The 10 Dumbest Wedding Party Favors!

The 10 Dumbest Wedding Party Favors

 

If you’ve ever been to a wedding, you probably went home with a wedding favor. But have you ever received one that was just dumb? One that you would never use and didn’t want to take home with you? If you’re planning your wedding, don’t be the couple that hands out stupid favors. Here are 10 wedding favors not to give your guests- ever.

 

  1. Monogrammed Coasters

Monogrammed coasters? Really? Your wedding guests do not want to set their beer on a coaster with your initials and/or wedding date on it. Not to mention, it might not match their home decor or style.

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  1. CD of Wedding Songs

First of all, many people have transitioned into digital music formats and don’t even listen to CDs anymore. But also, your guests don’t have an emotional attachment to the songs that symbolize your relationship with your spouse.

  1. Framed Name Placecards

Some people like to get fancy and use framed name place cards to indicate where their wedding guests will sit. That’s fine, if you want to do that. But don’t double up and use those place cards as wedding favors. What on earth will people do with them after the wedding?

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  1. Monogrammed Golf Balls

Unless you know that all of your wedding guests are avid golfers, don’t give any wedding favors that have to do with the sport. Those golf balls will just end up in the trash…and some random Arnold Palmer wannabe might dig it out and get his golf game on with your name and wedding date flying across the green.

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  1. Bubbles

It’s fine to hand out bubbles for your wedding guests to blow as you make your exit after the reception. But nobody wants to take them home. When are grown men and women going to blow bubbles again?

  1. A Charity Donation

Couples of the philanthropic mindset might want to make a charity donation in their guests’ honor. The problem is, your guests might not support your charity of choice. And they will probably then start receiving tons of correspondence from that charity. Want to anger some wedding guests? Make a donation in their name.

  1. Flower Seeds

Maybe you love to garden. But maybe your wedding guests don’t. Even if flower seeds match the theme or season of your wedding, don’t tell your guests “thank you” with a cheap bag of something they might not use.

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photo, favorribbons.com

 

  1. Anything With Photos

Your wedding guests love you, but not the way you love your spouse. They don’t need anything with your photo on it. That’s creepy, actually. Save your favorite photographs for your living room, not the wedding reception tables.

  1. Magnets

Even if all of your wedding guests use magnets, they don’t need one with your wedding info on it. It’s your special day, not theirs, so they don’t need a reminder staring them in the face every time they open the refrigerator.

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  1. Votive Candles

These are one of the most common wedding favors given. But if your wedding guests wanted votive candles, they would buy some. If you imprint your initials/name/wedding date on the candles, your guests won’t want to burn them. And a candle with nothing on it…how impersonal and cheap.

Leena Kollar of LJDJs

It’s Showtime! The rebranding of LJ Productions

LJ Productions/Entertainment is growing and so are the visions of each client. The rebranding of our company only comes naturally since reality shows are flooding clients dreams with silly ideas and the newer generation of Brides and Sweet Sixteens are more inspired by social media for their special day. Why not join the movement!

LJDJS has made a move into a new office space of 2,500 square feet located in Belleville, NJ.  The space is cohesive with the company itself. How so?  LJDJS new space is modern and unrestrained fitting to their “Redefining Life’s Celebrations” standard for event planning. Their space is decorated with a sleek black and white color scheme making any client feel like a V.I.P. as soon as they walk through the door. The new headquarters for LJDJS has personality everywhere you turn! BUT FIRST… take a look at the old space.

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 (Before the makeover back in November 2013)

Within the office they have a bilingual capability speaking English, Italian and Spanish. So bring your niña for her Quinceañera consultation, or just feel free to speak in your native tongue. The talented, and in high demand, DJS being represented by LJDJS offer a list of services. Each event host has their specialty and like any event planned at LJDJS the right event host will be chosen for yours and you will personally get to meet your host. The stylization of the DJS range from EDM to Bachata, to electronic dance beats with a live percussionist and/or violinist playing along.

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Besides the music, the high end equipment LJDJS use adds a flair to any event only they can accomplish. From light shows to “living tables” their ability is undeniable coated in talented and wrapped with innovation. No detail from an event goes unnoticed by the team. LJDJS has learned with plenty of experience how to cover the basics, and then add final touches making the event unforgettable lasting as a positive lifetime memory.

LJDJS offers a list of services from Weddings, Sweet Sixteens, Bar/Bat Mitzvah’s, or any other untraditional type of event. The new office space represents just that within its design: The ability to uphold to the classic styles while simultaneously taking it to the next level of futuristic concepts. That is why we have a full time event coordinator in house to help you in the right direction with your planning.

Within the office no client should ever be fearful to ask a “silly” question, as that question may just get the family like team at LJDJS to jump for joy at the chance of continuing their innovate and new age approach to event planning. They love to plan both typical and eccentric events equally.

The ability to bring joy to their clients is always their main prioritization. Personalized approach is an understatement. No phone call or request is ever ignored from a client as LJDJS is a proud believer in accommodating the client to the utmost possible degree.

The new office and official grand opening is the beginning to a new and exciting professional journey for the company and its employees. Requests and inquiries from individuals are pouring in, so contact LJDJS sooner rather than later for a one on one personal meeting with your event host where we can help make your dream event into a reality.

CLICK HERE to see our Video Demo of LJDJS Entertainment and Event Design

 

2014-6-19 Belleville NJ. LJDJs. Photos by: Greg Pallante

 (The makeover that everyone is talking about)

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2014-6-19 Belleville NJ. LJDJs. Photos by: Greg Pallante

(Las Vegas inspired and created by todays market)
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 (LJDJS offers 2 identical conference rooms that can be partitioned along with a 50 inch touch screen monitors)

2014-6-19 Belleville NJ. LJDJs. Photos by: Greg Pallante

 (Each door represents our character)

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 (Each door represents our character)

CLICK HERE to see our Video Demo of LJDJS Entertainment and Event Design

Party of the Week: Mr. & Mrs. Chris Michele’s Wedding

 

To pick one party out of a weekend filled with memorable events is no easy task. From February 17 – 19, LJ Productions celebrated weddings, birthdays, and school parties. However, as great as these events turned out to be, nothing can compare to a wedding 15 YEARS in the making! We knew Chris & Gina since they were a couple of young “Bucs” walking hand in hand through the halls of Belleville High School. It was a love that even the groom’s father mentioned started long before their high school days. When they first came to our office for a consultation, we let them know how honored we would be to host their event.

 Chris & Gina chose the gorgeous Crystal Plaza in Livingston for their special day.   Their closest friends and relatives shared the love that filled the entire ballroom. Marco and Nella of the Crystal Plaza felt an energy they could not quite put their finger on.  The “love buzz” was in the air and no one could escape it. And with the Concert Package and the team of DJ Jack, MC Jorge, LT Anthony, and VJ Mike Silva making its impact on the guests, everyone knew they were in for an extraordinary night, especially when one of your guests is taken to the ER for a dance related injury.  Fortunately, Gary came back in time to finish off the night with all his friends.

Personalizing each wedding is a big part of the LJ Productions experience; and the Micheles certainly put their stamp on this event.  Chris and Gina had their Bridal party fist pump their way into the main ballroom to Darude’s Sandstorm. The bride and groom’s entrance song was the freestyle hit by Lissette Melendez, “Together Forever”, which could not be more suitable. Throughout the night, Jack had the guests dancing through the decades playing everything from Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline to Mike Macaluso’s FINAL CHAPTER(a crowd favorite).

LJ Productions Entertainment would like to congratulate the Mr. & Mrs. Chris & Gina Michele. We would also like to thank them for allowing us to partake in this memorable event. The only thing greater than celebrating love; is a love is close to home.

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