DJ Anniethesia

A few years ago, my friend Jared and I threw several house parties and a couple of big pop-up dance parties around Nashville. Jared's main responsibility was DJing and my main responsibility was planning. Bringing people together and watching them let loose in a too cool for school town is still one of my favorite things, and over the course of event after event, I naturally became interested in the art of DJing, too.

In 2015, I came back from Christmas break and kicked off the new year with my very own controller (thanks to Jared, who had just upgraded to a new one and gave me his first one). For those who don't know what a controller is, it's what DJs use to DJ:

Photo by Andy Hubright

Photo by Andy Hubright

I spent the year warming up and figuring out how to work the controller - essentially mixing-in and out of songs (with a few 101 lessons from Jared). In August, we threw a pool party and I spun for a quick half-hour before Jared took over. About a month later, Jared was asked to spin a Halloween party that he passed off to me. That's when I jokingly decided my DJ name was going to be Anniethesia, because "my beats hit so hard they knock you out" (it's so lame it's cool, right?). Anyway, I had the best time at that Halloween Party, and a few months later, I got a call from a friend of a friend - a gal that was at the party - asking if I would DJ her wedding. I bit the bullet and started prepping for what ended up being one of my favorite weddings I've been a part of, and since then, I've had the opportunity to DJ several other weddings. Here's a one of many practice mixes I've recorded over the course of the last year:

Regardless of whether it's my bedroom, my living room, a barn or any other venue, getting to play the role of DJ is always a good time. I don't call myself any sort of artist. My favorite thing to do is surprise people with want they want to hear - they just don't know it (that's why songs like Space Jam make it into my sets). I'm not planning to pursue the lifestyle of a career DJ, but I do keep planning to do gigs here and there. I can tell you that it's a lot of work, but it's worth it - I know it the moment folks hit the dance floor and reminisce about those moments when photos pop up a few weeks later. See for yourself below, and see ya next time on the dance floor.

Photo by Andy Hubright

Photo by Andy Hubright

Photo by Brad and Jen

Photo by Brad and Jen

Photo by Brad and Jen

Photo by Brad and Jen

Photo by Brad and Jen

Photo by Brad and Jen