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The Pandora of Wedding Music

Michael Arnella and His Dreamland Orchestra  

If you like... Bob Sinclar’s “Love Generation” and Gorillaz’s “Dare”

Then hire: D.J. Dina Regine (from $3,500;

Here’s why: This self-taught D.J. has held residencies at the China Club and Limelight and is credited with helping introduce hip-hop to dance clubs. “I love so many styles; my musical vision has no boundaries,” says Regine. “At one black-tie wedding, things were just too stiff,” she recalls. So she threw on House of Pain’s “Jump Around.” “It was like the room exploded. There were full-length gowns flying in the air, and the grandparents were jumping all over the place!”

If you like... “Beware of the Boys” by Panjabi MC featuring Jay-Z, and M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes”

Then hire: D.J. $mall ¢hange (from $2,500;

Here’s why: “Some [D.J.’s] say they’re eclectic, but I try to really live it,” says James Dier, a.k.a. $mall ¢hange, who folds jazz, hip-hop, soul, reggae, punk, salsa, and more into his sets. The former music director of APT spins regularly at Rubulad and has done stints at Santos Party House and Bembe. “I can take a crowd on a musical journey, play them something new, or just give them what they know,” he says.

If you like... Ella Fitzgerald’s “All of Me” and Rita Indiana y Los Misterios’ “Dulces Sueños”

Then hire: D.J. Johnny “Danger” Stuart (from $2,800;

Here’s why: “Ham belongs on a plate, not behind a mike,” cracks Stuart, a veteran of the club scene (Palladium, Tunnel, Soho Grand). He plucks tracks from his 50,000-album-strong library and loves a good mash-up: Stevie Nicks versus Prince, James Brown versus Janet Jackson, and so forth. This works especially well at more traditional or ethnic weddings, when he combines, say, an Italian tarantella with hora music. Just watch out, warns Stuart: “The circle dancing can get really nuts!”

If you like... Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”

Then hire: Clinton String Quartet (from $2,800;

Here’s why: “We offer concert-hall-quality music at a reception-hall venue,” says Michael Bosetti, first violinist in this conservatory-trained foursome. Handel, Bach, and Mozart figure among their most common requests, but they’re not opposed to throwing down a tune from The Sound of Music or Fiddler on the Roof—or something totally unexpected, like the theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

If you like... Plastic Bertrand’s “Ça Plane Pour Moi” and “Be Faithful” by Fatman Scoop featuring Crooklyn Clan

Then hire: D.J. Gaza (from $1,350;

Here’s why: Gaza (né Gary Hoffman) takes his dance-floor inspiration from mash-up masters 2 Many D.J.’s and local parties like Negroclash. At Elisabeth Moss and Fred Armisen’s 2009 wedding (R.I.P.) at the Foundry, “I had Amy Poehler doing a kind of Flashdance thing with her hair as her husband, Will Arnett, was dancing so crazy that a circle formed around them,” recalls Hoffman. “Andy Samberg was literally on the floor, he was laughing so hard.”


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