Matthew Stephens wedding DJ

Yorkshire wedding DJ | Sheffield wedding photographer

A Little about me

I am not Just a Yorkshire wedding DJ. I am also a singer and guitarist for weddings. The DJ side of my business came shortly after being a singer. I have over 20 years experience in the music industry. Which includes the setting up of all professional sound equipment, so naturally this was a very easy transition for me, and also means I can offer both wedding singing and a Dj in one package!

A little more about me

Here’s a little more info on me. Its just a brief history of a musician that has done little else in his life. Except play music in one form or another. Or has been involved in music in one form or another. Its pretty much all I’ve ever done.

I started learning the guitar as a huge Oasis fan and a soon to be school leaver in the late 90’s. Someone showed me my first four chords (for Wonderwall predictably) and I was obsessed. My parents bought me a cheap guitar. With the promise that if I practiced, they would buy me a better one. Practice I did. I took my guitar everywhere, even into the bathroom.

My background in music

Luckily my new found obsession helped me choose what to do after school. And I went straight to music college in the new term. I was performing in my first band within six months of picking up a guitar. But I was far from a natural vocal talent, I was a god-awful Liam Gallagher wannabe singer. But I just carried on for years and years and little by little (pardon the pun), I got better.

I was in a band

My first band had some highlights. We were supported by The Levellers to a huge home crowd at our student union and this was an enormous deal to us. I’m not sure any gig has ever elated me so much. Backstage as we danced around in an extremely excited circle with the large crowd shouting for more (led by our mums and dads), I felt a buzz that I chased ever since.

And then another

After that band broke up I returned to college and formed another band called The Jives. We were the real deal (eventually). At first we played weddings, holiday parks and working mens clubs. Playing hits from the 50’s and 60’s and were very successful. We earned a healthy wage, despite me being the oldest at 20 and my fellow members being 17 years old. We put in many hours of live work. Learning the craft of crowd work, live sound and all the other many facets of being live, working musicians.

My journey

Eventually we decided that we wanted to only play our own songs and set off in our dream of being successful rock musicians. That journey took us everywhere. From pubs in every corner of the country, to the most exclusive clubs in Mayfair. From the universities of Scotland to the stages of the country’s arenas.

We even signed a record deal due to our huge Myspace following and catchy Beatle-esque tunes. We left the deal due to our album being recorded on the cheap by the record company and the feeling that we could do much better. This took the wind from our sails and we disbanded soon after.

Becoming a musician for hire

After this I took up my current role as a musician for hire. Because the thousands of hours touring, setting up live music as a sound engineer in a million situations and working audiences of many sizes stood me in good stead to qualify me for the job I love.

I work as a singer and I also DJ at functions of all kinds all over the country and I give all I can to make my job a successful one. I have dates booked in my diary years in advance from new customers and repeat customers which is the ultimate sign to me that I’m doing something right, and for this I’m very thankful.

From the little broke teenager with an obsession for the guitar, to a man today making his living from his passion. I count myself as extremely lucky and I always go the extra mile to make sure my customers are happy as I’m clearly in this game for the long haul.

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