In a few days you’re going to see two very cool new videos our friend Michael Silberman put together. One will highlight our unique drummer/DJ service, the other will give you a taste of what my chamber ensemble, String Theory, sounds like in a live setting. In the meantime, here’s a nifty snap Michael got of me DJing at Concord Music Hall this last weekend.


We’ve got the remedy.

Find a slew of Style Matters DJs at the new weekly party, Motown on Mondays, at Chop Shop. Nigel (Trew) & Jason (Intel) rocked the launch party last night and will be holding it down as residents in coming weeks. You’ll  see Chris (Mass Transit) will be making an appearance on February 24th, as well.

Take a trip to Hitsville.



We here at SM pride ourselves on being able to carefully craft a unique soundtrack to each and every event we work. A wedding, more than any other type of celebration, should be highly personalized. The best way you can help us tailor an evening of aural revelry is to share your music ideas with us. That’s obvious. However, what many couples neglect to think about is what their guests are going to like to hear on the dance floor. Want to people to remember what great hosts you were? Consider the fact that they’ve taken time out of their weekend to party with you. We’ve been endorsing the Guest Request RSVP card for years and it looks like the trend is finally picking up steam because I see it’s #2 on Buzzfeed’s ’31 Impossibly Fun Wedding Ideas’ list today. Once you start to gather some of your guests’ ideas, you and your partner can filter out the garbage and send the tunes that made the cut in our direction.

Also, check out #20. This may be the best ceremony program ever.


Check out this incredible Doo Wop cover of the wildly popular jam, Timber. If you’re not up on Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox, get ready to spend some time on YouTube. These guys are beyond talented and can put their own creative spin on even the most mundane pop record. Their album, Twist Is The New Twerk (ha!) just dropped this past Friday and we couldn’t resist picking it up.

I dare Key$ha to try and sing this well.


Here’s some great footage from our last two DJ showcases. Our good friends at Ben Mahoney Productions put this together for us. The next showcase will be in late April.

Is it summer yet?

I have to admit, I had never heard of this group until their performance on Fallon last night. Their album, Youth, just came out yesterday and we’re thoroughly enjoying it around the Style Matters HQ today. They’re playing a sold out show at Subterranean on February 8th. I bet they’ll add another Chicago show, though. These guys are going to be absolutely massive…and a lot of their tunes are going to translate well to a dancefloor.

Highly, highly recommended.

“Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.


Well, I guess the cat’s out of the bag.

Ever since we saw this tune pop up on the Despicable Me 2 Soundtrack last summer, we had kind of hoped it would fly under the radar. We’ve been throwing it in a lot of sets since then, and we think it works particularly well as a closer…for the right kind of crowd. The song has finally started to garner attention from the mainstream masses. Maybe it’s because of their super creative marketing plan. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click on the link below to see the world’s first 24 hour music video.

If you can’t get down with Pharrell, that would make us very…unhappy.

PS-Be warned! You don’t need to listen to this song for 24 hours, but that’s how long it will stick in your head.

24 Hours Of Happy


Here’s a nice highlight video from last year’s Martha Stewart Wedding Party. Don’t blink, because at 1:30 there’s a short shot of us cuttin’ it up! We’ve been invited back again this year so come check us out on Sunday March 2nd, at the Ritz Carlton. We only do a small number of these types of functions, and if you’re currently planning your wedding, this one is well worth checking out.

Both Style Matters and Toast & Jam will be performing. Game on.

Here’s a video of Magic Cloudz performing “I Do Sing For You” in Paris last year. As he admits, it may be a little corny, but there’s something about this band’s stripped down sound that keeps bringing me back. Check out their album, Impersonator, if you haven’t already.

We’re delighted to announce that later this month, our DJs Max and Nigel will be heading up a course that teaches Chicago area teens the Art Of DJing. We’ve teamed up with Chicago Public Schools and After School Matters, and we’re currently accepting applicants between 14-18 years of age. If you have a family member or acquaintance who might be interested, please pass this flyer along.

Slow season? What slow season? We’re not resting on our laurels!

(See what I did there?)


January 6th, 2013: one of the coldest days I can remember and also the day I had to toss out a few hundred Thank You cards from 2013 clients.

Here’s to creating new memories in 2014…hopefully when the weather is just a tad warmer.


The Style Matters crew is currently throwing around the idea of taking a trip out west to hit Coachella. The Outkast reunion would be particularly special, since most of us were just thinking about starting our DJ careers when their first record came out…twenty years ago.

I. Am. For. Reeeallll.


Frigid temps got you down? Here’s a classic DJ mix by tastemaker extraordinaire, Erol Alkan. These sultry sounds should warm you right on up.

Erol Alkan – “Bugged In”


1 – Passing Through – Rare Bird
2 – Love Me Now – And The Left Handed
3 – Miss You – Concretes
4 – Willow’s Songs – Magnet ft Paul Giovanni
5 – Your Hidden Dreams – The White Noise
6 – End Of A Love Affair – Julie London
7 – Overnights – Gonzales
8 – Obsessed With Gloom – Campag Velocet
9 – Vapour Trail – Tresspasser Williams
10 – Lollipop Minds – Wimple Winch
11 – Rainbow Chaser – Nirvana
12 – Birds – M83
13 – Kushelrock – Dj Koze
14 – Love Movement – Justin Robertson presents Revtone
15 – Just An Illusion – Imagination
16 – Holland Tunnel Ride – ImpLOG
17 – Come Into My Room – Clinic
18 – Big City (Remix) – Spaceman 3

If there’s any upside to the Ice Age we’re currently in the midst of, it’s the fact that I’m getting a chance to work through my Netflix queue. I finally got around to watching “A Band Called Death” last night and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. It’s about group of brothers from Detroit in the 70’s who went against the grain (read: Motown) and started a punk band. Need I say more? Watch it immediately!

Thanks, Hercules.


We just got a new inquiry from a couple who listed 90s hip hop acts like The Pharcyde and Souls Of Mischief as artists the groom is interested in. It got me thinking about how lucky I was to come up during the golden era. And then Camp Lo’s “Luchini” popped in to my head. I probably haven’t watched this video in over a decade but it sounds just as fresh now as it did back in ’97. These guys had a style all their own (check out the neckerchief!), and the tune is simply…infectious. I don’t think we’ve ever tried it in the past, but for the right couple and their friends, this could be an incredible introduction song. Instead of choosing a tune that’s been done a million times before, take a queue from these guys and dare to be different.

Saturday night special.

For you hip hop heads out there, I also put this song on a mix I created a long time ago…

Spencer Lokken – 19 for the 90s (Explicit):

Happy Holidaze from our family to yours.

Photo: Misty Winter
Not Pictured: Ralph, Duke, Edwin, Travas, Matt, Justin, Marco, Zebo

Now We’re Here.

After years of hovering around the #2 spot, on Christmas morning I noticed that Style Matters is now #1 on Yelp when searching “Wedding DJ + Chicago” and “DJ + Chicago”. These rankings probably don’t mean a whole lot, and they’ll surely fluctuate in the future…

Still, apparently we were nice this year.


If you’ve been following this blog, you’ve probably noticed us hinting at the fact that Style Matters is opening up our own private event space in 2014. Today, the new issue of CS Brides hits stands, and this is the advert you’ll find on the back inside cover (the faded image in the background? My folks!). Loads more details will be revealed in due time, but for now, we can tell you that the name of the (ad)venture is Ovation. Our new website just launched, so bookmark us and check back often as we’ll be making updates regularly. We’re also on Instagram at @ovationchicago. For more information, write us at

It’s all happening.


In very rare cases, we will break up our chamber ensemble, String Theory, and have only certain members perform. We recently provided a simple violin/piano duo at the Wilder Mansion. They learned Train’s “Marry Me”, as well as The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” and as a thank you to the musicians, the bride and groom left a little something in these burlap sacks.

Three cheers for creative presentation.