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Disc Jockey Philosophy

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Michiana party friends, fellow DJs, music fans… The Music Machine found an article in InTheMix this week that I would like to share.  It’s about the “secrets” to success in my chosen profession.  So many disc jockeys believe that their mixing skills are enough.  There sometimes seems to be a lack of regard, and sometimes complete disdain, for personality and connection.    Even the most celebrated entertainers in EDM know this is not the case.  Here’s the bit from world famous DJ Norman Cook… you may have heard of him as Fatboy Slim!

Brighton veteran Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, was the first of the DJ mentors to arrive, armed with a handwritten list of his golden rules. He also has a compelling story to tell about managing the excesses of DJ life. Here’s what he’s learned over an illustrious DJ career.

“Always make sure you’re having 20-percent more fun than your crowd. You have to lead by example. It’s one of the basic rules of DJing. It’s ironic me saying this, because I actually gave up drinking three years ago. But for the majority of my DJ career, I felt that I had to be very much ‘in the party’.

This is probably the most important one. The only perceived wisdom that that I can give from my own personal experience, is that mixing skills are secondary to your personality, the music you play, and how you play it. Highly technical DJs like Carl Cox are still always looking out at the audience. At the end of the day, you’re there to have a connection with the crowd, and to share a common experience through the music. You’ve got to make them think that you’re their friend, and vice versa.

And there is a certain look you get [from the dancefloor] that says, Yeah, I’m really enjoying this. Otherwise you might get a look that says, ‘What the #^%@ are you doing?’ It’s not just about sitting in your bedroom and doing this really clever mix, it’s also about entertaining people. It’s not such a difficult principle to latch onto.

I believe at the heart of dance music there’s a constant, which is to provide the soundtrack for young people going out and escaping. It’s a common celebration. Though the noises might change slightly, the reason why we do this doesn’t change. The politics don’t shift from the left to the right.”

“Have 20-percent more fun than your crowd”… “Always looking out”… “very much in the party”…. These are the rules!


Disc Jockey South Bend Palais Royale

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Palais Royale, in South Bend, was the location of Kat & Rex’s wedding reception. Music Machine’s  master DJ Kenny had the honor of being the disc jockey for this wonderful couple for their South Bend wedding! Palais Royale is one of the most beautiful wedding reception banquet halls in the South Bend region and it couldn’t have been better looking for this bride and grooms wedding day. It was a wedding reception of laughter, tears and most of all celebration with dancing. As disc jockeys this is the type of wedding reception that we look forward to, where everyone is ready to get out and dance.

Check out these wonderful photos by Amanda Fales Photography from the wedding reception. You can see more of this wonderful wedding on her blog!.

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Also check out this great wedding video by Jet Kaiser Films


Thank you to Kat & Rex for hiring the Music Machine to provide disc jockey and master of ceremonies services for your wedding reception! DJ Kenny and us enjoyed working with you!


prep: Doubletree Hotel, South Bend
ceremony: River Valley Church, Mishawaka
reception: Palais Royale, South Bend
wedding video: Jet Kaiser Films
photos: Amanda Fales Photography
disc jcokey: Music Machine
planning: Merry Me! Events
floral design: Merry Me! Events
cake: SugaRush Desserts

South Bend Disc Jockey Tippecanoe Place

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Master Disc Jockey and owner of Music Machine, Paul Chamberlin, had the honor of serving as Master of Ceremonies and Disc Jockey for the wedding reception of Daniel & Sara at Tippecanoe Place in South Bend, under a tent. What a terrific couple and what a fabulous wedding reception. It was a hot day but everything went smoothly thanks to the talented team of Wedding Planner Cynthia Basker and Celebrated Events from South Bend.

The day started off for Daniel & Sara at the beautiful Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of Notre Dame where they were married. What a beautiful place to be married in,the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. From there the guests and family were bussed to downtown South Bend and the grounds of Tippecanoe Place for the reception where Celebrated Events along with MichaelAngelos had turned the grounds into a wedding paradise with a slightly rustic feel.

The newlyweds enjoyed a wonderful first dance to the song “You Send Me”–Sam Cooke. Afterwards the party kicked into high gear with the guests dancing the night away to the very end of the reception!

Check out some of photos we shot of the tent/decorations and dancing below!

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Master Disc Jockey Paul Chamberlin ready to rock the party for Sara & Daniel at Tippecanoe Place in South Bend.

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Check out the wedding trailer from Wedding Day Cinema in Chicago!


Ceremony: Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Reception: Tippecanoe Place
Wedding Planner: Celebrated Events
Wedding Reception Disc Jockey: Music Machine
Decor: Celebrated Events & MitchaelAngelos The Event Company
Wedding Video: Wedding Day Cinema

South Bend DJ | Palais Royale

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Every wedding is a dream come true, special and unique and we have the privilege of helping many South Bend brides achieve their dream wedding and reception every year. As DJs in South Bend helping accomplish these wedding dreams for brides in northern Indiana, is very rewarding and fulfilling and we treasure the memories from every one of our former brides and grooms. Every so often though a wedding reception comes along that is one for the record books where guests, newlyweds and the disc jockey just clicks into one unstoppable rocking party that you wish would never end. A wedding reception that we will never forget.

The wedding reception of Aimee and Mark is one of those events. Aimee and Mark were married at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of Notre Dame and chose the Palais Royale, in South Bend, for their wedding reception. From the moment the guests entered the Palais Royale, the fun just didn’t stop until the lights came on. It kicked off with an incredibly sweet toast by the maid of honor and an equally touching toast by the best man. From there the Aimee and Mark cut their spectacular looking cake and took to the dance floor and were soon joined by their family and friends.

Later in the reception the groomsmen rolled a piano into the center of the dance floor and Mark sat down at the ivory while Aimee led everyone in a rousing rendition of Piano Man. Check out the images below, this was one wedding for the our record books!

Wedding: Notre Dame Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Reception: Palais Royale in South Bend
Photographer: Valentino’s Photographics
Cake: Rascia’s
Entertainment: Music Machine

Notre Dame Wedding Disc Jockey

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Easter is next weekend and after that the 2012 wedding season will kick into high gear. It is a busy season us at the Music Machine, as disc jockeys, and we are looking forward to all of the up coming weddings and assisting in making the wedding receptions of our brides and grooms just spectacular!

In anticipation of all the wonderful weddings this season, we thought we would take a moment to look backward to one of the beautiful and spectacular weddings we had the pleasure of providing disc jockey and master of ceremonies services at last summer. Here are some of the lovely images from Amanda Fales Photography from the wedding of Kendra and Pierre.

Kendra and Pierre were married at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of Notre Dame. The wedding reception followed at the historical Palais Royale in downtown South Bend, one of our favorite reception venues to DJ at! It was a joyous and emotional happy wedding reception, with lots of laughter, fun and most of all dancing!You can see more gorgeous images from this beautiful wedding on the Amanda Fales blog.

Later in the night these guys showed up! What a really fun wedding reception and we feel honored to have provided the disc jockey entertainment for it! You can read more on this wedding at our original post South Bend Wedding DJ Tango.

Wedding: Basiclica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame
Reception Venue: Palais Royale
Entertainment: Music Machine
Photography: Amanda Fales Photography
Decore: Michaelangelos

And don’t forget Music Machine’s sister company!

South Bend Bar Mitzvah Disc Jockey | Nathan

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

The picture is of the calm before the storm as Nathan’s guests were about to arrive at the Jewish Federation Community Center for his Bar Mitzvah… 15 minutes later I am in my tux and greeting Nathan’s guests from all over the South Bend and the country as well as his friends from Clay Intermediate Center!

Music Machine entertained the Bar Mitzvah guests as disc jockeys with lots of dancing and also Game Show! It was a great party with Nathan’s family & friends!  Learned a couple new songs from the kids too!

South Bend DJs | Carnaval at Hacienda with Paul!

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The Music Machine will be the disc jockey at the Erskine Village Hacienda tonight for Hacienda’s annual Carnaval Celebration!

The Music Machine and DJ Paul will be spinning tunes and offering karaoke, on the enclosed patio from 7PM to 11PM TONIGHT!

Thousands of bead necklaces! (no nudity required!) Lots of limited time menu items, drink & food specials, games, prizes

South Bend DJ | Daddy-Daughter Dance

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

There is one party that I always look forward to being the DJ at every year, especially since I have a daughter myself, that is the Daddy Daughter Dance. What a great night I had at the Century Center!  Over 1100 guests attended the 2012 South Bend Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Daddy-Daughter Dance and it was a real pleasure to be the disc jockey, again!

The Daddy Daughter Dance  is an excellent chance for some quality time with our best little girls.  Sweethearts from age 3 to 12, dressed up like the princesses, they are escorted by their fathers, for an evening of music, dancing,photos  & fun!  Lots of news crews came too!  Check out the video from WNDU that happened to feature The Music Machine!


South Bend Daddy Daughter DanceNext month Mothers & Sons get their turn on March 21st at the historic Palais Royale Ballroom.  Tickets on sale now.  These events regularly sell out!  Register online at  or visit the O’Brien Center 321 E. Walter St. South Bend, IN 46614


Warsaw Weddign DJ | Bridal Expo

Friday, January 20th, 2012

It is the wedding planning season and Music Machine is again providing the disc jockey and master of ceremonies, for the 2nd Warsaw Bridal Expo fashion show! Our owner and Master DJ Paul Chamberlin will there to talk with you about our excellent DJ services. We are looking forward to meeting with all the Warsaw brides and grooms!

Where & When
Orthopaedic Capital Center at Grace College
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Noon-4 p.m.

Stop by, say hi and learn how Music Machine can make your wedding reception a grand success!

Also in attendance will our other service:

South Bend DJ Events

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

A couple of notable events… Notre Dame Food Services celebrated their annual employee party. These folks work hard through the holiday season, so NDFS takes the weekend before the students come back to recognize and appreciate their employees with a celebration. This year was at the Gillespie Event Center at the Hilton Garden Inn. Over 500 guests danced with DJ Paul,.

This was the night that began the 30 inch Snowmageddon that hit Michiana.

The 26th Annual Bridal Spectacular was held the following Sunday at the Century Center. Over 400 brides and their friends & family braved the the weather to meet and greet Michiana’s best wedding professionals. The Music Machine’s DJ Paul was the Disc Jcokey and Master of Ceremonies for the fashion show.

The next week was St. Joe High School’s Midwinter Formal. Paul provided a Top Pop and eclectic mix. Great students! See you at Prom!