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I’ve known Gary, the owner of 74 events, longer than any other vendor I work with regularly. We talked about it and we were having difficulty remembering exactly when the first time we worked together was, but we know it has been AT LEAST 10 years.

When we met, I do remember bonding over an obscure music reference while we were preparing for some toasts at the wedding reception. We’ve both come a long way since then, and seen a lot…including an impromptu rendition of the musical Cats at one wedding we were working together…

With the sheer volume of weddings and events 74 Events handles (easily over 400 a year with around 20 DJs) each year, Gary no longer DJs at this point. Now, he devotes himself full time to running the business and making sure everything is perfect for all of his clients.

What did you do before working weddings?

Club DJ, waiter, indie label promotions, waiter and I taught English in Japan for a year and a half.

That’s a pretty varied list! How did you get started doing weddings?

My wife’s cousin asked me to DJ her wedding. I had been in clubs for 4 years before that and weddings seemed like a great transition at the time as getting home at 4am or 5am was getting old.
Gary from 74 Events DJs

So what was your favorite part about the wedding day when you were DJing?

When you know everyone is having a great time.

There’s a fair amount of nervousness going in. I’d get sweaty palms before the announcements. There’s so much on the line emotionally.

And then when you see everyone having a blast on the dance floor. Nothing beats it to this day.

The only other way you get that validation is when the last song is over, and the couple is coming over and hugging you and telling you how great the party was!

And how about now that you’re just involved with the business side of things?

I can tell you that I LOVE the thank you emails the following day.

Why?

It’s validation that we are getting it right as a team.
Pierre Hotel NYC wedding photographed by Casey Fatchett - www.fatchett.com

What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to couples getting married, even if they ?

Assume 2 or 3 things will go wrong. Don’t expect a perfect wedding and don’t sweat the small stuff. You’ll never have something like this ever again, so stay in the moment.

What do you feel you bring to your clients that no one else does?

I feel that the customer service aspect of what we do is way better than other Entertainment companies in the Metro Area. I work 7 days a week and never take a day off. Not my birthday, Xmas, New Year’s Eve, etc., to insure people are not feeling like 1 of the 500 weddings we do a year but the only wedding we do.
Liberty Warehouse wedding in Brooklyn, New York by Casey Fatchett Photography

What would your dream job be if you couldn’t do weddings?

Vinyl record store owner.

To anyone who knows you, that makes perfect sense. I kind of imagine a High Fidelity/Top 5 Records thing going on…

What are you listening to/watching/reading lately that you think other people should check out?

I am rereading “Kitchen Confidential” and that has been a trip through memory lane of my early years in the NYC restaurant scene.
For music, check out Thee Oh Seees. They are the best band out there. And go check them out at Warsaw (BK) when they are here in October. Their live show is amazing!!!

What’s your guilty pleasure and why?

Sweets. I have a serious sweet tooth that gets me in trouble all the time.
Many thanks to Gary for being awesome all these years and for taking part in this interview. You can check out 74 Events on their website, or follow along on Facebook or Instagram.
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