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Who are we?

We Are The Best Men

THE BEST MEN are DJs for people who want

good music to be at the heart of their wedding day

We are passionate about music and if you hire us we believe you are too. Rather than supplying the clichéd wedding disco you come to expect we provide music that fits the tastes of you and your guests. We are available to consult and liaise with you in the run up to your wedding to find out in advance which tunes will get your party rockin’. We want to ensure we can provide the soundtrack of your life on your special day.

Andy and Steve have a long history of packing out dancefloors in Birmingham and beyond. Specialising in the greatest tunes from the 50s to the present – indie, rock, pop, soul, funk, punk… but tunes you know and love. Just contact us and tell us which direction your party’s headed.

What do we do?

We fill your dancefloor

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Steve Brayford

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Steve has been working as a DJ for over 20 years and has played sets at the Notting Hill Carnival, Moseley Jazz Funk & Soul Festival and has DJ’d with acts including Jarvis Cocker, Norman Jay, Jamiroquai and Craig Charles. He has extensive experience of working club nights at venues including Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Birmingham Institute, Blue Note Café (London) and pubs including The Jug of Ale, Hare and Hounds, Prince of Wales, The Victoria and The Rainbow. He has also spent time DJing in Ibiza and Turkey and is the man behind Birmingham’s legendary Sweat club night.

Andy Hinton

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Andy has been working as a DJ for 20 years and has DJ’d with acts such as Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs, The Libertines, Bloc Party, Zane Lowe and Snow Patrol. He has extensive experience of working club nights at venues including 02 Academy (Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol), Snobs, Edwards, The Birmingham Institute, Birmingham Barfly and pubs including The Actress and Bishop, The Jug of Ale and the Hare and Hounds to name but a few. He was one of the founding DJs at Birmingham Subculture Rock Night and a regular DJ at Ramshackle

Matt Walsh

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Matt has been working as a DJ for over 9 years and has worked a wide range of different venues playing many different styles of music, including Snobs (rnb, chart, house) the actress and bishop (Indie, Motown) subculture/uprawr/scruffy Murphy’s (rock, alternative, classic rock) 90s night/bring it all back (pop, cheese, guilty pleasures) to name a few. Also doing guest spots in Wolverhampton, Nottingham, Stoke, Sheffield and London and has recently been booked to play the official Iron Maiden after show party at the NEC.

Steve Carroll

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Steve started DJing house music hip hop and funk in his local pub.

Over the decades he’s played in nearly every major venue including having long term residences in The Vaults Hockley, Stirlings St Paul’s Square, Denial in the Mailbox and playing on the same line up as superstar djs such as Fatboy Slim and Carl Cox and Graham Park from the Hacienda.

He also hosts his own daily internet radio show.

TESTIMONIALS

“We chose ‘The Best Men’ for our wedding as we were keen to find a DJ with decent music taste. In fact, our Google search was ‘dj, wedding, Midlands, good taste’… and sure enough, the search returned this gem!

We were dreading ending up with a dance floor bopping to Whigfield and Spice Girls on the big day, and the info and professional presentation on the boys’ webite got us excited that we may have found the dj we were looking for.

From word go the communication and service was outstanding. Email correspondence was prompt and friendly, and our music choices were up their street, so we established a time and place for a briefing meeting.

At the meeting we hashed out any dos and don’ts, any logistical issues and discussed our hopes for the music direction. It was very reassuring- after speaking to Andy and Arthur for a bit, we felt that they understood our tastes, and knew we could trust them to make a great set without us needing to be too prescriptive.

We gave them a few specific songs we wanted them to play at some point in the evening, but really we were happy to just let Andy read the crowd, work in the suggestions we had given him, and keep the dance floor going!

The service on the day itself was perfect- no stress, no fuss. They arrived and set up very quietly and discreetly- in fact I didn’t even notice they were there until the music started for the first dance! The set was great, the dance floor was going strong until the small hours, and everyone said what an amazing night it had been.

Absolutely outstanding. If you want a bespoke alternative to the usual cheesy wedding disco, we cannot recommend ‘The Best Men’ enough! Thanks so much, guys! See you for an anniversary bash in a few years!”

Katherine & Sean Heaney
“When we were looking for a DJ for our wedding, we were anxious. Everyone has been to a wedding with a crap DJ and we all know that it can make or break the whole party.

Like many, music is massively important to us so when we found The Best Men, we were chuffed! Just from their website alone we could tell that if anyone was going to offer what we were after, it was these guys and it took a really informal chat with Arthur and Andy at the pub to know right away that wanted to work with them for our Big Day!

They did not disappoint. Their knowledge and appreciation for great music is undeniable. Straight away they were throwing out suggestions of artists and compiling an extensive list of ‘to play’ and ‘not to play’.

On the night Andy wasted no time in getting the party started and kept it going all night! The music on offer was an eclectic mix of motown and soul, indie bangers, pop favourites and classic anthems (without a whisper of Mr Brightside!). Everything we had discussed at our initial meeting and more!

There wasn’t a single song where the dance floor was empty and EVERYONE (including parents, older family friends right through to our 12 year old next door neighbour) said how fantastic the music was.

And on top of all of this, they are just really nice guys! One of the most important factors for us when choosing wedding suppliers was that we wanted to work with nice people (not just people who are good at what they do, but genuinely nice people!) The Best Men were the perfect fit! We couldn’t be happier that they were a part of our wedding and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone in future!”

Rebecca & Rob Perrens
“Awesome tunes and wonderful guys! We chose The Best Men as we didn’t want cheesy stereotypical music played at our wedding and they offered something a little different. Having met up with Andy, Steve and Arthur beforehand they were briefed on the style of music we were looking to achieve and some of the songs we wanted playing. Our first dance was a collaboration of the same song in an old and contemporary version and was superbly mixed for us. We were apprehensive about not having people join us on the dance floor but with Andy and Steve on the decks, the dance floor was packed full all night long! The first thing people say to us about our wedding is how great the music was and how cool the djs were. Really can’t speak highly enough of The Best Men both on a personal and professional level and would have no hesitations in rebooking or recommending to anyone who wants something a little different to the average djs out there!
Andrea & Rob Hopcraft
“These guys are AMAZING!! Brilliant bespoke service – we gave them a playlist of songs we wanted including in our reception and asked them to take inspiration from that list. What they came up with was exactly our tastes in music and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. Would highly recommend The Best Men to anyone looking for something different from the usual cliche wedding music. They offer a personal, professional and unique service that is great value for money! Not only did they play incredible songs until 1am at our wedding, they took the time to meet us beforehand AND put a 3 hour playlist together for our afternoon BBQ. Thanks Andy & Steve!”
Helen & Aaron Tolley
“There’s nothing sweeter than music to tell a beautiful story and to make an evening magical and despite experiencing some of the so-called best DJ’s the world has to offer, not one of them has a patch on Steve and Andy to get the party started and create fantastic memories tailored to you. I hired them for my Birthday party as they both knew just what an eclectic mix tape I needed to please all my friends and their worst nightmare – me! They’re now my go to DJs – and they’re in my diary for future birthdays, weddings and even funerals! Thanks guys – you rock my world!”
Stephanie May - Head of Music - Virgin Radio
“Having spent a long time trying to find the right DJ for our wedding we knew we had found the right people when we came across The Best Men. Their website says it all they ‘provide music that fits the tastes of you and your guests’. Steve, with his funk and soul, 80s and disco background was the obvious choice for our brief. Communication in the lead up to the wedding was excellent and we met with Steve and Arthur to discuss what we’d like and received notes and confirmation in the lead up to the wedding. On the night Steve arrived to set up and the dance floor was packed all night. Steve politely declined any requests that didn’t suit the brief or type of music we wanted. All of our ‘must play’ music was featured and the rest we left in Steve’s very capable hands. We had so many comments on how good the music was and all of our guests danced all night long, Steve created a great atmosphere with his selection and we really couldn’t be happier that we found the Best Men for our wedding.”
Charlotte & Aled
“We booked The Best Men for our wedding on 1st April, 2018. I was so excited to book these guys after meeting them at a wedding fayre at our venue Fazeley Studios in Digbeth-I’m not even sorry to say I was more excited about booking the DJ’s than I was when I picked my wedding dress!

If I could rate them higher than 5 then I definitely would! Andy came and set up during our wedding breakfast and was ready with the music as soon as the meal was finished and in time for the arrival of our wedding guests and wow, what a playlist!

Only these guys could go from 00’s R&B to David Bowie, from reggae classics to Korn and System of a Down. If you, like me, have an extremely eclectic music taste, then I couldn’t recommend them highly enough! They are involved with you from start to finish and ensure you have the absolute party of your life!

Thanks for an amazing night guys! X”

Michela & Ryan Hughes
“So, there were a couple of reasons for having ‘the best men’. I’ve been going to the Actress and Bishop where Andy has a residency for many, many years and always have an amazing evening and never leave the dance floor ….thanks to Andy! He’s such a lovely chap too. So if that wasn’t already enough of a reason to have him as our DJ, I also met my partner James there! So it all had sentimental reasoning!
Anyway, The Best Men gave us the best wedding party anyone could ask for. I’m not even biased here, everyone was up on that floor and it was never empty. That was my main rule for the wedding. ‘DANCE!’
He got the music absolutely spot on, we asked for Motown, bit of (non-cheesy) indie, lots of other 60’s songs and then whatever he felt would keep everyone moving. After the last song everyone shouted ‘one more song’ like they were at their favourite gig! Pretty sure he felt the love. It was amazing. We had a little pre meet too for the do’s and don’ts so you really do get the special treatment feel! Arthur made everything so easy along with the guys which is all you can ask for!
Highly highly rate these guys and all my guests including the venue asked for their details!
Thanks again chaps xx”
Katie & James Farr
“These guys did such a brilliant job at our wedding, can’t recommend them enough! Everyone commented on how good the music was, they played exactly what we wanted with a few AMAZING surprises thrown in. Was really struggling to find a DJ who would be able to play the sort of music we wanted, but Steve & Andy absolutely nailed it! Really professional, great communication from the start thanks to Arthur, who is also a bit of a genius! Made our day unique and personal, thank you sooo much! Xxx”
Gemma & Steve Smith
“Thanks you so much guys for making our wedding such a banging party which is exactly what we wanted. They played everything we liked and got the place into full swing, everybody there commented on how much they loved the music which was tailored to our liking. The music was the most important element for our wedding and these guys really made it happen. Thank you so much and we would like to highly recommend these friendly chaps who provided an amazing service. Will and Nina”
Will & Nina Mcaleese
“We spent a long time making sure we found the right DJ, keen not to end up with the stereotypical cheesy type normally associated with weddings! We knew we’d made the right decision to book the Best Men when we met up with Andy and Arthur for the initial consultation. They really put our mind at ease and the service they provide is truly bespoke. Communication leading up to the big day was fantastic.
On the night itself the music was spot on! Ian and I hardly left the dance floor and all of our friends commented on how good it was. We wouldn’t hesitate to book the Best Men for future parties! If only we could do it all again!”
Lauren & Ian
“We were very lucky to have The Best Men at our wedding in October. We definitely didn’t want the ‘usual’ cheesy music, and Andy was fantastic at delivering exactly what we wanted. From our first meeting to discuss our tunes, to the night itself, everything was perfect! Thank you so much for making our Goth/rock wedding absolutely perfect. We would recommend these guys to everyone! Andy you are a star xxx”
Karen & Dean Evans
“The Best Men are just that, they are the best men for the job of adding that extra special personal touch to your wedding. Right from the start Andy and Steve helped us shape the perfect soundtrack to our evening and on the day it was just like having an extra family member celebrating with us. The music was perfect. I whole-heartedly recommend these guys”
Daniela & Matt
“Thank so much to Steve and Arthur for doing a fantastic job at out wedding, I think the music was the best I’ve ever heard at a wedding, I think you could tell having a full dance floor! Thanks for being absolute professionals and we will be in touch for our next party!”
Brooke & Ed Stringfellow
“Andy did an amazing job playing our wedding on Saturday- we have really eclectic music taste and he read this perfectly. Ensuring guests young and old had a great time.

Would fully recommend The Best Men to anyone- great communication and service throughout the planning process and a fantastic job on the night. The Best Men really are the best! Love Rachel and Chris x x x

Rachel & Chris Small
“Thanks Steve for providing a perfect soundtrack to our 30th party – Peaky Blinders, 1920’s, funk, soul, indie, hip hop, rock n roll and everything in between! The dance floor was filled all night. Excellent, professional service & highly organised to make sure the night ran smoothly. Can we do it again please?! Ben & Jen xx”
Jenny Tandy & Ben Cartwright
“Really fantastic people to work with – make your wedding what you want it to be! Can’t recommend enough! We had a fantastic night the music was incredible and thank you for all the extra songs we asked for xx”
Maria & Liam Haughey
“We booked the Best Men for our wedding and immediately they offered us a great service. We were able to meet the guys months before the wedding so we could discuss our choices which was a massive help and gave us confidence that the evening would turn out how we wanted. On the evening itself they were able to get everyone on the dancefloor and play the tunes we wanted which resulted in an amazing night. Cant recommend these guys enough as they will create you an evening to remember.”
Sarah & John Banholzer
“We couldn’t thing of anything worse than a cheesy wedding disco but we were struggling to find a DJ who would fit the bill! When we found Steve and Andy and heard about their background in the clubs of Birmingham we knew we had found our men! They kept the dance floor full all night and played a real mix of all of favourite music. We deliberately were not too prescriptive but they read our taste really well! They will be my go to DJs for future events!”
Laura & Jim Owen
“just wanted to pass on our thanks for the music on Saturday. We had an amazing night and there was plenty of dancing so the music hit the mark. Sore feet the next day from jumping round to the prodigy amongst other things!!!
Thanks again xx”
Clair & Neil Trenfield
“If you’re looking for DJs who are passionate and knowledgeable about music but still have that personal touch then look no further. From the first meeting with Andy we knew we had found our wedding tune Goliath! Chilled guy with the steel resilience to stick to our requested final three songs despite being under duress from a guest to finish with the Spice girls…well played sir”
Steph & Simon Taylor
“Absolutely cracking choice of DJ, exactly to my taste but also got the whole party going from 80 year old guests to 6 and under. Friendly and professional from beginning to the end. Completely listened to my whole style of music (trust me I am picky) and built a fantastic set around that. Andy and Arthur, what a stellar pair of chaps you both are, would book you again in a second, you made our wedding what it was”
Sarah & Ricky Fletcher
“Wow just wow! I cannot thank Andy enough for helping make our wedding such an incredible day. We always knew we wanted music to be an important part of the day as we love a good dance, but I can’t even begin to explain how epic the music was – I think the fact the dancefloor was always full and people complained of sore feet for days afterwards, goes some way to show our guests loved it too!

Andy and Arthur were great from the first time we contacted them, they met us for a drink to discuss what we did and didn’t want, they were always prompt with responding to emails on the run up to the day, and on the day they turned up and set up without us or the guests even noticing.

Our guests ranged from newborns to octogenarians and everyone was up on the dancefloor – the guys totally catered for every generation whilst still keeping to our eclectic brief of indie / old school hip hop / soul / rock, with one 1D song thrown in as a crowd pleaser! I really cannot recommend these guys highly enough and the only piece of advice I’d offer is to get around and talk to all of your guests during the day so you can really enjoy the party on the night!

Thanks so much guys – we’ll definitely be finding an excuse to book you again as will some of our guests!”

Andrea & Mark Knott
“Andy was the only DJ we wanted at our wedding. We’d seen him DJ before at various nights in Birmingham and knew that we definitely didn’t want your standard boring, cheesy, talk-over-the-mic-whenever-you-can-DJ, playing Come On Eileen or The Macarena, we wanted someone who had good taste in music and most importantly someone who could read our crowd of family & friends and properly get the party started. Andy delivered and has gone down as a DJ legend among our nearest and dearest. People underestimate the power a DJ has to make or break your evening party, you really don’t want to end up with some radio wannabe playing rubbish music leaving your friends asleep at the bar on the best day of your life. You need to end it in style! Book The Best Men, book them now”
Anna & Simon Clarke - Anna Clarke Photography / Simon Clarke Films
“Steve Dj’d at my 21st, he did such an amazing job! There was great communication throughout from when I first booked, to the day of the event. He made sure he knew the kind of thing I wanted/didn’t want and played the right stuff throughout the night. He also went to check out the venue before hand and was super organised and knew exactly where everything was going.

I loved every song played and they were all played at the right moments to really get everyone up and dancing the whole night! Would have happily stayed partying further into the night if I could!

Couldn’t reccommend enough and would certainly book them again for any future events”

Thanks so much!

Alice Coffey
“Hiring the Best Men for my Wedding Reception was a no brainer. Andy kept the guests dancing from the moment he started until the evening finished which made the atmosphere brilliant. So many people complimented the music and noted how well it catered for everybody there without it being cheesy or a bit dodgy once!

The booking went smoothly and communication between them and myself was easy and I never once felt nervous about any problems down to the music (and when you are planning a wedding the least amount of worrying you have the better). The consultation was easy and kept my mind at rest.

I can honestly say I owe Andy big time for making sure it was a fun night and for keeping people dancing and in a brilliant mood because let’s be honest, the music can make or break a night.

Thanks again to Andy and Arthur for everything and I cannot recommend them enough!!

Emma & Daniel
I love meetings that happen in the pub, so when Andy suggested we talk through the music choices over a drink I was well pleased. He took us through what to think about, howlers to avoid, made it clear what his approach to music was and was patient with our wedding ditzyness!
He worked well with the venue and on the night he and James did a great job; great sound, great atmosphere.
The last song of the night wasn’t on our list but it was the perfect finish to our perfect day.
Rebecca Small
“We were so keen to avoid the cheesy wedding DJs and the potential unknowns that come with a band, the best men DJs were the perfect solution! Treading the perfect balance between our tastes and mass appeal which ensured the dancefloor was occupied all night. Couldn’t recommend enough!!”
Claire & Josh
“Andy DJ’d our party to celebrate our 10th wedding Anniversary.

He was brilliant. We met before the day to discuss music preferences and played all the music we asked for with no cheese.

We spent the night dancing with our friends and family.

It was extra special for us too because Andy was djing 20 years ago when Steve and I first hooked up back in the barbarella suite of XLs

Just looking for an excuse to have another party now!”

Emma Conlon
“The Best Men DJs were amazing – they pitched the music style exactly to our tastes and read the room perfectly. Their style fit our special day so well so if you want a bloody good disco with a non-cheesy touch hire them. Really easy to contact”
Nina & Jamie
“The Best Men are just as described – The Best. Right from the off we knew they were the perfect fit for our musical tastes. Wanting to steer clear of mediocre bog-standard wedding entertainment and with music being so important to us we were really excited to find these guys.

We arranged to meet Andy and Arthur in a pub in Moseley to run through our ideas for the big day and our song choices. It was really easy and they both made us feel comfortable just like chatting with mates. Andy totally got what we wanted and wasn’t even put off by the 16-hour play list we sent him.

On the night everything went swimmingly – the equipment sprung up out of nowhere and Andy kept the room dancing for hours.

We can’t recommend these guys enough – if you need a DJ book The Best Men! Thanks guys!”

Amy & Daniel
“Steve played our wedding on Saturday and we got a lot of compliments about how good the music was. He played a fantastic mix that appealed to everyone there, and no cheese in sight.

Cannot recommend these fellas highly enough.”

Gemma & Sean Hemming
“And what a Thursday wedding it was!!! THANK YOU so much for and absolutely perfect set! We all had an amazing time and was exactly what we wanted

We cavorted round the dance floor, throwing shapes and moves like we were still the right side of 21! Hilarious, youth provoking tunes that made us really want to go past midnight…..

utterly exhausting.

The Best Men… you and we totally ROCKED!”

Sian & Robert Hart
“The best men were recommended to us and as soon as we saw their Facebook page we knew that they were exactly what we needed! Having recently been to a very cheesy wedding reception we were eager to find a DJ to suit our music tastes! After numerous emails between myself and Arthur and one meeting with Arthur and Steve we were confident that they understood our requirements! Although we had only met Steve once, when he showed up at the wedding to set up it was like an old friend had come to DJ for us. He was friendly and enthusiastic about the night ahead! I loved every minute of it and danced the night away until the very last track!!

Thanks again Arthur, Andy, and Steve!”

Moira & Kevin
“After searching hi and low for a non-cheesy DJ for our wedding, we came across The Best Men. From the start Arthur was amazing at listening to what we wanted and arranging everything for our day. Andy came to DJ on the day and he didn’t disappoint. Both myself and my husband loved every moment of it. He combined our love of indie/alt, Motown and Irish tunes to a tee. Thank you, Kate and Greg”
Kate & Greg
“After umming and ahhing about whether to even hire a DJ for our wedding we were recommended The Best Men by a friend who is also getting married this year. We met up with Arthur and Steve in Moseley to discuss our requirements and it was like meeting up with 2 old friends! We chatted music and nights out in Birmingham and our wedding in general and we couldn’t have been happier with our decision to hire them. The wedding day itself was incredible. Steve arrived and set up without us even really noticing and played all the music we loved. He really got the party going and everyone commented on how good the music was. Our last song was We could have been anything from Bugsy Malone and it was the perfect ending to a perfect day. Thank you so much again for everything – we can’t wait to see you at our friend’s weddings later in the year. Anna & Andrew x”
Anna & Andrew Hawkins
“As with many couples these days, we were keen to avoid the cheese which is usually associated with wedding DJs. We knew the kind of sound we wanted and met up with Arthur and Steve. Arthur was amazing with the admin/organisation side of things and Steve made a huge effort to understand what we were looking for and we felt really positive going away from that. We also went to his ‘Sweat’ night in Moseley which was great fun and, come the wedding day, he got it perfect. The dance floor was packed from the first dance until the caretaker turned the lights on and kicked us out! Thank you for an amazing night to remember!”
Danielle & Steve Williamson
“Andy was brilliant at our wedding reception last night. Our guests had a brilliant time and even commented on how it was lovely to be at a wedding with decent music that you actually want to dance to. Everyone had fun and Matt and I really enjoyed ourselves. Thanks again for a brilliant night and taking us back to our Snobs days!”
Liz & Matt & Briggs
“The service was amazing, from a consistent rapid response to initial enquiries and questions, to our consultation meeting (great excuse to go to the pub) to the wedding itself. We loved how Steve used the calmer times in the day to incorporate some of the music we love that is less suitable for the dance floor. Alas the children didn’t give the adults a look in when it came to the dance floor! My son says his best bit of the day was the dancing and the pictures of the kids throwing some shapes are some of my favourites I’ve seen so far. We also found the DJ to be really flexible and friendly on the day. We would definitely recommend The Best Men”

Sarah & John

Sarah & John
“After hearing Andy DJ at a friend’s birthday party and a few bars/clubs around town we asked him to do the honours at our wedding and to say we weren’t disappointed would be an understatement! From the initial meeting to the big day itself, we found Andy to be very helpful, reliable and most importantly a master of the decks (The dance floor being packed from start to finish says it all!!!) Extremely professional, with a sincerity to match, we would have no hesitation in recommending Andy to any couple looking for a DJ for their big day”
Jon & Veronica Rogers
“We hired Andy to DJ at our wedding reception and he helped to make it a magical evening. He worked with us before the big day to ensure that we had a great mix of tunes to represent our life together. On the night he played a fantastic set that got everyone on the dance floor, we had a brilliant time. 10/10.”
Chloe & Nick Ingram

Contact Us

 THE BEST MEN are based in the midlands but we will travel throughout the UK and abroad

07958 787 634

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Please use the message box below to tell us as much as you can about your wedding plans.

Where are you getting married? Have you set a date? What are your musical tastes, preferences and requirements?

If you’d prefer to call we are on 07958 787 634 and email is info@thebestmen.co.uk