Who are we?
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.
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 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 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.
Emily has been DJing for 6 years, including resident DJ at Mosh in Leicester and Derby (pop punk, rock, indie, metal) and residencies at Reading, Northampton and Lincoln Student Unions for their alternative club nights as well as Uprawr in Birmingham. She has DJ’d alongside Daniel P Carter from Radio 1, Don Broco, While She Sleeps, Lower Than Atlantis, Deaf Havana and Skindred and an aftershow for Cancer Bats. Specialising in a cross section of indie, alternative, rock, metal, emo as well as dance / pop / commercial genres
Emily also has a career working at some of the biggest UK festivals including Glastonbury as an Artist Liaison with acts such as Mark Ronson, Annie Mac, Noel Gallagher and has venue management experience at the O2 Academy Birmingham and Rock City Nottingham
Gav has a track record as resident DJ at some of the biggest indie/alternative nights in the West Midlands, most notably Blast Off at Wolverhampton Civic Hall and Birmingham’s original Snobs club via stints at all the biggest alternative pubs (the Jug of Ale etc). He’s DJ’d with the likes of Jarvis Cocker (Pulp), Tim Burgess (the Charlatans), Brett Anderson (Suede), Kaiser Chiefs, The Twang, Steve Cradock (Paul Weller/Ocean Colour Scene) and Paul Smith (Maximo Park)
Specialising in indie/80s/retro classics, Britpop, 60s soul and much more. Gav has also been a songwriter and guitarist in some of the best bands in the region including Sweet Jesus, Groupie, Nugget and still performs as frontman of splendid indie jangle pop band the Proctors.
Curtis has been DJing for 14 years, with residencies at Birmingham’s Subside, Subculture and Worcester’s TNT Nights at Velvet and Marrs Bar. Specialising in the alternative genres of rock/metal/punk/emo/indie and more, he has DJ’d Download Festival and has a wide experience of working club and bar nights at venues including O2 Academy, Tunnel Club, The O2 Institute, Vudu, Q Club, Scruffy Murphy’s and The Victoria.
Curtis also works as a stilt-walker, having performed on stage with acts such as Muse, Diversity, Pendulum, and Steve Aoki
Ric is our specialist in all things House and Garage. He has decades of club experience including Steering Wheel, Dusk til Dawn, Hush, Pride, Nightingales, Subway/Tunnel Club and has done DJ sets with Tom Zanetti, Ratpack, Artful Dodger, Rudimental to name but a few.
As well as a deep knowledge of all the classic hits over the decades, he specialises in 90s RnB, 90s House classics (Robin S, M People), 90s Rave and Jungle (Prodigy, N Trance), 00s Funky House (Roger Sanchez, Spiller, Mylo) 90s/00s Garage (Artful Dodger, Craig David, Daniel Beddingfield).
If your tastes are specifically along these lines please let us know as Ric is the DJ for you.
Arthur deals with the bookings and business side of the Best Men Limited and is company director along with Andy and Steve. He started promoting live gigs in Birmingham at the age of 17 and still books bands for O2 Academy 30 years later. He has organised live shows for bands such as Kasabian, Ocean Colour Scene, Maximo Park, Editors, The Subways, The Fall, Dodgy, The Twang, The Enemy and many more – over 5000 gigs since 1989. Arthur also plays bass in 1980s jangle indie band/John Peel faves BOB when they tour the UK and Europe.
He will deal with your enquiry and be available to answer any questions you may have about booking your DJ for your big day.
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!”
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!”
“Steve was utterly brilliant! There absolutely couldn’t have been another DJ for our wedding.
Steve – you were like an old friend, and the kind of person who ought to have been a wedding guest, not someone up there on the decks all night! You read us perfectly – our guests and our music preferences – to put on a cracking set: fun, creative, responsive. You fitted in perfectly, and it was an absolute pleasure to meet you in advance and to have you with us on our wedding day. We will never EVER forget how much fun we had on that village hall dance floor – thank you in an email goes no way to convey our gratitude.
All our love and thanks (of a size you can’t imagine!)”
“We could not have asked for better DJs for our wedding reception. Meeting with them in the lead up to the day was really helpful and gave us confidence that they knew exactly the sort of music we were looking for. Communication with Arthur was excellent, and they dealt with all the arrangements with the venue.
On the day Andy put together some fantastic music and read the vibe of the room perfectly to keep everyone entertained for the whole evening, especially as the curfew at the hotel was unexpectedly late (1am). It was my new wife’s aim not to leave the dance floor all night and it’s a good job because he made it impossible to be anywhere else!
To quote one guest “I waited for a 9/10 song to give me chance to go to the bar but they were all 10/10!” He even managed to entice some guests who would rarely be seen on a dance floor and everyone commented on how much they enjoyed the music.
As the day coincided with England’s World Cup Quarter Final game he even managed to seamlessly mix in a couple of footballing anthems that nearly took the roof off!
For an excellent price we were able to get a DJ that provided the music that we loved rather than the stereotypical wedding set list that you always find. They made every minute a pleasure. If we can think of another event to book them for we would not hesitate, even if we have to make one up! Totally worth it.”
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”
I can’t say enough about how incredible The Best Men were on our big day. When we first booked the date, we put together the song list and we were told Matt would be the best fit for our taste and they were absolutely correct! It was like having a friend DJ the wedding, he got involved with our terrible dancing, every single song was an absolute banger, and he was just an awesome guy who made a massive effort to make sure our night was one to remember. The best moment was when he played Slipknot at the same time we saw them at a festival the week before, the guests (and us) were hysterical at that point. He even stayed behind at the end to comfort a tearful bridesmaid who was having an anxiety attack and chat to us about his travels. He was the main topic of conversation at breakfast. Couldn’t have asked for a better guy! hopefully he sees this, because he should know the Simpsons monopoly dollar is safe and sound thank you for making our night amazing!
“My only regret about hiring these guys is that I can only have them once and not every weekend! How special it is to have a completely bespoke playlist which isn’t the usual wedding dross. All our guests told us they were too busy dancing to take photos at our wedding. What a compliment! Steve Carroll was absolutely fab for us and I genuinely had The. Best. Night. Thanks guys (Kate)
Guys – pretty much from the moment we bumped into you at the wedding fair in Digbeth, we knew you’d be ideal for us. You lose count of the number of weddings you go to where the music is cheesy, standard fayre and it was immediately obvious you were something very different. You worked brilliantly with us and didn’t bat an eyelid at some of the more bizarre choices (King Adora, anyone?!). We’d recommend the Best Men to anyone looking for a wedding DJ (Ian)”
“Andy DJ’d at our wedding- AMAZING! He really got what we were about. We wanted tracks that took us back to our “Panic!” & “Ramshackle” days! NAILED IT. My guests loved the choice of music and it truly couldn’t have been any better. Cheers Andy!! Top bloke. Made our night!”
“Where to start? Fantastically professional arrangement combined with a great friendly, open approach and top rank Djs is probably a good place. After trawling through the usual Ray Von style suspects and feeling dejected we came across The Best Men, from the first email reply got a great feeling and things got better from there. So refreshing to find people who have the same feel and passion for good music as we do and who are so keen to ensure our party was the absolute best it could be. These guys have genuine heritage in the music scene but are totally approachable and great to deal with, by the time of the party it felt like we were having old friends taking care of the music. On the night itself Steve C hit perfection, so many guests impressed and both of us delighted with his style and selections. Can’t recommend these guys highly enough! Thank you so much The Best Men”
“We booked The Best Men for our wedding on 29th June 2019…. and we couldn’t be more pleased we did!!!
After making our booking, we were asked to send a detailed list of the songs/bands etc, that we wanted to hear at the wedding. Arthur told us he would then pick a DJ best suited to us. He chose Matt! And he was bang on! Mat knew exactly what we wanted! He was so fun on the night, he got involved and played some absolute belters!! At one point I’m sure my new Husband said ‘I want to marry the DJ’
Thank you so much, Mat for making our wedding night exactly what we wanted. We had an amazing night… and so did all our friends.
100% recommend to all”
“We had Matt from The Best Men do our wedding back in September 2018. They were excellent and we were both so happy with the service provided.
We had a call with Matt to discuss what we’d like and sent him an inspiration playlist on Spotify. He totally understood what we were looking for (a sort of Indietracks indie mixed with 90s Britpop mixed with stuff that would get grandparents/parents to dance as well) and nailed it on the day. He got there early to setup, played the things we wanted, but also made sure to keep the dancefloor full all night with his ability to read the room and mix in requests at the right times.
It was a great night and I would 100% recommend using the Best Men for any wedding you’re planning. Music was (and is) really important to me, so though they’re not the cheapest out there, it’s worth the little bit extra to get something really good that you and your guests will love!”
“We hired the Best Men for our wedding reception on the 4th July 2018. They met with us a few months before the wedding to go through our song choices and our likes and dislikes and on the day they didn’t disappoint. We approached them with two very different music tastes. I preferred Motown and Indie whereas my now husband preferred old skool hip hop and RnB. Quite a mix!
I have to say that on the day they merged our tastes seamlessly and I think everyone was surprised at the variety of music we had. The best bit was that our guests were dancing both inside and outside of our venue and no one disliked any of the music.
From meeting with the Best Men Team they captured all of our faves and even music we hadn’t even thought about but absolutely loved. From start to finish the service they provided was quick and informative and no request was too much. They really are the Best Men!!!!!
We would recommend them to anyone thinking of hiring a DJ for any event and particularly because they avoid the cheesy music that some DJs keep going back to! We will definitely consider them for any future events and will recommend them to anyone looking for a DJ. We just want to thank the whole team. You have been absolute stars!!!!”
“We booked The Best Men for our wedding and they were amazing. Andy our DJ for the night knew all the right songs to play at the right time. He was able to keep the party going. Plus for the end of the night they played all our heavy metal choices which was an amazing way to end the night on a high. Thank you so much for marking our wedding night that much more special for us”
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
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!”
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!
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!!
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!”
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!”
Cannot recommend these fellas highly enough.”
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…..
The Best Men… you and we totally ROCKED!”
Thanks again Arthur, Andy, and Steve!”
Sarah & John
“Andy DJ’d at our wedding and I don’t think I left the dance floor! Numerous guests kept commented on how good the music was. Couldn’t recommended these guys enough! (Jade)
So happy to have had Andy to DJ our wedding he smashed it!! All the best tunes from all genres and decades and no Cheese!! Simply it was the best DJ set I’ve experienced outside a club or festival and I just wish we had more time for him to carry on…he made the wedding” (Matthew)
“We hired The Best Men for our wedding on 15 September. They were super responsive throughout the process and came across as being genuinely excited to be part of our day. My husband has quite specific music tastes and so getting the right DJs for our wedding was especially important to him. The Best Men really ‘got’ him, and us as a couple immediately.
We had a consultation call where we went through the kind of music we liked and what we didn’t like which we found really helpful.
On the night, Steve was amazing. Our venue had quite a low sound limiter, but he worked with it amazingly well – he was constantly checking and adjusting the levels and it never once went over the limit (despite our friends trying to be loud to break it!). He responded well to the crowd, and everyone had a great time. We couldn’t recommend The Best Men highly enough!”
“From start to finish, everything from The Best Men was spot on. We were really listened to about what we wanted and we had so many comments about how brilliant the music for our wedding day was. I had a surprise song change part way through our first dance, which was kept a secret and executed successfully! We couldn’t recommend The Best Men enough!”
“We booked The Best Men to DJ our wedding back in November. The communication ahead of the event with Arthur was great and the meeting with Arthur and Steve was a great opportunity to talk through our music tastes. On the night Steve set up in good time and didn’t disturb our guests. His set was great and kept the dance-floor busy all night. It was great to hear all the songs we wanted to hear on our wedding day but also great to hear some of the songs Steve picked. They were all great.”
“A big thank you to The Best Men and Steve for doing such an amazing job DJing our wedding, they had to deal with quite a wide spectrum of pickiness from myself and Ben and did it brilliantly. Everyone had a great night and it was everything we could have wished for, thank you!”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org