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indie wedding dj

NOT YOUR AVERAGE WEDDING DJ's

ABOUT US

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

SPECIALIST INDIE WEDDING DJ'S AND MUCH MORE

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.

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WHAT DO WE DO?

WE FILL YOUR DANCEFLOOR

REWIND

Let’s go back to the very start… We want to know all about your musical tastes and requirements for your wedding day.

PLAY

We cover a superb range of genres catered to your tastes. With a wealth of experience – we really know our music.

FAST FORWARD

On the day (which seems so far in the future at the moment!) The Best Men will rock your party and our professional and dedicated DJs will sweep you off your dancing feet!

MEET OUR DJS

MEET OUR DJ's

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.

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.

ANDY HINTON

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Andy has been working as a DJ for over 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

EMILY MASTERS

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Emily has been DJing for over 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

DOM CROSS

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Dom has his roots in the Mod/Ska/Northern Soul scene and loves indie/britpop. His is the main DJ at Night Owl’s Come Together nights. As well as DJing Night Owl he is also a regular at The Actress and Bishop and The Old Crown in Birmingham.

Dom knows how to put on an Indie party that brings back the nostalgia of 2005 onwards with the added spice of Motown, Soul, Reggae, Ska and more.

CURTIS ALLEN

Curtis has been DJing for over 15 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

STEVE CARROLL

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.

RIC JAMES

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.

TESTIMONIALS
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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

“Andy DJ’d at our wedding and wow what a night!

From the initial chats with Andy we knew that we’d found the right DJ for us, his knowledge of music is insane. He really took the time to get to know us and our music tastes, and also what type of wedding we were having. The dance floor was packed from start to finish, 5.5 solid hours of bangers! I’ve never been to a wedding where the music was that good! Andy read a room so well and knew what to drop and when.

 

Guests have not stopped talking about how good the DJs were! Would whole heartedly recommend the best men, and we hope to use them again in the near future for other events planned!”

Ellie & Haydn Parry

“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!)”

Jenny & Paul Stuart

“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.”

Claire & John Peate

“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

“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

Charlotte & Graham Roberts

“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 

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!

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  THE BEST MEN ARE BASED IN THE MIDLANDS BUT WE WILL TRAVEL THROUGHOUT THE UK AND ABROAD

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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 07927 168646 and email is info@thebestmen.co.uk

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