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Gigi and Casey's Wedding Celebration at Brick - Liberty Station Wedding

Casey and Gigi's ceremony set-up at Brick in Liberty Station. 

Casey and Gigi's ceremony set-up at Brick in Liberty Station. 

Gigi and Casey put on an extra big party at Brick in Liberty Station on October 15, 2017. With catering from Curiocity, a photobooth and plenty of dancing, their guests were entertained all night.

Here’s a look at the setlist:

First Dance
Adele - Make You Feel My Love

Mother/Son Dance
Rascal Flatts - My Wish

Father/Daughter Dance
Phil Collins - You'll Be In My Heart

Open Dancing

  • Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
  • Al Green - Let's Stay Together
  • Calvin Harris ft Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels (Fabian EWF Mix)
  • Pitbull f./John Ryan - Fireball (Radio Edit)
  • Bruno Mars - 24K Magic (Promo Only Clean Edit)
  • Usher - Yeah
  • Griffith, Marcia - Electric Boogie
  • Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is
  • Michael Buble - Everything
  • The Temptations - Ain't Too Proud To Beg
  • Cupid - Cupid Shuffle
  • Otis Day & the Knights - Shout
  • B-52's - Love Shack
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - September
  • Michael Jackson - P.Y.T (remix)
  • Flo Rida - Low
  • Kool & the Gang - Jungle Boogie
  • Grover Washington Jr. - Just the Two of Us
  • Bruno Mars - That's What I Like (Promo Only Clean Edit)
  • Michael Buble - Haven't Met You Yet
  • Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
  • Madonna - Holiday
  • Paula Abdul - Forever Your Girl
  • Whitney Houston - How Will I Know (Select Mix Remix)
  • New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
  • Jimmy Buffett - Cheeseburger In Paradise
  • Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling!
  • Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)
  • Cali Swag District - Teach Me How To Dougie
  • Future f./Kendrick Lamar - Mask Off
  • Janet Jackson - Let's Wait Awhile
  • Notorious B.I.G. - Big Poppa
  • Naughty By Nature - Feel Me Flow

Vendor Team
DJ/Master of Ceremonies/Uplighting: Justin Kanoya, DJ Kanoya Productions
Venue: Brick
Event Coordinator: Brick Coordination
Catering: Curiocity

Koi Bar Celebrates One Year Anniversary With A Party

San Diego DJ, Justin Kanoya, spins music at the one year anniversary party for Koi Bar. 

San Diego DJ, Justin Kanoya, spins music at the one year anniversary party for Koi Bar. 

Koi Bar is the lounge attached to Emerald Chinese Cuisine. While the restaurant has been a fixture in San Diego for many years, the lounge only opened up last year. Obviously, this one year anniversary is a call for a celebration, so Koi opened up its doors to drink and food specials for its One-Derful Anniversary Party on August 25.

It was a great night to play an open format setlist to just set a nice lounge vibe.

Here’s the setlist:

  • Wale ft Sam Sneak - My PYT (Mr. Collipark Remix)
  • Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing (DJDX The Fix Blend)
  • Maxamillion - Sexual Healing
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air (Le Boeuf Remix)  
  • James Brown - Soul Power  
  • Tinashe - Flame
  • Kygo f./Parson James - Stole The Show
  • Major Lazer f./Travis Scott, Camila Cabello & Quavo - Know No Better
  • Lost Frequencies f./Janieck Devy - Reality
  • Stoned Butterflies - Love The Music (70's Mix)  
  • Lorde - Green Light (Chromeo Remix)  
  • Nelly Furtado - Say It Right (Foldcash Remix)  
  • Felix Jaehn ft Jasmine Thompson - Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better) (The Rooftop Boys Remix)  
  • David Bowie - Let's Dance
  • Don Bravo - My Love  
  • Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do (IMCFresh Intro Edit)
  • Kesha  - Die Young (PeteDown Acapella Out)
  • OMC - How Bizarre (Select Mix Remix)
  • Afro Rican - Give It All You Got (Select Mix Remix)
  • Technotronic - Pump Up The Jam
  • Sage The Gemini - Now & Later (Merk & Kremont Remix)  
  • The Chainsmokers ft Rozes - Roses (The Him Remix)  
  • Throttle; Earth, Wind & Fire - September  
  • Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
  • Ginuwine - Pony
  • Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
  • Camp Lo - Luchini (This Is It)
  • Luniz - I Got 5 On It
  • Naughty By Nature - Jamboree
  • Cent - Outta Control
  • Sia ft Sean Paul - Cheap Thrills (Mr. Collipark Remix)  
  • Ice Cube - Check Yo Self
  • Destiny's Child - Jumpin' Jumpin' (Jean Tonique Remix)
  • Montel Jordan - This Is How We Do It
  • Bruno Mars - k Magic (Rock It Scientists Hype Edit) (Dynamiq Cutdown)
  • Mann ft 50 Cent - Buzzin (Remix)
  • Nicki Minaj ft Drake - Truffle Butter (Jester Remix)  
  • Usher - Caught Up
  • Haim - Want You Back
  • Drake - Passionfruit (BPM Supreme Remix)  
  • Discotron - Disco Ballin'  
  • The Weeknd ft Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming (Mr. Collipark Remix)  
  • Blackstreet - No Diggity (Bondax Edit)  
  • Major Lazer ft Justin Bieber & MO - Cold Water (J Rythm BPM Supreme Remix)
  • Calvin Harris f./Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels (Promo Only Intro Edit)
  • Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing)
  • DJ Khaled ft Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne - I'm The One (Bpm Supreme 100-81 Transition)  
  • Sean Kingston f./Elan From The D.E.Y. And Juelz Santana - There's Nothin
  • Rihanna ft Drake - Work (DJ Jam HeaterVille Remix)
  • Snoop Dogg - Gin & Juice
  • Fat Joe ft Remy Ma & French Montana - All The Way Up (Mr. Collipark Remix)  
  • Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - The Next Episode (San Holo Remix)  
  • Missy Elliott - Work It (Mayeda Remix)  
  • Missy Elliott - Get Ur Freak On (Mayeda Remix)
  • Maroon 5 ft Kendrick Lamar - Don't Wanna Know (Mr. Collipark Remix)  
  • Justin Bieber - Sorry (Mr Collipark Remix)  
  • Drake ft. Lil Wayne - The Motto [Clean]
  • Selena Gomez - Same Old Love (Nikki X & Dj Mike D Remix)  
  • Ed Sheeran vs Joe Maz - Shape Of You (Dynamiq Edit)
  • Flo Rida & 99 Percent - Cake
  • Zedd & Alessia Cara - Stay
  • Lauv - I Like Me Better  
  • Jay-Z - Hard Knock Life
  • Brandy - Sittin Up In My Room (Select Mix Remix)
  • Mark Morrison - Return Of The Mack (Select Mix Remix)
  • Groove Theory - Tell Me (Mayeda Remix)  
  • Drake - Fake Love (Caked Up Remix)  
  • Beyonce - Naughty Girl
  • Marvin Gaye ft BJ The Chicago Kid - Whats Going On (New 2016 Version)
  • Disclosure ft Sam Smith - Latch (G Duppy Reggae Remix)
  • Bruno Mars - Versace On The Floor
  • Snakehips & MO - Don't Leave
  • Daughter - Get Lucky (Daft Punk Cover) (Holtoug Deep House House Edit)
  • Halsey - Colors (Blonde Remix)
  • Soul ll Soul - Back To Reality (KLATCH Remix)
  • Rihanna - Needed Me (TEE Remix)  
  • Lost Frequencies - What Is Love 2016  
  • Nora En Pure - Saltwater  
  • R. Kelly - Step In The Name Of Love

Lily’s 50th Birthday Party - Elka Yoga and Wellness Center

Lily celebrated her 50th birthday with family and friends at Elka Yoga and Wellness Center. The aerial yoga studio was the venue for open gym and a dance party DJ'd by DJ Kanoya (Justin Kanoya, San Diego DJ.)

Lily celebrated her 50th birthday with family and friends at Elka Yoga and Wellness Center. The aerial yoga studio was the venue for open gym and a dance party DJ'd by DJ Kanoya (Justin Kanoya, San Diego DJ.)

One of the great things about our kids making friends is the fact that in most cases the parents become friends too. Such is the case for Lily. We’ve known her family since our daughters started kindergarten five years ago. They continued to go to school together for the next few years and despite them not attending the same school anymore, we still keep in touch.

Lily’s 50th birthday was celebrated at Elka Yoga and Wellness Center. The location made for a unique event, with supervised aerial yoga to start and then a dance party for the rest of the evening.

It was a great night spinning some 80s classics, freestyle and a close out to Lily’s favorite song, “Melt With You,” by Modern English.

Here’s the full setlist

  • Stevie Wonder - Superstition (Simone Nu Disco Remix)
  • ZHU - Generationwhy
  • Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (Kandy Space Remix)
  • Alesso - Heroes (Basic Tape Remix)
  • The Jacksons - Blame It On The Boogie (70s Classics)
  • Mariah Carey - Emotions (Select Mix Remix)
  • Coolio - 1-2-3-4 (Sumpin’ New) (Select Mix Remix)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - Shining Star (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Cameo - Candy (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Discotron - Disco Ballin’
  • The Spinners - I'll Be Around (70s Classics)
  • Rappin' 4-Tay - I'll Be Around (Select Mix Remix)
  • Mann - Buzzin’
  • Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait
  • Balla Tounkara - Yarabi
  • Marian Hill - Down
  • Flume f./Kai - Never Be Like You
  • Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
  • Sia f./Sean Paul - Cheap Thrills
  • Ja Rule - Livin' It Up
  • Will Smith - Gettin' Jiggy Wit It
  • Justin Timberlake ft Jay-Z vs Biggie & Next - Suit & Tie (Too Juicy Blend)
  • Major Lazer ft Justin Bieber & MO - Cold Water (J Rythm BPM Supreme Remix)
  • Beyonce - Crazy In Love
  • Destiny's Child - Jumpin' Jumpin' (Jean Tonique Remix)
  • Fifth Harmony - Work From Home (Select Mix Remix)
  • Afrojack f./Mike Taylor - SummerThing!
  • Andy Grammer - Fresh Eyes
  • Jonas Blue f./Dakota - Fast Car
  • OMI & Felix Jahen - Cheerleader (DjGogos Remix)
  • Pitbull, Ne-Yo - Time Of Our Lives (Select Mix Remix)
  • Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin’ Something (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Chaka Khan - I Feel For You (Hot Classics Remix)
  • LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem
  • Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance (Select Mix Remix)
  • Flo Rida - I Cry
  • Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
  • Bruno Mars - 24k Magic (Rock It Scientists Hype Edit) (Dynamiq Cutdown)
  • Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It
  • Beastie Boys - Hey Ladies (Select Mix Remix)
  • Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance
  • Johnny Gill - Rub You the Right Way (Select Mix Remix)
  • Bell Biv Devoe - Poison
  • Dino -  I Like It (Select Mix Remix)
  • Madonna - Into The Groove
  • Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)
  • Erasure - A Little Respect
  • New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
  • Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - Lost In Emotion (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Whitney Houston - How Will I Know
  • Boyz II Men - Motownphilly
  • Janet Jackson - Miss You Much
  • Kungs & Cookin' On 3 Burners - This Girl
  • Flo Rida - Low
  • Big Pun - Still Not a Player (feat. Joe)
  • Mark Morrison - Return Of The Mack (Select Mix Remix)
  • Ini Kamoze - Here Comes The Hotstepper
  • House of Pain - Old School Jump Off
  • Prince - 1999
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - September
  • Michael Jackson - P.Y.T (remix)
  • Salt N Pepa - Push It (Mayeda Remix)
  • Sheila E - Glamorous Life
  • Klymaxx - Meeting In The Ladies Room (Select Mix Remix)
  • Debbie Deb - When I Hear Music (Select Mix Remix)
  • Erasure - Chains of Love
  • Robin S - Show Me Love
  • Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch - Good Vibrations (Select Mix Remix)
  • Throttle - Hit The Road Jack (R-You 100-123 Transition)
  • Pitbull, John Ryan - Fireball (Select Mix Remix)
  • Irene Cara - Flashdance (What A Feeling)
  • Journey - Don't Stop Believin’
  • John Mellencamp - Jack and Diane
  • Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake - Love Never Felt So Good
  • Modern English - Melt With You
A photobooth and dancing (DJ Kanoya) were a part of the activities at this 50th birthday party. 

A photobooth and dancing (DJ Kanoya) were a part of the activities at this 50th birthday party. 

Five Ways Instagram Helped Me Book a Wedding Client

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Imagine my surprise (and satisfaction) when “Instagram” was the answer to the question “How did you hear about DJ Kanoya.” I was even more ecstatic when that inquiry turned into a signed contract for a 2017 wedding.

I booked a wedding because of Instagram (well, there were certainly other factors), but there is no doubt that Instagram was the catalyst.

By dedicating part of my marketing plan to Instagram it has elevated it to one of my most important (and cheapest) marketing tools to my business.

Here are five tips that I believe were instrumental in this sales conversion.

A quick note: This was written from a DJ’s perspective, but the tips are applicable to anyone looking to maximize the marketing benefits of Instagram.

Create an Account
This should be obvious, but this potential client would not have found me if I wasn’t on Instagram. She was routed to me via a photo that was on the Brick account (@bricksd). Brick is an event venue in San Diego, where her wedding is taking place. Brick was taking photos during an event I was DJing and their social media rep came up and asked for my account name so she could tag me.

That photo tag, led this customer to my account, which led to my website, which eventually led to a booking.

Potential followers and customers will tap on your user name and take a quick scroll at your three photo wide feed and make a determination if you are someone they want to follow or potentially do business with.

Potential followers and customers will tap on your user name and take a quick scroll at your three photo wide feed and make a determination if you are someone they want to follow or potentially do business with.


High Quality, Relevant Photos
Instagram is a visual social media platform and it is important for your account to be visually appealing. The saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is so true, especially when it comes to Instagram. Users scroll through their newsfeed to primarily look at those square images, not to read descriptions and comments. You have seconds (maybe even less) to capture someone’s attention and get them to look - and potentially read - your content.

As a DJ, users and potential users follow me because I am a DJ. I keep them engaged because my feed is filled with photos of me all centered around that aspect. My account is made up of photos from weddings, yoga sessions and corporate events. I also create infographics about music or about me as an entrepreneur. But the constant is always me as a DJ, providing a glimpse of moments from my vantage point.

I do not post photos of food, my wife and I strolling on a beach or my daughter in her Halloween costume. Because as amazingly cute as my daughter is dressed as a 50s soda shop girl, my Instagram followers are not following me to see that.

Instagram is a powerful, slick option to show off your business. When posting to it, consider if the image is something you would want inserted into your businesses printed brochure or other marketing material. When thinking about it in those terms, you likely wouldn’t be putting a random image of a bowl of soup or your cat in your DJ brochure.

Posting non-relevant content is the quickest way for your followers to lose interest and subsequently unfollow your account.

Potential followers and customers will tap on your user name and take a quick scroll at your three photo wide feed and make a determination if you are someone they want to follow or potentially do business with. Having a professional appearance, via those photos, is important.

“Nice pictures” are nice for a reason. They are composed and framed properly (google search “rule of thirds). Attractive photos have colors that are enticing and the subject matter in the photo is interesting, and most importantly relevant to your business.

If you do not have a knack for photography, consider taking an introductory class or looking through online tutorials or books. When it comes to editing, I use Snapseed on all of my photos. There are many mobile tools, but Snapseed definitely does the trick for me.

Regularly Scheduled Posts
This tip is important to consider as a means to retain your followers, but also to entice new ones. Have you ever scrolled through your feed of the people you are following and found a particular user has batch posted several photos within seconds/minutes of each other? Those photos clog up your feed and for many people this is an annoyance when they are just trying to see updates from others.

There’s no need to “live-Instagram” something. Take pictures at an event, and afterwards choose one really good one to post at an ideal time. Unlike Twitter, most of the people viewing your content are seeing it well after the event you are posting from. As a result, there is no need to post quick, unedited snapshots of something with a caption that reads “I’m here right now, come see me.” Because when someone actually views that image, you are no longer there.

Being strategic about when to schedule posts ensures you are reaching your followers at the peak times they are using Instagram. The "Insights" tab within Instagram is a host of great info such as when your followers are on Instagram, what city they are in, what gender they are and much more. 

I use the free app and website interface, Hootsuite, to schedule my posts. 

By the way, as a general rule, schedule one or two posts per day. This gives you time to carefully craft the content you are posting, taking the extra effort to edit the photos (using Snapseed or other photo editing program) and writing a good caption for those that are taking the time to read it.

Engaging with users is the key to social media success. In this example, @thatjenncheng commented about the lighting and I made sure to thank her.

Engaging with users is the key to social media success. In this example, @thatjenncheng commented about the lighting and I made sure to thank her.

Engaging with Your Audience
Engaging with followers is one of the primary recommendations of social media. As such Instagram is a two way street. To build your following and legitimize what you are doing, you need to engage with the users that are taking the time to engage with you. This means if someone leaves a comment, acknowledge it with a thank you. If they ask a question, answer it.

You should be taking time to search through Instagram for users similar to your line of business and within your industry. Like, comment and follow when appropriate. As you start to build a network of social media followers and followings, you are creating connections with other vendors and potential clients.

Relevant Hashtags
As I mentioned earlier, this client found me because her wedding venue’s Instagram account tagged me in a post. This is important information to note and to understand that this is one method your potential customers are conducting research.

Yes, people are “Googling”, but they are also likely hitting the “image” button, especially true for people planning their wedding who want to see what previous weddings and events looked like at their venue.

This is why hashtagging your photos is important. Hashtags, when used properly, are a direct pipeline to you from potential customers and followers. Despite the fact that generic tags such as “wedding” or “DJ” are being searched by millions at any given time, it still gets your content viewable to potentially millions for a few seconds. But more specific tags such as a venue name, or even “wedding DJ” have a little longer shelf life.

According to Quora, the number of hashtags allowed per post is 30. “That includes # in the caption and the comments section both. Instagram doesn't allow more than 30 hashtags per post. That said, some of the hashtags are filtered to prevent spamming.”

Conclusion
As DJs trying to maintain sanity on the plethora of marketing opportunities available, not to mention the horde of social media platforms to try and keep with, realize you do not need to use all of them. However, the marketing and social media tactics you do choose to engage in should be managed strategically and most importantly used properly.

HitFix Comic Con Party - Hotel Solamar

San Diego DJ Justin Kanoya DJ's for Hitfix at the San Diego Comic Con 2016. 

San Diego Comic Con 2016 once again rolled through the streets of San Diego. With it were caped crusaders, zombies and other indescribable costumes. While much of the party is inside the San Diego Convention Center, there's probably just as much happening outside.

I had the opportunity to DJ an event for Hitfix, and entertainment website. They hosted the party on the pool deck of the Hotel Solamar. It was a perfect evening with San Diego as a perfect backdrop, including Petco Park.

Here's a look at the setlist:

  • Joe Bermudez f./AJ Sarcione - Fool For You (Promo Only Criminal Vibes Quick Edit - Remix)
  • Roger Sanchez ft Stealth - Remember Me  
  • Butch - Dope 
  • Major Lazer ft Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley - Powerful (Strobe Remix)  
  • Gregori Klosman - Red Lights
  • Duke Dumont f./Jax Jones - I Got U
  • DJ Cassidy f./Chromeo - Future Is Mine
  • Don Bravo - My Love  
  • Daughter - Get Lucky (Daft Punk Cover) (Holtoug Deep House House Edit)
  • Chainsmokers ft ROZES - Roses (Adam Foster Remix)  
  • The Beatangers - Do The Funk
  • Giacca & Flores - Last Night A DJ Saved My Life  
  • Christopher Cross - Ride Like The Wind (Joey Negro Extended Disco Mix)
  • Latroit - Need You Tonight  
  • Sam Feldt & Kimberly Anne - Show Me Love (EDX Remix)  
  • Alessia Cara - Wild Things (MK Remix)  
  • Cosmo Klein ft YNOT - When Doves Cry  
  • Captain Hollywood Project - More and More
  • Real McCoy - Another Night
  • Corona ft AObeats - Rhythm Of the Night (Hotel Garuda Remix)  
  • Black Box - Strike It Up
  • Ce Ce Peniston - We Got A Love Thang (Select Mix Remix)
  • Robin S - Show Me Love
  • Drake ft Wizkid & Kyla - One Dance (DubRocca Remix)  
  • Dillon Francis & Kygo ft James Hersey - Coming Over (Tiesto Remix)  
  • Tori Kelly - Hollow (Promo Only WestFunk Intro Edit)
  • Adele vs Gotye - Rumour I Use To Know (DJ ItchyFinga MashUp)
  • Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream (Marc Stout & Scott Svejda Island Remix)  
  • Ghost Town DJ's - My Boo (SERAFIN Remix)  
  • Calvin Harris f. Ayah Marar - Thinking About You
  • Afrojack, Mike Taylor - SummerThing (Select Mix Remix)
  • Justin Bieber - Sorry (Kue Remix)  
  • Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc (Joe Maz & Adam Foster Remix)  
  • Jess Glynne - Hold My Hand (The Scene Kings Remix)  
  • Ray Parker Jr vs Julian R & Splyce - Ghostbusters (VC Bootleg)  
  • Mike Tyson - Punch Out!! (DJ Kue 2014 Remix)
  • Famicon - Super Mario Bros. (Pipeline Remix)
  • A$AP Ferg f./Future - New Level
  • Rihanna ft Drake - Work (Lost Kings Remix)  
  • Fat Joe & Remy Ma f./French Montana - All The Way Up
  • The Game - How We Do
  • Chainsmokers, Ashanti - Only U vs Roses (J. Espinosa Jumpoff Edit)
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air (Le Boeuf Remix)  
  • A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It (Select Mix Remix)
  • Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing (DJDX The Fix Blend)
  • Omarion ft Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko - Post To Be (Dennis Blaze Remix)
  • Missy Elliott - Get Ur Freak On (Mayeda Remix)
  • Otis Redding - Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay (ReDrum)  
  • Selena Gomez ft ASAP Rocky - Good For You (Caked Up Remix)  
  • 99 Souls ft Destiny's Child & Brandy - The Girl Is Mine (DiscoTech Midnight Remix)  
  • De La Soul - Ring Ring Ring
  • Eric B & Rakim - Don't Sweat The Technique
  • TLC - Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg (Select Mix Remix)
  • Bell Biv DeVoe - BBD (I Thought It Was Me)
  • Kygo ft Ella Henderson - Here For You (DAO Remix)  
  • Seinabo Sey - Younger (Kygo Remix)  
  • Lana Del Rey - West Coast (ZHU Remix)
  • Halsey - Colors (Sam Feldt Remix)
  • Nelly Furtado - Say It Right (Foldcash Remix)