This post is sponsored by Xplosive Entertainment. All opinions are my own.
A few years ago I, along with my family was invited to a bat mitzvah, (a right of passage in the Jewish religion for girls and boys entering their thirteenth year). A friend of mine’s daughter was having her bat mitzvah party and they hired Xplosive Entertainment.
Once the cocktail hour was over and the main event doors opened, guests were beckoned with the sound resonating from the walls. The beat lured us in and whispered, “come and see.”
In we went and we were goners. The entire ballroom was transformed into a mirage of glistening lights. There were oversized photos of the bat mitzvah girl displayed on either side of the DJ booth. Even the shiny modern furniture (that I found out later Xplosive provided and was monogrammed with the girl’s initials) seemed to glow and change colors along with the beat. There were movements coming from the dancers I had never seen. And the beat, the beat could raise up even the most frowning, I’m-not-a-dancer-sayer out of their seat.
A good entertainment company will transform your event into a one-of-a-kind spectacular showstopper that will leave your guests wondering what just happened. Xplosive did just that for my friend and years later when it was my son’s bar mitzvah, I didn’t have to look for entertainment. I remembered that feeling, that I had just walked out of a hypnotic, out-of-this-world experience, and knew that Xplosive was it for me.
I sat down with Jordan Marshall Xplosive founder, and partner, Michael Langsner (pictured below) to find out what motivates these two music aficionados and makes Xplosive the industry’s top entertainment company.
What made you get into this business?
Jordan Marshall: I truly believe I was born to do this. There is no better feeling than generating a good time and providing a platform for people to forget their troubles and worries for five hours. You could have a million things going on in your life, but when you are on our dance floor you are in the zone and you are happy. That’s what motivates me.
Mike Langsner: I’ve never woken up and said, I don’t want to go to work. When I was 13 years old, I had a box of CDs. I knew I wanted to do something with them. My parents asked, what are you going to do with this? Why are you wasting all your money and buying this? That’s how obsessed I was with music. I used to record music off of the radio. That’s what I started with and to this day that’s what motivates me.
What drives you?
Jordan: I love meeting new people, traveling, seeing new situations. I love getting a situation or a theme or a vibe that I haven’t tackled before, and figuring out how I can get creative with this, and blow this out of the park.
Mike: We have a competitive drive. We have a very large network of DJ professionals around us, some are smaller than us, others are bigger than us. We thrive to be on top, that’s our drive. Internally, at Xplosive, we surround ourselves with the best talent out there to built our brand. We are only as good as the team that supports us, and we vouch for all of the guys from Xplosive and who we recommend to our clients.
You made my son’s bar mitzvah feel as if you were there just for David. How do you make each client feel welcome?
Jordan: We get to know our families, that’s how we can be most successful. We immerse ourselves into their culture their song lists, their hobbies, so we know exactly what to say at the party to connect with not just our clients, but the families and friends who know our clients so well. We don’t water down the product. Every client and every party as a result of that is different.
Mike: It’s not an ABC package you choose from us. It will never be like this. There is no one size fits all. By getting to know our clients we can customize an experience that’s right just for them. And that experience will be completely different for another client to fit their personality, their party.
How do you plan for an event?
Jordan: Completely differently from one another. Mike is more structured. He’s the math guy. I’m more spur of the moment. But both of us ask a lot of questions of our clients. That’s how the seed of the planning can take shape.
Mike: And of course, a large part of the planning is figuring out equipment, set up, back up is huge. We’ve had parties where power has gone out and we’ve had to relocate a whole wedding. But we’ve done it and we are proud of it.
Have you ever had a bad event where things didn’t go as planned?
Jordan: Oh yeah. Absolutely. We’ve had events where the dad is there with the new girlfriend and mom has been hanging out at the bar for three hours straight, and a character of an uncle is just about ready to destroy the whole wedding. I think the key is not to get rattled. The real talent comes from being able to mask anything. People are there to have a good time. That’s what we are paid to do. Our job is to play the music, and put on the best party people have ever been to, and for nobody to find out what could have been a disaster.
But most of it for us is being able to decide on the spur of the moment and read what the client wants. Then we get it right and it’s an out-of-this-world celebration.
After my son David had his bar mitzvah, I thought it fitting to ask our MC, Mike Schaefer (pictured above) about why he chose this profession.
“After 15 years in the entertainment industry from the age of 16, and being a part of countless families’ biggest and most important moments, I can say that I truly love my job,” said Mike. “It is my privilege and professional responsibility to bring something different to every single party I host. My families entrust their most significant events in my hands, and I refuse to give anything short of 150 percent of my time, energy and expertise. Before every party, the excitement and anticipation of walking through the doors for the grand entrance is what makes all the hard work worth it. After months and sometimes years of planning with my families, it is the most humbling and incredible moment to witness the moment they realize their vision for their dream event has been fulfilled. It is always my goal to create a customized and personal event which represents you, your family, and your friends. I am truly blessed to be able to do what I love to do, and to help deliver happiness and satisfaction for my clients.”
And as for me, I couldn’t thank Xplosive enough for making my son feel like the star of the show. It was a humbling experience to witness my son becoming a man first at an official ceremony, and then move like one on the dance floor. Thank you Xplosive!
Xplosive Entertainment has been the tri-state area’s top rated upscale entertainment firm for more than 14 years. Specializing in weddings, mitzvahs, corporate events, and other special occasion events. Xplosive provides the following enhancements and many more: DJs, MCs, dancers, live musicians, special lighting, atmospheric effects, furniture, photographers, videographers, gift package specialists.
For more information visit: www.xeevents.com
Call: (732) 866-1620
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Below are hits Xplosive believe either make
or break a party.
Top 5 Songs That Make A Party
1. The Isley Brothers – Shout (various mixes of it)
2. Don Omar – Danza Kuduro
3. Anything by Pitbull – Fireball
4. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
5. Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey – The Middle
Top 3 Songs To Avoid
1. Electric Boogie aka Electric Slide by Marcia Griffiths
2. Happy by Pharrell it’s overdone and cheesy
3. Chicken dance