Today we are excited to introduce you to Paradox Productions and one of their very talented team members, Ryan McGuire, better known as DJ RPM. As you can tell by the photos, they are an extremely fun group of guys and all of their clients have the best time on the dance floor! If you are looking for a team to make your day be an exciting and amazing celebration that you or your wedding guests will never forget, this is the team to do so! Get to know Paradox Productions and DJ RPM.
Champagne: How did Paradox Productions begin, how long have you been in business?
DJ RPM: Well, Justin Babbitt (DJ Paradox) founded the company in 2006 after getting out of the Marine Corps. So technically next year (2016) we will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary! Justin began to get overflow business in about 2010 and that’s when he decided to turn Paradox into more of a booking agency of some of the top DJs in Portland. I was actually one of the first guys he got in touch with and I’ve been with the company ever since. Since then he’s continued adding other friends/colleagues with similar backgrounds and/or talent levels and today the full line up consists of Paradox himself, Me (R.P.M.), Lure, O.G. One, Stray, & OSO Fresh. Having a roster like this let’s our clients know they’ve hired a true Pro and a true DJ because as we all know, the two are quite often not one-in-the-same. The intention is to offer a quality service that can only be achieved by a professional with a depth of experience. As a DJ who’s a fan of great DJ’s, I can tell you, it’s a really stellar team. The best of the best!
Photo by Powers Studios
Champagne: When and why did you decide to be a DJ?
DJ RPM: As a kid I was fascinated by music and glued to the radio. I always thought it would be cool to be a radio DJ. I started “playing DJ” in my room with tapes when I was 9 or 10 years old. As I got older I became enthralled by the art of mixing and scratching as well and as a teen I saved up and bought the equipment necessary to hone my skills in that area. I used to do it just for fun, until one day I chatted with a Mobile DJ at one of my high school dances who was looking for some fresh talent for his roster. It was at that point I turned my love for the art into a career path, but that was just the beginning.
Photo by Lauren Hurt Photography
Champagne: What do you love most about being a part of the wedding industry?
DJ RPM: Throughout my 15 years as a professional DJ I’ve done all sorts of events. In my 20’s I did a lot of school dances, played at most of Portland/Vancouver’s most popular nightspots and I did radio as well. While all these avenues were fun and brought joy to the people attending or listening, weddings brought about of sense of “higher purpose” to what I do. Having the privilege of making a positive and memorable impact on someone’s “once in a lifetime” experience is so rewarding at the end of the day. Additionally, the pressure of knowing that much responsibility lies in my hands constantly motivates me to improve my skill set and I enjoy conquering those new challenges as they come about.
Photos by Bryan Rupp Photography
Champagne: Best tip you have for couples planning their wedding?
DJ RPM: Make sure that you can actually ENJOY your Wedding! Nowadays a lot of people are doing the DIY thing, which I can understand, but at the same time, it creates a lot of extra things to think about the day of and can make the day stressful. Also, I see many couples spending so much of their reception off taking pictures somewhere that they miss out on having fun and spending time with their guests. Pictures are important keepsakes, but creating memories with your friends and loved ones is priceless. Taking care of your formal photo’s prior to commencement of the festivities and making sure things like “sunset pictures” are well-timed can buy you more time to party!
Photo by Powers Studios
Champagne: What sets your business apart?
DJ RPM: I heard someone say, “DJ’s are the new rock stars” and considering that DJ’s are packing stadiums and headlining Vegas nowadays, it’s hard to deny that. DJ culture has never been more in the forefront than it is today and most people have at some point witnessed a DJ who can mix well and really command a crowd. Therefore, the expectations for what a DJ should be able to do has changed dramatically in recent years. 15-20 years ago if you had a large music catalogue, a decent sound and light system and the ability to speak on a mic in front of a large group, you could DJ a wedding. However, In 2015 people who demand quality want more from their wedding DJ than a guy who sounds like Wayne Newton on the mic and who’s go-to floor fillers are still “YMCA” and “The Chicken Dance.” Sadly, most DJ companies still operate on this model, so many couples either settle for a cheesy DJ, or end up hiring a guy that only does clubs in hopes for a good dance party, often resulting in a poorly handled ceremony and reception.
Justin (DJ Paradox), set out to give couples an additional option by selecting a roster of seasoned Mix-DJ’s who can not only produce high-energy dance parties, but can also handle ceremony and reception formalities with panache. All the guys on our team have that “know how” for throwing parties that can only come from years of experience with rocking all types of crowds. Our DJ’s have held residencies at top-notch clubs, dominated radio airwaves, played in arenas and repped big name brands and even pro sports teams! We’re definitely not the typical group of average joe’s that make up most companies. Paradox productions offers a variety of DJ’s with different styles and tastes who can compliment any type of wedding to create a unique experience. Whether you’re more traditional or like to think outside-the-box, we strive to have everyone saying “that was the coolest wedding I’ve ever been to!”
Champagne: What is your favorite part of weddings?
DJ RPM: The DANCE PARTY of course!!! I get to utilize my turntable-style mixing skills, as I always have, but I get to play such a bigger variety of music than I do at clubs, schools or on the radio. Weddings present an audience of various ages and backgrounds and It’s really fun to see what kinds of things I can mix together from different eras and genres to make a great high-energy party mix. Back in the day if you told me to mix from the Beatles into the Black Eyed Peas I’d say you were crazy but these days, by utilizing remixes of classics that add just enough oomph to modernize a song but maintain it’s original integrity, I can pull that off perfectly, notwithstanding a little finesse of course. It’s just really fun to bring everyone together on a dance floor regardless of their background without losing that “edge” that defines me as a mix DJ.
Photo by Powers Studios
Champagne: Describe your style in 3 words!
DJ RPM: Modern Yet Classy
Champagne: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
DJ RPM: I can’t truly rep the Paradox team without shouting out Jen Babbitt, our amazing DJ manager. Before pairing clients with DJ’s she takes the time out to chat with the couples and really feel out what they’re looking for so she can link them with the perfect DJ from our roster to fit their needs. She also handles the business end of things so when us DJ’s meet with the clients we can focus on discussing what we love the most… making their wedding a party to be remembered!
Photo by Powers Studios
Check out previous posts from our past 50 & 30 Days of Vendors:
Day 28 of 30: Watertown Films
Day 27 of 30: Ecotrust
Day 26 of 30: Merit Badge
Day 25 of 30: Ambient Sky Couture Wedding Films
Day 24 of 30: Junebugs
Day 23 of 30: Tie That Binds Weddings
Day 22 of 30: Christa-Taylor Photography
Day 21 of 30: Bryan Rupp Photography
Day 20 of 30: Opal 28
Day 19 of 30: Alesia Zorn Calligraphy
Day 18 of 30: Parcel Portland
Day 17 of 30: Evrim Icov Portland Wedding Photograhy
Day 16 of 30: Dream Cakes
Day 15 of 30: Portland Make-up & Hair
Day 14 of 30: Washington High School, Revolution Hall
Day 13 of 30: Bella Via
Day 12 of 30: Gorge-ous Weddings
Day 11 of 30: Mary Alice Hall Photography
Day 10 of 30: The English Dept
Day 9 of 30: UNION PINE & Portland Assembly
Day 8 of 30: Moving Picture Weddings
Day 7 of 30: Simpatica Catering
Day 6 of 30: Peekaboo Portland
Day 5 of 30: White Pepper Catering
Day 4 of 30: Lux Sucre Desserts
Day 3 of 30: A Lovely Day Photography
Day 2 of 30: Something Borrowed Portland Vintage Rentals
Day 1 of 30: Maysara Winery
What’s 30 days of Vendors?
The Champagne Team