Q&A with Ben
MAGNIFIQUE DJ LIGHTING DESIGNER
DJ Ben Shipway’s love of music is what brought him to join the G&M Event Group Team. His background as a drummer and his experience in Music Production combine to make him an amazing and creative DJ.
Whether it’s a relaxed playlist during dinner or a action packed dance set, Ben has the skill and talent to make it happen.
Q&A with Ben
WHAT EVENTS DO YOU ENJOY / SPECIALISE IN?
I specialise in mixed crowd events, where multiple tastes need to be catered to while keeping the music coherent. I love any event that is high energy, regardless of the reason whether school disco, formal, corporate or wedding.
WHEN NOT PERFORMING WHAT DO YOU LISTEN TO FOR PLEASURE?
I listen to Deep House, 90s & 2000s RnB, Motown and Funk. I also have a soft spot for Bruno Mars, The Weeknd & Justin Timberlake.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?
I spend a lot of my free time working on mixes and mashups and finding new combinations of songs. I love going to the gym and hanging out with friends. Whenever I have a day off there is a pretty good chance you will find me at the beach.
WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT TO OTHER DJs?
I enjoy an extremely diverse range of music and I love the different styles for different reasons. I love Disco, Funk and Soul for the rhythm and the pure gravitational pull to the dance floor. I love RnB because it is sexy and fun and I love the epic rock and roll singalongs that create a feeling of unity on the dance floor.
I get a lot of satisfaction from combining tracks from different styles and eras to create an experience that brings together people of all ages to enjoy the dance floor together. Playing to a private event requires a different focus than playing in a club and a greater eye for detail in how people are responding to your selections.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT AS A DJ?
I don’t have one favourite moment as there are a lot of memorable moments that have left me in an afterglow for the entire drive home from the event. My favourite feeling is during dessert when you are starting to build up the energy ready for dancing, everyone’s voices get louder and the energy of the entire room changes. People start to groove in their chairs and friends sing along to songs that represent shared memories. It is the time of the night when the focus shifts to fun, and it happens long before anybody’s feet hit the dance floor.
WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM EVENT TO DJ BE?
DJing for the Tesla Christmas party where Elon Musk raps the entirety of Getting’ Jiggy Wit’ It and they pay me by giving me a space ship.
Event Blog & Videos
- Magnifique Maleny Retreat Wedding by Ben Shipway on November 23, 2018 at 5:04 am
- A Beautiful Boulevard Gardens Wedding | DJ Brisbane by Ben Shipway on October 29, 2018 at 3:38 am
- Pumping Dance Floor Priority | Sunshine Coast Wedding DJ Ben Shipway by Ben Shipway on October 19, 2018 at 1:34 am
- Gabbinbar Homestead & Gardens Wedding DJ + MC by Ben Shipway on September 20, 2018 at 1:51 am
Ben went over and above when it came to what we wanted and checked on us the whole night to make sure we were happy, which of course we were! Perfect night with a perfect DJ!#DJBenShipwayCailin & Jake @ Lily's on the Lagoon
Ben was professional and courteous, and always helpful in understooding our wants and needs for our special night. We highly recommend Ben and the team from G&M!#DJBenShipwayJonathan & Tina @ Customs House
We partied long into the night and all of our guests have commented on how incredible the night was and the vibe of the dance floor. Fun, exciting and never boring is what we wanted and it’s exactly what we got.#DJBenShipwayCailin & Jake @ Lily's on the Lagoon
Glenn and Ben were absolutely amazing and it would not have been the same without them both there. They both played such a huge roll in our special day and we are so glad we chose G&M.#DJBenShipway #MCGlennMackayHayley & Nathan @ Maleny Manor
From the initial planning through to the wedding night, his demeanour was that of an utmost professional. Make G & M your choice for your wedding!#DJBenShipwayJonathan & Tina @ Customs House
No need to look any further, G&M DJs are the DJs for you! We can't fault Ben and the team at G&M for providing the greatest atmosphere at our wedding.#DJBenShipwayDani & Tom @ Hillstone
After a quick chat with Ben he knew exactly our style of music for the night and ensured that it was the celebration that we wanted. All our guests absolutely loved the music and had a great time all thanks to G&M.#DJBenShipwayDani & Tom @ Hillstone
I cannot express how exceptional Ben truly was. From the moment we had our first meeting we were put immediately at ease. All the stress of deciding what kind of music we wanted was no longer a worry because he knew exactly what we needed. Our guest had so much fun and I cannot recommend ben or G&M DJs enough. Thank you!#DJBenShipwayKristie & Benjamin @ Sandstone Point Hotel
DJ Ben is an absolute must for any wedding! He had great advice and easy to chat to, making sure everything ran smoothly. He would be there the whole day giving us smiles, reassurance and time checks, and once the dance floor started, it was never empty.#DJBenShipwayAshleigh & Daniel @ Hillstone St Lucia