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Party Mix is a boutique DJ company founded by Christopher Ford in 1982 (see biography below). Based in the tri-state area, Ford has specialized in society parties and charity benefits offering a hip alternative to orchestras playing covers of frequently heard dance songs. The myriad of songs and genres he works with (at easily controlled volumes) gives party planners a successful entertainment option. Ford owns sound equipment and lighting systems to handle events for up to 500 people and partners with larger sound/lighting companies to handle bigger, more complicated events.

Christopher Ford Biography

One of Christopher Ford’s first music memories was when his mom bought him the Jimi Hendrix album “Cry Of Love” when he was 8 years old. That great album became the first in a record collection that has grown into uncountable thousands. When those first high school parties started happening, Chris naturally brought an armful of his favorite records to play. “We’d be at someone’s house in Greenwich and when the party felt it was getting a little boring, I would find the turntable and start playing The Romantics, The B-52’s, Talking Heads, and Devo and see what happened. I loved those New Wave bands. I thought their different approach to music was so cool and different. You’d see their artsy videos on MTV and constantly hear their songs on local radio station WLIR. Fleetwood Mac “Rumors”, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Doors and the first Boston album rounded out the mix.

Next stop was The University of Virginia. Chris was taken to a Sigma Phi fraternity party that happened to have two brothers blasting tunes over huge Yamaha speakers. Needless to say, Chris fit right in – he liked the guys, became a brother and took over the party tunes when one of the DJs graduated that year. “We had to put all the songs on cassette tapes because the place shook so much from dancing.” As long as he played at every party, social dues were free and the occasional sorority gig was gravy. Mixing with all that great music from the first half of the 80’s, it is here where he added Funk (Rick James, Prince), Beach (The Tams, Chairmen of the Board), Reggae and Motown to his repertoire. During the summers, he went back home and picked up parties at summer hot spots in Greenwich, Long Island, Newport and the Hamptons.

The phone kept ringing after finishing college and despite trying to get a “real job”, the infamous Surf Club on East 91st Street in NYC hired him for a Friday night residency in 1989. “Every once in awhile, flashy guys would throw crumpled twenties on the turntable to get their song played for their date. Requests didn’t bother me and they tend to add lots of energy to the dance floor,” Ford says. Many of the private clubs on the Upper East Side engaged his services to spin their social events and he started to be known as a go-to DJ to party planners, caterers and country club managers. Madonna’s “Vogue” was #1, disco had come back with a vengeance and The Pointer Sisters’ “Jump” was the party starter at the time. In the 90s, Ford partnered with John Silver of Black Tie Productions of Greenwich to handle the workload and he ultimately acquired Silver’s company in 2000 to become Christopher Ford’s Party Mix.

The music industry has dramatically changed since then with Ipods and streaming services threatening the very existence of DJs. While technology has helped the industry in many ways, Christopher has managed the challenges and is proud of his ability to stay in the game as a respected veteran of his craft.

Services

dancepartyMUSIC PROGRAMMING & DJ SERVICES From coast-to-coast we’ve built our name on our DJ services for 25 years.  Whether a formal evening or a crowded dance floor, our talent is in our ability to interpret every nuance of an event from start to finish.

THEATRICAL LIGHTING, PROJECTION & FX Theatrical lighting defines a space. A simple fog machine transforms a dance floor. Party Mix™ provides a full range of lighting and FX, including large-scale video and slide projection. We’ll work with your decorator for maximum impact and seamless integration.

Sight, Sound & FX

Planning an event means careful coordination. Light, music and FX cues must come off without a hitch, and integrating your decorator’s theme with music and lights is what makes a party truly become an event. A high level of professionalism is necessary for a seamless result. Party Mix™ has 25 years working at every level to to ensure a flawless performance — every time.

We’re not just a DJ and light crew — we’re a part of your team until the very last guest has gone home.

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A FEW CLIENTS

  • Asprey of London
  • Bulgari
  • Bottega Veneta
  • Cartier International
  • Central Park Conservancy
  • The Bruce Museum
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Forbes (family)
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Highlander Yacht
  • KPMG Peat Marwick
  • Lincoln Center
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering
  • Metropolitan Museum
  • Mortimers of NY
  • Museum of City of NY
  • MVBMS Advertising
  • New York Philharmonic
  • New York Public Library
  • Piping Rock Beach Club
  • Public Art Fund
  • Racquet & Tennis Club
  • Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach
  • Round Hill Club
  • Salomon Brothers
  • St. Georges School
  • “The Green Mile” Premier
  • Party at Roseland
  • Tiger Management
  • Union Club
  • Vanderbilt (family)
  • Vogue Magazine
  • Winged Foot Country Club

A FEW KIND WORDS

“The event was an indescribable success. We never witnessed such an intense atmosphere of fun, music and party.”
Veronica Bulgari, Bulgari Parfums
“The music was fabulous and you were right about the lighting — it really helped create the right ambience. Everyone raved about your music — young and old alike!”
Margaret Hedberg, Director • International Debutante Ball (2005)
“Your music selections are always appropriate for our events and set the perfect tone . . . working with you is always a pleasure.”
Marian Gulbrandsen, Assistant VP • Cartier Corporate Communications
“The benefit was a tremendous success, due in no small part to your DJ expertise. The music mix was absolutely perfect for the occasion. I hope we have the opportunity to work together again!”
Rebecca Weller Stettner, Associate Dir. • Lincoln Center Special Events
“The music never got in the way of the evening, it embellished and energized it. You are an artist and a professional. Thank you for being such an extraordinary ‘Wizard of Oz’.”
Kenneth L. Wyse, Phillips — Van Heusen Corp.
“The event was a huge success and much of the credit goes to you with your skillful spinning of tunes that kept our guests up on their toes.”
Carolyn Bakula, Director • NY Public Library Special Events
“As always your music was fantastic. The dance floor was packed and everyone had a wonderful time. We love working with you.”
Marion J. Cotrone, Director • NY Philharmonic Special Events

News & Press

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djFord2Defining Your Event

as individual as you are …

STEP ONE: DESCRIBE YOUR EVENT


Please take a few moments to fill out our Event Information Form. This form just covers the basics and will help us to prepare for an initial conversation. We’ll review the details and get right back in touch with you.

STEP TWO: MAKE A SONG LIST


It’s easier than ever to research and create a list of music choices for your party. And you needn’t ask if we have a certain song or not — if the song exists, we have it. Please use the link to the left to research and print out your own personalized song list. We also recommend Apple’s iTunes, a great resource for music.


STEP THREE:
LIGHTING & FX

Our professional lighting & FX technicians will work in tandem with your decorators and party planners to create an effect worthy of any Broadway stage or Manhattan night club. We’ve got the personnel, experience and state-of-the-art equipment to work at every level of your entertainment needs.

Weddings

Coming Soon!

The Governor’s Ball

DJ Christopher Ford was selected to spin at Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s Inaugural Ball on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

Rock on, Ned!

The Invitation

Contact Party Mix

djgraphic_contact2OFFICE ADDRESS:
320 East 42nd Street
Suite 2601
New York, NY 10017
212-755-4459

 MOBILE: 917-848-0352

 E-MAIL: PartyMixNYC@aol.com

 MAILING ADDRESS: 29 Maple Avenue, Warwick, NY 10990

 EVENT INFO FORM: Click Here …