Dan Soulsmith’s Wedding Jam

In 2013 I’ll be pushing the Wedding Jam brand to venues in Manchester. I hooked up with Liverpool based Wedding Jam head honcho Paul McGuire a couple of years ago through our shared passion for liquid Drum & Bass, both of us previously having ‘worked’ for our hero LTJ Bukem as his Press Officer. Small world! So with our shared Merseyside roots, a love of deeper D&B, and of good old fashioned party music… We look forward to expanding Wedding Jam, while making a lot of people happy on their big day.

In the words of Wedding Jam’s founder…

“The Wedding Jam DJs are amongst the best in the business. From the most intimate weddings to the stages of the biggest festivals, they’ve done it all. Between them they cover all musical bases; from pop classics to obscure funk, it’s all here. It’s not a boy’s club either, Wedding Jam also boast two ladies who can rock the decks as well as the guys.

All the Wedding Jam DJs are lovely people who will put you and your music first. They’ll consult with you and tailor their service to fit the needs of your big day. You can give us a playlist of your favourite sounds or just leave us to use our experience when choosing the music, it’s up to you.

Wedding Jam Banner 01Not only has he got the ideal name for DJing, Dan Soulsmith has spent over 14 years playing the full spectrum of dance music to the party people of Manchester. From the best bars and clubs in the city, to plenty of private parties and events, Dan has been there, done that. He expertly spins feel-good vibes from his broad collection of music, including soul, funk, reggae, hip hop, disco and house, along with a touch of classic ’70s and ’80s rock and pop. His collection covers so much musical ground, and Dan always makes sure to liaise with the customer to get to know them properly, so his sets are sure to keep you grooving from the first tune to the last.”

Visit www.weddingjam.co.uk & follow Wedding Jam on facebook & twitter

So here’s my first Wedding Jam promo mix, which was actually played at my own wedding a couple of months ago, as background tracks, while the sound system was set up and before our DJ Greg Wilson took to the decks. These tunes were selected by my wife and I, these being our favourite Reggae, Ska, Funk and Soul tracks…


1. Toots & The Maytals – I Cant Believe
2. Dave & Ansel Collins – Monkey Spanner
3. Desmond Dekker & The Aces – Israelites
4. Toots & The Maytals – 54-46 Was My Number
5. Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping
6. Dave & Ansel Collins – Double Barrel
7. Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell
8. Dusty Springfield – Son Of A Preacherman
9. Ray Charles – Hit the Road Jack
10. Otis Redding – Hard To Handle
11. Claudja Berry – Dance Dance Dance
12. Chairmen Of The Board – Finders Keepers
13. The Elgins – Heaven Must Have Sent You
14. Shirley & Company – Shame, Shame, Shame
15. Desmond Dekker & The Aces – Shanty Town
16. Dandy Livingstone – Rudy, A Message to You
17. Toots & Maytals – Funky Kingston
18. Aretha Franklin – Rock Steady
19. Fatback Band – Do The Bus Stop (MN Edit)
20. James Brown – Licking Stick
21. Ohio Players – Fire
22. George Clinton – We Want The Funk
23. Brick – Dazz
24. Average White Band – Pick Up the Pieces
25. Lynn Collins – Think (About It)
26. Kool & The Gang – Hollywood Swinging
27. Bobby Byrd – I Know You Got Soul
28. James Brown – Get Up Off That Thing
29. Sam & Dave – Soul Man
30. Etta James – Good Rockin’ Daddy
31. Roy Montrell – That Mellow Saxophone
32. Etta James – In The Basement
33. Etta James – Pushover
34. Jimmy Bo Horne – Gimmie Some (The Apple Scruffs Edit)
35. Archie Bell & The Drells – Tighten Up
36. James Brown – Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, Pt.1
37. Shocking Blue – Venus
38. Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop
39. Billy Gayles with Ike Turner’s King Of Rhythm – I’m Tore Up
40. James Brown – I Got You (I Feel Good)
41. Wynonie Harris With The Todd Rhodes Orchestra – Lovin’ Machine
42. Arthur Conley – Sweet Soul Music
43. Etta James – Shortnin’ Bread Rock
44. Gloria Jones – Tainted Love
45. Marvin Gaye – You’re a Wonderful One
46. Wilson Pickett – Land of 1000 Dances
47. Jackie Wilson – Reet Peetite

Download the mix here

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