Sound and Lighting
Louis van Wyk
Call: 084 833 4454 l www.soundbytes.co.za
Louis van Wyk is the owner of Sound Bytes . Sound Bytes has been one of the top DJ, sound and lighting specialist in Bloemfontein for the last 15 year. Soundbytes understands weddings. Offering affordable solutions for any function.
Questions and answers with Bloemfontein based business owner Louis van Wyk
Tell us a bit about yourself and your business?
I started to DJ whilst I was in grade 11 and in the same year I completed my DJ course at the old “Redds” club in Bloemfontein where we still played on vinyl! J Fast forward a couple of years and the business Sound Bytes was born. Sound what? Yes, Sound Bytes.
“Sound” because that’s what we do, the “Bytes” (as in computer terms byte/bytes/bites) is because we always try to be the first to use the latest sound technology on the market. We’ve been in the sound industry for the past 15 years and aim
What type of equipment do you generally setup at a wedding?
Ceremony (up to 100 guests)
- 1x QSC speaker on 1x speaker stand with a scrim
- 1x microphone stand with a Shure wireless microphone for the priest/pastor
- 1x Sound technician with our famous flight case (everything we need has been custom made to fit into the flight case).
We use scrims to hide away all unwanted cables or extension cords. If there are more than 100 guests or if a praise and worship is taking place, then 2x speakers provides sufficient sound during the ceremony. For remote weddings we have equipment that can operate without the need of any power.
- 2x QSC speakers on 2x speaker stands with scrims
- 1x microphone stand with a Shure wireless microphone for the MC/speakers
- 1x Sound technician with flight case (that holds a laptop, mixer, controller and microphone receiver – no messy cables)
Generally, venues only require two speakers at the reception hall. However, we have done events with 80 guests that require six speakers. Seeing that we’ve been in the wedding industry for over 15 years, we know each venue by heart and know how many speakers are required beforehand.
How far in advance should the Bride and Groom be booking their sound and lighting?
The general rule here is when you book your photographer or wedding venue, you book your DJ as well. You need to bear in mind that corporate events also take place on Saturdays and that your DJ might be booked for such an event already. So rather book in advance. It’s just one less thing to worry about.
I can’t stress this enough … be very careful booking your DJ purely on cost. Remember: YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. We’ve seen (and heard) the difference between a R2,000 and a R10,000 wedding DJ. Rather budget more for the DJ – I promise it will be worth every sent!
What is your favourite wedding song that you feel always gets the vibe going?
Oh my, this is always a tough one. The reason for this is because no single wedding is ever the same. We never have a fixed playlist setup, as this is a disaster waiting to happen. Your DJ needs to ‘feel’ the vibe and ‘read’ the crowd and adjust accordingly.
From personal experience, this will be:
- Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers - Swing The Mood
- Redfoo - Juicy Wiggle
- Tungevaag & Raaban – Samsara
- Don’t forget Sho Madjozi Prince Kaybee and Cassper Nyovest J
Do you have any advice for bride and grooms concerning lighting?
This is a no-brainer. No lights = no mood. Period. Here are the two reasons why lighting is a must for any wedding and why you can’t go without it.
You’re doing it for the photographer … well, actually for the décor.
The photographs of your décor and the entire reception will look so much more ‘alive’ when there is sufficient lighting in the hall. I’m not talking about standard venue lights.
We love “up-lighting” at weddings. We place compact LED lights (any colour you want) and let it lit up the corners or certain walls inside the hall. By doing this, the light will fill up the venue without bothering any of the guests. Our LED lights are about a third in size than those of the old par-cans. Some our lights even runs on batteries – so no messy cables.
See why lighting is so important at the reception:
Lighting creates the perfect atmosphere to get the party started.
After the first dance it’s party time. Your DJ would be looking for the light switches in the hall and either dim or switch of all the lights. It’s at this stage where the mood lights will take your wedding all the way to midnight or even later!
Don’t believe us? Then watch this video and see why you can’t go without lighting!
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