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DEEJAY, HOST, SPEAKER, AND ENTERTAINER

ABOUT

Ian Goldsmith approaches deejaying from the perspective of an entertainer with the knowledge that the art is much more than just playing music; it is about the audience experience, unity, and fun!

A Unique Start
Ian’s DJ career started in college at the University of Northern Iowa. He and his friends hosted a bi-annual dance party, reaching crowds of upwards of 700 students! He also co-created and produced “The Interlude Dance”—a choreographed group-dance that became an internationally-viral internet craze. The dance has been performed around the globe with video evidence nearly 1,000 recordings garnering over one million views online. Ian has travelled to schools and large-scale events as a guest speaker and to teach the dance, including a “Let’s Move” event with former First Lady Michelle Obama for 13,000 students.

Ian and former First Lady Michelle Obama @ "Let's Move"

Ian and former First Lady Michelle Obama @ "Let's Move"

 

“Ian has great taste in music.” –Lots of people
Ian’s high school friends enjoyed (or endured) hours of listening to his meticulously-crafted mixed CDs. Since high school, his interest and knowledge in music has only continued to expand, going so far as to maintain a list of his “200 Greatest Songs of All Time.” His speciality is classic rock, spanning everything from The Beatles to Led Zeppelin to AC/DC. But don’t worry, he loves more than just songs from past decades—he keeps a firm grasp on current Top 40 hits. Additionally, his favorite genres are hip-hop (all kinds), electropop, EDM, indie rock, progressive rock, classical, jazz, and Disney showtunes. 

Ian the Entertainer
Outside of Fig life, Ian is an actor, comedian and filmmaker. He performs regularly throughout Chicago, in theaters such as Second City, iO Theater, Comedysportz, Under the Gun, and The Annoyance. With a background in film production, he hosted and produced his own show on a public TV station in Iowa. Furthermore, he writes and produces short films, as well as conducts workshops and keynotes about improv principles applied to the workplace. No matter the medium, Ian is always looking for a way to create and thrive in front of and feed off of a crowd. 

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Putting It All Together
Ian’s reputation for throwing great dance parties, knowing how to work a crowd, and having objectively great taste in music (because it’s objective, yes?) has naturally translated into a DJ career. He has consistently DJed weddings and events since 2012, and has been a proud member of the Fig family since 2015. As the DJ that won’t hesitate to air-guitar with the mother of the bride (true story), Ian loves helping people come out of themselves to join a fun and communal experience!

PRAISE

Ian was a delight to work with. He took care of all set-up and take-down and was both thorough and congenial. He played the songs I requested and was even willing to take last-minute requests. We loved the song circle he suggested at the end—it was especially perfect since he used the song “Sweet Caroline” and my godchild, who attended the party, was named for that song. What serendipity! It was especially fun when he joined us for the couple songs. I would highly recommend him to others and, if I ever had another occasion for a DJ, I would certainly request him.
— Carol O.
Ian was recommended to us by a friend of a friend, even though we were distantly connected for a long time. My wife and I had been to dance parties back in college organized by him and a group of fun-loving go-getters, but we had never imagined exactly how perfect he would be for our wedding day. From our very first prep meeting to the very last song of the night, Ian was just what we needed to take care of all things “sound” that day.

His experience shows in every aspect of his performance. Although he was busy with all the amazing things he’s taking on in the windy city, he always made time to keep communicating with us before the big day and asked all the right questions. Walk me through the events of the day. What songs should I play? Should I make sure not to play? What’s the demographic of the crowd? Every question he asked provided him more information to tailor our sound uniquely for us. We asked about ceremony sound systems—he was prepared. We realized we never told him anything about our entrance except for the song we wanted - he knew what to do. By the time we hit dinner at the reception, we were completely at ease—Ian had everything under control.

All in all, Ian was an unbelievably perfect pick for our guest demographic and any demographic we can possibly imagine. He has his set lists down to a science, and knows exactly how to read the crowd, think on the spot, and keep the party rolling as long as possible. We received countless compliments on his professionalism and spunk. We’ll never forget how much fun we all had with Ian as he tore up the dance floor along with us into the late hours of the night, and made our wedding the best we could have ever imagined.
— Allison and Sierra
Working with Ian as our wedding DJ was awesome! We had total confidence in his skills after our first meeting with him about our wedding. Ian was very prepared and knew all the right questions to ask about what we wanted for the music and atmosphere. On the day of the wedding, he was phenomenal! His charismatic personality brought out the fun and excitement of the occasion. Our family and friends were so impressed with the music he chose and how much people responded to that by dancing the whole night! He also was very flexible with the flow of the evening events and paced everything very smoothly. Ian was the perfect DJ for our wedding!
— Cassie and Brandon
Our guests ranged from toddlers to young adults to grandparents (and older), and Ian read the crowd very well. Some DJs sit behind a table and select songs all night, but Ian danced behind the table and among the crowd to encourage people to have a great time! The dance floor was filled all night, much to the credit of his bubbly personality and wide selection of music. My favorite part of the night was our “send off song”, which was entirely his idea. This moment of our day allowed us to feel the love from everyone, and it wouldn’t have happened without Ian.

My husband and I have been to several wedding reception in which Ian has DJed since our wedding, and each one is just as phenomenal as the last. Ian has the unique ability to create an environment filled with love, excitement, and positive energy. I would recommend him to anyone!
— Stephanie and Brant
We had Ian as our DJ for our wedding in August [2015]. We had talked to him twice in the weeks before the wedding to go through everything and to give him our must have and do not play lists. He was very easy and fun to work with. The day of the wedding, Ian did an amazing job!!! He was very enthusiastic the entire night, from announcing our arrival to the hall kicking him out!!! The dance floor was packed the entire night and I don’t remember a time that there was less than 15 people dancing!! He made sure to play the classic wedding songs, our songs previously requested, and the guests’ requests. I heard so many compliments about Ian that night and days to follow!!! I could not picture anyone else DJing at our wedding and Ian made our special day even better!!!!
— Ashley W.

SOCIAL

EMAIL: IAN@FIGGY.NET
FACEBOOK: IAN GOLDSMITH
INSTAGRAM: @ian_GOLDSMITH
SOUNDCLOUD: IAN_T_GOLDSMITH
THE INTERLUDE DANCE: IANGOLDSMITH.COM