Q: Please state your name, location and occupation.
A: My name is Artem Lomaz and I’m currently based in the New York City, New Jersey area, and I travel worldwide. I am an event entertainer and a master of ceremonies.
Q: How did you get interested in becoming a DJ?
A: I actually worked for a catering company while in college – it was just filling in for jobs from time to time, but I became interested in the event world. I then reached out to a cinematography company that I had a connection to, and began shadowing them during events to learn more about every aspect, especially the entertainment part. I quickly realized that I wanted to entertain and approached the entertainers that I admired watching.
Q: When did it become a legit business?
A: Since day one…I immediately registered the LLC and went through all of the legalities, to push myself to take all of the proper steps and continually work on the business.
Q: How did you excel so fast and branch out to be a public speaker as well?
A: “Fast” is pretty relative, right? I strongly believe in mentorship and I’ve been fortunate enough to surround myself with some of the nation’s best entertainers, who have become mentors. Different styles, points of view and approaches are always being examined and I like to take information away from everyone I speak with, so I think soaking in as much knowledge as possible is the driving force behind the acceleration of my career. Public speaking appealed to me due to my approach to events. Transitions, proper pacing and delivery, all of that plays a role in event entertainment and public speaking. I also spent so much time soaking in information, I felt that I wanted to give back to the industry and I started speaking at industry organizations and events. Eventually, I realized that it’s something I highly enjoyed doing and could formulate for any type of industry or event.
Q: Congratulations on winning DJ Times Entertainer of the Year at the DJ Expo for the second year in a row! Please tell us how that happened?
A: Thank you very much! It’s an extreme honor and is also very humbling. The “Entertainer of the Year” is selected through a competition that takes place annually at the DJ Times International DJ Expo. Twelve finalists are selected to compete and each performs a routine of their choosing to showcase their skillset and creativity as a master of ceremonies and entertainer. The judges, comprised of extremely respected industry titans (many of whom are previous winners), then judge each routine. Ultimately, I was fortunate enough to win in 2018 and again in 2019.
Q: Does getting the award offer you more opportunities?
A: I believe that it’s certainly a benefit to have on my resume. When someone is considering our services, especially since the bulk of our business is referral and word-of-mouth based, it helps justify price points, showcases differentiating factors and highlights my distinction as a master of ceremonies.
Q: Please tell us about your most memorable gig and why it’s your favorite?
A: Wow! That’s an extremely hard question to answer. There have been so many amazing clients and wonderful moments, it’s honestly very difficult to choose. If I had to narrow it down, I’d say the wedding of Dr. Alison and Russel in Philadelphia. It was one of my first “destination weddings” if you will, and there was a lot of personalization that went into that one. They were also just an amazing couple to work with. We started the evening with a customary grand entrance and personalized first dance introduction. The pacing was in line with the transitions, the guests danced throughout the celebration, the venue staff was extremely accommodating… all of the stars just aligned that day. Dr. Alison and Russ were also in medical school and law school, respectively, at that time, so it was just great to see them celebrate stress-free, deservingly.
Q: What do you love most about being a DJ?
A: To be fair, I’m not technically a DJ – I coordinate with them, as they are artists in their own regard and we collaborate on the soundtrack for a celebration so that we can both excel at our roles. As the MC, the emotion elicitation aspect is my favorite. I’m privileged to assist in someone’s celebration and often at the biggest celebration of their lives. That’s not a task that should ever be taken lightly. Emotion plays a big role in every aspect of our lives, but when I can elicit certain emotions during a celebration – that can elevate the experience for all.
Q: What advice can you give a beginning DJ?
A: Network and attend as many seminars, keynotes, association meetings, etc. as you can. Patience – we all have a hard time with that one I’m sure, but patience is so important.
Q: What do you foresee for the future of the DJ world?
A: Personally, I think there will be more of a focus on teams entertaining at events. Someone will be designated as the MC, someone as the DJ, someone as the instrumentalist, someone as the band leader, etc. These are all different roles with differing skillsets, and I think that customers are starting to realize that. Trends are cyclical, and of course there will always be that demographic that won’t want to hear a word from the MC, just as much as there will always be the demographic that will understand the importance of having an MC, but ultimately, the multi-team member model will prevail. I also believe that collaboration and communication between event partners will be a driving force in successful events. From event planners to entertainers to photographers, etc., we all already understand how important it is to be on the same page; I think that will continue and evolve into more sophisticated timelines, storyboarding, etc.
Q: How can people get in touch with you?
A: You can reach me at any of the following:
Social Media: Instagram: @ninetythreeentertainment
Phone: Call or text 973-908-8859