Sarah Van Buren
Home City: Hudson NY
Joined Stylus: 2018
Wedding Experience: +
Pricing Tier: $
5-Star Reviews: 4+
Availability: Certain dates in 2020
Unconventional in the best way possible!| Jun 3, 2019
Amazing company – we loved DJ Sarah | Jun 1, 2019
Sarah was amazing! | Oct 25, 2018
Sarah Van Buren is a Hudson Valley-based DJ, event producer and musician who will weave a golden thread through your night!
She began DJing 15 years ago in Boston at WECB, Emerson College’s freeform campus radio station. Later, living in NYC, she co-founded art + party collective CHERYL, and DJed large-scale events around the city and abroad. Now in Hudson, NY, Sarah has been the house DJ at Basilica Hudson, hosts PYRAMID POWER!, a freeform monthly music show on 90.7 WGXC, as well as POWER DANCE, a monthly dance party at the Half Moon.
Sarah began DJing weddings and other private events after relocating to Hudson, but often travels down to NYC for gigs. Her music collection is all over the map — too many genres to list! The golden thread that weaves it all together? Her ability to find that perfect track for just the right moment which sets the dance floor aflame. And with 15 years of event production experience, she’s a wedding DJ with who cares about the details and thinks quickly on her feet.
Sarah is also an ordained minister and wedding officiant — feel free to ask about it!
Loved our DJ
“We booked Sarah van Buren directly, not through Stylus – and she was a pleasure to work with. She happened to understand my specific requested frame of reference (a good DJ can do this of course, but it was an extra layer of comfort) and we felt very comfortable with her. She knocked it out of the park the day of, there wasn’t a clunker all night-just songs and artists that we love. She also thankfully refused a request to play YMCA or something of the like. We were thrilled with our experience and can’t recommend her highly enough!”
“Wow wow wow, Sarah Van Buren crushed it! She was amazing! She worked with us and the collective music requests of our diverse guest-list: country, 90’s hip-hop, eastern euro-punk, disco, and latin- and created a set list that was fun, surprising, cohesive, and kept everyone dancing across the generations! I literally couldn’t stop dancing, my parents and grandmother too! She even picked out iconic entrance/ exit and cake cutting songs. Its been 3 weeks since my wedding and people are still talking about it. She was very professional during the whole process, asked the right questions, did a site visit- and brought her own equipment, so I really didn’t need to worry or stress about a thing in terms of the music. So happy- will remember forever, thank you thank you!”
“Sarah Van Buren was everything we hoped for and more! She went above and beyond and provided the best mix and energy to accommodate everyone in our crowd and keep it interesting! A++”
What kind of equipment do you use?
Laptop with Traktor DJ program, Traktor Kontrol S2 controller, Denon X-120 DJ mixer, vocal mic, 15″ Mackie Thump speakers.
What does your setup look like?
Everything neatly arranged on a table!
What is your MCing style?
Just enough to direct guests’ attention to whatever is going on at the moment. Not much talking over music, keeping it positive, polite + succinct!
What is your personal mixing style?
Minimal beat matching when needed. More focus on creating the perfect mix based on what the couple getting married envisions for their special day.
How do you handle lulls?
Sometimes a lull is natural; other times, I change up the music. It’s all about reading the crowd to determine what is the best course of action, on a case by case basis.
“Sarah DJ-ed our wedding near Hudson NY in June 2017. We really enjoyed collaborating on a playlist – she was great supplying ideas after we discussed our favorite songs and the atmosphere we wanted to create. Sarah also took a role in helping proceedings proceed – MCing as needed. She was flexible and amenable when approached by merry revelers with requests whilst still keeping our overall mood in mind! A real bonus is that Sarah is a lovely person to have at your wedding/event.”
“SVB is a natural at freakiness with heart. Magical mystery tour of sound and media with a foot out on the dance floor – always! To not party with her, is to miss a great trip of a party!”
“When we decided to get married, we knew our wedding (if we had one at all) would have to be really US: no wedding parties, no ‘Here Comes the Bride,’ no white dress and, especially, no cookie-cutter officiant. I still tear up when I recall the care, commitment, and creativity Sarah brought to our wedding day. From the earliest stages, when we discussed our general hopes for the event, to planning the details like what she would wear and how we would pass the mic, Sarah was attentive to every aspect. She was thoughtful when giving us suggestions, and open to all our ideas. Her experience as a performing artist and event producer, coupled with her innate sensitivity and warm personality, make her a natural. The grace and gravitas Sarah communicated during our ceremony earned her (and us!) many compliments from our guests, and we felt truly blessed when she pronounced us hitched.”
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