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Meet Ryan Hiller of SoCal Wedding Music

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Hiller.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a full-time musician and have been since I was born. I have toured the country performing and have received a degree in music from the University of New Orleans. I moved to San Diego after Hurricane Katrina and never looked back. I started getting into the wedding business because I would be getting inquiries from people at some of my public performances around town. I then realized that I should learn how to DJ because I already had experience on the mic as an emcee and can easily read a crowd. From here, we’ve evolved over the past 10 years and are currently preferred vendors at many of the most reputable venues in town.

Has it been a smooth road?
It honestly has been quite a natural evolution. Balancing time, resources, and family life is a constant struggle, but I’m sure a struggle for everyone no matter what business you’re in.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the SoCal Wedding Music story. Tell us more about the business.
We definitely specialize in wedding music. We are one of only a small few companies in town that specializes in live music and DJ and MC services. Many other companies do either/or. We also put a lot of attention and detail into each of our clients. I personally consult with each one and go over their itinerary to customize their music. I then cross-reference the material I obtain with their coordinator and work closely with the venue to ensure a smooth, fun, and successful wedding. We are the proudest of the talent we are able to provide, and the professional and organizational methods we use with each of our clients.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The music industry as a whole is in a state of chaos. The younger generations are split between purely electronic music and music with instruments. If we go the direction of purely electronic music, then that would definitely be disappointing. However, it would create a niche market for us to operate within.


  • Live Music $450 per hour
  • DJ and MC services are $300 per hour
  • Sound systems range from $150-300 each

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