DJ Sammla

About Us

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance, (Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 NIV)

Our Mission

To provide music that will allow Christians to dance joyfully and shamelessly in the presence of The Lord and each other.

I thought dancing was a sin. Does God want us to dance in his presence?

Absolutely! Take a look at how David celebrated the return of the Ark of the Covenant to Bethlehem:

[12] Now King David was told, “The LORD has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.” So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing. [13] When those who were carrying the ark of the LORD had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. [14] Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the LORD with all his might, [15] while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets.
[16] As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart...[20] When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”
[21] David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the LORD's people Israel—I will celebrate before the LORD. [22] I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”
[23] And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.(2 Samuel 6:12-16, 20-23, NIV)

Not only was David able to dance shamelessly before the Lord, Michal was publicly chastised and cursed by God for not sharing David's joyful attitude!

I've started to wonder how we as Christians have strayed so far away from David's heart. Many of us, in fact, take Michal's attitude of looking down on those who even want to dance. Why?

Part of the problem comes from American Christians' historical attitudes toward dancing -- essentially that social dancing is the first step on the short road to sexual immorality. Worldly Americans, in typical rebellious American fashion, fought back against this attitude not by trying to prove it false, but by embracing it as truth. Everything related to modern 'social dancing' revolves around sex, from 'club clothes' to the dance moves themselves. Even Candace Cameron Bure was considered to be 'controversial' when she limited the sexual overtones of her rhumba in a recent episode of "Dancing With the Stars". And ballroom is one of the forms of dance that most of society would consider to be tame!

The other part of the problem is the music. One of the songs most universally considered to be "inspirational" in recent years was Kelly Clarkson's "What Doesn't Kill You (Makes You Stronger)". Kids in cancer wards were singing this song in YouTube videos. But if you get a chance (maybe if you have a copy of the song buried deep in your music collection), take a closer listen to the song. What is this song really about?

The breakup of a sexual relationship.

And this is a song that is considered to be not just 'clean' and 'tame', but inspirational! Hundreds of the most popular songs by the most popular artists share this type of theme -- or are much, much worse. And if you're lucky, when you attend an event you're getting the 'clean' version of this kind of music. What does the 'clean' version entail, you ask? Cutting down on the profanity. That's it. No matter what the song might be about, if they're playing top 40 music, then as long as there's a 'minimal' amount of cursing in it, it's fine. Even for the kids.

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What's the big deal? It's just music. I leave it on in the background so that I'm not sitting in silence. I'm not really affected by it.

Tell that to any parent of a toddler who's just said something they shouldn't because the child had heard the word over and over again 'somewhere' in the home.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23 NIV)

[15] Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. [16] For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. [17] The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. (2 Peter 2:15-17 NIV)

I don't know a whole lot of Christians who are big fans of these scriptures. Oh sure, we like to say that we live by this scripture. After all, we're followers of Christ and we want to live by his entire word! But when you look at your iTunes library...or your DVD collection...or your stack of video games...or your DVR... or what movies you're excited to see in the theaters...are you really living up to God's commands in this area? Or does your love of the world's media shine through loud and clear?

Do we really guard our hearts from the thoughts and attitudes of the world? I'll have to level with you here: I'm far from perfect in this area myself. The biggest problem, sadly, is the Christian media business. Aside from the occasional quality blockbuster such as "The Passion of the Christ" and (hopefully) "Noah", the vast majority of movies that are geared toward Christians are so bound and determined to preach that they forget to be entertaining!

And Christian radio, sadly, isn't always that much better. When most of you think of 'Christian' music, what's the first artist that comes to mind? For 99% of you, it was probably Amy Grant. Maybe Sandy Patty for a few of you. And the vast majority of 'popular' Christian radio falls right in line behind these two lovely ladies. 90% of Christian radio falls into the style that the world would call 'adult contemporary': slow ballads and lightly uptempo pop. Some of this music has probably worked its way into your worship services on Sunday mornings. If you listen to a Christian radio station and it feels to you like 'something your mother would listen to' -- you're probably right.

So most of us walk a very fine line. We read reviews. We talk to our brothers and sisters in Christ. We try to limit what we watch and listen to the best we can. And of course, there's always the obligatory 'look away' from a scene that makes you uncomfortable (as if that's going to keep your mind from going there anyway).

Some of you might have decided that your faith and your spiritual convictions are more important than your tastes in movies or music and you just learned to love this stuff. And that's fantastic! But the rest of us...some of the other 10% of you might have discovered Christian rock and metal over the years. There's a lot of it out there, and it's great. But what if you want great, spiritually uplifting music that you can work out to? Or dance to?

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Wait...there's such a thing as Christian music you can dance to?

I hear this a lot. When I DJ on Sunday mornings (before and after service) and I mention in conversation that the music being played is all Christian music by Christian artists, most people are genuinely surprised. The most common comment I get is "this doesn't sound like Christian music". And well...when I tell other music lovers that I DJ a mix of "Christian Techno/House/Trance and danceable pop/rock", well...let's just say the looks you get are priceless.

But as I started exploring the full world of Christian music, I discovered a fact that is not nearly as well-known as it should be:There is a Christian counterpart to (almost) every genre of music you could possibly imagine.That's right: county, rock, pop, metal, techno, house, trance, reggae, indie, folk, singer/songwriter...it's all out there. Trust me, you can't say you've heard everything until you've heard Japanese Christian reggae (it's available on SoundCloud).

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Okay, I'm sold. What do I need to do to get more of this music?

Many of you are probably visiting this page because you're looking for a DJ for an upcoming event: a wedding, a church dance, a school dance or some other party. If so, contact me. I'll bring you music (in any genre you're looking for) that will help your guests to be moved in both their bodies and their souls.

And if you're just looking to fill the void left by limiting the influence of the world's music in your life...click on the "Music" button above. I won't be able to satisfy everybody's musical tastes, but hopefully I've gathered together a collection of music that inspires you to dig deeper into the world of Christian music and find some of those great artists whose music can inspire you and give honor and glory to the one who created you. Enjoy!

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