We’ve worked hard to build a great DJ company, and are thrilled to have been able to recruit the best roster of DJs in the region. We recognize that our staff is what has brought us our stellar reputation—because they are skilled at their jobs and take outstanding care of our clients. All of our DJs have gone through extensive training both off-site and on-site through our DJ apprenticeship program.
In addition to thorough training and experience, our DJs are also interesting people with unique hobbies and interests. Feel free to peruse our DJ profiles and learn a bit about our each of our staff–their music specialties, education, hobbies and even some wedding advice. You’ll see that our staff really is what sets us apart.
Our Standard DJs are hired by referral and have been carefully-screened. Each DJ receives personalized training and has completed our comprehensive apprenticeship program with flying colors. They put customer service first and have a fresh enthusiasm for working with couples getting married.
Those designated as Premium are our more experienced DJs with stacks of 5-star reviews. They have worked a minimum of 100 events, but most have worked hundreds more. They are our most requested DJs, and for good reason. If you want to work with one of our Premium DJs, please ask about our Premium DJ upgrade.
Our Exclusive DJs are worth their weight in gold … or at least in quarters. (Do the math, that’s still a lot of money.) Due to their experience and popularity, they only work events where they are specifically contracted. To work with one of our Exclusive DJs, please inquire for availability and pricing.
UW-River Falls B.S. in Health and Human Performance, Minors in Coaching and Outdoor Ed. Masters in Sport and Exercise Science from U of M – Twin Cities
I like to party and have fun!
Keep your feet on the ground … and keep reaching for the stars.
I spend a lot of time taking care of my two little kids. I also play softball on Thursday nights and hockey on Sunday nights. I also enjoy and have a knack for leather craft.
I can play the harmonica perfectly to “Piano Man”, but no other songs.
Pitbull, Rihanna, Billy Joel, Mumford + Sons, AC/DC, Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Blues Travelers, Michael Buble, Evanescence, Mishka
I enjoy all sorts of music, but most recently have been listening to KQ and Cities 97. I workout to my playlists on ipod and like to listen to iheart radio or pandora. I enjoy the “by artist” playlists on internet radio. I will sometimes nerd out and mix my own beats on a dj software I have and listen to that stuff too.
I’ve always loved to listen to music and try to figure out the lyrics or randomly make up my own to songs. My mother introduced me to piano lesson when I was in 1st grade and I was pretty good at playing the piano till about 8th or 9th grade, then sports took over. I played the trombone in the marching band and still have great memories from those days. I was in jazz band and participate in the pit band for most of my High School musicals. I became interested in DJing when I was in college and had a friend that was a DJ. I’ve been a DJ ever since … that was 12 years ago already!
I enjoy getting to meet new people and seeing all the different wedding ideas that people come up with. One of my favorite parts of the night is the grand march and introducing the couple into the building or room.
Saint Paul, MN
Bethel University, B.A. in Media Writing, Minor in Small Business Management. Kinesiology Certification, The Kinesiology Institute, Corte Madera, CA. 200hr. Yoga Teaching Certification in Costa Rica
Organized, Intuitive, Detail-Oriented, Ambitious, Entrepreneurial, Conscientious, Creative
If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.
Although there is now some overlap with work, dance is first and foremost my hobby. My specialty is forms of swing from the 20s & 30s and I travel nationally to teach and compete in balboa, lindy hop and charleston. I also enjoy taking classes in other forms of dance and movement including kizomba, tap, belly dance, afro-modern, zumba and yoga. I am a strong proponent of health and wellness, and enjoy cooking and baking. Since I am gluten-intolerant, I’ve enjoyed the challenge of experimenting in the kitchen and creating dishes and baked goods that are superior in taste and nutrition to their wheat-based competition.
I played in a handbell choir through college … it’s cooler than you might think.
John Legend, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Alicia Keys, India Arie, Sam Cooke, Usher, Raphael Saadiq, The Temptations, Pitbull, Meghan Trainor, Shakira
Anything that makes me want to move. I know a lot about early jazz from the swing era from my experience teaching forms of swing and DJing swing dances. I love classic R&B/Soul and Motown…there’s so much good dance music from that era, as well as some great current artists that are producing tracks with a similar feel. Current pop, hip-hop and reggae are also favorites of mine.
If silence is golden, in my world music is platinum. No matter what the occasion, there is always some kind of music that can enhance the environment and make each moment more perfect. Whenever possible, I like to have music playing. Even as a child, some of my most memorable gifts were my Fisher Price record player, my red boom box and my first cassette singles. I used to bring the boom box to elementary school to choreograph routines with my friends to great songs from that era such as MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice. Although times have changed, I still cherish my music collection, now digital…and on occasion you can still find me choreographing routines to perform. 🙂
Although I’m not married, I have plenty of experience with weddings. My first job in high school was making balloon centerpieces and arches for wedding receptions…back when I lived in rural Michigan and that was the hip thing. I’ve been a bridesmaid 8 times, I teach dance lessons to couples prepping for their wedding and also design wedding invitations for couples. So between all of these involvements and DJing with Adagio, I’ve been a part of over 600 weddings. Each is unique and I would be honored to help you make yours a reflection of yourselves!
Loading equipment. j/k 😉 I love achieving a packed floor and seeing people have a good time. I enjoy the challenge of choosing the perfect songs to transition from one genre to another and it’s rewarding to see dancers excited about the next song as it starts.
DJing skills are not gender-biased. As a female, it’s interesting to find out how many people are out there that think it’s a man’s job. On the contrary, I think female perception adds an element to my craft and makes me a better DJ.
Saint Paul, MN
Viterbo University, B.F.A. Theatre
Adventurous, Thoughtful, Kind, Geeky, Funny, Fearless, Adaptive
When you consider the size of the alphabet, plan B suddenly doesn’t seem so bad.
My wife and I love to travel, and we always try to find new adventures to go on together. I continue my love of creating mix cds and playlists for friends and family. I love watching movies, reading about them, and writing about them. When I have a day off, you can usually find me walking my dog while listening to audiobooks or trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.
I spent a summer as a wild west gunfighter in Colorado … and got blasted by extra powder from a shotgun on my 3rd day.
Pitbull, David Guetta, Flo Rida, Janelle Monae, 90s hip-hop and R&B, Live, Cake, the Decemberists, Violent Femmes, The Feelies, Metallica, Fitz and the Tantrums, Sam Cooke, James Brown, Earth Wind & Fire, Alabama, Girl Talk, Lucy Michelle
I love variety. I love it when I get to play 90s hip-hop and R&B one night, country and rock & roll the next weekend, and then crank the top 40 and EDM the next. My favorite nights are when I get to mix all the genres and get people dancing to music they never thought they would. Whatever your favorite music is, I can’t wait to play it for you!
At the age of 3, I awoke from a nap in my car seat singing “Old Time Rock and Roll” and I’m told it was awesome. I have loved music as long as I can remember. As a kid, I learned the words to every song on the oldies station while riding with my parents. In middle school, I would stay up late, waiting for the right song to come on the radio so I could hit record on my tape player. Throughout high school and college I learned the art of the perfect mix cd. Now, I use that passion to help people have a great time on the happiest day of their lives.
My wife and I spent most of our dating years working at a small theatre in Lanesboro, MN. We were married on that stage. The set was an Italian Villa in the 1920s. We had our theatre friends perform songs and do readings for us. One of them, a playwright, wrote and performed our ceremony. It was everything I could have ever hoped for in a wedding. Most importantly for me, it was a reflection and a celebration of who we were as a couple. A wedding is a day to set the tone for the kind of life and dreams you want for each other. It helps to remind me that my job is to help fulfill that dream, and that what my client wants is and always will be the most important thing on that day. The other thing I learned is weddings can be very stressful. About a week out, I think most couples think, for just a second, “why didn’t we elope?!” Breathe, relax, it will all be amazing. Also, chose a close friend to keep family members away on the wedding day, before the ceremony. A bride can only hear “what can I do to help?” so many times before it starts to give her and anxiety attack.
I love seeing a packed dance floor of people having the time of their lives. It’s a great feeling of being at the top of your game. I also love the first dance because you see two people so in love with each other who know that they made it. The years and months of planning are finished and the stress has lifted. They step out on to the dance floor, and for a few minutes, it’s just the two of them, dreaming of the new life they will have together.
Summit Academy OIC – Carpentry
Groovy, Curious, Spirited, Resourceful, Honest, Compassionate, Adventurous
Don’t criticize what you can’t understand.
Bicycling, vegetable gardening, hiking, kayaking, cooking
I love power tools, woodworking and building stuff.
Amy Winehouse, Bill Withers, Nat King Cole, Outkast, The Roots, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Alabama Shakes, Bob Marley, Tupac, Hendrix, Kings of Leon, Laura Marling, Kanye West, Jungle, D’Angelo, Gary Clark Jr., Johnny Cash, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, A Tribe Called Quest
On my own time I simply play whatever I’m in the mood for, and that changes everyday. I’m really into jazz, soul, rock, hip-hop and a healthy dose of folk/acoustic, but I listen to a lot more beyond that. I can get into anything when I’m playing music for a crowd, as long as they’re moving to it!
I am constantly on the lookout for music. There’s nothing like the delightful surprise of experiencing something new to my ears, including music of past eras. I have a knack for sharing that type of experience with people by exposing them to new artists/songs that I know they’ll love. Of course it’s just as magical hearing songs that are familiar and forever associated with certain memories. For example, the album Stadium Arcadium by RHCP never fails to remind me of my travels in the Canadian Arctic.
Using music to contribute to the atmosphere and capture the mood of the evening. I understand how essential the right tune is (and I’m pretty good at finding it). Also, I love seeing everyone of all ages have a memorable time on the dance floor with their loved ones.
Metro State University working toward a B.S. in Biology. I plan on continuing on with pharmacy school
Positive, Courteous, Selfless, Respectful, Energetic, Well-dressed
Be in the right place at the right time in the right uniform.
I dabble in many different hobbies because life has so much to offer. When the weather is nice I enjoy Ultimate Frisbee, Frisbee golf, basketball, running, and tennis. I also enjoy juggling and hitting the dance floor.
I have performed in the shrine circus.
Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind and Fire, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, Green Day, Temptations
I enjoy all types of music it just depends on what mood I am in. Typically I enjoy listening to Hip-hop, R&B, and Jazz. I also enjoy Reggae, Pop and some country.
I have had a love for music since the day I was born. At the age of 2, I danced so hard at my parents’ wedding that I ripped my pants. I started playing piano at 7 and continued throughout high school. In 5th grade I picked up Alto Saxophone and enjoyed playing both instruments for many years joining the Jazz band in High School, which I loved. These days I spend a lot of time enjoying music by singing along to the radio in the shower or when driving.
I enjoy watching everyone rush to the dance floor to have a great time when the dance music starts.
Genuine, Creative, Respectful, Driven, Open-minded, Conscientious, Warm
When all else fails, just breathe.
Writing (lyric and free verse), playing music through headphones or with a guitar/piano, singing along to any song (even if I have to fake the lyrics), searching for new music via YouTube and Spotify, and catching up on all of the amazing movies released before I was old enough to appreciate them.
I have been a gymnast for years and coached gymnastics throughout high school.
The Beatles, Billy Joel, Ed Sheeran, Queen, Alt-J, Atmosphere, Prince, Trampled by Turtles, Boston, Owl City, Earth Wind and Fire, Lorde, and Imagine Dragons
I love anything with an interesting melody or a rhythm that surprises me. My genre choice at any given moment mostly depends on my mood or the setting Chilling at home, you will usually find me listening to calming acoustic guitar such as Ed Sheeran or John Mayer (mostly live tracks); When I am out and about, I like to throw on some electronic to groove to such as Owl City, Lights or Avicii. My deep love of all things musical keeps me from excluding any genre indefinitely. Some favorites: Classic rock (Boston, Kansas, the Eagles); Indie rock (Alt-J, Arcade Fire, Death Cab for Cutie); Hip-Hop (Atmosphere, Tupac, Eminem); Folk and Bluegrass (Of Monsters and Men, Old Crow Medicine Show, Trampled by Turtles).
Melodic Memories of Kansas, Elton John, and Elvis Costello fill my childhood. Music was very important to my parents and they helped to instill me with a similar if not evolved passion. Thrown into piano lessons at a young age, my love for melody grew in parallel with my distaste for monotonous practicing. At 14, I was put into a rock and roll focused music program where I was able to train in drums and vocals. The program also allowed students to perform full-band cover shows of bands and genres like Queen, The Beatles, and MN Rock. Music has been completely fused into my thoughts, actions, and ambitions. I currently focus on acoustic guitar when writing most of my music.
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. ~ Harry
Creative, Fun, Energetic, Observant, Friendly, Extroverted, Responsible
Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.
I like to go digging for new vinyl, sewing, thrifting and vintage shopping with my husband. I have quite the urban garden outside of my apartment on the patio. I’m learning how to camp!
I do all my own (and my husband’s) car repairs.
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Leon Bridges, Sylvan Esso, Diana Ross, James Taylor, The Monkees, Billie Holliday, Pitbull, and Raffi (I work with children during the week!)
I travel across the country DJing jazz for dancers. I love it, I’m good at it, and I enjoy the challenge of reading different dance floors in different regions. I tend to DJ indie stuff more when I throw parties on my own- I know my crowd. When I’m out spinning vinyl somewhere in Minneapolis I get a little more freedom- you’ll hear some soul, some 1960’s sunshine pop, or French yéyé. I love how weddings offer an opportunity to bring all of my music expertise together as I match the crowd!
The first time I remember getting excited about music was when I was five years old listening to a cassette tape with my family on a Saturday morning. Saturday mornings were for cleaning, and my parents blasted music so loud you could hear it in every part of the house. My favorite group was The Monkees—which as a child, I initially thought it was real live monkeys that could sing. I brought that cassette tape in for kindergarten show-and-tell for weeks! I started learning how to play music when I was five, and have continually sought out new instruments (piano, flute, piccolo, guitar, ukulele, saxophone- currently working on clarinet and accordion, and just acquired a trumpet.) I remember the first CD I got, and the first big purchase I ever saved up for was a six disc CD player. I remember the awe of going to my first show, and the ringing ears I had afterwards. I remember being on stage and performing for the first time. I remember my first time at First Ave. For me music is a very personal experience, but I have found that with mastery I can bring others into that experience. This is why I DJ–it allows me to share the music and experience with others.
Listen to the MUSTN’TS child, Listen to the DON’TS
Listen to the SHOULDN’TS The IMPOSSIBLES,
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me–
Anything can happen, child,
ANYTHING can be.
University of Wisconsin La Crosse B.S. in Art with Intaglio and Lithography Focus, Philosophy and Women’s Studies Minors
Colorful, Odd, Passionate, Spontaneous, Sarcastic, Thoughtful, Short
Do what makes you happy.
I love art, it being my major in college, I enjoy visiting art museums and losing myself amidst the creativity of others imaginations. My favorite museum trip was in Vienna when I was able to see countless works by my favorite artists, Egon Schiele, Gustav Kimpt and Oskar Kokoshka. I am very much a “dog person.” I have an English Bulldog named Ludo who is my baby. I like attending dog shows, (I know it’s super nerdy) and meeting other dogs and their owners. One day I would like to own a dog ranch where I can dog sit and provide care for all kinds of dogs. Everyday hobbies include watching movies and reading and cooking.
I have always wanted to be British.
Sublime, David Bowie, Neutral Milk Hotel, Jack Johnson, Adele, Ben Folds, Lady Gaga, Guns N Roses
Throughout my life my tastes in music genres has changed with the decades and my age…but I will always love the classic oldies from the 50s and 60s. I admire the tenacity of the artists of the seventies like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. The eighties gave way to such fun and experimental music that I grew up dancing to and always come back to. The nineties was an era that I think captures most of my music background. Coming of age in this decade I will never forget the bands and sounds that made such an impact on my life. Bands like Sublime and Nirvana, were changing genres of music; no one had heard of grunge or ska punk, and now I can’t imagine my life without them! Currently, I find myself drawn to more independent creative artists that are sometimes less commercially popular, but resonate with how I feel at this juncture in my life. Artists like Sia, Tuneyards, Trampled By Turtles, Atmosphere, Adele, and others are on my playlist from day to day.
In my family, music is what brought us together … well, music and food. Usually, while we cook music is playing and we dance intermittently. Music is what enhanced our mood as a collective and made family memories that much more tangible and joyous. For me personally, music is what helps me connect to my spirit and emotions. Nothing helps add any kind of exclamation point to life better than music. And I love that, in a flash, no matter where or what I am doing, music and song can bring me back to a certain memory or remember when I first brheard a song. My parents claim that I loved music at a very young age; I bonded with my Grandpa Al over music and I believe it was part of his soul that imparted my love of music in me.
I love seeing and hearing the joy in people as they celebrate such a happy day, and knowing that my job is aiding in enhancing those happy memories.
“It’s not who you are underneath, it’s what you do that defines you.”
Saint Paul, MN
St. Olaf College – B.A. in Psychology; Currently pursuing a Masters in Architecture at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities
“Though she be but little, she is fierce.”
“Lo que está pa’ ti, nadie te lo quita.” “What is meant for you, no one can take away.” Thanks, Willy Chirino!
Learning and dancing Lindy Hop (a specific genre of swing dancing) currently garners the majority of my non-grad school time and attention. I also love to make little art projects – emphasis on the little. I make small pendants that I sell on Etsy, as well as some other side projects to keep my creative juices flowing. I also love video games! Currently I am working my way through Final Fantasy VII for a second time, and am always looking for new games to play.
I’ve made an appearance in four professional music videos – for a combined total of about 30 seconds. That blob you see standing behind Dessa with a purple flower in her hair? Yeah, that’s me.
Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Celia Cruz, Kaskade, BT, Beyonce, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Maroon 5, Billy Joel, Fats Waller, Tuba Skinny, I love it all!
I’ve gone through many phases as far as my favorites are concerned, but the underlying theme remains the same: I want to listen to music that makes me want to dance! It could be my upbringing (my dad always played salsa music throughout the house, so I was moving my hips before I could walk), my high school aspirations to become the next Tiesto (no joke, I e-mailed XM Radio DJ Joe Bermudez for tips when I was sixteen), or my current obsession for all things Lindy Hop and Hip Hop, but if it makes me want to move, I am all over it!
I am not married, and I’ve never been one to plan my dream wedding, but there is one thing I know: Everyone is going to have a great time at mine! I love the atmosphere of weddings. There’s just something so great about that much love in a room. Furthermore, I love love LOVE to dance, so once the reception begins, I like to take it upon myself to keep the dance floor packed. Fun Fact: Before this job, I was called upon at a friend’s wedding to be the designated Conga-Line-Leader.
I love when people get as excited about the music I choose as I do. It’s like I’ve instantly made new friends each and every time. I’m a people-pleaser at heart, so making sure my clients enjoy themselves as much as possible is the greatest challenge I could ever take on.
Esta “DJ” habla Español. Spanish is actually my first language, but my English is likely a little better from living in Minnesota most of my life. I have a degree in psychology and am a pretty great listener, so if we work together and you want to tell me what you’re nervous about, I’m all ears. I’m pretty flexible, and it’s actually pretty hard to stress me out, so if there is something I can do DJing-wise to make things easier for you, please let me know.
Saint Paul, MN
University of St. Thomas and major in socializing 🙂
Awesome, Tall, Fun, Nice, Outgoing, Creative, Strapping
Life’s a dance you learn as you go.
I grew up in an athletic family and I love playing baseball and basketball whenever I have a chance and I enjoy riding my bike whenever I have a chance (Schwinn not Harley). I try to golf whenever I can and occasionally I’m good at it. Non-sports related hobbies would include popping into the Wild Tymes or Amsterdam in St. Paul to catch a live band and hitting up the Artist Quarter to catch open mic night (watching, not participating). I also enjoy sampling craft beers at the best place on the planet: The Groveland Tap.
I drive a minivan!
Incubus, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mumford + Sons, Bob Dylan, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, The Beatles
The way I’ve always looked at music is do I like it or don’t I? I don’t discriminate by favorite genres. Some songs hit me in a certain way, and some don’t. Overall, I would say that I am a big Country fan, I love 60’s and 70’s rock music, and have a soft spot for some of the current Bluegrass music that’s out.
My parents are huge country fans and by age 6 I could recite the entire Garth Brooks box set. Since that time I have expanded my musical horizons and will listen to just about anything with an open mind. Music to me is the ultimate performance enhancer. It can make movies more dramatic, moments more memorable, and can turn a collection of people into a party. Certain songs will be forever stamped on some of the fondest memories of my life. A couple notables: My first kiss was while “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer was playing. Cheesy, I know … it was at the roller rink too. The first song I sang for an audience was “Barbara Ann” by The Beach Boys.
I love meeting new people and having a good time. I also like the responsibility that is associated with DJing weddings. Ideally you only have one wedding, and it is my responsibility to help entertain your guests for that day. That kind of adrenaline rush is hard to top.
Augsburg College, Accounting and Finance
Funny, Selfless, Outgoing, Caring, Friendly, Determined, Adventurous
Know your audience.
Basketball, Hockey, and Video Games. Also, in the summer I love going out to eat with my friends, and finding fun new stuff to do. On the weekends I love spending time with my family and taking my six year old sister places.
I’m a huge fan of hockey. My childhood consisted of a lot of hockey!
Logic, J. Cole, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, Michael Jackson, Drake, Enrique Iglesias
My favorite genres of music are Rap, Hip Hop, and Pop. I enjoy listening to the latest mainstream hits, but I still appreciate all the classics from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and early millennium songs. I also know a lot about Bollywood/Hindi music hits.
Music has always been a part of my life. It makes everything easier for me. I listen to music in the car, when I study, and before I go to bed. Music makes any activity more entertaining.
I’m not married yet, but I love weddings. It’s amazing to see two people in love being the center of attention for one night dedicated to them. My favorite part about a wedding is seeing couples personalities reflected in the theme and design of their big day!
I really enjoy when couples choose to have an anniversary dance. My favorite part is when the longest married couple has some advice for the newlyweds. I also love seeing everyone get out of the comfort zone and show off their dance moves to their favorite songs.
San Diego State University, B.S. Hospitality and Tourism Management; Events, Attractions & Convention Management. Certificate of Meeting and Event Planning
Outgoing, Organized, Reliable, Energetic, Optimistic, Friendly, Detail Oriented
Always be yourself
I manage non-profit fundraising events for a living. I wouldn’t call that a “hobby” per se, but it does take up most of my free time. LOL! A true hobby of mine would be dancing … I learned a form of swing dance called Lindy Hop in 1999 and have been dancing ever since. I traveled through Europe twice and all around the United States teaching, competing and performing. What I love most about dancing is how the music inspires the dance, and the dance inspires the music.
I stay focused, execute well, and thrive under stress.
Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Prince, James Brown, Maxwell, Lou Rawls, Usher
I love all types of music, but specifically enjoy Oldies/Motown, Classic Rock, Disco/Funk, 80’s, 90’s R&B, and Top 40’s Hip Hop. I developed a love for Motown/Soul/Oldies from a young age when my dad and I used to listen to music together. I was the flower girl at my cousin’s wedding when I was 4 years old and I remember dancing with my dad to “Old Time Rock & Roll” by Bob Seger. He taught me how to be inspired by the music. Since then, each genre of music drew me in with it’s own unique style.
I have always loved music. I remember listening to the music in the car when I was young, and got in trouble more than once for being too consumed with my headphones and paying no attention to anyone else. I attended every dance my grade school and high school ever held. I started in concert band in 4th grade with the flute, moved into percussion in 9th grade, and marched in drumline with the marching band through my senior year. After graduating high school, I learned a partner dance and haven’t stopped dancing since. I don’t remember a day in my life where music hasn’t inspired me.
What I love most about DJing weddings is creating a comfortable environment where the wedding couple and their guests alike can celebrate this special occasion through laughter and music.
Hobby Farm in Center City, MN
If it isn’t broke don’t fool with it; if it doesn’t fit don’t force it; and don’t forget to floss.
I have rehabbed a couple of houses, and enjoy the challenge that brings…to put your fixed up house back on the market and see what kind of response you get to all the hard work of remodeling. I scuba dive, and have dove on wrecks in the frigid waters of Lake Superior as well as done shark dives in the balmy salt water of the Bahamas. I enjoy having friends and family up to my place for BBQ and cigars around the bonfire, which I try to do often during the summer. I love sailing, and used to sail a lot around the Apostle Islands in WI. Pretty much anything on the water, in the water or under the water gets my interest. Have also gone white-water rafting down the Rouge River in Oregon, and would jump at a chance to do that again.
I have a sentimental and gentle soul. I love a good tear-jerker movie. I recently became an ordained minister, and am looking forward to performing my first marriage ceremony.
Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Bob Dylan
I love the variety of the types of weddings and receptions that I have had a chance to see over the fifteen years of being a wedding DJ. I enjoy the pageantry of a traditional classic black and white ceremony to the jazzed up grand march dance-in that the wedding party has been rehearsing for weeks before the wedding. I have seen couples have their kids in the ceremony and their dogs in the ceremony, and I just think that each wedding and reception has to be something special for that couple, and I am very happy when I get to be a small part of their very special and very personal night.
I think it’s just a lot of fun; my chance to be on stage, to orchestrate a great song list and MC a fun and successful night for the family and friends of the new bride and groom on a night that will be remembered for many years to come. I love hearing from the bride and groom that not only did they have a great time, but that people have been complimenting them on their DJ.
Brooklyn Center, MN
College of Saint Benedict; Majors in Hispanic Studies and Secondary Education, minor in Music
Passionate, Amiable, Versatile, Optimistic, Genuine, Creative, Dedicated
It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.
I absolutely love to dance. The past three years I have gotten really into swing dancing, and I recently joined a hip-hop dance group as well as a modern dance class. I enjoy those styles as much as goofy dancing with friends to release some energy. I’ve played clarinet for years and have performed as a member of many music ensembles and it’s always really rewarding to see what a group of musicians can accomplish together. In my free time I’m usually reading or watching crime shows on late night TV.
I am a swing dancer who is fluent in Spanish.
Lady Antebellum, Skillet, Sugarland, Aaron Copland, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Dawes
I’ve always been a big fan of country, and like to relax and listen to acoustic music. I love dancing around to pop music with a catchy tune and swing dancing to big band jazz.
Music has always been a huge presence in my life; I grew up in a household full of music, and went on to be a big music nerd throughout high school and college. I think any situation can be made better by music, and since I like almost all genres I enjoy just about anything I hear. I love to dance or sing (although badly) to everything, whether the lyrics are insightful or it just has a good beat to it. Music is what keeps me sane and inspires me.
My favorite part about being a DJ is seeing the bride and groom having the time of their life on the dance floor with their friends and family. Having a packed dance floor makes the event really fun, but it’s even more special when the most important guests of the night are out there having a great time and enjoying the music.
Saint Paul, MN
Action-oriented, passionate, motivated, charismatic, fun, outgoing, caring
Do it right or don’t do it at all.
Skiing, running, spending time with my wife and kids, attending the kids’ piano recitals and hockey games. Traveling…particularly Caribbean cruises. I am passionate about giving back to the community because I feel that I am fortunate in what I have. I hope someday to be able to take my family to Haiti to work in an orphanage. I am the co-founder of Gobble Gait, an annual 8K walk/run to raise money for Hastings Family Services, a local food shelf. Since 1998 we’ve raised over $700,000. www.gobblegait.com
The start of my sales career was selling wrapping paper and greeting cards door-to-door. Then, I worked at the family restaurant, Wiederholt’s Supper Club, bussing tables and washing dishes to earn money to start my DJ business.
Prince, Michael Jackson, Kiss, Motley Crue, White Snake, Frank Sinatra, John Cougar Mellencamp, Lionel Richie, Pitbull, LMFAO, DJ Tiesto
My dad was a drummer in a country band, Gigs and the Branded Men. I always listened to Cadillac Jack on 101.3 and called in regularly to request songs such as Fine Young Cannibals and The Farm.
We had a large-scale reception with over 400 guests in Wisconsin … I’d never do that again. I thought I could do everything and didn’t need a planner, but I forgot everything the day of the wedding (putting out the guest book, etc). Naturally, I hired one of my own staff to DJ the party and he did an awesome job. Our first dance was Jim Brickman’s “Destiny.” Another memorable moment was my sister and my brother-in-law, jumped into the hotel pool … fully suited.
Serving people and watching them enjoy themselves.
Viterbo University, B.F.A. Musical Theatre
Empathetic, Passionate, Intuitive, Silly, Diligent, Outgoing, Creative
Make sure your actions reflect your spirit.
Singing, theatre, biking, kayaking, thrifting, and exploring the great dive restaurants of the Twin Cities.
I once spent an entire week in the Boundary Waters free from technology/music of any kind. Portaging, canoeing, camping. It was marvelous. However, there is nothing like the bass drop to “No Diggity” by Blackstreet after a week of nature sounds. 😉
Laura Marling, Punch Brothers/Chris Thile, Thundercat, Beyonce, The Civil Wars, Beck, Jack White, tune.yards, Jain, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Decemberists, Florence and the Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Missy Elliot
I honestly enjoy just about every type of music…everything from banjo-picking bluegrass to modern hip-hop. I live for Soul and Motown. I am a big advocate of Sly and the Family Stone and classic rock from the 60’s and 70’s. My family is a huge influence on the artists I listen to today, such as The Temptations, Chicago, Frank Sinatra, and Led Zeppelin. 90’s Hip-hop/R&B is the soundtrack of my childhood. Anything to make you get up and feel alive!
Music has been an essential part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’ve taken some form of music lessons since 1st grade, and have been singing for even longer. Performing live music is my main connection, be it fronting a band or playing a character on stage. I believe in the importance of story telling and being a vessel for the experience you want the audience to have. I also love an excuse to cut loose and dance the night away. I have so many memories tied to a specific song, place, and person. There is a lot of magic in sharing the love of a song with a complete stranger. I think it brings out the best of humanity, allowing us to focus on our overwhelming similarities versus what divides us.
Although I have taken part in many weddings providing vocal music, I have not gone through the task of organizing my own. However, I am unyielding in my empathy for others. Stress can be a huge detriment to a day of love and joy, so I take my time in making sure others needs are understood and ascertained. Preparation is the key to a successful, fun-filled wedding for everyone involved, and I want to make a night full of beautiful memories as much as you do!
Watching the relationships between the guests as they get up and move to the music. I love when grandma gets involved and the kids cannot stop wiggling on the dance floor. Everyone is there to celebrate two people they love dearly, so they make every effort to show their love in how they celebrate the occasion. I also love when the parent’s can’t keep it together during the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances. Those relationships are so precious and it’s an honor to highlight that moment of pure joy with the right song choice.
Saint John’s University. Major-Social Sciences, Minor-Secondary Education
Fun, Adaptable, Hard Working, Caring, Imaginative, Patient, Fast
Just be as you as you can be.
I love to write stories. I do karate and I’m a swing dancer. I’m usually out with my friends dancing at least once a week.
I am a 2nd degree black belt.
Sara Bareilles, Maroon 5, Michael Buble, Dia Frampton, Florence + the Machine, Lifehouse, KT Tunstall
I am a sucker for a good mashup. I also like Pop and Rock. As long as the song has an energetic beat and enough clearly articulated lyrics to sing along, then it’s my kind of song.
In high school, I was a musical theater kid. I sang, I danced, I threw girls up into the air (and caught them). I’ve always been in a position where if music is playing, then I’m either singing or dancing along with it.
I’m still waiting to meet “The One,” but I do understand the significance of weddings. My previous job involved event set up–clearing the room, cleaning the floors, bathrooms, windows and setting up for the next event (all of this usually done by myself). I know that every little bit matters. I always made sure I did my part from polishing sink handles to having the dance floor spotless to ensure it was a special day. All of that discipline from my previous job is carried into my profession as a DJ.
From the second I press play to the moment the night is done, it is my job, my duty and my mission to ensure there are happy faces on the newlyweds and that the dance floor is filled with people jumping, jiving, wailing and slow dancing the night away.
St. Olaf College, Majors in Biology and Environmental Studies
Respectful, Happy, Energetic, Fun, Handsome, Focused, Flirtatious
Don’t worry about it; just do it.
Most of my hobbies stem from my love of nature. I am passionate about preserving the world’s natural heritage and I am involved in volunteer and career paths in natural resource conservation, particularly prairie restoration and maintenance. I also enjoy the more common recreational opportunities like mountain biking, hiking, canoeing, fishing, and birding, Identifying a new bird in the field is just as fun to me as finding money in the street or catching a 26 inch walleye. I also enjoy singing in choir, playing rugby, and swing dancing.
I juggle machetes.
The Eagles , Queen, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, John Williams, Etta James, Jackie Evancho
I like to listen to classic rock on the radio when I’m driving to keep myself awake and to sing along. I love when a movie incorporates the right music, like Howard Shore’s compositions for Lord of the Rings, or any of the John Williams soundtracks in classics like Star Wars and Indiana Jones, or Jaws. I like music with a strong beat for dancing especially swing and polka. I like to listen to blues on the stereo from a reclining chair, as well as listening to a choir in a large church with the appropriate amount of echo so the harmonies can linger and blend with each other.
As long as I can remember I have been traveling Midwest garage sales in search of vinyl records with my record hunter father. We spent a lot of time looking for rare and interesting albums to take home and listen to on the high fidelity stereo system. In this way I was exposed to the vast and diverse history of classical and American music. I gravitated more towards the classic rock genre, especially the Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd with their blend of rock and country sounds. I have a deep appreciation for most well performed music, that is to say I enjoy listening to musical and performance perfection and my standards are high, because I have heard what people are capable of producing. What I really love is when a performer can take a complicated piece of music and hit every single note perfectly and perfectly on time and on top of that infuse it with their own emotional interpretation of what the song means to them. One of my favorites in this category in recent years is Jackie Evancho singing opera under the direction of David Foster.
I love being a part of such a happy and positive celebration. Weddings are always so emotional and positive; I feel good to be able to contribute to the joyous mood that everyone is celebrating.
Vassar College, B.A. Narrative & Child Development Bank Street College, M.Ed. Early Childhood Education
Devoted, Attentive, Excitable, Detail-oriented, Curious, Flexible, Creative
Do your best at everything that is under your control, and accept that the rest will happen how it will.
I’ve always made a habit of making playlists for friends and family, but I also love making themed ones for myself (a fake soundtrack for a TV show, something to suit a certain mood, etc). I moved to the Twin Cities from New York City, and have been slowly immersing myself in all of the glorious outdoor activities you guys get up to here! Lately I’ve been rollerblading around my neighborhood lake and feeling very 90s while I do it. I also love reading, usually historical fiction or sci-fi/fantasy.
I have synesthesia for sounds – I see colors in my head when I listen to music 🙂
Drake, The National, Beyonce, The Weeknd, Glass Animals, Rihanna, Years & Years, Florence & The Machine, Kanye, early 2000s rap/R&B, boy bands, alt-J, Chance The Rapper, Motown classics, James Blake, Trey Songz, Radiohead, Lorde
On my own I definitely gravitate to R&B and Pop – sometimes I wonder how I would’ve handled it if I’d been born in an era like Medieval times because I’m THAT dependent on a sick bass beat. I guess it’s for the best that I’m here now! That said, I’m well versed in a variety of genres and get such great pleasure out of playing what people love – in some ways I’d say my specialty is noticing the details in people’s favorite music and using those clues to find the next thing they’d like.
I feel powered by it–like I’m a battery that constantly has to recharge through my favorite music. I have visceral memories of the first time I heard a lot of my favorite songs, almost like my brain knew they were going to be important and made sure to save every piece of the data. I just love it–often in ways that are hard to explain, and that sort of feels like the point. Music communicates things we can’t in any other way. It’s such a powerful feeling for me that I’m constantly looking for ways to share it with others.
Passionate, Respectful, Funny, Creative, Flexible, Spontaneous, Committed
People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
I mentor for Big Brothers of the Twin Cities, its a great way to help out, give back and is very rewarding. I also am a husband to an amazing woman and father to two great boys, so family life is also a hobby!
I am a pretty good karaoke singer.
Billy Joel, Bob Marley, U2, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw, Marvin Gaye, Justin Timberlake, Adele, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra
I love the 80’s and 90’s and old school hip hop but I can get behind anything with a solid beat, sample some Michael Jackson together with some Pharrell – yes please. Need to swing classic rock into country? Consider it done.
Music is what grounds me, fills my family life, helps me decompress after a day or great night of work!
I just got married in September 2012 and of course Adagio got the business! Tommy did an amazing job and all our guests had fun. It gave me some good perspective on how other DJs keep the crown involved and he introduced me to some new songs that mix well together. The experience really helped me see what a relief it is to have a DJ who knows what they are doing, takes care of the little things and keeps the couple happy and the night flowing. This just drives home the point for me at my events of keeping a high attention to detail and personalizing each step for each couple.
Seeing generations on the dance floor having a great time and being a part of the BEST day of people’s lives!
Saint Paul, MN
McNally Smith College of Music: Bachelors of Music, Vocal Performance
Happy, Energetic, Easy-going, Spontaneous, Sweet (at least that’s what my mom says), Artistic, Fun
Only trust people who like big butts … they cannot lie.
Other than music, I will watch or play anything with a ball. Going to the lake and doing fix up projects is something I enjoy as well.
I grew up on a farm growing wheat, soybeans, and sugar beets.
Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake
I would consider myself a country guy, but I really like anything with a tune. Pop, Rock, Rap, Polka, Fusion, you name it, I probably like it.
Since I was little, music has played a big part in my life. I started in the church choir and now have made music my career. I play piano, guitar, and sing so I try to get out and perform as much as possible.
I have been a part of a lot of weddings. I always love the way couples put a different spin on things and it really shows how everybody likes things a little bit different. Weddings are the ultimate gathering of family and friends, so don’t sweat the small stuff because the people that are most important in your life are just happy to be able to share your special day with you.
I think the best part about DJing is seeing someone’s reaction to a song when it first starts playing. The joy on their face makes my day. Bringing people to a specific place and time where that certain song was a big part of their life makes me love what I do.
Saint Paul, MN
University of Minnesota B.S. in Business and Marketing Education. I am currently working on obtaining my Master’s degree in Education at Bethel University
Loyal, Detail-Oriented, Easy Going, Optimistic, Funny Caring, Helpful
Roll with the punches and make the best out of every situation.
I play a lot of pickup basketball, and enjoy the competition and teamwork. A couple of years ago, I actually played for a team in a small town in France, while I was doing a teaching program at a local high school.
I have dual citizenship with France and speak fluent French.
Michael Jackson, Prince, James Brown, Sinatra, Jay Z
I love playing old school hip hop from the early 90’s, but love to mix it in with newer top 40 hits.
I’ve loved a wide variety of music since I was very young. Like many kids I would make mixtapes on my boombox by recording songs on the radio. My stepfather is a classical guitarist, so I have an appreciation for all types of music. I was even a part of a local hip-hop group while in college.
My favorite aspect of DJ’ing is seeing the bride and groom very happy at the end of the night, and knowing that everyone had a blast.
St. Paul, MN
B.A. in Psychology from St. Olaf College Working toward Ed.S. in School Psychology at the U of M
Fun-loving, Outgoing, Clever, Curious, Thoughtful, Flexible, Organized
I’d rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
Dungeons & Dragons, singing, being outdoors, Frisbee, reading, searching for the Twin Cities’ best donut shop.
I used to be a hardcore Zumba enthusiast. I also speak a little Mandarin Chinese.
Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Paul Simon, Pink Floyd, Queen, The Beatles, and Dolly Parton
I have favorites in many genres, from classic country and Top 40 to hard rock, current pop, and R&B/Soul.
My dad tells me he used to sing the Talking Heads for me while I was on the changing table. I started singing in a children’s chorus in fourth grade and haven’t stopped loving music since. The last concert I went to was Carly Rae Jepsen and it was a blast.
Planning a wedding can be stressful, but you have to remember that all your guests are there because they love you and want to see you happy. And if they’re driving you crazy, the person on the other side of the altar will be there for you today and every day.
Helping people make memories of their special day and seeing everyone’s hilarious family traditions.
I have a phenomenal time DJing and I want to make sure you’re having just as much fun as I am.
B.A. in Media Communication and Production from Bethel University
Flexible, Caring, Rational, Helpful, Detail-Oriented, Dynamic, Intuitive
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
Starting on worship teams, I began playing guitar at a young age and music has played a key role in the development of my personality. In my personal time I do freelance videography and photography, shooting short films, music videos, and other things.
I’m a sucker for Disney movies.
Muse, Crywolf, Lights, Allen Stone, M83, Madeon, ODESZA, Woodkid
Just about anything. I’m an avid fan of electronic, funk, jazz, and alternative, among others. As a film lover I love soundtracks, or just about any type of music that tells a story.
Since childhood I’ve had a strong relationship with music. At a young age I played guitar for multiple worship teams, and transitioned to running sound for worship teams. While working at Bethel I was able to run sound in Benson Hall. I also interned with a radio station, gaining experience as a live air DJ, and through work gained experience as an event sound engineer and DJ.
I love providing an experience for others, and being a DJ allows me to provide a premium experience for all of the attendees at each event I work.
B.A. in Dance from the University of Minnesota
Creative, Compassionate, Cheerful, Intelligent, Goofy, Adventurous, Adaptable
Dancing, Choreographing, Acting, Singing.
Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, Ella Fitzgerald, Janelle Monae, Beyonce, The Beatles, Sara Bareilles, Amy Winehouse, Sia, A Fine Frenzy
Pop, Classic Rock, Jazz.
I grew up playing violin and singing, performing in choirs and community theater. I still love to sing and perform, especially with my cabaret troupe!
I love seeing people light up when they hear a favorite song come on, and seeing the joy on people’s faces when they’re dancing and celebrating with their friends and family.
St. Paul, MN
Nebraska Wesleyan University, B.F.A. in Acting
Outgoing, Excited, Hardworking, Fun-seeking, Passionate, Easy-going, Flexible
Singing, dancing, football, basketball, craft beer, spaghetti westerns, streaming too many episodes of the Office in a row.
I split loyalty between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Kansas Jayhawks. My dad went to KU, my mom grew up in Nebraska. When they got married they made a truce: during the football season we’d be Huskers, during the basketball season we’d be Jayhawks. It’s been a pretty great life as a sports fan.
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Bon Iver, Fall Out Boy, Bruno Mars, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Nickel Creek, the Civil Wars, Eric Church, Kendrick Lamar, the Postal Service, Walk the Moon.
I like a wide range from old school country (Merle Haggard and the like) to top 40, indie and even some early 2000’s pop punk like Fall Out Boy or Taking Back Sunday. Basically, if it gets my toe tapping I’ll jam out to it. These days you’ll mostly catch me blasting Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats or Kings of Leon. Give it a good beat and some drums and I’ll listen to it!
My relationship to music is one of necessity. I’ve been playing music and singing in one form or the other since elementary school. I’ve played in bands, sang in choirs, dj’d parties for my friends and obsessed over musicals. Music expresses emotion in ways that spoken word never can and I love getting taken away by a song whether it’s an uptempo dance song or a sad jam.
My ideal wedding is low key, low pressure and low stress. This is a
day to celebrate your commitment to a partner with your friends and
family! The entire day should be a reflection of that love and
commitment to each other which, to me, means taking the experience in
and not letting the small stuff get in the way.
Getting to form a relationship with the couple and the guests they’ve invited to join them in their day. I’ve had a great time being a groomsman previously, and I know how close you can get to complete strangers over the course of a weekend. DJing a dance is like a condensed version of that. If I can connect with a dance floor it makes it feel like we’re sharing in an experience together that no one there is soon to forget!
Uptown, Minneapolis, MN
University of St. Thomas, Finance and Spanish
Funny, Outgoing, Cheerful, Attentive, Passionate, Patient, Professional
Actions Express Priorities
I love music so I often find myself playing the piano and bass guitar with my brothers and friends. I am also a big fan of other cultures so I enjoy traveling. Italy and Spain have been my favorite trips. I am very active. I like to go running around the lakes of Minnesota, I love Minnesota summers!
I am deathly afraid of the the dark. Not dark in general, but dark basements really freak me out. Also, I was born in Mexico and spent a considerable amount of time there–so I speak Spanish too.
Pitbull, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Beatles, The Monkees, Maluma, Michael Jackson, Queen, Prince, Backstreet Boys, Justin Bieber, The Eagles, Dean Martin, Frank Sinantra, Stevie Wonder, Foster the People, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Justin Timberlake, Cake
When on my own, I find myself listening to everything from smooth jazz to upbeat country to top 40 hits, but as a DJ I think I excel in, and would prefer to play, more mainstream oldies and top 40 songs. I spent a lot of time in a farming community in Wisconsin and go to Country Jam every year so I am also comfortable with country weddings. Also, I am a big fan of Latino music!
Music was forced on me when I was younger–me and my brothers HAD to take piano lessons and start our own band. My mother always told me I would thank her when I was older…she was right. I am constantly listening to music now and know it helps keep me sane.
When I play a song that the crowd absolutely loves, I love seeing everyone out on the dance floor, singing along. I am also a big fan of the anniversary and dollar dances.
Gustavus Adolphus College, Coursework in Environmental Studies University of Minnesota, Coursework in Journalism
Fun, Intuitive, Loyal, Quick-witted, Energetic, Headstrong, Alert
A job begun is a job half done.
Hiking at Fort Snelling State Park, taking my dog to the off-leash parks in the city, reading an entire book a single day, cooking from scratch, doodling with pens.
I have a mean right cross.
Kendrick Lamar, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Courtney Barnett, Jungle, Beach House, H.E.R., Amy Winehouse, Best Coast, Cage The Elephant, Frank Ocean, Gary Clark Jr., Hozier, Kali Uchis, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kyle, Melanie Martinez, Purity Ring, The Weeknd, St. Vincent, Alabama Shakes
Pop, R&B, Indie, Rock
I grew up on classic rock, hair metal, ABBA, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. I’m versatile! I took piano lessons up until high school, when I decided to teach myself to play the guitar poorly. I love to sing and was involved in choir throughout middle school and high school. Music has always been a huge part of my family life, too. When we get together for holidays we jam late into the night.
How people react to their hearing favorite song, or one that brings back happy memories. I love getting people to really let go on the dance floor.
Stanford University – B.S. in Symbolic Systems, M.S in Computer Science
Quirky, Ridiculous, Kind, Caring, Analytical, Curious, Thoughtful
Nobody knows what they’re doing. It’s how we write our stories once we come to understand this that counts.
All aboard the swing dancing train! I took a social dance class in college and fell in love with this new way of expressing myself. And having the opportunity to share a short emotional and artistic conversation with a partner as well? Count me in. On the visual arts end, I took a painting class my last quarter in school, and these days you’ll see me stand uncomfortably close (at least to the docents) to paintings and installations at studios and art museums.
In a nearby alternate universe, I would’ve been a teacher. I had the opportunity to spend a month in Palestine teaching computer science to high schoolers, and seeing my students grow and step outside their comfort zones have been some of the most fulfilling moments in my life.
I had a streak of being pulled over by the police five times in a row and never getting a ticket. I got a ticket the sixth time around for driving on the wrong side of the road: that one I definitely earned. Also, I can swim but can neither float nor tread water.
Bon Iver, fun, The Head and the Heart, The XX, Walk the Moon, Walk off the Earth, Sigur Ros, The Lumineers, Mat Kearney, Parachute, Sara Bareilles, Vienna Teng, A Fine Frenzy, Sam Smith, Sam Tsui, Troye Sivan, Passion Pit, CHVRCHES
Bluntly, I’m a product of my environment; my Spotify playlists are littered with Top 40 and alternative songs…from 2005 onwards. Thankfully, I’ve gotten to venture and expand my horizons a little: soul and motown are hitting me in the soul right now. It’s never too late to discover Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and the rest of the crew. As a swing dancer, I love myself some Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Jimmie Lunceford.
To be honest, I started listening to music a little later in life. I was blissfully unaware of what was going on when my friends and classmates were gaga over Backstreet Boys, Britney, and Jesse McCartney. Thankfully, redemption was near – the summer before middle school, my cousin from Virginia flew out to visit my family, and he introduced my brother and me to Linkin Park, Green Day, and the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. Eminem came shortly afterwards, followed by creating a Facebook group for fans of Onerepublic, checking Wikipedia to learn about upcoming album releases, and fanboying over BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge covers.
I discovered the joy of live music my junior year of high school. My friends invited me to see Muse with them, and I was blown away by the sense of unity and connection I felt. Here were 20 thousand people who had gathered together to scream for our favorite artists, feel the music move us, and uplift our spirits. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to introduce many of my friends to their first concert experience and share the exhilaration of grooving and singing and dancing and jumping to the music with them.
An interesting thing I’ve discovered about myself is that I tie songs to moments and events from my past. I’ve sat in an ice cream parlor with a friend for hours listening to the music that was playing over the loudspeakers; as each new song came one, we shared how that song reminded us of different emotional moments in our pasts. While one song might remind me of sitting on the grass at Golden Gate Park in SF, that same song would remind my friend of a cringe-y almost-relationship of hers. In a beautiful way, music is a touch of humanity, and I love seeing how it speaks to our souls in ways spoken word and physical touch cannot.
Seeing people feel the music and allowing it to move them.
St. Cloud State University, Major: Meteorology, Minor: Mass Communication and Computer Programing
Funny, Energetic, Caring, Enthusiastic, Loving, Nerd, Determined
If better is possible, good is not enough.
Hunting, fishing, camping, ATVing, snowmobiling, rock climbing, writing music.
My dream job is to be on Saturday Night Live.
Josh Groban, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zedd, Journey, Michael Jackson, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks
Classic Rock, Alternative, Pop, Country
My mom played classical music for me when I was a baby, so I guess you could say my personal relationship with music has existed ever since I could perceive what music was. I grew up listening to Josh Groban, and branched out from there. I’ve noticed when listening to music, it doesn’t matter what I listen to, as long as the music matches what I’m feeling–hence my inability to choose a favorite genre of music.
Once I hit high school, music was such a big part of my life that I joined 5 different choirs, partook in every theater production possible, and volunteered for my church’s worship team for roles including running sound, singing and drumming. Looking back, I can honestly say that my life has revolved around music and I don’t expect that to stop anytime soon.
I am a firm believer that music can impact people in ways that just words can’t. This is why my favorite part about being a DJ is impacting peoples lives for the better, especially the bride and groom. There is no greater sight than seeing a couple madly in love.
St. Paul, MN
St. Olaf College – B.A Psychology, Race and Ethnic Studies Concentration
If the grass is greener on the other side, it’s probably because it’s fake.”
I’ve traveled to 10 countries in under a year. Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Japan, and Laos. Come at me world!
EXO, Maa Vue, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, David Yang, Sudden Rush, Panic at the Disco, Big Bang, 2ne1, T-Pain, Lana Del Rey, The Weekend, Utada Hikaru, Hayley Kiyoko, and Bruno Mars.
I love anything that can move my emotions, however current pop, hip-hop, R&B, 2000 pop rock, Hmong Music, and Kpop are my favorites.
From watching family videos, I saw I had always loved music. As a 1 year old, I would pick up my father’s small black radio and teach myself how to flip the power switch and turn the nobs to increase the volume. Even at that age I liked my music loud. Music is magical and powerful. I do not trust anyone who says they don’t like music. Music has a way of evoking empathy, understanding, and moving energy in ways that simple words can’t. If I don’t listen to music for a few days, I start feeling like I’m missing something important in my life. Listening to music is my way of emotionally recharging.
My favorite part about being a DJ is seeing the music move a crowd and hearing the group sing to songs they love. Dance battles are also what I live for. I’m happy to be a part of creating a positive collection of energy.
Business Management & Finance, UW Lacrosse
Charismatic, Ambitious, Optimistic, Polite, Loyal, Athletic, Adventurous
Strive to be the man you want your daughter to marry.
Anything that involves adventure, or a possible “epic story”. For example, I took a semester off from school, packed up my car, and began my solo journey to Florida. On that trip I hit 16 states and two countries within just six months. Besides traveling, I enjoy photography, journaling, poetry, music, playing sports, spending time with family and friends, kayaking, and skiing.
I am an avid yogi. Namaste.
Kendrick Lamar, Wale, Lil Wayne, J. Cole, Mac Miller, Nas, Brother Ali, Bryson Tiller, Chance, Childish Gambino, Kid Cudi, Logic, Jack Johnson, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Solange, Mumford & Sons, Mike Posner, The Lumineers, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, Frank Ocean, Frank Ocean, Flume, Alt-J, AC/DC.
Hip-Hop, EDM, R&B, Oldies, Alternative
My musical journey began as a young kid. At every family get together my uncles would bust out the guitars and begin jamming out to either Bob Dylan or The Beatles. Since then, my musical interest has mainly consisted of Hip-Hop and EDM. I have found that music is a fantastic way to connect with people while simultaneously expressing emotions.
My favorite aspect of being a wedding DJ is gazing out across the dance floor and seeing everyone’s faces light up once their “Jam” comes on. As a people pleaser, there’s few experiences that rival the internal feeling of knowing you catered to the Bride and Groom on their special day, while ensuring their loved ones had a great time.
St. Paul, MN
Bethel University, B.A. in Marketing
Fun-Loving, Servant Leader, Thoughtful, Detail-Oriented, Entertaining, Problem Solver, Adaptable
“You are what you repeatedly do, excellence therefore is not an act, but a habit” – Aristotle
Some of my favorite activities include being in nature, being with friends, playing music, reading, exercise and really anything that has an element of adventure to it!
I love to wakeboard and jet ski! If it’s an adventure on the lake, count me in!
The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Elvis, Prince, Kenny Loggins, Stevie Wonder, Pitbull, Bruno Mars, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Flo Rida, Maroon 5, Chainsmokers
From a DJ perspective, I enjoy playing a combination of older “classics” and top 40 the most. I have experience with other things including 80’s rock, country and EDM music. One thing that I have enjoyed in the past has been DJing for Spanish & Indian weddings.
I remember growing up and every time my mom would clean the house she would “dance clean” to either 90’s pop or ABBA. It was her way of making cleaning fun. This was my earliest memory of music and as I grew up and I learned to love it more and more. I now enjoy recreationally playing the guitar and one day would love to have a home recording studio for writing and creating music. Music truly is a passion of mine and is also the reason I got into DJing many years ago.
What a special day it is for you and your spouse. You’ve spent a lot of time planning it all out. Now that your special day has come, do everything to make it the most memorable and enjoyable day for you. Have fun and celebrate! And remember this is just the beginning of your great adventure ☺
My favorite part about being a DJ is definitely the music. It’s a passion, it always has been, it always will be. One thing that I also love is reading the dance floor and playing music that keeps it full. It’s a fun way to stay engaged with your audience.
I believe the greatest thing you will get from me as your DJ is customer service. My goal is for you to feel fully prepared so you don’t have to worry about anything on your wedding night and you can just enjoy the night and have fun! I believe in treating your guests respectfully and making the night one to remember.
UW LaCrosse, Major – Business Administration, Minor – Economics
Energetic, Fun, Outgoing, Professional, Goofy, Receptive, Carefree
Whatever you choose to do–be the best.
I came from a very small town.
O.A.R., Ben Harper, James Morrison, Pitbull, Dashboard Confessional, Usher
When I am home or working I listen to O.A.R., but when it comes to DJing I prefer music that will make it easy to dance. I like to have parties, and the music sets the beat that moves your feet especially with artists such as Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, and Pitbull.
When I am home or working I listen to O.A.R., but when it comes to DJing I prefer music that will make it easy to dance. I like to have parties, and the music sets the beat that moves your feet especially with artists such as Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, and Pitbull.
The blend of an elegant upscale event in a 2009 Black Eyed Peas Party! Just like your wedding will be, mine was unique and like no other. It was a true description of our personalities in every way.
I love to have fun and DJing gives me the ability to enjoy the love in others party. To this day I haven’t experienced a joy like seeing couples have complete joy on the most memorable day they will share. I get to be there for that and provide the entertainment, and that’s pretty cool.
Whatever you do, make it yours. Have fun. Don’t worry about anything because it doesn’t matter…and thoroughly enjoy yourself!
Saint Paul, MN
Bachelor of Arts
Talented, Eclectic, Adventurous, Rugged, Independent, Super Cool, Genius
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all things shall be added onto you.
Dancing. Hunting. Economics. Videography.
That so much raw intelligence could come in such a pretty package.
George Clinton, Sam Cooke, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson
Driving base and syncopated rhythms with upbeat vocals–Anything you can dance to.
Music is a way to paint with ethereal colors on the canvas of time. It forces us into the moment. As we are carried along with the tunes, we can more easily watch the stream of nows passing into history, and the futures coming upon us and becoming the nows. Meanwhile, we can join in and shake our funky stuff.
Reading the crowd and bringing a new vibe into existence. Moving the people quite literately. Steering the mood, and creating experiences.
You need to dance. It is in us as humans, and to ignore it is pointless. Just close your eyes and take the ride. It feels great. And soon enough, when your inhibitions start to drop off, you will be one step closer to becoming more fully a true human and along your path to enlightenment.