Do you travel? Where are you based?
Based in San Diego, but I FREQUENTLY TRAVEL. Most of my weddings take place in San Diego + L.A. Counties, as well as Orange County, Temecula, Santa Barbara, Palm Desert, and Baja CA. We can figure out logistics together.
I have performed in Mexico, Central + South America, Turkey, Greece, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands + backpacked/driven through a few dozen countries on 4 continents. As of early 2019, I'm only asking for roundtrip airfare and to cover a few nights accommodation. ⫸ NO travel performance fees ⫷
2019: Mexico, Montenegro, Peru, Croatia, others TBA
Do you do many weddings?
Yes, and mostly weddings, at that. My absolute favorite parties are weddings, so I specialize my talents and energy primarily into being the best damn wedding DJ I can be, always learning, collaborating with couples, and having a hell of a lot of fun along the way. I love that a bunch of disparate groups of people come together to let loose and bond through feasting, imbibing, and dancing. This may be the only time they'll all be together in one place, so they just want to have fun and celebrate a couple's new adventure. It's emotionally charged and full of beauty, and some wild stuff happens!
As a DJ, I have the unique power of music to help bridge gaps and build a certain mood and energy; I'm creating the perfect party environment. I get to explore the couple's music taste and showcase it for their friends and family in a way that makes sense. As an artist, I enjoy invoking a reaction—cheering, laughing, singing, frenzied dancing, total bliss. It all gives me wholehearted satisfaction that is hard to express in words. I'm privileged to partake in this revelry 30 times per year. Read how I got started in it all.
Do you MC + make announcements?
Absolutely—I'm comfortable on the mic and finely attuned to current social cues + context. I've served as MC for a few hundred weddings, corporate and other events, handling announcements + behind the scenes logistical coordination with other vendors. I prefer to let the music drive the party and keep off the mic otherwise.
What's it cost + what's included?
DJ services cost me 25-30 hours of total devotion of my heart + soul into putting on the best wedding performance possible for each couple, plus trading out my weekends. As such, DJ services (mostly) start at $1750 for weddings, which includes a high-end sound system by JBL, the most insightful wedding-planning tools available (proprietary + customized for my clients and their guests only), all taxes, liability insurance, setup + teardown, and of course, my stylized talent on the 1s and 2s. Some events require less labor, time, planning + logistics, others more; we can determine specific event pricing in a thorough initial consultation. Occasionally I can match smaller budgets for partial trade. Most couples of mine spend an average of $2000 for Ceremony + Reception, not including Dance Party Lighting, Venue Ambiance Lighting, or various unique add-on services / packages of mine (outlined below). Expect to budget up to $750 for lighting depending on the venue. My pricing is considered upper midrange for San Diego wedding DJs, and lower midrange for OC + Los Angeles wedding DJs of any decent reputation and quality of service.
Got any other ways you can make our party awesome?
Dance Floor Club-Style Lighting (shown)
Venue Ambiance Lighting (uplighting)
Epic Sax Guy + DJ Dance Party
Oriental Rug Dance Floor Rental
Trusted Vendor Referrals—The G.O.A.T. in photography, cinematography, coordination, etc.
Comprehensive, Thought-Provoking Party Planning Materials for each client.
Getting Guests involved in pre-party hype + digital music requests
How does overtime work?
Book me and I'll play your whole event. Anything over 7 hours DJ performance time is just a bit extra. I don't take breaks, usually work alone and put in 12-14 consecutive hours the day-of with multiple music setups + breakdown.
Do you DJ other events?
Absolutely. While the majority of my time and availability is dedicated to serving wedding clients, I have additional weekdays and occasional weekends available to perform at private or public events.
Corporate parties (e.g. holidays, milestones)
In the know soirées
Private yacht parties