Meet the DJs
Black Tie Certified DJ Staff
Black Tie Certified DJs
Black Tie Certified DJ Staff
Andrew grew up with a love for music, and has always enjoyed working with, and entertaining people. He currently works at a local hospital with children and young adults. When he’s not at the hospital or DJing weddings for Instant Request, Andrew can be found playing softball, at Target Field watching the Twins, or spending time with his newlywed wife.
Instant Request was awesome - our DJ, Andrew, was very attentive to what was going on throughout the night. He made sure all of our requested songs were played, but also read the crowd quite well. - Jenna and Aaron 9/12/15Learn more about DJ Andrew N
Andy was born in Indiana and grew up in Cincinnati, but now calls Minneapolis home. Andy is a family man and spends his days taking care of his two children. Andy enjoys craft beers and cycling around the Twin Cities with his wife and kids. Andy is a seasoned musician having done 100’s of gigs while performing numerous genres. While his love for music is endless. He likes any music that can broaden his music knowledge. Andy especially enjoys big family weddings with lots of kids.
I am the father of the bride and I am happy to give you my perspective...... The experience was AWESOME! I was the person who first approached IR and received a quote for your services. The upfront processes worked great and I feel the services were reasonably priced. I asked for and received an, adder to cover music/mic for the ceremony and the revised price was very affordable. On the day of the wedding, the DJ (Andy M) was timely and stealth in setting up the equipment. He had things to set-up outside for the ceremony and inside for the reception. A lot of coordination. All went well. He even helped with timing for announcements and getting people to "flow" with the schedule. Again, all was VERY professional through the ceremony and dinner. At dinner, we commented that the guests were pretty diverse in age, geographic background and music interests. We though it might be a challenge to get/keep people on the dance floor. That thought couldn't have been more wrong! From the time the bride/groom had their first dance until 11:30PM (the last dance), the dance floor was FULL! Not kidding - not one song was played that no one danced to! We even had an 85 year old grandmother on the dance floor dancing. From traditional wedding music, to C&W, to MoTown, to Funk and soft rock, the flow/transition was great! We even had two special birthdays that Andy announced and made people aware of in an exceptionally cool manner! We received multiple compliments from our guests about how FUN the dance was to attend! My daughter (the bride) and the groom used the online planning features and spoke with the DJ prior to the event so I don't know how that went. That said, it must have gone well as the entire event was a huge SUCCESS!!! Thank YOU! - Tim (Father of the bride) 11/5/16Learn more about DJ Andy M
One of the most requested at Instant Request, Anthony has been DJing, and emceeing at events since he was very young. He’s even saved another company’s DJ from a catastrophic equipment failure while attending a friend’s wedding. His natural charisma and beaming smile, combined with a strong knowledge of equipment and music makes him truly, Black Tie certified. When he’s not DJing, Anthony also works in Film/Video Production. Anthony's musical tastes cover the board, but more importantly, he works hard to provide your desired vibe, whether classy/formal, raging party, or anything in-between. "Young or grown, I WILL find out what gets your body in motion!"
Anthony was the DJ for our wedding dance on Saturday, 3/25/2017. He was awesome right from the start…..planning and then executing a very smooth and entertaining dance. Our guests continually asked us where we found the DJ and commented on how great the music was and how he kept the evening moving. Anthony was very easy to work with, very helpful, and obviously an experienced professional. We have nothing but good things to say about Instant Request and about Anthony. Awesome job! - Geri and John 3/25/17Learn more about DJ Anthony D
Born in Minnesota, Ben attended Luther College in Iowa. He has always been a natural emcee and music lover. At college Ben helped plan school events and was always in charge of the music and hosting the night. He has emceed everything from talent shows, networking events, and formal dances. Following school, Ben worked in Washington DC for a MN politician. His favorite responsibility was leading groups of vacationing Minnesotans on guided tours of capital hill. When not DJing, Ben works as a Youth Coordinator facilitating retreats with kids of many different ages. It is Ben's approachable nature and emceeing experience that make him an excellent DJ.
Ben was so easy to work with and got everything set up and running on his own. He checked in with us when needed. He did not make himself the center of attention, rather he made the dance floor the center of attention. He read the crowd and made adjustments accordingly. - Andrea and Ryan 9/17/16Learn more about DJ Ben N.
Bengi was raised in Duluth, but has called Minneapolis home for 10 years. Growing up Bengi worked as a server at wedding receptions. While serving at weddings he was always excited when the dancing portion of the night began. He started to observe the DJs and learn what kind of music they would play and the equipment they used. He always imagined himself being the one bringing the dance floor to life. From that moment, he was hooked and knew he wanted to be a DJ! Bengi is currently getting his master's in public health at the University of Minnesota. Bengi also speaks Turkish, loves comedy, and is a talented cook.
Bengi was absolutely fantastic. I had so many compliments from my guests at how great of a DJ he was. I even had some DJ's in the crowd and they were extremely impressed with his style. The whole evening was perfect. Couldn't have asked for anything better! Bengi was so easy and fun to work with. I would request him in a heart beat. Everything went so smoothly, he was very professional, and got everything done in such a timely manor. - Katelyn and Colin 1/14/17Learn more about DJ Bengi D
Brandon calls Blaine his hometown, and also where his musical career began. He grew up helping out with the family’s Karaoke business and has made the perfect transition into DJing. If you want to find him on his time off, track down his cart at a local golf course, or search the dog parks where you’ll find him with his 2 dogs.
DJ Brandon Holland was AMAZING. He was one of the best things about our wedding!! One of the biggest priorities of both the bride and groom (we like to dance, okay?) was good music and a good DJ. And we are SO glad we chose Instant Request & Brandon. We got along really well and he made us feel super comfortable the whole day. We had several things go wrong with a few vendors and Brandon stepped in and made magic happen. As soon as Brandon checked in with me that day, he knew that things weren't happening as planned so he stepped in and basically became our wedding planner. He reassured me (the crazy bride) that everything would be taken care of and it did! He was helping set tables, suggesting photos to the photographer, helping the guests - several people came up to us to tell us they thought he was the venue manager and not the DJ! He was also SO much fun - he was dancing, laughing, interacting with all of our guests like we were all old friends and our guests LOVED it, our dance floor was absolutely full the whole night. He checked in with not only the bride but with EVERYONE the whole time to make sure everything was going well - super flexible and truly excellent customer service. We honestly can't say enough to thank him enough for helping us out and keeping us smiling and having a good time throughout the night. THANK YOU THANK YOU - Alyssa and David 9/23/16Learn more about DJ Brandon H
Charlie comes from a big Minnesotan family with fun personalities. Music could always be heard in his house growing up and was often the topic of debate among his siblings. After High School Charlie joined the MN National Guard and was deployed to middle east. During his service Charlie was introduced and developed a love for a variety of music genres. When he got stateside a friend introduced him to DJing and he was hooked. When he is not entertaining crowds, Charlie is pursuing his English Degree, playing softball, camping, and cheering for the Vikes.
Charlie was just the type of DJ our wedding reception needed! He played music to get people on the dance floor when the evening began and kept everyone up and moving. He was even out on the floor doing some of the line dances! (cha-cha slide, electric slide, etc). The entire planning process was simple and Charlie made everything worry free on the day of the wedding. We provided him with a itinerary for the reception and he would still check in with us just to make sure everything was on schedule and reminded us to take our time if we weren't quite ready for something. - Catherine and Colin 3/4/17Learn more about DJ Charlie D
Eric started DJing in order to help a friend who started their own small DJ company. His big smile, professional demeanor, and natural aptitude for DJing made the demand for his services so high that he came to Instant Request to be able serve more couples than his previous company could support. Eric is continually pushing to improve upon everything from his music knowledge, to DJ techniques and emceeing. These qualities have made him a valuable addition to the Instant Request team.
Everyone we worked with was very friendly. Everything was so easy - from booking to payments. Eric was AWESOME! We had so many compliments at the end of the night. We could not have asked for a better DJ. He was on top of everything and played great music. He had everyone dancing from the start of the night to the end. He put up with a lot of our crazy guests and their random requests. I would recommend him to EVERYONE! The pricing was the best value that we could find in the cities. Everything was so great. We loved working with Instant Request and Eric. - Sarah and Taylor 4/30/16
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Eric was born and raised right here in the Twin Cities. He has been a local radio DJ for 14 years working for 93x and KQRS. His radio work led him to start helping friends out with weddings, and then his love of live Djing took off. Eric’s journey with music began at an early age when he began playing the guitar. Eric still plays in a successful band whose songs have been featured on blockbuster movie soundtracks.
We had Eric M (Black Tie DJ) perform the DJ of our wedding on NYE. He was excellent. He has been DJ'ing for like 10+ years, and could read the crowd very well. We requested that he play the anniversary song for all the married couples. He did. We had a Google Hangout (video chat) before our wedding and discussed overall flow and discussed our wedding playlist profile that Instant Request has you make that has EVERY DETAIL embedded into. Overall, Eric was amazing. Music makes the wedding fun. Our dance floor was packed. Eric was worth way more than the amount that instant request charges (I think we paid $1,050 for him, but his professionalism/demeanor/experience was worth $1,500). Would recommend Eric M to anyone who wants a DJ they can trust won't play a "Dance Floor Killer" song as Eric described it. Super funny guy! Thanks again Eric! - Erin and Chris 12/31/16 Learn more about DJ Eric M
Grahame grew up in a musical family in a quiet neighborhood of St. Louis Park, and has been playing in bands since he was 12. He most recently played in a Beatles tribute band that toured the Midwest (portraying, on separate occasions, both John Lennon and Ringo Starr). Grahame attended Brown College for a Radio and TV Broadcasting certificate, and spent a couple of years DJing and MCing games and events at Champp’s Americana. He spent nine years in the Minnesota Army National Guard, including an overseas deployment. On particularly nice days Grahame can be found riding his vintage motorcycle around the Twin Cities.
All of our interactions with Instant Request were pleasant in planning for our wedding, and the actual reception went so well, all for a very reasonable price! The office always replied promptly to our enquiries via email, the event planner was very easy to use, the phone consultation was extremely useful and calming as we knew things were in good hands. Grahame, our DJ, did a great job emceeing and accommodating every last change and request. He was a great balance of fun and professional. Definitely glad we went with them, especially for the money, and would recommend them to anyone! - Jessica and John 10/15/16 Learn more about DJ Grahame B
Jimmy is originally from the Detroit area and went to college at Michigan St. While working at a bar in college he learned how to DJ. He liked it so much that he decided to go to broadcasting school for radio, and began working for a Detroit country station upon graduation. For years Jimmy DJ'd in the Michigan area and worked in radio. Jimmy always finds work that he can love. From lifeguarding, running the lifts at a ski resort, to producing morning radio, spinning in clubs and DJing weddings, every job he has had has been something he truly enjoys doing.
Jimmy was fantastic and was exactly what we were hoping for in a DJ. He kept the party going all night long, adjusted the music and schedule based on the audience and always checked with us if he received requests to veer off our suggested schedule. We've received tons of compliments about the great music on our dance! From start to finish we couldn't have asked for a better experience. The online event planner made the planning portion so much easier, that was super helpful. I also really liked the song recommendations for each part of the day, that helped a lot in narrowing the options down and getting a good feel for the different song options. DJ Jimmy was also so awesome. He went with the flow and really added the perfect music for the whole day. He kept the party going and everyone had a great time. Can't say enough great things about him! - Jordan and Matt 3/18/17 Learn more about DJ Jimmy B
Justin grew up right here in the Twin Cities, and has been playing guitar, singing, and DJing his entire life. Justin has been with Instant Request for more than 10 years. In his years at Instant Request, Justin has DJ’d over 500 shows, and been to nearly every venue in the entire metro area. In his free time, Justin plays guitar, keeps active outdoors, and searches out local live music. Justin’s hundreds of weddings have helped him fine-tune his ability to read any crowd and keep them on the dance floor. “I love spinning anything that keeps people on the dance floor. Anything really, from Frank to Flo!”
Wanted to let you know what an AMAZING time TCI had at our Havana Nights themed company holiday party this past Saturday 01/21/17. The lighting looked great, Justin our DJ took the time to set up a speaker in our bar area so there was music throughout our venue. His choices of Latin music to play during happy hour and dinner were on point and were the subject of high praise from the Latin Dance performers we had hired as the evening’s entertainment. Once the dancing began Justin did an excellent job of reading the crowd and getting people back onto the dance floor and engaged with group pictures, a limbo contest and managing requests. The music was upbeat, inviting and throwing in some older tunes kept upper management on the floor. We had several party crashers from the party next door and they told me several times our DJ was better than theirs. I have heard nothing but compliments this week in regards to Justin and the music selection provided, and most have said it was one of the most fun parties we have had to date. Thank you very much for sharing in the experience with us - TCI Business Capital 1/21/17Learn more about DJ Justin R
Kailen grew up in Southern Minnesota with a passion for performing; whether DJing, singing, break dancing, or beatboxing. DJing has kept Kailen busy on the weekends for over a decade, and he admittedly enjoys the wide variety of people and music he works with at every unique wedding reception. When he’s not DJing, you can find him snowboarding, rock climbing, or swimming. At a wedding reception, Kailen takes a very tasteful approach to crowd interaction and can get all ages to feel comfortable letting loose.
Our DJ, Kailen, was absolutely amazing. We met with him before the wedding (part of the black tie package) and he was very friendly, professional, and picked up on what we wanted immediately. There was also a tricky family situation that he handled graciously at our meeting and perfectly on the day of our wedding. All of our guests commented on what a good DJ he was- ours was the only wedding they had been to where the dance floor was full all night long and it spoke to Kailen's talent and ability to read the crowd. We had a long NYE wedding and danced past midnight - and at the end of the night we had a few guests breakdance and Kailen joined in for a few seconds (total surprise that was AMAZING and so much fun- it was right for our crowd but he's so good at reading crowds that I'm sure it was a crowd specific move. We and our guests loved it). We felt that instant request was affordable and easy to use with their online planner and Kailen made our NYE party perfect. - Brie and Alex 12/31/16 Learn more about DJ Kailen N
Originally form Chicago, Michael attended Winona State University on a football scholarship for his undergrad and master's degrees. Michael has always had music in his blood. As a toddler he would dance to Soul Train. In high school he wrote and performed his own music. In college he became a DJ and recruited nationally acclaimed DJs to perform at events he organized. Michael had the opportunity to open for renowned DJs such as Skrillex. When Michael is not DJing he is working out, creating music, and spending time with his family.
We had our wedding reception on February 11th and we had DJ Milk for our DJ. he was absolutely amazing and was more than we could have asked for! He kept people on the dance floor all night and played all of the music we wanted! He made our reception 10 times better than what we could have expected! I also had tons of people ask who he was and I definitely recommended him to everyone! Thanks again Instant Request for everything during the planning of our reception and DJ milk for the awesome party! - Kali and Daniel 2/11/17Learn more about DJ Michael M
Nate has been DJing for over a decade, and is now a full-time operations manager at Instant Request. He is, without question, the most requested and most highly reviewed DJ in the Twin Cities. From DJing Justin Morneau’s wedding, to his multiple club DJ residencies, Nate has a history of providing the highest quality DJ service in the Twin Cities. When he’s not working in the Instant Request office, he still finds some time to DJ weddings, but also enjoys traveling, going to concerts, working on his home with his wife, and playing sports. Nate’s years of DJing have made him well versed in every genre, and his ability to read a crowd and adapt is second to none.
100% rating for our experience. Can’t imagine having a better experience than having Instant Request run our entertainment at our reception! The staff we worked with made everything very easy. The event planner was fun and we were able to slot music for every stage of the day before even meeting with our DJ. We had the best experience with our DJ. The guests were commenting on how good the music and energy was throughout the night and even a week later! He kept everyone on the dancefloor. There were no sound issues and lighting was elegant (champagne) for dinner and turned fun/party themed (violet) when the dance party started. Nate clearly had a ton of experience and knew how to read the room to get all guests on the dance floor early and keep them there all night. Even after our grand exit our guests went straight back to keep the party going! That is the sign of a great DJ! We have already recommended Instant Request to some friends getting married next year! It was a great value! Honestly some of the best money we spent on the wedding! - Samantha and John 10/8/16Learn more about DJ Nate A
Randy’s DJ career started when he was just a kid making mix tapes for his friends. When he started college, he began doing it professionally, and has now been with Instant Request for more than 10 years. Outside of DJing, Randy works for an ad agency based in Minneapolis, and enjoys traveling, writing, and coming home to his Bernese Mountain Dog, Winnie. Randy’s DJing style has evolved to fit the wedding scene perfectly. He can play the hits from any era, but also sprinkle in the hidden gems and forgotten favorites.
Randy G was the DJ for our wedding reception and we were very happy with his services. Randy did an excellent job of making announcements (cake cutting) on schedule and of watching for our cues to turn down the dinner music for speeches. He also pronounced everyone's names correctly for the Grand March, which made me happy (we had some tough ones). During the dance, Randy was attentive to our requests and did a great job filling in with additional music that matched our tastes. There were many children in attendance, so we requested that the kid-friendly songs (Hokey Pokey, Chicken Dance, etc) be played early in the night. Randy took care of this and the kids had a blast! We were really pleased with how the evening played out and have nothing but praise for Randy and Instant Request. - Anna and Nathan 10/1/16Learn more about DJ Randy G
Rick is a MN native, raised by a professional dancer and a rock drummer. Music has been part of his life since day one. He started DJing with Instant Request in 1997, and continues to teach music and dance lessons, while also playing with his group "Buckets and Tap Shoes." Rick has become a one of the most beloved DJs on staff for his outgoing personality, and ability to connect with all ages on the dance floor.
Rick was awesome! I felt that he helped move the night along according to the timeline we discussed. All announcements were great and all lighting/sound was just what we wanted. - Alyssa and Collin 12/10/16Learn more about DJ Rick A
Ryan started DJing for Instant Request nearly 6 years ago. Prior to that, he’d held multiple DJ residencies at local clubs. When he’s not DJing, Ryan also writes and performs with a local band. He’s made a career for himself as a licensed architect, and enjoys spending time with his wife, and remodeling their home. Ryan is one of Instant Request’s most versatile DJs, whether he's DJing a reception with a standard mix of styles, or more specialty arrangements like all country, 80s themed, indie rock, or top 40."
We absolutely LOVED your service! The event planner online was fantastic and so easy to use. Ryan Weber got back to us in a very timely fashion! He handled all the song requests at our reception very well and we were so pleased with how he mixed all the types of music together! I would highly recommend this company to other couples that are getting married! - Rebecca and Blake 10/22/16 Learn more about DJ Ryan W
From the Twin Cities, Tyler has been Djing weddings since 2011. His love for music comes from his grandparents. His grandma loved listing to music, singing along, and encouraging the family to do the same. As a result he has a broad knowledge and love of music genres. Tyler is currently a director of communications at a Minneapolis based record label. He also has a radio show on KFAI, where he creates mixes and interviews local artists. When not Djing Tyler enjoys hiking around the state and sports.
Tyler was great to work with. He was a great fit for our style. He checked in with us throughout the night to ensure that the night was going well for us and everyone else. He took our song list and added to it with good requests from the guests. He had the right mix of music for the different times of the night and kept people on the dance floor. - Holly and Chris 10/22/16Learn more about DJ Tyler H
Zachary grew up in St. Louis Park, MN and has loved to the Twin Cities to much to leave. Zach started playing violin in the 3rd grade, he loves attending orchestra concerts and he has always been moved by music. When Zach isn’t playing music he is working as a massage therapist and an marketing executive for a wellness company. Zach pursued becoming a DJ after attending a wedding as a guest where the bride requested the Wobble but nobody knew how to do the steps, so Zach went out to the dance floor and showed everybody how it’s done. Zach is fluent in Spanish.
Our DJ Zachary was amazing! He went off of the vibe of our guests very well and did an excellent job of keeping the night fun and upbeat! He had our dance floor packed!! Cannot say enough nice things about him, we highly recommend him! - Sarah and Cliff 12/16/16Learn more about DJ Zachary B