Meet the DJs
Instant Request DJ Staff
Instant Request DJs
Instant Request DJ Staff
Ayo is originally from Bronx, New York and proud of it. Ayo has always been fascinated with a variety of music. Since he was young he has been exposed to various genres which has led to his love of all forms of music. Currently, Ayo is in college working on a double major in IT and English. He finished very soon and is looking forward to it. Ayo loves DJing weddings. Every family is different and figuring out what moves them on a dance floor is a fun challenge. When Ayo is not DJing or in class, he can be found playing or watching basketball. He is also fond of classic art and has been known to visit museums with friends.
DJ Ayo was our DJ for our June 24th wedding. He provided music for our ceremony and reception. I was a little nervous after our first phone call (it seemed as if he had perhaps forgotten about it!) but, all my worries melted away as the wedding day progressed. He arrived early for set-up and was able to confirm processional details with us for our ceremony. He also kept pretty well to the schedule we set. During our planning phone call, we had told DJ Ayo that we essentially wanted him to do his thing and give us a dance party to keep the dance floor full and that he was more than welcome to take song requests. He delivered. Our guests were out on the dance floor all night dancing away. And the few times that I requested that he play a few slower songs for the older crowd, those songs were the next in the queue. We were so very pleased with the service provided. Us and our guests were having so much fun out on the dance floor that we completely forgot about the bouquet toss and dollar dance (both of which my husband and I were a little wishy washy about doing to begin with). DJ Ayo was actually the one to bring it to our attention and at that point we just didn't want to stop or break up the party for those events. No one seemed to miss them! We tired out our guests earlier than we thought we would and most left around 11pm or so. We were so sad to have to cut the music early but, didn't see any reason to keep going if everyone else was gone and we were starting to clean up. Anyway, thank you so much DJ Ayo! You helped make our wedding day absolutely wonderful! - Carolyn and Justin 6/24/17Learn more about DJ Ayo O
Bret is originally from western WI so he has always known the twin cities as his second home. His love for music started young when he began playing the drums at the age of twelve. At the same age Bret became fascinated with turntables and would listen to old albums. Over the years this turned into a love of old school vinyl scratching and mixing called turntablism. Bret eventually started creating his own music and scratching, playing drums, and providing backup vocals in his band. Bret is a gear head and while not Djing he works as a camera operator and is continuing his education in the field of film and video production. He also loves most outdoor activities such as skateboarding and kayaking, or projects like working on vehicles and drawing.
We had Bret C. as our DJ. He was super accommodating to us. I didn't really get an opportunity to complete my online event planner but Bret helped make it easier on me to get the list of songs to him. He assured me that everything would go smoothly during the day of the wedding. He made sure to mix in a great amount of traditional Hmong music with the other songs. I know all of our guests was appreciative of this. Thanks for playing a huge role in my wedding and making sure all the music went well. I don't have enough positive words to describe this experience. I would highly recommend Instant Request Entertainment. - Yer and Vang 7/29/17Learn more about DJ Bret C
Charity was a military brat that has lived all across the nation. She eventually made a home in MN to complete her college degree and be closer to her sister and nieces. Her passion and large knowledge for music started with her father. He chose the music every weekend when the family cleaned up the house. Music at home led to creating CDs, CDs led to online music, and online music led to Djing. Charity has been a DJ for over 7 years. Charity is a graduate of the American Music and Dramatic Academy NYC and works as a freelance journalist. When not DJing she is into the arts. She makes floral art pieces, practices her photography, and creates custom makeup designs.
Instant Request gave us a fantastic DJ experience! The DJ was perfect for our venue and guests and was able to read the crowd to play music that kept everyone happy! Their online event planner was super helpful in organizing everything and giving options for different dances, events, and song requests! I highly recommend them for any event! - Jenna and Mark 7/8/17Learn more about DJ Charity B
Growing up, Colton has always appreciated music from afar. He wanted to sing or perform but never took the plunge. However he decided to get involved with it about 5 years ago. Colton started writing and recording hip-hop music with his friends. Then it progressed into buying all sorts of DJ gear and production equipment. Suddenly Colton found himself being asked to DJ with musical groups and at parties. A Dj was born. Aside from music Colton works as an apprentice tradesman. Colton also finds time for his hobbies motocross, snow/skateboarding, basketball, and running. Colton is full of energy and a great fit for young energetic couples.
Colton exceeded our expectations and was just what we hoped for! I have already referred you to friends and and they booked their 2018 weddings with you! - Terri and Roger 04/15/2017
David knew that he wanted to create music for a living ever since getting dragged on stage as a young man. He only knew a few guitar chords, but at that moment music became a big part of his life. He began collecting music and soon turned towards mixing. As a DJ, David’s specialty is reading his audience and playing the best songs to bring the most life to the dance floor. Originally from Chicago, he moved to the Twin Cities to get his business degree and start his music production career. Today he produces music for multiple artists and his own band. When David isn’t DJing or working, he likes to travel and is always down for spontaneous outdoor adventures.
David James was our DJ at our reception and he was sensational! We were very nervous when it came to having the right DJ for our wedding because they set the tone for your reception. We got off the phone with David and we very excited. That night David ran the show when it came to all of the events like the grand march, speeches, cake cutting, etc. His music selection was top notch and kept the party going till 1am when the venue had to shutdown. We would highly suggest instant request and our DJ David James, he was the very best!!! - Danielle and Eric 5/6/17
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Originally from Minnesota DaVonte grew up in California. When DaVonte was 12 he and his father started a successful DJ company. Together they DJed numerous weddings and private parties in California. Actively DJing at a young age captured DaVonte's interest in music and technology. He is currently in school pursuing a BA in Computer Information Systems. Over the years DJing DaVonte has created a large understanding of music genres. He is familiar with everything from Reggae to Christian Rock. Technology and DJ equipment come easy to DaVonte. When not DJing he works as a repair agent at Comcast. His hobbies include building computers, gaming, and practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Erik L comes from a singing and acting background and this has allowed him to perform all over the United States and China! He’s made his home in Minneapolis and has started to break into the local performing arts scene. Erik is originally from a Downs, IL a small town of 500 where he fell in love with acting and singing. The similarities to singing publicly or acting are what drew Erik to DJing, he can feel the electricity in the air and this drives him to perform to the best of his abilities. Erik is very sociable and comfortable talking to anyone. Erik stays busy when he isn’t performing by antiquing, going to museums, collecting stamps and occasionally participates in Civil War and WWII reenactments.
Your company provided the music and other sound services for our reception on Saturday at Raspberry Island. I know we had talked Friday night about the switch from Josh to Eric. We both wanted you to know that Eric KICKED ASS! We couldn't have asked for a better DJ. Any issues that came up he addressed and had an answer for. Not to mention that he kept the dance floor packed all night. You truly have a great professional working for you! - Lisa and Matt 10/8/16Learn more about DJ Erik L
Originally from Detroit, Greg spent most of his time growing up in Kansas City. He has always had a great ear for music and he comes from a family that shares that passion. Greg played basketball in college but when he was not on the court he was learning how to DJ at live . Greg DJed college bars and parties all throughout school. Following school Greg turned down an opportunity to play basketball professionally in Brazil to focus on his family life. Greg is the proud father of 2 girls and a baby boy and is passing his love for music on to them. Greg works in the twin cities as a successful realtor, but his love for music keeps him Djing.
Greg Briggs was awesome- many, many compliments from guests with what a great job he did. - Carly and Doug 11/14/15
Jamir is originally from Minneapolis' Northside area. Currently He is a freelance graphic designer specializing in clothing, flyers, company logos, and album work for musicians. Jamir has been DJ'ing since his sophomore year of high school. He started spinning music with a friend at a party. That party soon turned into school dances and that led to weddings and private parties. Jamir really enjoys being a wedding DJ and feeds off the loving vibe that comes with the occasion. His focus is on organizing that energy, and wedding guests, to keep the everyone uplifted and participating.
Jimmy grew up in Minneapolis and has always had a love for music. As a child he played piano and was part of a Chinese dance group. He started DJing a few years ago, and has quickly made himself known for his easy going personality, and professional approach. Jimmy has a degree in engineering from the U of MN. When not DJing Jimmy can be hard to find. He is often doing outdoor activities around Lake Calhoun. He enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures and cuisines. To date, he has visited 27 different countries on 4 different continents.
Instant Request was responsive and accommodating from day one. Matt and Nate were always very prompt in answering my many questions, and the on-line planner was very easy to use. I was a little nervous about not meeting our DJ in person prior to the wedding, but in retrospect it really would have been unnecessary. DJ: Our DJ, Jimmy Chien, was excellent. He went through our entire on-line planner with us in very detail weeks before the wedding and was able to accommodate us with our last minute adjustments days prior to the wedding. He was professional and played songs that our guests really enjoyed. Other: we also had uplighting, photo slideshow projector/screen, and ceremony microphone/speakers through Instant Request. Everything was perfect! I would definitely recommend Instant Request as well as DJ Jimmy Chien - Sierra and Alan 6/10/17 Learn more about DJ Jimmy C
Joey was born and raised in Minneapolis. He comes from a very musical family and began playing instruments at a young age. He has been playing drums for 17 years and piano for 13 years. Joey started djing for private parties about 4 years ago. He is currently at Hennepin Tech for audio production and engineering. When he is not surrounded by music, Joey can be found playing basketball, tinkering with audio gear, or seeking a warm beach to do some long board surfing.
We never had any issue getting in touch with any of the office staff. They were very friendly when I came in to sign with Instant Request, and when I had questions afterwards they were always available and helpful. We enjoyed using the software and getting to create our own playlist. No suggestions - it is really user friendly, and fun to use. Our DJ (Joey A) was awesome! Friends and family said the music was great, and that the DJ was able to sense the crowd, and kept everyone on the dance floor the entire night. He also touched base with my husband and I multiple times during the night to make sure we were happy with the music. We have recommended him to anyone we know who is using Instant Request.We continue to recommend Instant Request, and specifically Joey A to all of our friends who are getting married. We have friends who have gotten married and have paid double what we did. We got a very good price from the wedding fair, and it was well worth it! - Allison and Peter 9/12/15 Learn more about DJ Joey A
Born and raised in MN, Josh inherited his music knowledge from his father and his extensive music collection. From a young age Josh learned to play the guitar. As he grew so did his interest in new styles of music. Josh has created an impressive personal music collection and is often the person you reach out to when you can not remember the name of a song. When Josh is not listening to music or DJing he can be found biking, reading, or traveling. Josh has even become fluent in Spanish from traveling over the years.
The online event planner was extremely useful. We preferred to complete it on our own time, rather than taking time off of work to meet with a DJ. We would not change anything. Josh Perkins was an amazing DJ. He was professional, adaptable and definitely loves what he does. He followed our guide exactly and fit our style perfectly. Instant Request does a great job at putting engaged couples at ease. The planning process was fun with the guide and did not induce stress. We were very happy with the discount that was offered fall 2015. It was what made us decide Instant Request when comparing it to Bayview Event Center's preferred DJ company. A competitive price was very important to us. - Jennifer and Sean 6/11/16 Learn more about DJ Josh P
Lisa grew up in Minneapolis and began singing in grade school. She followed this passion to her undergrad at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, then performing in New Orleans jazz bars. Lisa has even sang with a chorus at Carnegie Hall in New York. She has always been a natural singer and group leader. Lisa currently plays piano and sings with various Jazz ensembles in the Twin Cities. As an artist she is always writing and creating music. It was only a matter of time before she ended up being exposed to DJing. She found it came naturally to her and Lisa started Djing private parties and eventually weddings. Her favorite part of DJing is coordinating and watching a couple's first dance. It's a privilege to share in the moment. Lisa is known for being organized and detailed. Besides performing she is also a music instructor working with clients of all age groups and abilities. When with friends Lisa likes socializing, exercising, and watching basketball.
Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that Lisa was GREAT to work with! I hadn't worked with her or any DJ before, but she was flexible, courteous, professional and had the dance floor pleased. :) Once that dance got going we knew we could relax because Lisa had it under control. Thanks again! - Katie and Charlie 4/22/17
Liz is a Minnesota Native who speaks fluent in Spanish and English. Her love for music began at an early age when she classically trained in the clarinet, piano and guitar. Her musical taste ranges from old classics, hip-hop/r&b, blues, Latin jazz, edm, Tex-mex and pop culture. She loves Djing because it allows her to continue to broaden her musical tastes. Liz has made a career in digital media. She has worked as a videographer and a graphic designer. When she finds free time she even creates some of her own beats. When not working Liz loves to socialize and attend concerts.
Originally from Chicago, Manny moved to the twin cities to be closer to his wife's family. Manny has always been musically inclined and drawn to DJing. He has been DJing and creating music for years and is currently working on his 4th album. He actively performs around the twin cities and throughout the Midwest, DJing and playing in his Hip-Hop/PunkRock band. When not DJing, Manny owns and operates his own specialty running store in Uptown, Fit 1st Running. Manny is a former Collegiate Track Athlete that focused on the javelin and speed events. Stop on by his store to talk music or running.
We LOVED Manny and so did ALL my guests!! WOW!! First of all, I really appreciated the call a week beforehand. I already felt good about him after our conversation. He arrived right on time and navigated a very difficult "load-in" situation with ease and expertise! After loading in he changed and looked so great and professional!! He spent time talking with me and brainstorming ideas right on the spot. We threw in a twist at the last minute with a musician and Manny never missed a beat working it into the celebration. He just kept the party moving taking multiple requests and playing great songs for a group that was from age 5 to 80! I am so glad I went with Instant Request--thank you!!!! - Barb and Rick 04/29/17
Originally from Apple Valley MN, music has always been a huge part of Natalie's life. It began with her attending an Arts High school majoring in Music. She then had the opportunity to study at Berklee College of music in Boston, preforming at various local venues along the East Coast. Natalie was an American Idol contender in 2011 and made it to Hollywood. She spends a lot of her free time writing and playing music and learning to play instruments. She can play the piano and guitar. Through her musical journey she developed a love for DJing and was hooked. When Natalie is not pursuing a career in music or her studies in Music Therapy she can be found hiking and playing softball.
Natalie was perfect. Great personality, good taste in music, knew when to go with faster/slower songs. We liked how easy everything was, and most of all, how great our DJ was. Kelsey and Derek 11/14/15 Learn more about DJ Natalie J
Born in Chicago, Ricardo moved to the Twin cities as a young child. He grew up in a musical family and developed a passion for singing. Ricardo was always interested in Djing from its early stages. He has followed the art as it has grown from scratching vinyl to the EDM music we know today. He is an avid reader and has read several books about the origins or DJing and Hip hop. When not pursuing his music passion, Ricardo loves spending time with family and watching football with his kids.
Cari and I just wanted to contact you to let you know what a fantastic job Ricardo did at our wedding reception. By the layout of the Grand Ballroom at Mystic, he was front-and-center with the tables all around so pretty much nobody could miss him...LOL. He handled the event from start-to-finish with class, fun, and lots of energy! We met him before and went over the entire list of the day's events and songs (and he even came up with a song for my wife and son to dance to because we ended up forgetting that detail). And the lighting meshed so well with what Mystic had! Ricardo was the perfect addition to the group we had; the songs he played, both by his choice and request, kept people going all night! We can't thank you enough for all of your help and suggestions throughout the planning process and for having Ricardo work our event. We certainly will recommend him and Instant Request to anyone looking for a DJ! - Cari and Joseph 5/27/17
Ricardo was the best DJ we could have ever hoped for. He was a perfect fit for our style and we would highly recommend him to any and all of our friends. We thought that the price was a great value. One of our main sticking points was to have an incredible reception and DJ that could take care of our guests and keep the party going. Ricardo went above and beyond, making sure that all of the people giving toasts knew exactly how to work the mic. Jessica and I would like to thank Instant Request for making our wedding night the most incredible night we could have asked for. - Jessica and Christopher 9/24/16
Originally from Chicago, Tazz has spent most of his life in Minneapolis. Tazz's father and uncles were all DJs in the 80s and 90s around Chicago. Tazz's introduction to music was through his family's work. He listened to Chicago House music and learned to dance around family and at school. He learned well because Tazz has become a professional dancer. He regularly works on stage and at events which has introduced him to a much larger variety of music. The combination of dance and music has fueled Tazz's DJing. He enjoys creating and building the dance floor and every now and then busting a few moves to get everyone excited. When not dancing or DJing Tazz works in the mental health field as a Personal Aide and Direct Support Provider. Outside of work he practice yoga, aikido, and drums.
Awesome DJ, truly made the night so special and fun! Professional and fun service. Great online music planner, you can control every detail or thought with the timeline of the dance and evening! Thank you for allowing all ages to have fun at our wedding! - Michelle and Dan 4/29/17
Tom Coughlin currently lives in St Paul, MN where he skates frequently on his long board to local record shops and thrift shops digging for vinyl records to sell and trade. Originally from Chippewa Falls, WI, Tom moved to MN to attend McNally Smith College. Tom has a special passion for music, starting out playing guitar with a goal to mimic Jimi Hendrix. At about 17 Tom bought his first pair of turntables and since then he has been building his skills as a DJ. As he has grown, so has his personal record library. Tom also performs around the twin cities metro as part of a hip hop duo that just finished recording their debut album.
Our DJ (Tom Coughlin) did a fantastic job and suited our needs. He was flexible, professional, and worked extremely hard through all of the heat and event set up. We cannot say enough about how great of a job he did! The sound system worked well for both our ceremony and reception, which exceeded our expectations since it was an outdoor wedding and we didn't totally know what our day would entail. The lighting also helped create a fun dancing atmosphere. I like how Instant Request has a very reasonable rate and takes into account the customer's wishes to match up a DJ that fits their needs. Not having to find our own DJ through other sites made it a lot easier on us for planning our wedding. We couldn't even find any other service remotely in the same price range for how long our DJ provided his services and the quality was outstanding! Thank you so much for providing such a classy DJ for us and helping us with planning. This process went a lot smoother than we were expecting and can't say enough about your service and Tom Coughlin as a DJ! - Kelly and Bennen 6/25/16 Learn more about DJ Tom C
Tony is a blast! He grew up in a musical family and it is still his performing to this day. He starting playing instruments when he was only 7 years old, and has been hooked ever since. When does isn't DJing for Instant Request, he's playing drums with his band, fishing with his family, or outside working. Tony owns his own landscaping company. Tony comes from an upbringing of learning to appreciate all music. He's a music-aholic, and his undeniable charm makes him one of the most memorable DJs.
The online event planner was extremely helpful - I think this helped my fiance and I pin down what we wanted our reception atmosphere to feel like, and helped us get comfortable we were on the same page with Tony. Tony was awesome. He read our crowd perfectly, and kept everyone on the dance floor all night. The sound and lighting were great. I love how you helped make sure the event was a success for everyone - the online planner helped me get comfortable you knew what you were talking about and that we were all on the same page. I already have two friends getting married this year who have picked Instant Request! - Emily and Steve 10/17/15Learn more about DJ Tony C