Meet the DJs
Black Tie Certified DJ Staff
Black Tie Certified DJs
Black Tie Certified DJ Staff
Originally from Milwaukee WI, Aaron's pursuit of a career in music brought him to MN. He attended the Institute of Production and Recording and graduated with a degree in Audio Production and Engineering. He first got into music by taking drum lessons at the age or 10, piano lessons by the age of 12, and teaching himself guitar at 16. Then he began producing his own music on the computer at the age of 18 and then began DJing at various clubs in downtown Minneapolis ever since. Aaron gigs regularly at downtown clubs, but also has DJed on the festival circuit, most recently Summerset. To relax Aaron likes to hammock at the lake, see live music shows and likes to sculpt.
Overall, a great experience, easy to book, and flexible. Very affordable and we even added karaoke for a reasonable price. We had DJ Aaron for our 12/30/2017 wedding. He did an absolutely outstanding job - picked great songs, read our crowd well, and stuck to our playlist and online event planner! He was also super friendly and easy to work with. Lighting was great, and he even went above and beyond and announced tables for our buffet line. All in all, I would go with Instant Request if we did it over again, and would highly recommend Aaron!! - Erin and Andrew @ Loft at Studio J in StillwaterLearn more about DJ Aaron N
Alex Knight started DJing at the age of 13 when he got his first pair of turntables. Not long after that, he started digging through the crates at local record shops, as well as create his own music. He’s now entertained at hundreds of events, making him one of Instant Request’s most sought after Black Tie DJs. In addition to making a name for himself in Minnesota, Alex was a resident DJ on two very popular cruise ships, having traveled to over 50 countries and counting throughout the world while at sea. He also spent a year living down under in Melbourne, spinning tunes at venues and bars throughout Australia. With that being said, Alex is known for his ability to rock any type of crowd with his knowledge and skills in mixing any genre of music as a DJ and confidence as an MC. He prides himself on making brides and grooms feel at ease with his professional, laid back style and dedication to making their big day memorable.
Our experience with instant request was great from start to finish. Their online booking system was simple, payments were easy to make, and the online planning system worked flawlessly. They were very accommodating even when we changed the date of our wedding. Once we were assigned a DJ, we got to have a phone call with him a few weeks ahead of time to confirm details and answer questions. Even though he was in Australia at the time, he woke up early so that we could have a phone call with him at a time that worked for us. When the wedding day came, DJ Alex was helpful, courteous, and respectful to our family, wedding party, and all guests. He helped keep us on schedule, but allowed room for flexibility when a few things took longer. He knew who to give the microphone to and when to do it. When the dancing finally started, he was an absolute hit. He knew what songs to play and when. The standard lighting setup worked great for us too. It was a great addition to the dancefloor, and was even synced to many of the songs. We've received many compliments about him in the days since our wedding. I highly recommend Instant Request and DJ Alex to any couple planning a wedding. If you aren't sold on the idea of a DJ and are thinking about doing it yourself, think again. He made our day go so much smoother, and it helped us enjoy our wedding day so much more since we didn't have to worry about little details. Thank you Instant Request and DJ Alex! - Kiley and Isaac @ Stonebrooke Golf ClubLearn more about DJ Alex K
Andrew grew up with a love for music, and has always enjoyed working with, and entertaining people. Andrew has always been the music "database" for his family and friends. He began DJing after he noticed he was being asked to do it for every party and get together. Andrew has been with Instant Request for 9 years and has DJed over 200 events. He currently works at a local hospital with children and young adults. When he’s not DJing, Andrew can be found playing softball, at Target Field watching the Twins, or spending time with his family.
We loved working with Instant Request and with Andrew N.! The event planner made things very streamlined and easy, and ensured that our music was exactly how we wanted. Andrew listened to our requests and was very accommodating. Multiple friends complimented our music during our wedding dance and we felt it was perfect! Thank you Instant Request! - Theresa and Eric @ International Market SquareLearn 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.
Andy McClure was our Black Tie DJ for our wedding at the Lumber Exchange Event Center in Minneapolis and we all thought he did an outstanding job! Because he is a Black Tie DJ, we had the added benefit of meeting with him at our venue to discuss our music plans. For us to be able to sit face-to-face with than man in control of the music made it much easier to communicate our interests and specifics of what we wanted to happen. While we were very specific about what we wanted, Andy provided some recommendations and even changes that absolutely made the music better. Without question, Andy gets Top Score! The number of attendees who have been raving about the music and dancing makes my wife and I both smile! Thanks Andy McClure! - Margo and Paul @ Lumber Exchange Event CenterLearn 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!"
I wish I could give 10/5 stars for Instant Request! I cannot say enough good things about this company and our DJ, Anthony! From the start, the ease of the planning tool that they have on the internet is wonderful! You can go on every now and then and fill in the information needed as you finalize details and they make it so user friendly and ask all the necessary thorough questions! After that was completed with met with DJ Anthony (we used the Black Tie service) and we knew right away that he just "got us" and knew what we wanted out of our DJ experience. At the reception, the music was amazing and was EXACTLY what we were looking for. He kept the dance floor full and fun all night long and we received so many compliments about how much fun our dance was. It was largely due to DJ Anthony and Instant Request. I highly recommend this company, and DJ Anthony to anyone looking for a DJ company for their wedding or events. - Emily and Cam @ Lowertown Event CenterLearn 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 N. was our DJ, and he was absolutely phenomenal. Everything that could have gone wrong, just didn't. For example, I could hear as the bridesmaids and groomsmen were walking down the aisle that the processional song we chose was too short and would end before everyone made it. But Ben just found a spot at the end of the song and looped the instrumental until the whole bridal party was done. The instrumental was beautiful and the loop was seamless. At dinner, Ben hooked up a recording of my grandfather to the speakers so everyone could hear him give a blessing all the way from California. There were so many tears in the room :). My dad commented that he loved that Ben came up to everyone giving speeches and gave them a run-down of where to stand and when to go, so the speeches went perfectly as well. Last but definitely not least, the music on the dance floor all night was AMAZING. The man really has a way with crowds, and everyone loved it. Thank you Ben and Instant Request for the best service we could have possibly imagined for our wedding!!! - Nicole and David @ White Bear Yacht ClubLearn more about DJ Ben N
Bengi grew up in Duluth, but has called Minneapolis home for nearly 15 years. Following his college graduation, Bengi worked as a banquet server at wedding receptions and would always look forward to the dancing portion of the night. He began to observe the DJs by seeing what kind of music they would select and frequently ask them about the logistics of their work and how the equipment operated. From that moment, he was hooked and knew he wanted to be a DJ! His energy and passion for all genres of music and providing quality customer service makes him an ideal candidate for your wedding. Bengi also works part-time as a yoga sculpt instructor for Corepower Yoga, speaks fluent Turkish, and is pursuing his master's in nursing.
We opted for the black tie package after a fellow co-worker said we had to have Bengi.. and was she correct. I'm so happy that we paid extra to have him. He was awesome! I really put everything into his hands and select most of our songs as he knows much more then I do, and he nailed it. He had guests on the dance floor all night. He even had people asking him for business cards. I had people tell me it was the best DJ they've seen at a wedding. Thank you Bengi!! - Kristen and Luke @ Courtyard Minneapolis DowntownLearn 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 @ Loft at Studio J in StillwaterLearn 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. He has Djed over 200 weddings with Instant Request. When he is not entertaining crowds, Charlie is pursuing his English Degree, playing softball, camping, and cheering for the Vikes.
Charlie D was thee best! He was professional, fun and able to read the crowd at the drop of a hat. He was the DJ for my sister's wedding about 1.5 years ago and I knew we had to have him for ours. He was worth every single penny. Very accommodating and energetic and listened to everything we wanted. The music and dance was so important to us and we wouldn't change a thing. Thank you Charlie D and Instant Request! I would give you more stars if I could. - Marie and Stephen @ Dellwood BarnLearn more about DJ Charlie D
Chris has always had a passion for music and entertainment. He recently graduated from the U of M with a Masters in Entertainment Law. Chris has been a singer in several touring groups and is currently part of an electronic dance group that performs around the twin cities. He has performed with artists like O-Town, Flo Rida, and 2-Live Crew. As a songwriter Chis' music has been feathered on several TV shows. As a DJ his focus is on the audience and making sure the dance floor is packed! His knowledge of music is very wide as he knows everything from new country to old school hip-hop. Outside of music, Chris enjoys staying active with basketball and tennis leagues.
Chris met and exceeded our expectations. He really knew how to read the crowd to keep people dancing all night long. I would recommend him to anyone! I still have people commenting to me on how wonderful the lighting was and how great the dance was. People still mention how comfortable they felt all night with the DJ. The dance floor was packed all night long. Chris did an absolutely wonderful job. He went above and beyond the call of what it meant to be a DJ for our wedding. From the announcing, to interacting with our families, and the music, Chris was perfect. We feel very fortunate he was selected for our event.- Jennifer and Matthew @ Hilton Minneapolis Learn more about DJ Chris B
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 was awesome! He was fun to work with and chill. We felt that getting the music we wanted was super important since DJs are not cheap. So David worked with us to make sure we were getting the "rap" style music we like (like Post Malone, Lil Yachty, Chance the Rapper) and explicit versions of songs. While a lot of what we wanted played only got played the last hour, everyone was having so much fun. He was also accommodating and flexible when parents went missing during the anniversary dance or the best man disappeared for a few minutes during the dollar dance. He helped make sure everyone was on time with their speeches/toasts. We received several compliments on the music. - Rihanna and Bryce @ St. James Hotel in Red wing Learn more about DJ David J
Eric started DJing in college over 10 years ago. He is continually pushing to improve upon everything from his music knowledge, to DJ techniques and emceeing. Eric’s big smile, professional demeanor, and natural aptitude for DJing have made him a valuable addition to the Instant Request team. Eric is one of Instant Request most veteran DJs.
Eric was fantastic. He was flexible and read the crowd so well. There was not a moment that the dance floor was empty. Great to work with and very kind. - Bridget and AJ @ Bearpath Golf and Country ClubLearn more about DJ Eric D
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 @ Marriott Minneapolis Northwest Learn more about DJ Eric M
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.
I wanted to reach out to you and thank you for recommending Jimmy to be our DJ. Ross and I really cannot put into words how happy we were with Jimmy and his ability to facilitate an awesome party! We had multiple guests approach us after the wedding saying how great he was!! Choosing Instant Request as our DJ vendor was one of the best decisions we made throughout the wedding planning process! The online event planner made what can be an overwhelming and daunting task into a simple, fun and easy way to select your music and organize your dance. We were so lucky to have worked with Jimmy as our DJ for our wedding night. We knew from the moment we met him, we were in good hands. Jimmy worked with us making last minute changes all the way up to the week of our wedding and he never missed a beat. He was extremely professional and FUN to work with and also so accommodating, with our custom dinner playlist and our ethnic Greek music and dancing! It is amazing how well he was able to read the crowd and keep the party going all night long! Our guests are still talking about how great the music and dance, as well as the light show was! Thank you, Jimmy for making our reception a memorable one for us and for our guests! We truly loved working with you and Instant Request! Jimmy – thank you thank you thank you!!! You kicked serious butt at our reception! We had a couple guests get video footage of the dance and I swear there had to have been 70+ people on the dance floor all night! Everyone keeps raving about how awesome you were! We are so grateful! I would recommend you and Instant Request to any engaged couple out there! Thank you for everything! - Karen and Ross @ St. Paul Athletic Club 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!”
Instant Request was fantastic for both our ceremony and reception music! We had Justin Roff as our DJ, and we loved having him as part of the day. He made fantastic music choices for dancing; it was amazing how in tune with our tastes he was. He was also extremely professional and personable, and was right on target for music during the ceremony, blending the songs that we chose and making sure that everything went off at just the right time. My husband and I also had such a blast using the online event planner, going through the huge database of songs and listening to a bunch of different snippets to put together some suggested song lists and must play lists. When we spoke to Justin a couple of weeks before the wedding, we knew it was going to be great-we have very eclectic musical taste, and Justin was really excited about the mismatched variety in our planner. I spoke to many different DJ companies on my search, and went with Instant Request due to the great reviews and the exceptional value compared with others in the market. We couldn't be happier with our choice. My husband and I highly recommend Instant Request, and especially Justin Roff! - Ali and Spencer @ Creekside Farm Weddings and EventsLearn 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.
Kailen was a rockstar! We had multiple people tell us after the wedding how awesome the DJ was and how the jams just never stopped coming. "I kept trying to take a break and grab a drink, but every song was so good, it was hard to find the time!" was our most common review. From song #1 until we tried to call it a night, the dancefloor was full. We had a solid group still wanting to dance at last call. I've been to weddings where the DJ wasn't quite reading the room and it's tough to see an empty floor. This was not at all the case for us; not even one dud played! I absolutely recommend IR DJ, especially Kailen! - Christine and Chad @ Woodhill Country Club 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.
Instant Request was so easy to work with and their planner was thorough and made the whole process easy and smooth! We upgraded to the black tie package to choose our DJ and meet with them in person prior to the wedding. We chose Michael Majerowicz and COULD NOT HAVE BEEN HAPPIER!! Mike, aka DJ Milk, completely MADE our wedding reception!! My husband said several times that hiring Mike was the best decision I made besides him, ha! I cannot recommend DJ Milk highly enough. We wanted to keep the dance floor packed all night and he DELIVERED!! There was not one down moment. He was able to read the crowd and play songs I would not have expected, but worked perfectly! He even played an encore and that may have been my favorite moment of the night! We have gotten MANY compliments on how awesome our DJ was and my husband and I could not agree more! He was the best ever and I would recommend him to anyone. - Lara and Jon @ TPC Golf Club in BlaineLearn more about DJ Michael M
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.
We gave our sincere thanks to Rick after our wedding on Saturday, but I wanted to let you know how thrilled Colin and I were with Rick and Instant Request at our wedding! Rick was absolutely fantastic. We might be a little biased, but Colin and I both agreed that he was the best wedding DJ we had ever seen. I can’t tell you how many guests, young and old, gave compliments, or said the Rick was “killing it”, or said it was the most fun they have ever had at a wedding. Even my step-brother, who is a radio DJ, said it was the best wedding dance floor he had ever had the pleasure of partying on :) Rick was also incredibly professional and an absolute pleasure to work with - Lauren and Colin @ Hewing HotelLearn more about DJ Rick A
Ryan has been a DJ since he was in high school, and continues now with Instant Request for a total of 15 years experience. He is currently finishing a degree in film, and in his free time, enjoys photography, writing, camping, and anything outdoors. When it comes to music, Ryan's years of experience have made him well versed in most every genre. He can keep any dance floor packed, and make any guest comfortable letting loose.
Ryan was always easy to get a hold of and very flexible with my crazy schedule. Friendly is an understatement, you almost look forward to chats with him because he's so fun. If possible, he was better than expected (although I knew he'd be awesome). He was so great that guests went out of their way to compliment him to me. He read the crowd well and took requests well (as I asked him to do) Working with Ryan, the online planner, the ease of putting it all together (with the planner and Ryan). Honestly just loved that my guests had as great of a time on the dance floor that I did. I knew I wanted to use instant request. My sister used a less expensive DJ (she saved maybe $200) and it wasn't worth it. Was great to have expectations met for such a big day. - Kathryn and Ben @ Minneapolis Event Center Learn more about DJ Ryan L
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."
Instant Request was SO easy to work with, and their pricing was great! We were assigned to work with DJ Ryan W, and he did an amazing job. He played all of the songs we requested, along with songs I hadn't even thought of that got everyone out on the dance floor. We ended the night in a giant circle, with Piano Man playing. It was the best! Would definitely recommend Instant Request and DJ Ryan!! - Laura and Aaron @Minikahda Club Learn more about DJ Ryan W
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.
HIGHLY recommend Instant Request!! We had Zachary B and LOVED him. He was very organized and kept everything running smoothly on our wedding day. The flow of the day is really important and does rely heavily on your DJ. They are awesome - look no further! The online planner was also really helpful throughout the planning process. Thanks all!! - Gretchen and Jay @ Solar Arts BuildingLearn more about DJ Zachary B