Meet the DJs
Black Tie Certified DJ Staff
Black Tie Certified DJs
Black Tie Certified DJ Staff
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
Originally from Stillwater, Minnesota, Allie is a multi-instrumental musician, songwriter, and producer. She is a driven academic holding degrees in Psychology, and Philosophy. Allie is currently enrolled in Audio Engineering & Live Sound Production programs at the IPR College of Creative Arts. Her studies have lead her to experience incredibly neat opportunities including interning at a Boomker Sound in Florence, Italy! If not DJing or in the studio, you can find Allie facilitating youth in team building and adventure activities as an Outdoor Education Instructor. Allie enjoys DJing because she feels as though it is a perfect combination of her passions for people, music, and inclusivity!
Wow - we keep hearing about how much people loved our DJ, Allie! She was terrific! I chatted with her a week before the wedding. She thoroughly went through everything for the day. I mentioned that I ideally wanted to make a playlist for the music during cocktail hour/dinner but wasn't sure if I would have time. Allie instantly volunteered to make a personalized playlist! I sent her a list of some of our favorite artists and she threw together a wonderful mix of music. Allie kept people dancing all night long. She read the crowd and mixed in our choices from the online planner. She played the oldies earlier in the evening when the older guests were up and dancing. She mixed in the newer hits slowly to transition. It was perfect! Our coordinator even said Allie went above and beyond so I am sure there are things she did we don't even know about! I would definitely recommend Instant Request - and Allie! - to any other brides/grooms! - Mary and John @ Theodore Wirth ChaletLearn more about DJ Allison P
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.
I recently got married and had Ben Nordquist for my DJ. I cannot express how happy we were to have Ben as our DJ for our wedding, he not only is a talented DJ and played amazing music the entire night, but he also took on an active role and helped coordinate the ceremony and reception with our Pastor, photographer and Wedding venue coordinator, making our day run so smoothly. Ben was the DJ at my sisters wedding and this is why we requested him again for our wedding since he did an amazing job at her wedding. We will be recommending Instant Request and Ben to anyone and everyone who needs a DJ for weddings, parties etc. - Samantha and Adam @ Rush Creek Golf ClubLearn more about DJ Ben N
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.
Instant Request provided an excellent experience for our wedding. After signing up and filling out a full survey of the type of experience we were looking for we had a consultation a few weeks before the date, our DJ was very professional and knowledgeable able to help set up our ceremony and music. On the day of he was able to set up appropriately while we were determining if we would have the ceremony inside or out due to rain. The ceremony went without issue such that we could just focus on what we needed to get done. For our dance he played the crowd and kept the night going strong the entire time. When needed he would check in with us to coordinate timing of announcements, events, and songs making the night go very smoothly. We couldn't be happier and would gladly recommend Instant Request to anyone in need of a DJ. - Christy and Doug @ St. Paul College Club Learn more about DJ David J
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.
We had Instant Request at our wedding reception. Our DJ, Kailen N. did a great job. We used the online planner to give him a feel for what kind of music we liked. Kailen very successfully riffed off of that and read the crowd well. We had people on the dance floor all night. People left the party with big smiles and the last shuttle to the hotel from the reception was a raucous, rolling party. We got all kinds of compliments on what great party we'd thrown. Between their planning tool and Kailen's execution, all we had to do was provide some folks looking for a good time. - Jan and Charles @ Lost Spur Golf Course in Eagan 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
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.
I cannot say enough how amazing this group of people is to work with!! There is not one area that this company needs improvement in! I was so happy with their services from the first contact made to midnight on the evening of the wedding.... I have already recommended you to three people in the last three days... Thank you so much for everything - Kristi and Melissa @ Deer Lake Apple Orchard in Buffalo, MN Learn more about DJ Natalie J
Obi was born in Nashville, TN but considers MN his home. His musical background is credited to his father who was a Nigerian musician/artist and his mother, an avid listener of all genres of music. In kindergarten he played his first drum in a school play. This led to a life as a percussionist in high school concert bands, marching band and drumming/singing soprano in church choir. Obi continued his music passion, receiving a degree in Music Business & Audio production. Over his years of studying and actively producing, Obi started creating unique tracks that he felt were perfect for DJing. He bought some gear and found himself DJing parties and clubs shortly after. When not DJing, creating music or working, Obi works as a basketball skills developer for all ages.
Obi was an awesome DJ through the ceremony and dance for our wedding. He was understanding when we told him how we wanted our entrances, and when one of our couples had to switch due to a tired child, he introduced the person who we had to switch at the last moment. Obi also kept the energy high even when there the only people on the dance floor was the wedding party. He was interactive throughout the night and suggested events that we hadn't thought about. He was more than willing to play songs that were not on his list to keep the energy high and everyone dancing. We couldn't have asked for a better DJ to help us through the most important day of our lives. Much love distant cousin! - Monica and Douglas @ Cottage Winery and Vineyard Learn more about DJ Obi O
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 want to thank you for the tremendous job you did at our wedding. You weren't assigned to our wedding until a few days prior which initially made us nervous, but you were so persaonable, organized and sincerely excited to celebrate our day with us which instantly calmed all of our nerves! Everything from our ceremony to the very end of our reception was beyond our expectations! Everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly and we hardly left the dance floor (which is very rare for my husband). So many guests commented on how talented you are, and my husband's uncle was even taking notes for his occasional DJ gigs! Our wedding was honestly the best party of our lives and so many memories were made on the dance floor! Honestly, we can't thank you enough and are so glad things didn't work out with the first DJ assigned to us, because we were lucky and honored to have you there! We hope you received your tip it was well deserved! - Kimberly and David @ Lowertown Event CenterLearn 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."
Working with Instant Request was great. Although our originally assigned DJ was cancelled without notice a few weeks before our wedding, they provided us with a Black Tie level DJ named Ryan W instead. We only had a 30 minute phone consultation the Wednesday before our Saturday wedding so I was a little nervous that he would know what we were looking for. However, we were so impressed the day-of and he understood our music style and preferences even with so little time to prepare! Our first dance/father and bride/mother and groom dances were at 7:30pm and our guests stayed til midnight (and would've stayed later if they could!); he played over 4 hours of non-stop music and kept everyone dancing all night! Thanks Ryan for being so helpful, fun, and making everyone's feet sore from dancing the next day!! - Laura and Brian @ Olympic Hills Golf 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.
I would highly recommend Instant Request to any bride and groom looking for a DJ! Right off the bat, Matt was very easy to communicate with and he responded to emails quickly. My husband and I ended up choosing the Black Tie Certified option and after reading through reviews we chose Zach B as our DJ. We are very happy with that decision! Zach was full of energy and made our reception a blast. We had a list of songs he could play but we mostly gave him the reins to just read the crowd. He did a great job at that and had people out on the dance floor the entire night (myself included.) Bottom line: hire Instant Request (and Zach B) for your DJ service, you will not be disappointed! - Lindsey and Andrew @ 3 Ten Event VenueLearn more about DJ Zachary B