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 absolutely phenomenal at our reception! Our DJ, Andrew, listened to what we wanted and then tailored what we asked for to fit our party perfectly! He did just an amazing job and we would recommend Andrew and Instant Request in a heartbeat to anyone looking for a DJ! - Kaitlin and Luke 7/1/17Learn 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.
Thank you so much for being the most awesome DJ at our wedding! We are so thankful for all that you did for our big day! Thank you for the very sweet card you left us as well - Kerri and Mitch 5/20/17Learn 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 cant say enough positive things about DJ Anthony. he did everything we asked for and more. He read the crowd and knew exactly what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. I spoke with him privately a few days before my wedding to pull off a huge surprise for my bride and he executed PERFECTLY. I would give him more than five stars if i could. when he was packing up, we decided to double his tip because everyone loved him so much. We are still getting compliments for hiring him. Thank you Anthony for everything. You were a huge part in making our reception great! Not only all of this, but we were literally about to not even HAVE a DJ at our wedding. We went to two wedding fairs and thought everyone was just a stereotypical d-bag and they all fed us the same lines about how they're better than the others guys and how they're soooo unique. then we walked passed Anthony and he was just jamming at his booth, doing his own thing and asked how we were doing. That was all. So we approached him and got to talking to him and knew he was our guy. We went home that afternoon and booked Instant Request and requested Anthony the next day. Don't let the other guys fool you with their bs sales pitch. - Cassi and Orion 10/13/17Learn 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 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 5/27/17Learn 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.
I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Bengi through Instant Request. Using the Black Tie service was so worth it so we could meet with him in person. He was so patient and gave us some great insights and helped us navigate and think through things we hadn't thought of before. We left the meeting feeling extremely confident that the music at our wedding would be perfect, and it was! He fulfilled every request we asked for and played some songs that I loved but didn't think of to ask for. He kept the flow going throughout the night and we had a consistent number of people on the dance floor! Our guests that were with us to the end didn't want the music to stop! It was so wonderful and we had so many guests comment on how awesome Bengi was. He did our ceremony, social hour, dinner, and dance music and I never worried about anything during the whole day. It was awesome to have the peace of mind that everything was taken care of. As I'm sure most people are, my now-husband and I are big music people and we had a lot of songs on our do not play list and we had a lot of songs on must play list and everything was absolutely perfect. Bengi is also so nice and just a wonderful person. We connected with him right away and it felt like one of our friends was our DJ. Couldn't be happier with Bengi and Instant Request! - Kate and Andy 10/1/17Learn 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.
We Used Brandon H - Black Tie DJ Instant request! he was absolutely amazing this whole company was so easy to work with so quick to respond to any and all questions and they have an amazing online planner tool that makes everything so simple when putting together your playlist and ceremony music! - Victoria and Nicholas 10/7/17Learn 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.
My husband and I recently had this vendor for our wedding reception, and had an incredible experience working with them. The online event planner was very helpful with organizing details for our big day, and we really enjoyed chatting with our DJ prior to the event. We had black tie DJ Charlie DuBois, and cannot express enough how great he was! Not only was he very fun and personable, but he did an incredible job selecting music that appealed to everyone and kept everyone on the dance floor. He went above and beyond, and even took the time to announce the birthday of one of our guests. I would highly recommend this vendor to everyone. Very impressed! - Laura and Ben 9/30/17Learn 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.
We paid the little extra for the "black tie" package, meaning we got to pick and meet with our DJ before hand. We picked Eric Darling. We meet with him a few weeks before and went over the day. The helpful thing was the online planner which allowed you to think of all the details before the meeting. The day of the wedding Eric was PERFECT! He was very professional. He kept in touch with us throughout the evening to coordinate the "events" cake cutting, father/daughter dance, garter toss, ect. The music was amazing and perfect fit. A DJ really can make or break your wedding and he definitely made the evening. Our dance floor was packed until the very end. - Kailey and Stephen 10/7/17Learn 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 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.
Super professional and awesome DJ for our wedding. He kept the dance floor going nonstop until we had to shut it down. Did a great job of fusing our music style and the vibe of the crowd to keep the energy going. Would absolutely recommend! - Stephanie and Edward 8/19/17 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.
We loved working with Instant Request. The online planner helped us to organize both our ceremony and reception music as well as make sure everything with our music & microphones went flawlessly for the entire event. We had very few required songs, and let Jimmy use his expertise for the dance portion, and it was awesome - our dance floor was full until the very last song! - Amy and Matt 10/14/17 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!”
We had Justin R. As our DJ, he was awesome! He knew the crowd and knew fun things to do to keep people up and dancing! - Alicia and Tyler 9/22/17Learn 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.
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 10/7/17 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.
Michael (DJ Milk) Majerowicz was our wedding DJ, and he was absolutely amazing. He is such a talented DJ! He mixes his songs perfectly, and has a clear passion for music. He is so nice, and easy to talk to! He will make your wedding planning experience a breeze from a DJ standpoint. He has done a ton of weddings, so he knows how to make you feel confident that there's nothing to worry about. Would HIGHLY recommend. - Marta and Steve 10/7/17Learn 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.
Have you ever seen a more packed and amazing dance floor?! Without you the wedding would have been no where near as amazing. You did such an amazing job making my entrance dramatic as all hell and the timing with everything was absolutely perfect. My personal favorite moment was dancing on a chair with the headset on. LEGENDARY. Again, I seriously can't thank you enough. You made our night everything I had ever dreamed of and you really did take care of us:) YOU ARE THE BEST! - Kate and Andrew 9/29/17Learn 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 Ausland with Instant Request was AWESOME! He is so knowledgeable on how to handle music at a wedding to keep things smooth throughout the day and ending with a packed danced floor. He also thinks about the little details you don't think of. He pays close attention to each details. Fantastic!! - Erin and Greg 10/6/17Learn 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."
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 8/19/17 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.
We could not have been more pleased with instant request. Tyler H. did an amazing job and was quick to adapt to the needs of my husband and I along with our guests. Tyler deserves recognition for his work, he was a pleasure to work with. Our up lighting was exquisite and made our venue more beautiful than it already was. Thanks Tyler! - Kari and Chris 9/30/17Learn 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.
We could not have been happier with Instant Request DJ! The online forms are so easy and really allows you to customize your whole day. We just did the basic package and were assigned DJ Zach B. He was awesome!!!!! Sincerely couldn't have asked for anything better and we would certainly recommend Instant Request DJ and Zach B. to anyone! - Betsy and Neal 10/13/17Learn more about DJ Zachary B