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 creating his own music. He has 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 throughout Australia.
With that being said, Alex is known for his ability to please 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.
I've had the opportunity to be in many friends weddings, and the day always has gone perfect except for the multiple DJ mishaps. No joke, I was very nervous the day of my wedding that the DJ may screw up, as I've seen it so often in the past. From ceremony mishaps, terrible judgement on music content, mis-communication and not personable DJ's, I've seen it all! I had nothing but a wonderful experience with your company, from day one-questions about contract, DJ's, payments, etc. Even meeting our DJ Alex prior to our wedding. I had to cancel on him twice and he was still receptive, positive and made things work! Alex took all of our requests seriously and made sure every detail was discussed. He was very professional and approachable which both my husband and I enjoyed. The day of our wedding Alex came to the venue timely. He worked well with the coordinators at our facility setting up as well. He checked in with me prior to the ceremony and afterwards to confirm any details or changes I may have had. He went above and beyond during the evening, keeping ME on time/schedule (which I completely appreciated), coordinated events/speeches/songs very well and played to the audiences vibe. His music selection was perfect, and we appreciated him playing songs we requested, even if they were not the most amazing songs ever;)
I did not have time to thank him personally post wedding, however the fact I didn't need to bug/nag or remind him of things was such a blessing! He truly took his role of DJ to the next level and truly made our evening reception so fun, with no stress on the bride or groom. We hope to refer him and instant request to others as we have had such a wonderful experience with your team! Please personally thank Alex for his hard work and genuine care for our experience. The night would not have been such a hit, had gone as smoothly, or been as enjoyable without your company, and Alex there. Once again thank you so much, and for your service, it was outstanding and above and beyond our expectations. :) Please give Alex recognition for his wonderful work, and representation he has for your company. I did write a review online as well. THANK YOU ALEX and Instant Request! - Anna and Dustin @ Olympic Hills Golf Club
Learn more about DJ Alex K
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 Allie P
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
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
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 Club Learn more about DJ Ben N
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 Stillwater Learn more about DJ Brandon H
Now that Gretchen and I are getting settled in our new home after our wedding and honeymoon, I wanted to let you know how much we appreciated you DJ-ing our wedding at Como Park Zoo. You truly were one of the best parts of our wedding and are a huge reason we had such a blast at our reception! You were exactly what we were looking for in a DJ - accommodating to our custom playlist, reading the crowd well, super respectful and professional and we enjoyed seeing you having fun as well! I hope you could tell that our friends and family appreciated you as well. We can't thank you enough and we really appreciate you working with us! I will definitely be recommending you for others in search of an amazing DJ for their event. -Gretchen and Alex @ Como Park Zoo and ConservatoryLearn more about DJ Bret C
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 Barn
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
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
Had Jamir as my wedding DJ. He was the nicest person and full of energy. He had a huge smile on his face the entire night, was happy to accommodate any requests, ran things smoothly, and etc. It was a fun night, people said the music was great and I was overall pleased. -Tamicka and Jason @ Muse Event Center Learn more about DJ Jamir H.
If you are looking for a DJ look no further . This was by far my best vendor . So organized , professional, reasonably priced , and AMAZING! Jimmy B exceeded all expectations . We had so many guests compliment us and many asked for his information for their upcoming events . The entire night ran smoothly with Jimmy's lead . He was so personable and quick to read the crowd and select the best song choices . We can’t say enough good things . Thank you Jimmy for an amazing dance party! Words fall short of expressing what a great job you did at the reception! Not only did you keep the party going on the dance floor, but you were so organized and your calm attitude put both Dylan and I at ease. We had so many compliments on how fun our dance was and how wonderful you were! Thank you for running a night we won't ever forget! We will treasure the memories forever! - Beth and Dylan @ Rush Creek Golf Club Learn more about DJ Jimmy B
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
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
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
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 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
We had numerous reservations about planning a wedding in St. Paul while living in New York. We knew there would be challenges with selecting vendors since we weren't local, but Instant Request seemed to be a solid option when we were looking at reviews and feedback from their previous clients. Since we were planning from afar, we decided to go with the Black Tie Service with Instant Request. We were assigned DJ Rick Ausland for our wedding and after meeting and working with Rick, we don't think a better option could have been available! Rick responded to all emails and made us feel calm in the months leading up to the wedding. We had so many other things to worry about, and he constantly reassured us that we would be in good hands. We finally had a chance to FaceTime with Rick about three weeks before the wedding, and he took his time going over the Instant Request online form with us, answered all of our questions, gave us some ideas, and really made us feel comfortable that everything was going to be perfect on the day of the wedding. And you know what? Rick was right. He had all of the song choices ready to go for our ceremony and introductions. He had a plan for what kind of music to play as the dinner eventually segued into the reception. Once the dancing did start, the dance floor was never empty! We had songs that we wanted to hear, and Rick played them all. However, he also did a great job of reading the room and playing music that got our guests out of their seats. We had a perfect wedding day, and our experience with Rick and Instant Request DJ was definitely a big part of it. If you're planning a wedding in the Twin Cities, these guys should be your first call when you're looking for a DJ. If you're lucky enough to get Rick, you're in great hands and you're going to have a great time! - Jessika and Chad @ Intercontinental St. Paul Riverfront Learn more about DJ Rick A
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
DJ Tom C was the best DJ we could have had for our wedding! He read the crowd very well and there was not one moment during the night that we heard a song we didn’t like, we honestly would not change a single thing he did. We received so many compliments from our guests on how good our DJ was as well. The event planner tool made the planning process so easy and had everything in it to ensure things went smoothly and exactly the way we wanted. We can’t recommend Instant Request (and DJ Tom C) enough! Thank you so much for everything you did for our wedding. You did such an amazing job with the music between the ceremony, reception and everything else, it truly made our special day even more amazing! It was everything we wanted. We will totally be recommending you to everyone we can in the future. - Abby and Eric @ Lowertown Event Center Learn more about DJ Tom C
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 Venue Learn more about DJ Zachary B