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
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 10/20/17Learn 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.
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 11/3/17Learn 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!"
DJ Anthony D from Instant Request kept our dance floor full the whole night. He was fun to work and very professional! - Jessie and Eric 1/19/18Learn 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.
Instant Request was great....Ben was amazing! So in tune with our interests and the crowd. Plus he was actually spinning music; mixing it up to flow with the evening. Not just playing songs. It was fantastic! - Kate and Gunnar 12/31/17Learn 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.
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.
Our DJ Charlie did an amazing job! He played great music especially since most of our guests were older, and Charlie was well accommodating. He also had great energy and did an awesome job later when younger people were out dancing. Would highly recommend him - Ashley and Shea 11/25/17Learn 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.
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 11/11/17Learn 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 worked with DJ Eric Malmberg for our wedding in February, 2018. Eric reviewed our online planner and scheduled a time to video chat with us a few weeks before the ceremony. He had great advice and tips for making our reception go as smoothly as possible. On the day of, Eric arrived early to set up and everything was taken care of. The dance floor was literally packed all night. Thanks, Eric! - Kayla and Tony 2/17/18 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.
I just wanted to take a minute to tell you how very pleased we were with using Instant Request for our wedding Oct. 7th. Grahame was fantasitc!!! He was personable, professional and so easy to work with. Out of all the things that go into a wedding Colin and I were most satisfied with the DJ and photographers we picked. I will be promoting your services and if there is anyone that ever wants a verbal testimony, I would be happy to talk to them anytime. - Abby and Colin 10/7/17 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 were extremely pleased with Instant Request! Jimmy was our DJ and we couldn’t have had a better wedding! He listened to what we wanted and was extremely flexible (we were living in Germany at the time and were able to FaceTime!) - Amanda and Daniel 12/28/17 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!”
Justin will keep all guests on the dance floor at all times! My husband and I were not very picky when it came to what music to play and Justin took the lead and played a great set! He kept our guests energized and engaged - we could not have asked for a better DJ. - Carly and Jay 11/11/17Learn 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.
We had DJ Milk (Mike). Our wedding was this past Saturday. Mike was fantastic. I'm a bit picky when it comes to wedding music and Mike provided the exact type of party atmosphere we were looking for. All of our guests were dancing most of the night and kept telling us how great the music was. Best music they've had at a wedding. Great energy all night. We also had him be in charge of our wedding ceremony music. He did a great job of that when we switched songs for the bride. He also timed our last song to go on as we kissed and have the intro extend until the pastor introduced us. It was fantastic. Thanks again! Highly recommend him to everyone. Hopefully we get to attend another wedding he DJ's. - Nicole and Brian 11/18/17Learn 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
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 @Minikahda Club 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.
Tyler H. was a great D.J. for our wedding. He was super easy to work with and more than accommodating to anything we needed. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is in need of a professional. Tyler H. was a great D.J. for our wedding. He was super easy to work with and more than accommodating to anything we needed. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is in need of a professional. At first we had a bit of a hiccup with our originally assigned DJ, but they quickly replaced him with Tyler H. and I can’t imagine having anyone else for our wedding. Tyler was perfect for us and is a great DJ! If we’re ever in need of a DJ in the future - Ashlee and Tony Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites St. Paul NELearn 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.
Zach was amazing!! He did a thorough job figuring out how we wanted the night to go and he executed it perfectly. We received so many compliments and our dance floor was packed the entire time. Our evening was so much fun, mostly because of him! - Courtney and Tim 12/9/17Learn more about DJ Zachary B