Black Tie Certified DJ Staff

DJ Rick A

DJ Rick A

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 10/6/17


Rick was amazing we are still getting compliments on the DJ! He partied with us until 1 in the morning and played everything we asked and more. It was well planned out and he was very, very flexible and easy to work with throughout the night. 10/10 recommend                                                 – Hallie and Michael 9/30/17


We had Rick for our DJ–he was AWESOME! He played tons of great music and spun it all together seamlessly. Our dance floor was full all night, and even the photo booth people commented on the great play list! When the guests started requesting the Cuban Shuffle, which I’m not a fan of, he asked if he could play it since three people requested it. It was a hit, and it was timed for when I wasn’t even on the floor anyway. Thank you!                                                             – Branda and Scott 9/2/17


Thank you for DJing my daughter Alisha’s wedding on August 4th.  My family and friends had a fabulous time.  You contributed much to making this a magical night for Alisha and Brandon                                             – Alisha and Brandon 8/4/17


Rick and Instant Request were fantastic to work with! The entertainment and music were great and the dance floor was packed the entire night! We would highly recommend Rick A! – Andrea and Justin 6/3/17


Rick was awesome! I felt that he helped move the night along according to the timeline we discussed. All announcements were great and all lighting/sound was just what we wanted. – Alyssa and Collin 12/10/16


Shawn and team were so great to work with. I used them for DJ, ceremony sound equipment, uplighting and pin spots. Their Black Tie upgrade is well worth it and all of my guests spent the night living it up on the dance floor. Rick had lots of suggestions and helped through the planning from grand entrance to last song of the night. Thanks so much! – Emily and Jeremy 10/29/16


Our reception location (Minnesota Valley Country Club) recommended Instant Request to us for our DJ service and we are very grateful to have chosen them. We decided to get paired with a DJ based on our online profile instead of picking out a DJ and we have no regrets about that. Their online profile system is very thorough and helps paint a complete picture of what you would like on your big day. This system helped pair us with an amazing DJ, Rick. When we talked to Rick, he had many years of experience and we knew we got a great DJ and were going to have an amazing night. We wanted to keep the dance floor packed the whole night and he was able to do that. He played all the right songs to allow for the dance floor to be the place to be that night and also had the right transitions to all the important events of that night (first dances, garter/bouquet toss, dollar dance). Rick was also an amazing MC to help with the flow of speeches and cake cutting earlier in the night. I would highly recommend Instant Request to any couple looking for great DJ service for a great value. And if you want a great DJ, try to request Rick, he was the best. Thanks Instant Request and Rick.                            – Colleen and Ronald 9/17/16


Thank you  so much for helping us to make our wedding day so perfect and unforgettable. You were on point with cocktail hour to dinner to keeping people on the dance floor all night. You truly helped entertain our guests which was really important to us! Thanks again for everything.  Your skill and professionalism were appreciated and noted. – Jessica and Darin 6/18/16


RICK WAS AWESOME! Seriously! He was so great! I’m so glad we paid extra to be able to request him specifically (black tie package). He checked in on us numerous times, kept the dancing going ALL night, switched things up when plans changed… and my favorite part of all is what he did with our opening song. We knew what song we wanted, Prince ‘Let’s go crazy,’ but he had a great idea about timing it out and it was perfect and set the tone for the night! So happy we chose Instant Request for our Dj. We chose Instant Request because Rick Ausland was a DJ at a friend’s wedding. Rick is the best! We were beyond thrilled with him as a DJ at our wedding. He was so much fun and the dance party lasted all night! It was my worst fear to have a wedding where no one danced, or the dance ended early. Thanks to Rick I had nothing to worry about. I think I had sore legs for days because of all the dancing! A few days ago I was chatting about the wedding with friends and one raved about the Dj. Another friend said ‘I didn’t even notice the DJ’ my friend replied, ‘That’s a sign of a good DJ.’ True! We had nothing to worry about with Rick. We enjoyed ourselves and danced for hours. Thanks again, Rick!  Yay! – Gabrielle and Brian 5/14/16


We chose to get a Black Tie DJ and we were extremely impressed with Rick Ausland. He went above and beyond anything we could have asked for. When we had our Face-to-Face meeting we knew that we were going to be in good hands and that he was a perfect match.  We had a great time just at the meeting and talking over the styles of music we enjoyed. Turned out he enjoyed a lot of the same categories of music we did. As former pep band members music has been our whole life. Rick was great on the day of as well. He played all of our music we had planned out even things we had forgotten about. He helped our night move very smoothly. He was professional and helped us have a fun time. All of our guests said he was amazing as well. He made sure to fit in some the songs they were requesting as well and everyone love how fun and outgoing he was. I would recommend him to anyone of my friends and family who are looking for a great DJ. The music sounded great it really filled the hall out nicely. Not too loud and right on balance. I have been to many weddings and that seems to be something that a lot of the DJ services don’t take into consideration, the size and quality of the sound of the room. Sometimes it was too loud for the space or the music system was set up and it bounced off walls funny and didn’t sound good. For our wedding everything sounded amazing. The lighting was even more spectacular than I was hoping it would be. It really showed off our beautiful venue in all of its glory. The colors really fit in with our theme. I received so many compliments on how great they made everything look.The best part about Instant Request was how professional everyone was. Over all of the communications I had the top priority of everyone at Instant Request was that my day was just how I wanted it. This is an amazing quality in any service. Customer service was not just their goal it was their priority. I am truly grateful for that. I thought the pricing was a Great Value! We got way more than expected for what we paid, in service, quality, and a great product. They truly care about every aspect of their company and nothing is left to question. We looked at many companies, some may have been cheaper but nothing could compare to anything we received through Instant Request.  – Heather and Craig 1/23/16


Rick A. was AMAZING – The guy kept people on the dance floor all night long, and knew what to play and when to play it. His commentary was fun and colorful and I would hands down recommend him to anyone looking for a great DJ.  Both the sound and uplighting were great. Uplighting helped set the mood and finished off the room nicely.  Rick A. was great – the DJ makes all the difference in the world at a wedding, they keep the party going. He was easily the best part of Instant Request for our day. Great price for what we got. We were extremely happy with it all.  – Kaylynn and Tom 11/7/15


Thank you for being such a kickass dj.  You totally killed it.  The two of us and all 250 of our guest thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Thanks to the great energy and jams you brought to our reception.  If you ever need a referral from a happy customer, you know how to reach us.  Thanks again!  Wishing you all the best and happy holidays – Jess and Colin 7/31/15