Meet the DJs
Instant Request DJ Staff
Instant Request DJs
Instant Request DJ Staff
Alex is from MN and first fell in love with music at church. Watching the worship band play and going to concerts exposed his passion for music. From a young age Alex began playing guitar and recording music with a make shift studio. He has since formally studied and earned a degree in Audio Engineering. Alex regularly works as a live sound engineer around the twin cities. Alex's fondest memories of DJing are watching lively wedding party members and families enjoy the music. Its why he finds so much enjoyment working with music!
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
Originally from Minnetonka. Angus has lived in Fargo, ND for the past 4 years. He has come back to the Twin Cities because he loves the area and to pursue many more career opportunities. Angus started out DJing parties during college as a hobby. Quickly he transition into becoming a Wedding DJ and his passion for DJing and dance grew! Altogether Angus has been DJing wedding and events for 5 years before joining the Instant Request team. When not Djing Angus works as a model for a west coast agency and also DJs for a touring dance competition. In his personal time Angus competes as a Track and Field events. He is also a second degree black belt for National Karate. You can occasionally find him sparring at dojo's and boxing gyms around the cities.
Bret is originally from western WI so he has always known the twin cities as his second home. His love for music started young when he began playing the drums at the age of twelve. At the same age Bret became fascinated with turntables and would listen to old albums. Over the years this turned into a love of old school vinyl scratching and mixing called turntablism. Bret eventually started creating his own music and scratching, playing drums, and providing backup vocals in his band. Bret is a gear head and while not Djing he works as a camera operator. He has earned Associate's Degree in Film and Video Production. He also loves most outdoor activities such as skateboarding and kayaking, or projects like working on vehicles and drawing.
We had Bret C. as our DJ. He was super accommodating to us. I didn't really get an opportunity to complete my online event planner but Bret helped make it easier on me to get the list of songs to him. He assured me that everything would go smoothly during the day of the wedding. He made sure to mix in a great amount of traditional Hmong music with the other songs. I know all of our guests was appreciative of this. Thanks for playing a huge role in my wedding and making sure all the music went well. I don't have enough positive words to describe this experience. I would highly recommend Instant Request Entertainment. - Yer and Vang @ Brothers Event CenterLearn more about DJ Bret C
From Owatonna MN, Cody started playing guitar at the age of 10. When he was young he built a home studio to record his bands records for fun. At 16 he started creating his own Electronic Music. It started as a fun side project but became a passion. Cody has released one album. After high school he attended Minnesota State in Mankato and revived a degree in Music Business. Cody is currently working on his next album. When not focused on music he finds time for video games, camping, and the occasional baseball game.
Our wedding was on 9/3/17 and we had Cody as our DJ! Choosing Instant Request for our DJ and uplighting services made our big day run so smoothly. One of my biggest concerns was the sound quality and making sure every guest could hear the toasts. This was not a problem. The music was great, there were always guests on the dance floor, and Cody handled all of our last minute requests very professionally and efficiently! Our uplighting also transformed the whole room! Will definitely be recommending to future brides! - Savanna and Nathan @ Envision Event Center
Originally hailing from Columbus, OH this Buckeye transplant has one of the most diverse tastes in music of anyone on the Instant Request staff. Daniel’s musical heart lies with Hip-Hop and dance music but also enjoys everything from Country to Broadway. Daniel is a U.S Navy Veteran that has honed a diverse set of skills during his journey. He has been a pastry chef, dog groomer, martial arts instructor, and a soccer and snowboarder coach. Once he became interested in DJing, he bought some gear and began to teach himself how to spin and scratch. It eventually lead him to DJing weddings and events. In his free time Daniel loves to attend the theater, see live music , attend sporting events, and get involved in as many athletic activities as possible. Daniel can often be found around the lakes in his free time.
Dave is originally from Northern MN and moved down to St. Paul to pursue a career in music production and audio engineering. Dave has always been drawn to music. He received a turn table at the age of 14 when is parents gave in to him digging through their vinyl collection. Dave has always been a Dj and has an impressive resume. He has performed numerous times at clubs and music events across the Midwest, including the Soundset Music festival. Dave is a big fan of the Timberwolves and also enjoys painting.
Instant Request provided DJ and lighting services for our wedding. DJ Dave kept the dance floor rocking all night! - Jessie and Tim @ Brooklyn Park Community Center
Originally from Appleton WI, Eric came to MN for his education. He is a graduate of McNally Smith College of Music with a degree in Audio Production. In recent years he has worked with multiple artists and recorded, mixed, and produced several albums. Eric loves gear and has also worked as a studio technician at music studios. After working behind the scenes with DJ software Eric decided to start DJing parties and events. Eric is also passionate about football, cooking for friends, and is a fan of architecture.
We would like to thank you so much for all you did to make our wedding day an overwhelming success. Our guests showered us with compliments about our DJ and music choices. We loved the way you were able to help structure our day, with announcements and music cues to help keep our wedding party and us on track with everything. We are so thankful to have had you at the helm! - Brandie and Sam @ Silverwood Park Visitor CenterLearn more about DJ Eric Mi.
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 Superior Shores Resort in Two Harbors Learn more about DJ Grahame B
From Winona, Holden has been making music since he was a kid strumming chords on the guitar, punching melodies on the piano, and humming tunes between the two. He played the trumpet and sang tenor throughout high-and college. Holden studied jazz guitar and composition at Macalester and continues to write and produce music today. Besides music, Holden also loves construction and landscaping and works for a nonprofit which specializes in home repair. He also teaches music lessons and when time allows he finds time to paint and write.
Instant Request gave us a fantastic DJ experience! The DJ was perfect for our home venue and guests. He was able to read the crowd to play music that kept everyone happy! Their online event planner was super helpful in organizing everything and giving options for different dances, events, and song requests! I recommend them for any event and highly recommend Holden! - Lorna and Alan @ Residence
Jamir is originally from Minneapolis' Northside area. Currently He is a freelance graphic designer specializing in clothing, flyers, company logos, and album work for musicians. Jamir has been DJ'ing since his sophomore year of high school. He started spinning music with a friend at a party. That party soon turned into school dances and that led to weddings and private parties. Jamir really enjoys being a wedding DJ and feeds off the loving vibe that comes with the occasion. His focus is on organizing that energy, and wedding guests, to keep the everyone uplifted and participating.
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.
Born and raised in MN, Josh inherited his music knowledge from his father and his extensive music collection. From a young age Josh learned to play the guitar. As he grew so did his interest in new styles of music. Josh has created an impressive personal music collection and is often the person you reach out to when you can not remember the name of a song. When Josh is not listening to music or DJing he can be found biking, reading, or traveling. Josh has even become fluent in Spanish from traveling over the years.
I have recommended Instant Request to everyone I know that is getting married! Not only did I love the online planner, i loved that our DJ kept things going on schedule without being pushy! He also dismissed tables for us for dinner so we didn't have to, and played a huge variety of fun music!! - Shelby and Derek @ Residence Learn more about DJ Josh P
Lisa grew up in Minneapolis and began singing in grade school. She followed this passion to her undergrad at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, then performing in New Orleans jazz bars. Lisa has even sang with a chorus at Carnegie Hall in New York. She has always been a natural singer and group leader. Lisa currently plays piano and sings with various Jazz ensembles in the Twin Cities. As an artist she is always writing and creating music. It was only a matter of time before she ended up being exposed to DJing. She found it came naturally to her and Lisa started Djing private parties and eventually weddings. Her favorite part of DJing is coordinating and watching a couple's first dance. It's a privilege to share in the moment. Lisa is known for being organized and detailed. Besides performing she is also a music instructor working with clients of all age groups and abilities. When with friends Lisa likes socializing, exercising, and watching basketball.
Lisa was great! She kept the party alive the night of our wedding. Their online planner was extremely useful in the planning process. My Groom and I are pretty picky about music, so we were sure to utilize the online planner as much as we could. - Heidi Jo and Jeff @ Loft at Studio J in StillwaterLearn more about DJ Lisa H
Originally from Chicago, Manny moved to the twin cities to be closer to his wife's family. Manny has always been musically inclined and drawn to DJing. He has been DJing and creating music for years and is currently working on his 4th album. He actively performs around the twin cities and throughout the Midwest, DJing and playing in his Hip-Hop/PunkRock band. When not DJing, Manny owns and operates his own specialty running store in Uptown, Fit 1st Running. Manny is a former Collegiate Track Athlete that focused on the javelin and speed events. Stop on by his store to talk music or running.
We had Manny as our DJ for our ceremony at Urban Growler Brewery and reception at the Science Museum of Minnesota. In our pre-wedding phone meeting, he did a great job of making us feel comfortable and confident that he knew what was going on with our schedule and understood the kind of music we wanted played for the dance. Despite his assistant being a little late to set up the ceremony (I didn't really know this was happening, just heard about it after the fact), Manny was able to get us started on time, and things ran smoothly with the sound. As far as the reception, Manny was AMAZING. He did a great job of making sure things were running the way we wanted - with clear communication with us before the wedding as well as during the evening on the big day. He followed our requests on the online planner, and kept the dance floor packed all night. We had an amazing party, and Manny was responsible for it! I have been a bridesmaid in 2 other weddings that have hired Instant Request with 2 other DJs, and they have always been great! We would highly recommend Manny and Instant Request in general. - Jennie and John @ Science Museum of MNLearn more about DJ Manny M
Max Greene grew up in St. Francis MN. At 13 he began playing drums in bands and has been actively gigging since. Max has always found himself in multiple performing groups and writing music. His passion for music grew and he decided to study Audio Production at Minnesota State University Mankato. Currently Max is the drummer in a powerhouse funk rock trio and a member of a alternative rock group. When he is not playing music or DJing Max can be found lifting weights, attending concerts, and spending with friends and family.
Instant request was perfect for our wedding on Sept 8th! The DJ arrived on time and was all set up before the start of the reception. The music kept alot of our guests on the dance floor for a majority of the night. - Nicole and Allen
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
Originally from WI, Nico came to the cities for the art scene and the people. Nico has been involved in performing art all through high school and college. After college he began teaching dance, theater, and making music. He instructs and cerographs Hip-Hop dance groups and also works with youth groups dedicated to teaching the arts. DJing came naturally to Nico and he has been spinning for years. He has mixed at numerous weddings and events thought-out the US before settling in MN. Nico has DJ'd and performed at 100's of events in his career. When not focused on his artistic passions Nico spends time with his kids and likes to find time to play chess and read.
Our DJ for our wedding was Nico with Instant Request. Nico did an amazing job balancing our music requests as a couple, along with mixing in requests from our guests. He kept everyone on the dance floor throughout the whole night. He was very friendly and made sure everyone was having a good time. We appreciated his willingness to get to know our guests' music styles, while checking in with us throughout the night to make sure we were hearing what we wanted! Instant request was a great DJ company to work with and made our wedding reception extra special! - Emily and Tyler @ Intercontinental St. Paul Riverfront
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.
We had the DJ Obi and couldn't have a better experience! He's great, fun, entertaining and handsome! I read many DJ profiles and gave Instant Request a list of 5. Obi was on the list and was assigned to our reception. We had one phone interview and he was mostly concerned with the playlist and the attendees. Our playlist had no corny songs, YMCA, Chicken Dance, etc. We wanted no requests from our guests. Obi said very little, performed professionally, and was a SMASH with the crowd. Nobody left the dance floor until I shut down the bar. Obi has the education, the personality and the "looks", to make your party one to remember. - Sabrina and Chris @ Calhoun Beach ClubLearn more about DJ Obi O
Originally from CA, Paul moved to MN to continue his Graduate degree. Paul started Djing in California as a young man and has not let up. He started DJing local parties and music events, then began working in nightclubs, and has had his music played on the radio. Paul was actually the first Hmong DJ to be played on commercial radio in the United States. Paul is currently a full time Graduate student and his hobbies include, working out, traveling and sketching.
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 @ Minnesota Valley Country ClubLearn more about DJ Randy G
Tim is originally from Iowa and was raised in a creative family. Growing up he found himself drawn to various hip hop artists and discovered a love for many aspects of the culture itself. Tim grew his passion into an amazing skill as a Freelance Mural Artist. Tim creates large scale, graffiti-style mural projects. His works can be seen in schools, businesses, and outdoor displays around the Midwest. Tim is an avid drummer and has always loved creating and editing music. DJing has become a great fit for Tim as his music knowledge cannot be beat.
We just want you to know that we were very pleased with DJ Tim W. at our wedding dance on June 9 at Johnson Hall in St. Peter. Tim was polite, professional, and he kept the crowd dancing. And that's what we wanted. Thank you DJ Tim! - Cady and Nik @ Johnson Hall in St. Peter
Tom Coughlin currently lives in St Paul, MN where he skates frequently on his long board to local record shops and thrift shops digging for vinyl records to sell and trade. Originally from Chippewa Falls, WI, Tom moved to MN to attend McNally Smith College. Tom has a special passion for music, starting out playing guitar with a goal to mimic Jimi Hendrix. At about 17 Tom bought his first pair of turntables and since then he has been building his skills as a DJ. As he has grown, so has his personal record library. Tom also performs around the twin cities metro as part of a hip hop duo that just finished recording their debut album.
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! <h4><strong>Karina and Ben 4/28/18 - Leopold's Mississippi Gardens (Jimmy Bogen)</strong></h4> 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
Tom is a self proclaimed hip hop snob. Tom has a passion for Minnesota's underground hip-hop scene and can often times be found out at 1st Avenue or browsing new records at The 5th Element. His father was in a band his entire childhood and music simply became a way of life in the Kramm household. With over 100+ successful weddings under his belt, though he is new with Instant Request, his reputation in the industry is indisputable. Whether it is a trendy wedding at a hip new venue with a club atmosphere, a rustic barn wedding with plenty of good ol' country twang, or a traditional wedding full of the classic hits, Tom knows how to deliver an experience that is second to none and always has a way of leaving clients with a smile. When not DJing Tom Loves spending time with his 2 amazing daughters.
Tom with Instant Request was exactly what we imagined for our DJ! He met with us a few weeks before to talk over our vision for our wedding night, and made sure we were loving every moment of the entertainment on our big day! From our first dance, to our last rowdy song, the dance floor had so much energy. He played the fun older music that my parents and their friends loved, and smoothly transitioned to some fun party music that our younger friends danced to late into the night! We look back at pictures and videos often to reminisce about the fun, crowded dance floor that we spent hours on with our closest family and friends! - Lauren and Michael @ Green Acres Event Center
Born in Alexandria MN Tenton fell in love with 70's music while listening to it with his dad. As a kid he saw John Fogerty perform and knew he wanted to work in the music industry. He started singing in bands and learning about audio equipment. He came to Minneapolis to continue his education in Audio Recording and Production. Trenton also works at the Skyway Theatre and is a lead singer in the blues/rock band. When not surrounding himself with sound he likes to take long hikes outside or playing Frisbee with friends near the lake.
We really enjoyed working with Instant Request for our wedding!! We got assigned to Trent for our DJ and he was very nice and easy to work with!! He played all the songs that my guests requested and did a great job! - Heidi and Ryan @ Little Log House Village Hall