Meet the DJs
Instant Request DJ Staff
Instant Request DJs
Instant Request DJ Staff
Originally from Milwaukee WI, Aaron's pursuit of a career in music brought him to MN. He attended the Institute of Production and Recording and graduated with a degree in Audio Production and Engineering. He first got into music by taking drum lessons at the age or 10, piano lessons by the age of 12, and teaching himself guitar at 16. Then he began producing his own music on the computer at the age of 18 and then began DJing at various clubs in downtown Minneapolis ever since. Aaron gigs regularly at downtown clubs, but also has DJed on the festival circuit, most recently Summerset. To relax Aaron likes to hammock at the lake, see live music shows and likes to sculpt.
As far as Instant Request goes, we would give the company a 4/5 stars. Overall, a great experience, easy to book, and flexible. Very affordable and we even added karaoke for a reasonable price. We had DJ Aaron for our 12/30/2017 wedding. He did an absolutely outstanding job - picked great songs, read our crowd well, and stuck to our playlist and online event planner! He was also super friendly and easy to work with. Lighting was great, and he even went above and beyond and announced tables for our buffet line. Our only complaints: Unfortunately, we had about a 20-30 min system crash (which wasn't his fault). He kept our guests well informed about the technical problem which was nice, but it was annoying we didn't have music for a bit. We wouldn't recommend karaoke either as the lyrics screen would intermittently turn on/off and the song choices were limited. All in all, I would go with Instant Request if we did it over again, and would highly recommend Aaron!! - Erin and Andrew @ Loft at Studio J in StillwaterLearn more about DJ Aaron N
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 and is continuing his education in the field of 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 7/29/17Learn more about DJ Bret C
St. Paul born and raised, Bryan began Djing all of his family and friends neighborhood parties. He was obsessed with audio and video as a kid. He edited his first video in the 6th grade by connecting two VHS players and over dubbing his favorite hard rock songs to a copy of the video "Hockey's Hardest Hitters". It was a big hit among HS hockey lovers. It was copied over 100 times on VHS and was traded from school to school among the Hockey teams. After High School Bryan attended Full Sail University, a premier audio and video college in Orlando, FL. During this time Bryan began to professionally DJ events and parties and has been doing it ever since. Bryan is known for being organized and very sociable. When not DJing or working with Audio and video he enjoys photography, camping, canoeing and cheering for the Wild.
Bryan was a great DJ for us. He wasn't too intrusive and played everything we requested, and filled the rest of the time with great songs that got lots of people of different ages on the dance floor. We were so pleased! - Erica and Ben 7/22/17Learn more about DJ Bryan J
Charity was a military brat that has lived all across the nation. She eventually made a home in MN to complete her college degree and be closer to her sister and nieces. Her passion and large knowledge for music started with her father. He chose the music every weekend when the family cleaned up the house. Music at home led to creating CDs, CDs led to online music, and online music led to Djing. Charity has been a DJ for over 7 years. Charity is a graduate of the American Music and Dramatic Academy NYC and works as a freelance journalist. When not DJing she is into the arts. She makes floral art pieces, practices her photography, and creates custom makeup designs.
My husband and I were VERY pleased with our Instant Request experience. We were paired up with Charity as our DJ. She was AMAZING. From our initial action over email, to our phone conversation to discuss the details of our big day, she made everything very easy. She is professional and enthusiastic. When the big day came, everything flowed very nicely. She is able to "read a crowd" and kept our dance floor packed for the majority of the night. I highly recommend Charity as a DJ! - Katie and Andrew 9/30/17Learn more about DJ Charity B
Chris has always had a passion for music and entertainment. He recently graduated from the U of M with a Masters in Entertainment Law. Chris has been a vocalist in several touring groups around the cities. Currently, Chris is part of an electronic dance group called Laws & Lions. The group has performed with artists like O-Town, Flo Rida, and 2-Live Crew. As a DJ, Chris' focus is on the audience and making sure the dance floor is packed! Outside of music, Chris enjoys staying active with basketball and tennis leagues.
Our DJ was Chris Butts and he did an excellent job with everything. He took the extra time to get pronunciations correct for the grand march and played a great selection that had all age groups dancing all night. Would highly recommend. - Liz and Jack 11/18/17Learn more about DJ Chris B
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 9/3/17
Growing up, Colton has always appreciated music from afar. He wanted to sing or perform but never took the plunge. However he decided to get involved with it about 5 years ago. Colton started writing and recording hip-hop music with his friends. Then it progressed into buying all sorts of DJ gear and production equipment. Suddenly Colton found himself being asked to DJ with musical groups and at parties. A Dj was born. Aside from music Colton works as an apprentice tradesman. Colton also finds time for his hobbies motocross, snow/skateboarding, basketball, and running. Colton is full of energy and a great fit for young energetic couples.
Fantastic experience! Highly recommend Instant Request! Our DJ Colton was the perfect fit for us as he kept the party going and the dance floor full. The online planner was easy to complete and all of our music was accommodated from the ceremony through the reception. - Kimberly and Nathan 9/30/17Learn more about DJ Colton A
Originally from India, Darshan moved to MN with his newlywed wife not long ago. Growing up Darshan was always enamored with music. He was a huge fan or 90s pop and eventually discovered European DJs. Since then he has DJed private parties, weddings, clubs and Indian Festivals. He has Djed for more than 5 years and once DJed a festival for over 5000 people! When Darshan came to the US he started DJing immediately. He also is continuing his education in Music production at one of the Institutes in Minneapolis. Darshan loves spending time with his wife, cooking Indian cuisine, and watching martial art movies. Darshan speaks 3 languages fluently English, Hindi, and Marathi.
I wish I could give them more than 5 stars. First of all, the online event planner is extremely thorough and helpful. They have really thought of it all, and it was fun and easy to fill out. My favorite part, though, was how you could create your own playlist. I had not seen this from any other DJ company, so it immediately hooked me. Now onto our DJ... finding a DJ that could really give us the reception and dance we wanted was the number one priority for us when planning our wedding. Unfortunately, our DJ that we had initially picked called in sick the day of our wedding, so they sent Darshan to fill in for him. We were a little nervous at first, because it was unexpected and last minute. I was worried he wouldn't exactly know anything about our timeline or profile, but oh my goodness he was AMAZING. Darshan kept the dance floor packed the whole night and really honored the playlist we created. We had so many friends comment on how great he was at choosing what songs to play next and fading songs into the next. It was so cool. He was also very kind and gave us such a sweet card at the end of the night. Darshan, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! You helped make our reception memorable! Our friends didn't want to leave! - Alex and Bryce 9/23/17
David knew that he wanted to create music for a living ever since getting dragged on stage as a young man. He only knew a few guitar chords, but at that moment music became a big part of his life. He began collecting music and soon turned towards mixing. As a DJ, David’s specialty is reading his audience and playing the best songs to bring the most life to the dance floor. Originally from Chicago, he moved to the Twin Cities to get his business degree and start his music production career. Today he produces music for multiple artists and his own band. When David isn’t DJing or working, he likes to travel and is always down for spontaneous outdoor adventures.
David was awesome! He was fun to work with and chill. We felt that getting the music we wanted was super important since DJs are not cheap. So David worked with us to make sure we were getting the "rap" style music we like (like Post Malone, Lil Yachty, Chance the Rapper) and explicit versions of songs. While a lot of what we wanted played only got played the last hour, everyone was having so much fun. He was also accommodating and flexible when parents went missing during the anniversary dance or the best man disappeared for a few minutes during the dollar dance. He helped make sure everyone was on time with their speeches/toasts. We received several compliments on the music. - Rihanna and Bryce 1/5/18 Learn more about DJ David J
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.
Our DJ was great! Easy to work with, very friendly and helpful. Their planning process is very thorough - we would definitely recommend working with Instant Request!- Kate and Tim
Erik L comes from a singing and acting background and this has allowed him to perform all over the United States and China! He’s made his home in Minneapolis and has started to break into the local performing arts scene. Erik is originally from a Downs, IL a small town of 500 where he fell in love with acting and singing. The similarities to singing publicly or acting are what drew Erik to DJing, he can feel the electricity in the air and this drives him to perform to the best of his abilities. Erik is very sociable and comfortable talking to anyone. Erik stays busy when he isn’t performing by antiquing, going to museums, collecting stamps and occasionally participates in Civil War and WWII reenactments.
Your company provided the music and other sound services for our reception on Saturday at Raspberry Island. I know we had talked Friday night about the switch from Josh to Eric. We both wanted you to know that Eric KICKED ASS! We couldn't have asked for a better DJ. Any issues that came up he addressed and had an answer for. Not to mention that he kept the dance floor packed all night. You truly have a great professional working for you! - Lisa and Matt 10/8/16Learn more about DJ Erik L
Originally from WI, Halie graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Dance Performance & Choreography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her works have been presented all over the Midwest in famous venues in Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Chicago. She has also acted in films. One which was recently presented at the Norway International Film Festival. While Studying her craft she began to work as a DJ. It came naturally to her because music and always been a large part of her life. When not DJing or performing Halie loves to teach dance lessons, hang out with friends, and create unique music beats while thinking up dances.
Thank you so very much for being the BEST DJ at our wedding on October 14th at Wayzata Country Club. We honestly had the best time and you helped set the vibe for us and all of our friends and family. Since our wedding, we have heard from countless wedding guests that they thought you did a fantastic job and wanted to know your specific name and employer! We could not agree more! Thank you so much for being such an special part of our wedding day and for leaving a lasting impression on us and our guests. We also love that you signed our guestbook! So thoughtful of you! - Paige and Ira @ Wayzata Country ClubLearn more about DJ Halie B
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.
Jimmy grew up in Minneapolis and has always had a love for music. As a child he played piano and was part of a Chinese dance group. He started DJing a few years ago, and has quickly made himself known for his easy going personality, and professional approach. Jimmy has a degree in engineering from the U of MN. When not DJing Jimmy can be hard to find. He is often doing outdoor activities around Lake Calhoun. He enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures and cuisines. To date, he has visited 27 different countries on 4 different continents.
We had Jimmy C for our DJ and he was fabulous!!!! From our first phone convo with him we were immediately put at ease with his organization. It was so nice to be able to use the Event Planner to input the songs we wanted for our first dance, cocktail hour music, dinner music, all the names of our bridal party and who was going to be introduced and which song we wanted for that, etc. Our dancefloor was packed ALL night!!!! Although he didn’t play every song we put on our “list” of songs, Jimmy totally read the crowd and kept people out there all night! I think our wedding guests would have danced all night if they could!! - Kayla and Mitchell 10/14/17 Learn more about DJ Jimmy C
Joey was born and raised in Minneapolis. He comes from a very musical family and began playing instruments at a young age. He has been playing drums for 17 years and piano for 13 years. Joey started djing for private parties about 4 years ago. He is currently at Hennepin Tech for audio production and engineering. When he is not surrounded by music, Joey can be found playing basketball, tinkering with audio gear, or seeking a warm beach to do some long board surfing.
My wife and I had an absolute blast at our wedding. Part of that was because of Instant Request and our DJ, DJ Joey. Not only was Instant Request the most cost effective, Joey and Instant Request were easy to work with and made all of our requests happen. Joey also helped us with answering questions we still had with the reception. It was nice to get the professional opinion of someone that has done many weddings. I highly recommend Instant Request and if you get married in the Mankato area, ask for DJ Joey. You won't regret it. Thank you! - Staci and Logan 7/22/17 Learn more about DJ Joey A
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 10/7/17 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 9/2/17Learn 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.
Manny did a wonderful job! He did such a great job with controlling the flow of the wedding, playing songs that the group enjoyed, and was overall great to work with. Joanna and James 9/2/17 Learn 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 9/8/17
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.
DJ Obi did an awesome job for our wedding! People not only loved the music but his presence was great. He knew what to play and when to play it. He got the party rocking and kept it going. We very much appreciated his work and understanding our style of music and vision for our wedding night.! - Kelly and John @ Machine ShopLearn more about DJ Obi O
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.
Instant request was great - priced reasonably, and provided us with excellent service on our wedding day. Everything went perfectly, wouldn’t change a thing! - Kelsey and Alexander 10/14/17 Learn more about DJ Tom C