JJ was born in Seattle and raised along the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth. He began taking piano lessons at age 7. He discovered his
passion for music after picking up the guitar at age 9. J.J. was songwriting and performing locally in Duluth from an early age.  JJ loved the challenge off  learning new instruments such as saxophone, oboe, bassoon, bass guitar and drums. JJ received a degree in Jazz Studies and a degree in Philosophy from The School of Music at Loyola University in New Orleans. He studied Jazz, Classical music, and was also a member in the University chorus. 

At age 21, J.J. suffered a severe spinal cord injury in an accident.  While recovering from this injury he devoted a year to learning to produce electronic beats, recording and mixing music, and DJing. He then was able to begin his professional performing career where he has DJed numerous gigs, performed as a musician at many shows, and also worked as a guitarist on cruise ships. When not DJing JJ gives guitar and piano lessons. He also love drones and landscape photography. 

The office staff at Instant Request were amazing. James and I planned our wedding from out of state. Everyone was very accommodating in making time to meet with us when we were in MN, answering phone calls, and responding to emails. Our DJ, JJ, was great. We had some timing issues because of rain. He not only ran around to adjust the sound gear around, but was always there to ask us our thoughts on the change in schedule and what we wanted for the night. The music he played fit with our planner and taste well. He was great! The sound and lighting were prefect. My favorite thing about Instant Request was the ease of planning. Being out of state, it was nice to know I could call or email to get not only a quick, but friendly response. Everyone was so wonderful to work with and it was nice to have individuals who cared about making our day as we envisioned. 

Instant Request was responsive and accommodating from day one. Matt and Mitch were always very prompt in answering my many questions, and the on-line planner was very easy to use. I was a little nervous about not meeting our DJ in person prior to the wedding, but in retrospect it really would have been unnecessary. DJ JJ, was excellent. He went through our entire on-line planner with us in  detail weeks before the wedding and was able to accommodate us with our last minute adjustments days prior to the wedding. He was professional and played songs that our guests really enjoyed.  We did not have to think of anything the night of our wedding.  Our Dj did everything!

We hired instant request for our wedding and thought they did a wonderful job! JJ was great in going through every step of the day with us to make sure our music choices and preferred genres were totally covered. The quality of the speakers was great for our outdoor ceremony and the guests had a blast dancing all night at the reception. Highly recommend!!

We had a wonderful wedding on October 8th and we thought JJ did a great job! Our dance floor was literally packed the entire night, in conversations with family and friends afterwards, people have said “I kept wanting to take a dancing break, but he played good song after good song I couldn’t leave” “great dance music, read the crowd well!” It really was a great party all night and I know a friend of mine getting married next year wanted his business card specifically. We did have a few small hiccups, but JJ was able to make corrections and make it a great experience. We were nervous not going with a Black tie DJ, but we felt like overall JJ left our guests with a great experience and met our expectations of “wedding dance party” to a T.