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    Mobile Profile: DJ Greg Mixes Deck Savvy With “Nice”

    Howell, N.J.—DJ Greg’s career epiphany occurred while at college—and not in the classroom, but ...

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    Jersey Jock Gets With the Program

    Plainsboro, N.J.—Since he was a three-year-old, diving off his parent’s living room couch while ...

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    DJ’s Dual Roles Shake Up ChicagoLand

    Chicago—It was on February 7, 1998, after his bar mitzvah party, when Ryan Levin knew what he ...

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Mobile Profile: DJ Greg Mixes Deck Savvy With “Nice”


Howell, N.J.—DJ Greg’s career epiphany occurred while at college—and not in the classroom, but at parties. It’s where he found his vocation. “During my second year of college, I was always being asked to DJ at parties and at friends’ weddings,” he recalls. “That’s when it first hit me: ‘Hey, I ...

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Mix on Wheels Transforms Motor Vehicles into DJ Booths


Orlando, Fla.—A major soft-drink company inspired Charles Miles to start his DJ outfit. Well, not exactly—a central Florida theme park had something to do with it as well. “A tour with them,” Miles asserts, “was a game changer for my career.” To be more specific—which is important because ...

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Mobile DJ Ian Ali Scores Big with Super Bowl Gigs


Union, N.J.—Perhaps being born on the Island of Trinidad, where music is ranked as a life necessity right between water and food, would inevitably lead one to a life of working behind the decks—or at least that’s a good working theory for Ian Ali. “I grew up around electronics and a father who ...

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The World’s Nuttiest DJ Keeps It Real


Waverly, Minn.—When you ask Greg “Chopper” Lammers what sets his DJ business apart from the rest, he’ll tell you what you might hear a lot of DJs say—or not. “The comedy show I do,” he says. “But more importantly, the way I do it. I always take my microphone and go into the audience and... Read More

Ohio DJ Uses The Art of The Acquisition


Oakwood Village, Ohio—One look at Matt Radicelli’s pedigree and you can see why his decision to pursue DJing as a career was somewhat preordained, in the cards: His mom and dad ran a nightclub, where his dad was the DJ, while mom was the bartender/controller. “All throughout middle school and ...

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Chicago Mobile DJ Pivots, Finds Surprising Growth Opportunity


Chicago—It happened in 1988, while studying architecture at Northern Illinois University, when KC Kokoruz and his Theta Chi fraternity brothers were all working for a local mobile DJ company, lugging gear, setting up, breaking down. “It” was Kokoruz falling in love with DJing, so hard that he ...

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Denny McConnell: A 5-Decade Career with No Intention of Stopping


Reading, PA — Denny McConnell, a DJ since the Niixon Administration, started his career at a club, back when they were called discos—on a bet. “I bet a friend that I could get a job at this new nightclub that was opening in our area,” says McConnell. His friend replied, “What do you know about ...

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Chicago DJ Jazmine Gonzalez’s H.Y.P.E. Productions

Lynwood, Ill. — It’s a not-so-uncommon story. Jazmine Gonzalez realized she had a knack for the MC/DJ “thing” in the sixth grade, when a DJ at her school dance in Chicago was unable to get the kids onto the dancefloor. So she did what any Type A would do: She asked for the microphone and... Read More

Pa. DJ’s Fast Track to Local Dominance


Harrisburg, Pa.—When Jason Klock was in junior high school, he was enlisted to help spin a dance because the DJ had cancelled. From that early experience, the mold had been set. As he got more time behind the console he was able to DJ a wedding while in high school. Other paid events followed. ...

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Philly DJ Making All the Right Moves

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Philadelphia—If you were born in Philly, and got into hip hop in the late ’80s, among the first records that caught your attention were Salt-n-Pepa’s “Hot, Cool and Vicious,” and Kool Moe Dee’s “How Ya Like Me Now.” At least they were if you were Patrice McBride. “I was too young to fully ...

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Arizona DJ Goes Corporate


Phoenix, Ariz.— It happened one night in 2004, when a friend asked William Reed to guest DJ at his club. The offer back then seemed scandalous: $50 and drinks for four hours. Reed thought he was getting the better end of the deal back then—and in actuality he was. That one-off gig turned into ...

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Boston DJ Finds a Diverse Mix


Boston—Rob Peters was attending St. Joseph’s College in Windham, Maine, studying communications and broadcasting when he was introduced to radio. One of his mentors DJed the on-campus events, and Peters would watch and absorb. “Eventually, I was asked to DJ a dance on campus and loved doing ...

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San Fran DJ Keeps Love in the Mix


Berkeley, Calif.—Prior to making DJing his full-time job in 2011, Dan Rosenbach was a traveling salesperson for a company that imported and distributed decorative lighting fixtures from Europe and Asia. You think DJing is exhaustive? He was traveling two to three weeks a month for 11 months out ...

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All-Purpose DJ Stakes His Claim


Houston—Growing up in the tough streets of Chicago, a 12-year-old Fred Malone would bypass the basketball courts on his way home from school and head to his parent’s basement. “I grew up in an area with gangs and drive-bys,” he recalls, “and instead of hanging with the boys after school, you ...

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Meet DJ Expo’s Two-Time Champ

By Stu Burke Belleville, N.J.—Like many DJs, Jack Bermeo sharpened his mixing skills in clubs and at friend’s parties, occasionally going out with other mobile DJs and performing at showcases. “Those events,” says Bermeo, “helped transform me into a professional performer.” As his company, LJ ...

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A Decade On, DJ Stays Ahead of the Internet Wave


Orlando, Fla.—The last time we heard from DJ Carl Williams in these pages, it was more than 10 years ago, before DJs were using nearly all of the tools they’re currently using to get—and perform—gigs. “The DJ industry has gotten more ‘complicated’ today because I have more music in my library ...

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DJ’s Dual Roles Shake Up ChicagoLand


Chicago—It was on February 7, 1998, after his bar mitzvah party, when Ryan Levin knew what he wanted to do with his life. “I wanted to be a mitzvah dancer,” he says. “And I approached the owner of the DJ company at my party, and he told me to contact him when I was in... Read More

For Carolina DJ, Beats Are Good Business


Raleigh, N.C.—Since the last time we spoke to Joe Bunn, owner of Joe Bunn DJ Company in Raleigh, N.C., 10 years have passed. Since then, he says, it’s all been about change—and growth. “In the last five years, we were up 10-percent in the first two years,” says the 40-year-old North Carolinian, ...

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Jersey Jock Gets With the Program


Plainsboro, N.J.—Since he was a three-year-old, diving off his parent’s living room couch while watching MTV and the Beastie Boys’ “Fight for Your Right (to Party),” Mike Bacon has known he’s possessed the key ingredient to any DJ’s arsenal: a rabid, if not unhealthy, love for music. “I would ...

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Texan Mixes Many DJ Disciplines


Austin, Texas—As a mobile and club jock who’s also worked in radio, Craig Dunn coordinates competing agendas as well as any Middle East peace negotiator. “With radio and club, everybody has a different agenda,” says Dunn, known professionally as DJ Crazy Craig. “In radio, they want certain ...

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Drummer Taps a Different Beat for DJ Clients

By Vern Delahunt Stroudsburg, Pa.—John Donovan is looking to buy a house with his wife in The Pocono Mountains for a simple reason: “I can get to New Jersey and Long Island. Going south, I can get to Philly, and locally I’ve been able to build up the concept in Lehigh Valley, which has been... ...

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Former Jersey Painter Finds a New Brush

Millville, N.J.—For about five years, from 2002 until 2007, Bob Morgan was double dipping, in a sense. But, for him, it created more of a dizzying effect than any laser could. As the full-time owner of a contractor business, he’d paint buildings, churches and houses by day; as the part-time ...

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Cincy DJ Unearths the Principles of the Profession

By Con Carney Cincinnati, Ohio—Many DJs who work full-time jobs often find that their skill sets overlap from one profession to the other. For Ryan Kellinghaus, the skill set required to effectively carry out his job as an assistant high school principal pays dividends when he runs his ...

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For Jersey DJ, Expo Win Provides a Sign


New Brunswick, N.J.—It was a typical humid August day in Atlantic City, and Robert Velasco was in town to say a farewell of sorts to DJing. He hadn’t lost the passion. In the ’90s, when he was in high school and the latest and greatest DJs were pushing out mix tapes, he tried it, too.... Read More

DJ Brings Big City Vibe to Central Florida

By Con Carney Melbourne, Fla.—“From one to 10, [the event] was a 20.” Such is the unbridled enthusiasm and confidence that Shane Presley brings to his gigs. Don’t mistake the confidence for arrogance, however—he’s supremely thankful for all the good will that has floated his way. “I think DJs ...

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Jersey DJ’s “Four Rules of the vLog”

By Milo Burke Union, N.J.—Chris Atwood began DJing in college in 1998, but like most DJs, his “calling” arrived much earlier. “I didn’t take the most traditional path to the 1s and 2s, as most jocks I know, where they were inspired by an old-school mixmaster,” he says. “Growing up I was the ...

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Training: One DJ’s Key to Success

By Mike Walter “Why do you even have a cordless microphone?” That’s part of one of the earliest lessons I learned in this business. The question was posed by John Murphy, my first boss and the owner of Star DJs at one of our monthly meetings. He was asking one of us (thankfully not me)... Read More

Twin Cities DJ Keeps It All in the Family


Minneapolis—If you ask Howard Walstein, he’ll tell you it’s all about the word “Welcome.” Says the Twin Cities jock, “I think I was born with the ability to make people feel comfortable.” Ask any kid he grew up with: As a child he’d perform puppet shows in his backyard to crowds of ...

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Penn DJ Boasts the Power of the Upsell

By Milo Burke Reading, Pa.—While teaching high-school history nearly 10 years ago, Mike Kindlick began to feel restless. Something was gnawing at him, like something that was inside him, threatening to burst out. Mike Kindlick, quite simply, needed to boogie—for a living, full-time. “I had gone ...

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Louisville DJ Makes All the Right Social Moves

By Milo Burke Louisville, Ky.—Eric Woodland received the best training a DJ could ever receive: slogging away for a multi-op business, a tutorial behind the console. “It was a great way to learn what not to do,” says Woodland, now the owner of DJ Woody Events and Entertainment. “A lot of my ...

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Hurricane Productions: New Media Gurus


How long have Vincent Velasquez and his Hurricane Productions partner Strato Doumanis been marketing their DJ services? They’re original Facebookers—which in the parlance of social media is a very, very long time ago. They’ve been focusing their marketing efforts on the web since they started ...

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Ex-NYC Rocker Finds a New Set List in Midwest


Cleveland, Ohio—A funny thing happened to Lew Bodee when he visited Cleveland nearly 23 years ago. Bodee, then a twenty-something rock guitarist from East Flatbush, Brooklyn, traveling with his dad to explore some business opportunities, went to an Iggy Pop concert and met Miriam, a 20-year-old ...

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From Mobiles to Club, K-Town DJ Flips the Script


Knoxville, Tenn.—Eight years ago Eric Bennett determined that his DJing dream had run its course in Chattanooga. Off to Knoxville it was—with his now-wife—and as he puts it, “As far as DJing goes, it’s the best thing I ever did.” Not that it was easy. Back in Chattanooga, DJ Eric B started out ...

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New Year's Resolutions: RIP?

Some DJs are trying to keep their New Year's resolutions...

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DJ Takes Stock in Niche Wedding Market


East Windsor, N.J.—Like so many DJs, Gregg Hollmann had an inkling that he would somehow find himself behind the console. With an interest in music from an early age, this Jersey Shore native studied piano and alto sax in high school, playing in jazz and classical ensembles. He also starting ...

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Maryland DJ Says: Stop! Thief!

A thief squeezed through a broken window at the Paris Museum of Modern Art on Thursday and stole five paintings, including works by Picasso and Matisse. The total value was estimated at $127 million. Video images captured a man clad in a black hood, and no alarms sounded–at least not in ...

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