My love for music has always been a huge part of my life. Watching music videos on MTV TRL in the living room, I grew up trying to mimic Michael Jackson, Usher, and Justin Timberlake dance moves to use at school dances. In junior high, I was part of the Napster/Limewire generation, burning hundreds of ‘mixes’ for friends and classmates. I announced baseball games and played music for the batters and between innings at my high school in Mansfield, which gave me my first taste of “mixing” and my first paid performance. In 2006, I graduated high school and took my talents to Columbus, OH to study at The Ohio State University where I met my first DJ mentor, Mike Salone aka DJ Axcess, in French class Freshman year. It wasn’t until a few years later that he decided to host an instructional course for inspiring mobile DJ’s. When Mike let me know, I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but was excited to learn. I was a true beginner at multi-channel mixing and MCing. As the weeks progressed and I gained more confidence, I fell in love with music once again.
I used my first bonuses from my day job to invest in a portable PA system and controller for mixing and started DJing in my basement for practice. A friend that was bartending at a local bar that was looking for entertainment and I thought it would be a good place to test my skills. It ended up being my first residency.
A few months later a friend saw that I had posted a promotional photo for my bar residency, and asked if I was available for his wedding. At first I was hesitant because of the added pressure of performing at what was likely the most important event in my good friend’s life. I told him I was confident playing the music, but that I had never MC’d a wedding before. He had more confidence in me than I had in myself, and convinced me that they wouldn’t hate me if I was terrible. I spent the next few months scouring Google & YouTube for all the advice I could find about DJing weddings and compiled my notes into a plan. When the day of the wedding came, my preparation paid off and everything went perfectly, which landed me two more weddings by referral. For the next several years I relied on referrals only and provided entertainment for hundreds of weddings through word of mouth advertising.
In April of 2019, I married my amazing wife and became better acquainted with the D&M DJ team when I chose them to DJ my wedding at Brookshire. They mentioned that they were looking for more DJs and I happily accepted their offer to join the team.
If you’re looking for an entertainer that can cover all styles of music with a little extra flair, I might be the choice for you!
D&M DJ Entertainment
dandmdjentertainment.com • 614.604.9400 • 23 E College Ave Westerville, OH 43081