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DC, short for Derrick Castenholz, is an avid vinyl record collector.

Synopsis

Derrick received a degree in Audio Engineering and Sound Production from Washtenaw Community College in 2015. For the past 4 years, he has attended Mobile Beat Las Vegas, a continuing education conference for the top Mobile DJ’s in the country. It is designed to help professional DJ’s increase their level of services to their clients. At the 2015 conference he met Sir-Mix-A-Lot and attended a private party featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff. At the 2016 conference he had the privilege to meet Party Rocker, Redfoo and V.I.C. the man behind the Wobble. In 2017 he gained insight on how to be a better DJ from the legendary Paul Oakenfold.  In 2018, he met Cupid, the man behind the Cupid Shuffle! Derrick is highly organized, prompt, and always put his clients first.  Service is not a lost art with this business owner.

Career

DC is the recipient of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 People’s Choice Award from Wedding Wire.  He is also a recipient of the Best of Knot 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Derrick enjoys going to the gym regularly and cooking.  He enjoys taking his family to Michigan sporting events, working in the yard, an ice cold beer and learning new technology. In order to relax, he enjoys practicing the DJ craft.

DJ Maxx Makau is an international talent in every sense of the word.

Synopsis

While in Ann Arbor, Maxx quickly caught the attention of club owners and he was able to land residencies at the hottest nightclubs including Rush Street, and Lena, where he hosted a long running international music and reggae night. DJ Maxx has always had a keen ability to rock private events. He specializes in weddings. “I truly love seeing the joy on the couple’s faces when that special day arrives. There’s no better feeling than helping people create and navigate their musical landscape.”

DJ Maxx Makau enjoys playing basketball, doing projects around the house, and spending time with his wife and 2 children. He also enjoys searching for new music from all corners of the world in order to use in his sets.

Career

Maxx has DJ’d on 3 continents and in 4 countries. Simply put, he is one of the most well rounded DJ’s you will ever experience. Maxx was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. Now a naturalized US Citizen, he does travel back to Kenya on occasion to DJ at the invite of his childhood friends and / or the local promoters.

He received a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Pune College in India. While in India he polished his skills by DJing events on campus. Maxx moved to Philadelphia in 2004 and then in 2006 Maxx had the opportunity to come to Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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DJ Dorian Deaver brings classic style and vast musical knowledge to your event.

Synopsis

Dorian’s ability to maneuver through every genre of music is his gift to his clients.  He is able to flawlessly highlight the romance and joy in any wedding celebration.  Each event brings the ideal blend of classic, contemporary, fun, and romance to seamlessly blend your very own soundtrack.  Every wedding is uniquely special and each music selection reflects your taste to create an unforgettable night.

Work with Dorian to select all your favorite music and artists for a playlist that matches your style. Get in the groove and make your wedding the fun, joyous celebration you always dreamed of with DJ Dorian Deaver.

Bring your guests to their feet with a unique entertainment experience that’s as special as your relationship.

Career

Dorian Deaver, former University of Michigan gymnast, graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan School of Education. He is the founder of Dazz Dance Productions, an entertainment company dedicated to high quality music and dance. He has personally trained and launched the careers of several of Michigan’s top mobile and club DJ’s.

Dorian has over 40 years of experience as a professional DJ, and ballroom dance coach. He has even created the “Dorian Bridal Dance”, to help newlyweds look great at their wedding reception. In 1996 he received the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Associate Degree.

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Brian Alvarez’s open format style takes his guests on a musical journey.

Synopsis

Brian Alvarez aka DJ Just B is a product of Ann Arbor who has embraced every aspect of hip hop culture and has mastered the art of the DJ. He is the most passionate DJ in the crew. Brian’s entertainment style and personality are off the charts fun. He has energy for days. Open format style and ability to blend genres allows him to take his guests on a musical journey which brings back memories and evokes emotion through music.

Career

Brian is the founder and head instructor at Technically Sound Dj Academy where he passes along the tradition of mixing music to the next generation. Kids love him! He has been a guest speaker at Washtenaw Community College where he shares his love for music and his craft with students of all ages. If you’re looking for a Dj and a big personality that will rock your event, this is your guy! Just B has the most club experience of any of our DJ’s and he currently holds residencies at Live and Alley Bar in Ann Arbor.

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The Groovematist brings an incredible first class experience.

Synopsis

As an Elite Package only DJ, The Groovematist brings an incredible interactive quality and first class experience to all his events. It’s a reflection of his personality and he won’t do it any other way. Don’t believe us? Set up a meeting or phone call with this guy and be prepared to have your mind blown.

Career

Mechial White Jr, The Groovematist is a skilled international producer, DJ, and professor of music at Washtenaw Community College where he literally “wrote the book.” He has developed and currently teaches courses on DJ’ing, Sequencing and Production, and Business Management for Artists. He’s even been mentioned in Rolling Stone magazine for his work with the legendary Lee “Scratch” Perry. Mechial is constantly educating others on the power of music. He says “When I’m spinning music and even when I’m not spinning music, I’m teaching music.” Mechial blends style, professionalism, and humor in all of his events and that’s why his clients love him. He has been a DJ for more than 35 years and owns a complete professional music production studio where he writes, produces, and records original music for radio, television, and artists.

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Wedding, graduation, reunion, or your company’s corporate event, DJ Adrenalin has you covered.

Synopsis

Abay Israel, aka DJ Adrenalin, was born on the small Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago and literally grew up in the music industry as the son of an award-winning producer and musician. He immigrated to the United States in 2003 and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga where earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics. He also holds a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Michigan where he specialized in Strategy and Innovation at the Ross School of Business. As a trained Economist, DJ Adrenalin’s experience is broad. He has worked on Wall Street as an Investment Banker, a Research Specialist at the University of Michigan where he doubled as the program manager for their award-winning internship and has given lectures and presentations all over the United States.

 

In the music realm, DJ Adrenalin has also been busy and his passion does not end on the turntables. In the last few years, he co-founded Radial (A Silicon Valley-backed company that released a free music streaming iOS App which features 100% Caribbean Music and Culture), he won Tech Noir’s Big Pitch competition in Washington DC, and has been featured numerous times in the press (such as at the World BankEbony Magazine, and VICE’s Music channel Noisey just to name a few).

Career

Do not let his laid-back attitude and boyish charm fool you, this guy is the real deal! DJ Adrenalin embodies the term “Renaissance Man” and with 2018 marking 20 years since he started DJing, Adrenalin shows no signs of slowing down. From hosting his own radio & online shows to performing for crowds in the thousands across the world, DJ Adrenalin has done it all! And we aren’t kidding. If you need to produce a video, motion graphics, or create a unique backdrop for your photo booth, he’s your guy. If you require an hour-long mix for your special event with a custom remix of your favorite track, no problem at all. Whether it’s a wedding, graduation, reunion, or your company’s corporate event, DJ Adrenalin has you covered. As you can imagine, his infectious energy and natural talent have made him a popular attraction at some of Michigan’s top nightclubs.

 

When he’s not in the boardroom, classroom or on stage, DJ Adrenalin enjoys quality time at home with his wife and searching for that next adventure – wherever it exists in the world.