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Andy Anderson/Gotham D.J.917-593-9823; gothamdj.com
After making a name for himself on the club circuit, Anderson started spinning weddings in 2004, insisting that wedding tunes need not be corny. Evidently, he’s keeping his word—rocker Andrew W.K. hired him for his nuptials. Anderson added two more D.J.’s to his team in 2007. Prices upon request.
Antique Phonograph D.J. Mac646-228-5780; michaelcumella.com
You won’t find another D.J. like Michael Cumella—he’s just about the only one around who plays early 78s on century-old crank-up horned phonographs, though he’s also happy to play contemporary hits too. From $500 (cocktail hour). (good value)
Aria Melody D.J.717-495-5638; ariamelody.com
“No lights, no fog, no gimmicks” is the motto of this cheese-free D.J. crew, who formed after members Paul and Nicole Sinclair couldn’t find an inconspicuous D.J. for their own wedding. They take a backseat approach while ensuring the music is perfect and the mic isn’t overused. From $1,475. (good value)
Beat Train Productions NYC347-568-8987; beattrainnyc.com
Past clients rave about this boutique company, which sends out a small but experienced team of D.J.’s who spin everything from big-band jazz to modern Top 40. Prices range from $1,250 to $2,000 for five hours. Video projection and lighting services also available. (good value)
Brendan O’Keefe is the man behind this small entertainment agency, which is comprised of a range of D.J.’s, pianists, guitarists, and jazz and chamber ensembles. Most BOK-Music musicians are graduates of Juilliard or other fine conservatories and have performed professionally on Broadway. Live ensembles start at $300 per musician, soloists at $575, and D.J.’s at $999. (good value)
The Compact Disc Jockeys800-235-0404; cdjmusic.com
With glowing references from wedding-planning heavyweights like Claudia Hanlin and Stephen Kennard (of Canard Inc.), owner John Hubela, a veteran D.J., has the talent to provide music for any kind of affair. His collection contains Ella Fitzgerald, Lady Gaga, and everyone in between. The average price is about $1,250. (good value)
D.J. Cassidy212-337-2034, ext. 12; djcassidy.com
A favorite of President Obama, Cassidy spun at the 2009 Inaugural Ball and has worked gigs for Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and Diddy. He also played the infamous Kim Kardashian wedding. While his first love is hip-hop, seventies and eighties soul, funk, and R&B factor into the mix, too. Prices upon request.
D.J. David Chang212-501-8919; djdavidchang.com
Chang makes it a priority to get to know his clients before the big day so he can put together the ideal playlist. He spun for Robert Downey Jr.’s wedding, where he shared the stage with Billy Joel and Sting; he’s also the D.J. on call for Tiffany & Co. events. Prices upon request.
D.J. Dina Reginedjdinaregine.com
One of Manhattan’s first female club D.J.’s, Regine has kicked off First Fridays at the Guggenheim, spun a benefit for the Dalai Lama at Lincoln Center, and played at parties for celebrities like Keith Richards, Cher, and Bruce Willis. She’ll create a personalized soundtrack for each phase of the ceremony and reception. Prices upon request.
D.J. Foosh646-327-0202; foosh.com
D.J. Foosh got his start at house parties and has moved up to fashion shows in New York, London, and Milan. His eclectic taste leans toward world music, as well as funk and soul classics from the likes of James Brown and Prince. Actress Gina Torres hired him for her wedding to Matrix co-star Laurence Fishburne. From $2,000.
D.J. Johnny Stuart646-554-5148; johnnystuart.com
Johnny “Danger” Stuart has been a sought after D.J. for decades and is a regular D.J. at InStyle cover shoots. Destination weddings are no problem—he’s played nuptials as far away as Jamaica, Hawaii, and Greece. From $2,800.
D.J. Shakey201-679-9736; campjulie.com
A serious vinyl collector, D.J. Shakey (a.k.a. Julie Covello) happily entertains diverse requests and plays all styles, from pop hits to underground-club dance music. Not into the whole emceeing thing? Covello will happily stay silent while she spins her unique variety of crowd-pleasing tunes. From $1,500. (good value)
D.J. $mall ¢hange917-412-1862; djsmallchange.com
James Dier (a.k.a. $mall ¢hange) has played many of the city’s top clubs, but he also caters to betrothed “music-heads” who will appreciate his eclectic collection, which includes rare records like Gloria Jones’s 1964 version of “Tainted Love.” From $1,500. (good value)
D.J. Spline917-715-8024; www.djspline.com
From the underground electronic scene in Caracas to New York nightclubs like Pacha (which he designed during his day job as an architect), D.J. Spline plays anything from classic James Brown and old-school Michael Jackson to indie rock and a carefully screened selection of Top 40 hits. His music often comes with a techno-infused Latin beat. Prices upon request.
Expressway Music212-953-9367; www.expresswaymusic.com
Launched in 1992 and led by David Swirsky, this team of eight D.J.’s is expert at reading the crowd and knowledgable about how to make the most of numerous New York venues. These D.J.’s spin everything from world music to pop to swing. Prices upon request.
Gary Hoffman/D.J. Gaza917-604-3970; 74events.com
This Brooklyn-based D.J. spins every genre under the sun and aims to keep the stress low and the dance floor packed. From $1,500. (good value)
Generation Events212-505-7593; generationevents.com
With clients like Kelsey Grammer, David Yurman, and Louis Vuitton, Jason Fioto, a regular at Manhattan clubs Marquee and 1Oak, heads this entertainment company, which provides tunes for about 50 nuptials a year. From $3,000.
Jarrell Entertainment917-449-3435; jarrellentertainment.com
This collective of D.J’s led by D.J. Ray Jarrell spins for A-list celebrities at some of the most exclusive locations in the world. Prices start at $2,000.
Jimmy Dee Music Productions914-428-9231; jimmydee.com
This production company has performed at more than 10,000 affairs and can assist with D.J.’s, emcees, live music, lighting, video, and photography. If you want a live simulcast of the party, ask about the plasma video screen. A traditional D.J. with photo and video package starts at $5,400.
Love Junkies646-504-9640; lovejunkiesnyc.com
Global soul-music connoisseurs Jon Oliver and D.J. Eko have fifteen years of radio experience between them (both currently program at East Village Radio), and they’ve played alongside Beyoncé and Norah Jones. From $1,500 to $3,000. (good value)
Mister Saturday Sound347-799-2203; mistersaturdaysound.com
D.J. Justin Carter’s roving dance party, Mister Saturday Night, is well known among those who like to bust a move, and he has spun for such clients as MoMA, Mulberry, and Travel + Leisure. For your wedding, he’ll play everything from reggae and rare soul to Motown and grandmother-pleasing big-band hits. From $2,000, plus sound system.
Play Something Good646-580-0261; playsomethinggood.com
Local husband-and-wife D.J.’s Abby and Tom have spun at some of the city’s coolest venues (like Santos Party House, Gramercy Park Hotel, the Tribeca Rooftop, and the Ace Hotel) and for the likes of the Beastie Boys and Bloomingdale’s. From $1,600. (good value)
Scratch Weddings866-955-8580; scratchweddings.com
For a stress-free experience, book this no-risk wedding D.J. service, which comes with insurance, a back-up D.J., and a dedicated music manager for your event. In 2012 they were selected for The Knot’s “Best of Weddings” and WeddingWire’s “Bride’s Choice” Awards. The full package includes setup and equipment. Prices upon request.
Touch of Class201-997-0077; tocdjs.com
This husband-and-wife team can emcee in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Their four teams of D.J.’s cart MP3-filled laptops to the nearly 250 weddings they do a year. Additional services include plasma screens, photo booths, and videography. From $1,250. (good value)
Twerking Hard917-575-5484; twerkinghard.com
A regular at Mayor Bloomberg’s Gracie Mansion, Josh Sparber has also played to Stockholm crowds and for the BBC in London. His upbeat and wide-ranging tastes embrace everything from funk, doo-wop, and northern soul to electro and hip-hop. Rates start at $1,500. (good value)
Ultimate Sound D.J.'s718-204-1938; ultimatesoundDJs.com
These D.J.’s hand over complete control of music selection and timing, so they’re a favorite among couples with strong opinions about their wedding soundtracks. Event prices start at $1,100 and include lighting, smoke, and five hours of music. (good value)
From the Summer 2013 New York Wedding Guide
- Hal Prince Music and Entertainment
146 East 37th Street New York, NY 10016 ; Tel: 212-354-4100 ; www.halprince.com
Celebrating 50 years in business, Hal Prince Music & Entertainment is the premier family owned full service music and entertainment company. Bands, DJ's, Classical or Jazz Ensemble's we will customize the right music needed to create the perfect Wedding.
- Jarrell Entertainment
583 11th Street #1 Brooklyn, NY 11215 ; Tel: 917-449-3435 ; jarrellentertainment.com
The preferred vendor for top venues, event planners and celebrity clientele in NY, LA, Hamptons and Miami, Jarrell Entertainment is an innovative global event entertainment company, offering an experienced staff of talented DJs and musicians.
- Scratch Weddings
36 Cooper Square, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10003 ; Tel: 866-955-8580 ; scratchweddings.com
Scratch Weddings offers the nation's leading wedding DJs with experience, skill, personality and professionalism that is unmatched in the industry. Choose your perfect wedding DJ from our exclusive team of diverse talent to fit your musical style, taste and vision.
- Speed Demon's Entertainment
229-19 Merrick Boulevard, Suite 308 Springfield Gardens, New York 11413 ; Tel: 347-724-5163 www.speeddemonsent.com
Speed Demon's Entertainment has mastered "Entertainment at its best!" Providing everything from DJ's & MC's to complete event planning. Demonstrating unprecedented crowd interaction, we guarantee your event will truly be remembered for years to come! Small business delivering big results! Simple pricing. Starting at $1,234.
- Star Talent Inc.
590 Madison Avenue, 21st Floor New York, NY 10022 ; Tel: 212-541-3770 ; www.startalentinc.com
Representing the city's most sought after repertoire authentic dance bands. Music performed in the style of the original artist. Always personalized for each client. Club styled DJs and ceremony ensembles.