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74 Events/Gary Hoffmann917-604-3970; 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.
Andy Anderson/Gotham D.J.917-593-9823; gothamdj.com
After making a name for himself on the club circuit, Anderson started spinning at nuptials in 2004, insisting that wedding tunes need not be corny. Evidently, he’s keeping his word—rocker Andrew W.?K. hired him to spin when he got married. 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 for the 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. to perform at their own wedding. Along with partner John Sinclair, they take a backseat approach while ensuring the music is perfect and the mike isn’t overused. From $1,475. (good value)
Beat Train Productions NYC347-568-8987; beattrainproductions.com
Past clients rave about this boutique company, which sends out a small but experienced team of D.J.’s to spin everything from big-band jazz to contemporary Top 40. Prices range from $1,250 to $3,500 for five hours. Lighting services also available. (good value)
Brendan O’Keefe is the man behind this small entertainment agency, which includes 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 on Broadway. Live ensembles start at $325 per musician, soloists at $500, 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, 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
For big-spending couples who take their partying seriously, there’s Cassidy. This in-demand D.J. spun at the 2009 Inaugural Ball and has worked gigs for Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and Diddy. Cassidy also played the infamous Kim Kardashian wedding. While his first love is hip-hop, he spins plenty of seventies and eighties soul, funk, and R&B too. 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 James Brown and Prince. Matrix co-stars Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres hired him for their wedding. From $1,750.
D.J. Johnny Stuart646-554-5148; johnnystuart.com
Johnny “Danger” Stuart has been sought after for decades and is regularly called on to set the mood at InStyle cover shoots for celebs like Beyoncé and Rihanna. 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; djshakey.com
AA 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 music. Not into the whole emceeing thing? Covello will happily stay silent while she spins her 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) is a favorite among other D.J.’s, which says a lot about his prowess behind the turntables. He has played for raucous crowds at many of the city’s top clubs, but he also caters to betrothed “music-heads” who appreciate that his eclectic collection 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 has traveled the world playing classic James Brown and old-school Michael Jackson, plus 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 seven D.J.’s is great at reading the crowd and knowledgeable 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.
Generation Events212-505-7593; generationevents.com
Jason Fioto, a regular at Manhattan clubs Marquee and 1 Oak, heads this entertainment company, which provides tunes for about 50 nuptials a year. Clients include luxury brands like David Yurman and Louis Vuitton. From $3,000.
This new outfit features two Bay Area transplants who met in New York. D.J.’s Eko and Reborn have spun for crowds at the Sydney Opera House and Coachella. They’ve also performed alongside high-profile acts like Beyoncé. From $2,000 to $3,000.
Jarrell Entertainment917-449-3435; jarrellentertainment.com
This collective led by D.J. Ray Jarrell has spun for A-list celebrities at parties in Rome and the South of France. Prices start at $2,000.
Jimmy Dee Music Productions914-428-9231; jimmydee.com
This production company has performed at more than 10,000 events and can provide 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.
Mister Saturday Sound646-346-9873; 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 clients like 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 Klein and Tom Shiner have spun at some of the city’s coolest venues (think 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 host of backup D.J.’s, and a dedicated music manager for your event. For three years in a row, it was selected for The Knot’s “Best of Weddings” and Wedding- Wire.com’s “Bride’s Choice” awards. The full package includes setup, breakdown, and equipment. Prices upon request.
Touch of Class201-997-0077; tocdjs.com
This husband-and-wife team is a great choice for multicultural weddings; they can emcee in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Their four teams of D.J.’s spin nearly 250 weddings a year. Additional services include plasma screens, photo booths, and videography. From $1,250. (good value)
Twerking Hard D.J.'s917-575-5484; 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 include 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 and five hours of music. (good value)
From the Summer 2014 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 and still on the cutting edge, Hal Prince Music, a 2nd generation family owned company continues to book the finest talent in NYC! Bands of all styles, DJ's and MC's, we will customize the right music to help 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.
- Star Talent Inc.
590 Madison Avenue, 21st Floor New York, NY 10022 ; Tel: 212-541-3770 ; www.startalentinc.com
With 10 bands plus DJs and string ensembles too. Dance Bands have performed at the weddings of celebrities like Lisa Kudrow, Paul Abdul and Stevie Wonder's daughter's wedding. NYC's source for customized music services.