REAL MUSIC, FOR REAL MUSIC LOVERS

AN ELEVATED MUSIC EXPERIENCE

Music that moves, enhances each moment, gets people dancing, and
tells your story as a couple.
REAL MUSICIANS
Our wedding deejays have hundreds of hours of practice playing their instruments (turntables) with professional training from Scratch Academy, our partner and one of the most reputable DJ schools in the country.

This experience gives our deejays the ability to understand your music preferences and run with it. That means being able to “feel” the room and adjust on the fly, picking up on what’s best at any given moment instead of rigidly sticking to a pre-set playlist.
AUTHENTIC TURNTABLES + DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY
Our setup offers the head-turning, engaging craft of old-school deejaying along with the ability to play any song you like.

Mixing and blending on turntables allows us to:

  • Deliver more engaging song mixes
  • Create more nuanced, seamless transitions
  • Provide a higher sound quality
DJ MATCHING PROCESS
Our DJ matching process pairs you with deejay whose skillset and style best fit your vision.

You work on the details together and then let the deejay impress you and your guests on the wedding day!
“WAX WEDDING” OPTIONS
Take your wedding to a whole new level by including authentic vinyl music in the mix. Seeing the DJ dig through their crates and unsleeve real records will turn heads and surprise your guests.

Our specially curated collection of wedding-popular vinyl includes: soul/funk; 80s/90s throwbacks; rock and pop; indie; jazz; blues; hip-hop and classic house.
Limited Availability. Packages book quickly.

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OUR DJS

Neville Allen
Chicago, IL

Neville, aka DJ Elliven, is a DJ who’s performances are never off-beat. Along with a wealth of musical savviness generated during his time at Marquette University, he is also a supremely detail-oriented person and a rhythmically balanced deejay. He regularly spins at Tonic Room in Lincoln Park on Tuesdays where he is always on vibe with the crowd. His easy-going attitude will finesse any situation to create the perfect party.
Clients include:
  • The Hilton Hotel
  • Howells & Hood
  • Greenhouse Loft
  • The Promontory
  • Revolution Brewery
  • Crystal Ballroom
  • Hubbard Inn
  • North Coast
  • Tonic Room
  • Northside Bar

"Neville was the DJ for our wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Friends are still talking about how great he was! Neville liked the same music we liked and was able to turn our list of top 10 favorite songs into a non-stop party.”

Cody Messick
Chicago, IL

Cody has been performing and playing music in front of people for longer than he can remember. When he’s not performing around town with one group or another - he can be found tinkering away as a piano technician or taking in a show at one of Chicago’s vibrant local venues. A true music fanatic, he loves spreading his passion for all types of music from behind the turntables. Whether you’re looking to set the perfect mood for the room or fill the floor for an epic dance party, Cody’s your guy.
Clients include:
  • Victoria's Secret
  • Ted Baker London
  • Modern Luxury
  • Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
  • Roka Akor Chicago
  • Emporium Arcade
  • The Hideout
  • East Room
  • Revolution Brewery
  • Crown Liquors

“Cody was so fabulous! He was very professional and prepared. Cody was flexible with timing as our timeline was off due to weather. The music was AH-MAZING! He played exactly what we wanted as well as things we didn’t even know we wanted to hear. We got tons of compliments on the music as well - it was just great. There was awesome dance music and the music played during dinner was just our taste - thank you!”

Ajoyi Stackhouse
Chicago, IL

When DJ Stack is on deck, you know the music is right. Ajoyi Stackhouse, aka DJ Stack hails from Chicago, Illinois. Her DJ career started on the literal "deck" of aircraft carrier USS George Washington while Ajoyi was serving in the US Navy. From DJing military balls and holiday parties to clubs and special events alike, DJ Stack has shared her passion of music both locally and internationally. Currently a full-time, professional DJ, Ajoyi is fully certified through the infamous Scratch DJ Academy in Chicago.
Clients include:
  • MAC Cosmetics
  • Red Bull
  • Victoria's Secret
  • H&M
  • Guess Jeans
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Topshop
  • Macy's
  • RIU Plaza Hotel

“We can't thank DJ Stack enough for how great our wedding was. She rocked it for sure. We will definitely make sure to recommend her to all of our friends and family for future weddings. She was our favorite of all the vendors we worked with, too. We appreciate how she helped us have the best time possible. Thanks a million!”

Justin Ferranti
Chicago, IL

Justin, aka Select Inverse, is extremely well-versed in the realm of musicality. Justin possesses an uncanny penchant for reading crowds as well as mixing various genres of music into his sets. The result of this practical skill set is that when Select Inverse is spinning, there is rarely time for breaks on the dance floor. You can’t go wrong with Justin’s polished approach to the art and his top-notch turntable skills.
Clients include:
  • The Drake Hotel
  • The Allerton Hotel
  • Roka Akor Chicago
  • J.P Morgan Chase
  • Taste of Randolph
  • Firehouse Chicago
  • House of Blues
  • Evil Olive
  • The Mid

“Many of our guests mentioned how unique the sound and style of our cocktail hour was. They were surprised to find we had arranged not only an hour of vinyl, but an entire evening. The showmanship, seamless blend of tracks, and the ability to work guest requests into the playlist made for a fun and memorable evening.”

Sandra Urquiaga
Chicago, IL

Sandra aka DJ Sandra Suave is a DJ that knows how to pump up any crowd. She has been a guest DJ aboard Carnival Cruise Line and rocked crowds at festivals such as Cuban Fest with Red Bull and Backlot Bash Chicago. Recently Sandra Suave decided to dive deeper into the art forms of DJing and turntablism so she has recently studied and graduated from Scratch Academy Chicago. With the skills she possesses and her desire to continue to grow as a DJ, there is no telling where her talents will take her next.
Clients include:
  • The Godfrey Hotel
  • Hard Rock Hotel
  • Carnival Cruise Line
  • Chicago MichFest
  • Red Bull
  • Angels & Kings
  • House of Blues
  • Progress Bar
  • Shine
  • Double Door

“Sandra was wonderful! She was very professional and timely on our wedding day, and we appreciated all of her hard work in making sure everything went smoothly. Her skills as a DJ were immediately evident, and she kept our dance floor full for the entire night!”

Kevin Sanabrais
Chicago, IL

Kevin Sanabrais, aka DJ K Sity, has a finger on the pulse of the city’s DJ scene and a dedication to the art of turntablism. He is committed to providing you an unforgettable music experience for your wedding, corporate or special event. With his passion for DJing, Kevin is currently a teaching assistant at Scratch Academy Chicago, teaching others the art of DJing and turntablism. In his spare time, he enjoys digging for vinyl records to expand his record collection.
Clients include:
  • Red Bull
  • MAC Cosmetics
  • H&M
  • Aloft Hotels
  • Matchup / Fitbit
  • Beauty Bar
  • Reggie's Rock Club
  • Elbo Room
  • Harbee Liquors
  • Double Door

“Kevin was very professional and organized when he met with us to discuss our wedding music. Not only did he help with music selection, but he also gave us some great song suggestions while putting together our wedding itinerary! He exceeded our expectations on the day of our wedding and we couldn’t have been happier.”

Jake Lorenz
Chicago, IL

If you’ve been to the Midwest, chances are that you’ve seen him rock the spot. Jake aka Deejay Pickel blends with the best, his sets get sweaty, and he isn’t afraid to throw back the throwbacks. Known for flirting with feel-good genres, Jake spins everything from Prince and The Cure to the Beastie Boys and Steely Dan. In addition, Jake has shared the stage with numerous hip-hop icons, including RUN DMC, Pete Rock, Tone Loc, The GZA, House of Pain and Brand Nubian, as well as sharing bills with turntablists Z-Trip and Cut Chemist.
Clients include:
  • The Metro
  • Danny's
  • The Abbey Pub
  • Rodan
  • Tonic Room
  • Lava
  • Sub-T
  • Simone's Smart Bar
  • Double Door

“When my wife and I were planning our wedding, it was only natural that I ask one of my biggest influences to helm the turntables. Playing to the toughest crowd you could imagine (ages 10 to 80, multiple cultures and languages spoken, and about 40 DJs), Jake absolutely crushed it. To say our guests were pleased would be an understatement, as I still have relatives on both sides of our family talk about how dope he was almost six years later.”

JANELLE ALLEN
Chicago, IL

Janelle knows vibes. If you love mixing music genres, she's your DJ. Also known as DJ BLAKBRD, she has a deep love for soul, funk, hip-hop and world music. Her musical background includes rocking the mic as an emcee, hosting a soul music radio show and making mixtapes. Oh, and she's known to bust some dope dance moves behind the turntables! Janelle is a DJ with a unique style and supreme ability - she's sure to make your party unforgettable!
What are your five favorite songs on the C+A 80% List?
  • "Rock with You" - Michael Jackson
  • "Poison" - BBD
  • "Summertime" - Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince
  • "Treasure" - Bruno Mars
  • "Teach Me How to Dougie" - Cali Swag District

What three genres of music have inspired you?
  • Jazz: Because Miles Davis is the truth! But seriously, Jazz taught me about tones, improvisation and emotion in music.
  • Soul & Funk: I love old soul and nu-soul music. It's the foundation for everything we love today.
  • Hip Hop: What can I say? I'm a sucker for good Hip Hop. I wouldn't be a DJ if it wasn't for Hip Hop.

STEPHAN STECIW
Chicago, IL

Chicago native Stephan Steciw, or DJ Scend, combines his eclectic taste, turntablist skills, and smooth blending capabilities with his dynamic personality to consistently provide his listeners an unforgettable experience through his mixes. Scend’s mixes have graced the speakers of many different venues and festivals across the city. At every event, DJ Scend truly tailors his routine to the vibe of the crowd. He is a firm believer in knowing the audience and maintaining the energy. This is how he has managed to become one of Chicago’s favorite DJ’s. And in a city where the fans are harder to please than the media, this is truly an accomplishment. In 2014, Scend was invited to join the elite group of DJ instructors at Scratch DJ Academy. Despite all he has accomplished in the last decade, Scend stays humble and down to earth – another reason why he is a crowd favorite.
Clients include:
  • Design Bureau Magazine
  • House of Blues
  • Studio Paris
  • Untitled
  • SXSW
  • Smartbar
  • The Mid
  • Abbey Pub
  • Double Door
  • Reggie's

"We booked Stephan for our wedding after seeing him play at House Of Blues. He was extremely easy to work with and a complete gentleman the whole way through. My husband and I are completely happy and honored to have had Stephan as our wedding DJ. We would recommend him every day of the week!"

CHRIS TRICHE
Chicago, IL

Chris, aka DJ Chris Banks, is a powerhouse DJ who can pack dancefloors far and wide. As a graduate of Chicago's infamous Scratch DJ Academy - Chris is equipped with the skill it takes to DJ anything from a wedding to a corporate event or a night club. Being surrounded by great music was what inspired Chris to start DJing: Michael Jackson and Prince were staples at his grandmother's house growing up. Chris has a passion for discovering music and seeing how it moves people - he believes a life without music isn't a life worth living. After five years behind the decks and lots of practice, Chris knows the formula to rock any dance floor.
Clients include:
  • Soho House Chicago
  • Victoria's Secret
  • Carson Pirie Scott
  • The Whistler
  • East Room
  • Simone's
  • Harbee Liquors
  • Logan Bar & Grill
  • Northside Bar & Grill
  • Dark Horse Tap

"We had the pleasure of working with DJ Chris Banks on a recent event. He is professional, organized, and paid great attention to detail. Chris adapts well to the crowd and found a great balance between current hits and throwbacks. He kept our party going all night long. I was very happy with his services and would definitely hire him again for future events!"

ANKIT SHAH
Chicago, IL

Ankit Shah, also known as DJ A-Kit, is an open format DJ with an abundance of experience in the industry. Ankit started DJing when he was 17 years old, and since then has rocked dance floors at some of Chicago's most exclusive clubs, hotels and private events. A true turntable DJ, Ankit's weapon of choice is a pair of classic Technics 1200s. Although Ankit's specialty is playing Indian American music, his DJ style is as versatile as it gets - and he loves to take requests. As a seasoned audiophile and sound expert - Ankit is sure to make any dance floor sound amazing, in a number of ways!
Clients include:
  • Floating World Gallery
  • Field Museum
  • The Simply Elegant Group
  • Joe Gallo Photography
  • The Drake
  • InterContinental
  • JW Marriott
  • Sears Tower
  • Rookery Building
  • University Club of Chicago

"We hired Ankit as the DJ for our wedding at the Rookery building this May. He is young, but don’t be fooled by his age. He was very professional and attentive to our needs. He brought all of his equipment and was at the venue on time. He did an amazing job as an MC as well. He played all the songs that we requested. Our guests had an amazing time. I would strongly recommend him as a DJ. He is very friendly and enthusiastic. Thumbs up for Ankit Shah!"

ISSAC MALDONADO
Chicago, IL

Issac hopped over from St. Paul, MN to Chicago, IL for a change in scenery. He has recently crossed streams with C+A to join the world of DJing and to see where music can take him. Currently a scholar at DePaul University, Issac also strives to be a better student of life. You can always find him at a low-key spot listening out for new sounds and digging through the old - to figure where past meets present. You will also see him working on his radio show, The Issac Hour, to provide the truth and spread good vibes in the only way he knows: Music. Music. Music.
What are your five favorite songs on the C+A 80% List?
  • "Summertime" - Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince
  • "Big Poppa" - The Notorious B.I.G.
  • "Ignition (Remix)" - R. Kelly
  • "Return of the Mack" - Mark Morrison
  • "Rock With You" - Michael Jackson

What three genres of music have inspired you?
  • Hip-Hop: Because it has always been in my life and I thank my cousin for that. I learn so much through the words and rhythms in hip-hop.
  • Jazz: Because there is so much feeling and emotion in the instruments. Only those notes and chords can really get me to smile or cry - and I thank it for that.
  • Death/Black Metal: I realized these bands used chords with Flamenco roots. I looked into it, and it turns out it is a Latin style of jazz, amongst other variations. Discovering this took me full circle and got me understanding music history.

BRANDON TAYLOR
Chicago, IL

Brandon Taylor, aka DJ Exec, knows how to read a crowd and deliver exactly the vibe they've been looking for. Born and raised in Chicago, Brandon is passionate about bringing quality DJ sets to the city he adores. As a graduate of the world renowned Scratch DJ Academy in Chicago, Brandon is ready to take on any gig the world throws at him. Brandon's technique is smooth and savvy - and his song selection is sure to please all ages at any event.
What are your five favorite songs on the C+A 80% List?
  • "P.Y.T." - Michael Jackson
  • "Summertime" - Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince
  • "Superstition" - Stevie Wonder
  • "Levels" - Avicii
  • "Suit & Tie" - Justin Timberlake & JAY-Z

What three genres of music have inspired you?
  • Hip Hop: As early as I can remember, hip-hop was something my older brother listened to. I would listen to it to try to fit in with him.
  • Chicago House: This is another style of music I grew up on - my parents would play it non-stop at home and in the car.
  • Pop: Popular music holds an importance to me because it makes me reminisce on my college years. It was the first genre I learned how to play when I DJed at house parties in college.

JON HOBSON
Chicago, IL

You can find Jon Hobson, aka DJ Jon Doh, rocking Chicago's premier nightclubs, exclusive private events, and weddings. Jon strikes the perfect balance of being hip, while offering each client genuine professionalism. Jon is a true music lover and believes in bringing passion to each occasion. While grounded in original Hip Hop, Jon believes good music transcends time and genre. Jon Doh’s appreciation of music is reflected in his sets as he incorporates the perfect sounds to get people on the dance floor! Jon has spun for a number of major brands and celebs - making him one of Chicago's most sought after DJs.
What are your five favorite songs on the C+A 80% List?
  • "Off The Wall" - Michael Jackson
  • "Sir Duke" - Stevie Wonder
  • "Show Me Love" - Robyn
  • "Safe & Sound" - Capital Cities
  • "Ignition (Remix)" - R. Kelly

What three genres of music have inspired you?
  • Hip Hop: I'm a hip-hop lover at the core - growing up I would spend all my money on CDs and tapes. My resources were limited so when I made a purchase - I was married to the material. I played Wu Tang, De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest and Common Sense to the point it became an extension of me.
  • Soul & Funk: My love for music did not stop at hip-hop! I am a huge fan of soul music because of the unique instrumentation and rhythm.
  • Classic Rock: Because I love discovering old classics. I try to look outside genres, there is good music everywhere!

MAGGIE O'CONNELL
Chicago, IL

Maggie has been shredding on the bass since she was in high school. She has had the joy of performing in a variety of hard rock and metal groups throughout the Chicagoland area since then. While attending college, she worked as a DJ and station manager for the campus radio station, and interned at a local recording studio. She has recently joined Cage + Aquarium as an assistant and is excited to learn what it takes to rock a wedding as time progresses. With an innate sense of rhythm, and a cultivated taste in music - Maggie is ready to immerse herself in the world of DJing!
What are your five favorite songs on the C+A 80% List?
  • "Pump Up The Jam" - Technotronic
  • "Die Young" - Ke$ha
  • "Oops I Did It Again" - Britney Spears
  • "The Sign" - Ace of Base
  • "Poison" - Bel Biv DeVoe

What three genres of music have inspired you?
  • Metal: This was the first music I really got into, when my brother showed me Metallica when I was in first grade. I was blown away by it!
  • Pop Punk: I also grew up on pop punk because it's what was super popular in the early 2000s.
  • Late 90s Pop: My older sister was really into 90s pop music and would play it all the time growing up. It is something that definitely brings back memories of my younger years when I hear it.

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