The Urban League DJs Weddings & All Events

Sacramento, CA

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How does your business stand out?

Why Us? I first connect with the bride and groom and make sure that I know precisely how they envision their wedding day going. After all, it's their day, and it's a day that happens to have -- even the ones that go smoothly -- a lot of pressure leading up to it (too much pressure for one day, I say, but I haven't come up with a solution to that one yet). Once I have all of the information that I need, such as whether or not there will be a garter toss or money dance, etc., what songs they would like to hear (and not hear!), I make sure that I have at least one person that I can connect with on the actual day of the wedding. Someone who is preferably not the bride or groom that knows exactly what the bride and groom want and how they want it. That person is usually a coordinator, but a lot of times is a friend or relative (by the way, if it's a big wedding, I highly recommend staying away from having friends or family members run the show -- trust me, it's better to hire a coordinator for those or let me and the banquet facility manager handle the timeline). Totally Prepared I am in contact with the bride and groom as well as the designated coordinator prior to the wedding day just to make sure we're all in sync. I arrive at the wedding totally prepared, usually two hours prior to the scheduled start time. During the wedding reception (I can also perform the ceremony music), I work with the designated coordinator to make the day special. Since I act as master of ceremonies, announcing each portion of the day, I make sure that everyone involved in the wedding is prepared. For example, I will let the photographer, videographer, bride and groom, etc. know well in advance when I'll be playing the first dance song or when we're getting ready to do the garter and bouquet toss. Doing things this way ensures that all involved are ready to go (you wouldn't want your photographer loading a disc or film in his or her camera while you are beginning your first dance as husband and wife, right?). Enjoy Your Day I only interrupt the bride and groom to let them know when they have to be doing something (cake cutting, etc.). Other than that, it's my philosophy that the bride and groom shouldn't even wear a watch. They should just enjoy the day and their guests and leave the details up to me and their wedding day coordinator. All of the hard work is done and it's time to have fun and enjoy the day! You'd think that the philosophies I've written about above would be a natural thing for wedding DJs, but you might be very surprised (not a good thing to be on your wedding day, in my experience). The iPod vs. Professional DJ If you are considering hiring a friend-of-a-friend who happens to DJ on the side ("Hey, my cousin has an iPod -- save your money, dude!") or you are hiring a nightclub DJ ("How exactly do you beat mix Elton John with Ella Fitzgerald? In fact, who is Ella Fitzgerald?") with little or no wedding reception experience, you are rolling the dice on how well your event will be managed and coordinated. An iPod might save you money (of course, you have to rent a P.A. system to project the music and have all songs pre-loaded), but it can't organize an event and keep things on track throughout the day. An iPod can't make quick decisions or notify the other wedding vendors when the cake cutting is about to begin. (See this YouTube video about using an iPod for wedding entertainment -- do a search there are plenty more videos where that came from) There are many club and party DJs out there, but if they don't regularly work weddings, they may not have the breadth of music or the experience required to perform for an audience made up of ages ranging from 1 to 101. I've been performing as a professional DJ and MC since 1987 and have music that dates back to the turn of the last century all the way through to the current Billboard Hot 100 charting singles today. Not only do I have that span of musical genres, but I know the songs and more importantly, I know the right time to play them to create a fun atmosphere for you and your guests. No Unsightly Cables or Banners we believe in making sure our customer has the event they were hoping for. We are not about self-promotion, so you won't find large banners with our logo at your wedding. All of our equipment is black so it won't clash with your wedding decor - no matter what the color. Our equipment is set up behind a professional facade so your guests don't have to view sound equipment or cables hanging all over the place. A Professional DJ Guarantees Your Wedding Is A Success True enough these days, anyone can play music, but a Professional DJ does a lot more than that -- as you've probably figured out by this point of the web page. A Professional DJ not only has a wide range of music from every era, but knows the music and knows how and when to use it. Every reception is different and if a DJ can hit on a few song sets that makes everyone in attendance happy and dancing while making the day's events run smoothly, you'll have fond memories of your special day...and so will your friends and family. My professional reputation banks on it.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy leaving an event when guests say "Wow what a great celebration instead of saying what a great DJ!!!" And of course the referrals and repeat customers.
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Location

Sacramento, CA 95831

Years in business

19

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

13

Reviews

21 Reviews
  • Bernadette O. Sep 8, 2017
    DJ
    Verified Review
  • Jenn L. Aug 16, 2017
    It was easy to work with John. He will definitely be on our list to rehire.
  • Sue D. Aug 16, 2017
    My husband and I hired John (DJ) for our wedding back in October 2013. John was outstanding, he was so personable and flexible with all our requests. We gave John a list of music and he played from our list in addition to accepting requests throughout the reception. This past Friday night, August 11th, we hired John again to play at my Brother’s 60th Birthday and Retirement party. As you know, the music is a huge part of the success of a party and John was Fabulous!!! He is extremely dependable, very knowledgeable and friendly to all our guests. I would highly recommend John if you plan on hiring a DJ for your party. At our last event, he drove over 2 hours to the venue, so he is always willing to please his clients. At the end of the night, we had so many compliments on John’s performance, everyone loved him. Make no mistake, if you’re looking for a Great DJ, hire John. He also is very reasonable on his fees.
  • Doug & Sue D. Aug 15, 2017
    HIRE DJ JOHN!! My husband and I hired John (DJ) for our wedding back in October 2013. John was outstanding, he was so personable and flexible with all our requests. We gave John a list of music and he played from our list in addition to accepting requests throughout the reception. This past Friday night, August 11th, we hired John again to play at my Brother’s 60th Birthday and Retirement party. As you know, the music is a huge part of the success of a party and John was Fabulous!!! He is extremely dependable, very knowledgeable and friendly to all our guests. I would highly recommend John if you plan on hiring a DJ for your party. At our last event, he drove over 2 hours to the venue, so he is always willing to please his clients. At the end of the night, we had so many compliments on John’s performance, everyone loved him. Make no mistake, if you’re looking for a Great DJ, hire John. He also is very reasonable on his fees. Doug & Sue DeVol Roseville, CA Thank you, John
    DJ J. Aug 15, 2017

    Thank you!!! It was a pleasure working with the both of again!!! Fun times!!

  • Monica P. Aug 12, 2017
    DJ
    Verified Review Updated
    I drove 2 hours to Sacramento to meet the DJs for my daughter's sweet 15 I went to go give him the songs and make sure everything would be perfect the same day of the party he called me and told me that he was having car problems and if I would have any problems with him sending his friend to dj. He asked if i had a problem he would find a way to fix his car. He said that that the friend was very responsible and was someone he trusted after hearing that i agreed. When the replacement dj came to the hotel he told me he didn't know the songs that he needed to play. He said that the person that contracted him said that the party was for his family i told him i was not family and that i had contracted him for my daughters birthday. He said that the dj i had contracted went to another party to dj and sent him instead. He sent this dj to my party and paid him less then what i paid for the services. I am very upset i didn't receive what i paid for and i was lied to just so he could make more money elsewhere.
    DJ J. Aug 12, 2017

    This is a lie, my dj has great video footage of this event . My had car problems, and sent a back up dj. As you can see I have all 5 stars on my events . I'm very sorry that I couldn't make it, sometimes things happen in life than you have no control over. As you all can see I have a lot of five stars and great reviews .

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  • Gloria W. Aug 6, 2017
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    He was very professional and went out of his way to be helpful.
  • Jeffrey D. Jun 19, 2017
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    Dj John was stellar! Exceeded our expectation by being in constant contact prior. He nailed the kind of music we wanted and was quick to adjust when plans changed. He has every song we requested from louis armstrong to slipknot. We hope to have him again in the future.
  • Madisen B. May 30, 2017
    DJ
    Verified Review
    DJ John was awesome! He had everyone up and dancing. Was great with timing and song choices. Couldn't of asked for anything more :) Thanks John!
  • Greg L. May 16, 2017
    DJ
    Verified Review
    John was very professional and made sure that our wedding went as smoothly as possible. He was able to keep the wedding moving and when it came to the dancing John had a great playlist. He knows how to read a crowd. Thanks again John!
  • Sahra A. Feb 20, 2017
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Great party dj
    Great dj good selection of music old and new stuff kept the dance floor going
    DJ J. Feb 20, 2017

    Thank you I had fun. Sorry that your USB didn't work on my system because all of your songs were corrupted files but I still was able to keep the dance floor packed with the music that I had. I strongly recommend from people providing USBs to prevent this from happening . Because when people download music some of those files could be corrupted depending on where you're getting your music from.

  • Jason O. Jan 11, 2017
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Squadron Holiday Party
    John did an awesome job! He was extremely professional, very thorough, and quite helpful at our Squadron Holiday Party with 250 attendees in December. From my first conversation then to sitting down with him, his radio/DJ experience, responsiveness, attention to detail, and passion for music was crystal clear. Our Booster Club committee booked John for our holiday venue. He promptly answered questions and clearly communicated by helping to customize a playlist filled with different genre and soundbites for the party. John made it seamless to transition from social hour, to the opening remarks, to dinner Christmas music, game sounds/music, and dancing. The dance floor was jumpin' and he even mixed in some children tunes when several children joined their parents on the dance floor. John did amazing job at our unit's party and we can not thank him enough. We highly recommend his DJ Service!
  • Katie D. Dec 14, 2016
    Just what the party needed!
    DJ service was perfect he really read the crowd played fun dance music off my daughters play list. Threw in a few of his own choosing which made the party hop. Will definitely use again!
  • Beth H. Dec 12, 2016
    Awesome!
    I am beyond pleased with the attentiveness and professionalism extended by this DJ. He added a special atmosphere to a very special event!
  • Kelley W. Oct 17, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    Hire DJ John!
    John was amazing. After we hired him, he checked with us monthly which was so comforting because our original venue went under. So, to know John was still around and he cared enough to check in with us was so great. He was very thorough and kept us on schedule with getting him the playlist and event schedule. John did exactly what we asked for and kept things moving during the reception. It rained on the wedding day and John didn't even hesitate. We had easy ups for him and show went on. I would recommend John to anyone who asked.
  • Viridiana A. Aug 23, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    I hired John to do my wedding ceremony and reception and it was the best decision i could have made. He was on top of everything and was great at keeping in contact with me with throughout the whol wedding planning process. I must say what stood out the most about John was the fact that he went above and beyond his role as a DJ, he was very involve in the wedding coordination, i even told him that he should consider being one, he directed me through my day after my wedding coordinator left for the night before everything ending, he took me though the cake cutting and made sure all the guest were taken care off and I must say if it weren't for him being there and giving me some direction, i probably would have been more nervous than i was, but he made sure everything ran smoothly, all the way to the end.
  • Kate L. Jul 1, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    John was very kind, professional, flexible and accommodating! Every wedding has a few hickups, but John coasted right along w/ us.
  • Monica F. Apr 2, 2016
    There is not enough Stars to express the great professional service! The songs were absolutely perfect and played exactly at the perfect time. I strongly feel he helped the night feel even more memorable.... Forever grateful and I strongly recommend!
  • Mary S. Jan 5, 2016
    I hired DJ John for church fundraising events, and personal parties. He was awesome DJ for all kind of theam parties. I highly recommend him to all!
  • April W. Dec 30, 2015
    Johnny was awesome! Set up was on time and got the party started! He played the best music and mixes were clean! The lights and effects really brought the whole party together! Definitely will be using him again for more events!
  • Lance & Katrina A. Dec 28, 2015
    Dj John was perfect! He kept an open line of communication from the day of inital interview until the day of our wedding . He played all the best wedding hits amd we are still geting complaments on his song selection to this day. He was very attentative to our last minute requests. Dj John totally exceeded our expectations.
  • Valerie D. Dec 24, 2015
    Birthday Party for child. Kids had fun dancing.
    DJ J. Dec 24, 2015

    we enjoyed playing music all night till the kids couldn't dance anymore what a great turnout. Took requests and played each and every song.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
We have a standard pricing system for everyone ceremony is always free as long it is on the same property as your reception includes two separate set ups large set up for reception and smaller PA system for ceremony. We also offer custom monograms and up lighting and Photo Booth.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
First I explain who we are and what we do then I will email you the proper documents finally set up a free consultation to discuss all your details of your wedding . We provide DJ services & master of ceremonies. Full DJ set up for reception and 2nd set up for ceremony. We also provide uplighting and custom gobos and monograms. 8x8 photo booth unlimited pics.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a former radio disc jockey I perform an average of 100 weddings per year and I always leave an event with happy five-star customers.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started off working in the radio industry and decided to take it to the next level and DJ that ended up with happy customers such as weddings corporate events private events any and all that requires MC. services and music.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with all kinds of customers ranging from weddings, school dances, corporate events, private parties & birthday parties! You name it we've done it.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Every project is a challenge for me and I love it because every event is different and not the same I always prepare myself by 1 to 2 hours before start time to make sure everything is running nice and smooth also perform a sound check etc.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
First start off with a phone call so that you can observe the DJs personality and if you like what you hear always set up an interview to see if that individual is a fit for you.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Always make sure you have all the details to your event ready and a list of questions to ask your DJ. Always provide the date and name of venue and how many hours you need for DJ services will determine a straight forward pricing .