DJ Drake

Longmont, CO

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

My eclectic background has served me well. Growing up in the Bay Area of Northern California exposed me to all the best music. My parents influenced me early on musically with great soul and RnB, while I picked up interest in Classic Rock, some Heavy Metal and Alternative music from my friends. Hip Hop was omnipresent, and most recently, more Electronic Dance Music has inspired me from the night life. I can scan a crowd and begin playing to their personality and mix it all together in a fun and creative format that very few can deny. Plus, I just love to have a good time and I think people can see this when I'm performing.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy entertaining people and making them smile, dance and ask, "what great song is this you're playing?" I get inspired by the crowd and want them to go crazy on the dance floor. When I can get consumed by the music, enjoy the moment and energy with everyone else, is when I know everything is really going well.
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Location

Longmont, CO 80504

Background check

Complete

Years in business

8

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

91

Reviews

55 Reviews
  • Nicholas M. Jul 11, 2017
    DJ
    Verified Review
    DJ Drake was able to work my event on short notice, he responded quickly to my inquiry, clearly communicated what equipment he could provide, and gave us perfect soundtrack to a great night. I highly recommend him.
  • Kassy G. Jul 7, 2017
    DJ
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    He was wonderful, we couldn't have had better. Our guests were up dancing til the very end. It was perfect!!!!
  • Chris H. Jun 2, 2017
    DJ
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    Could not have been better, he was on time very professional and an all around great guy and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a DJ that has their act together!!
  • Sarah L. May 25, 2017
    DJ
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    Drake was awesome at our wedding! Played to the crowd, kept to our taste and kept the dance floor moving! Thank you!!!
  • Kiley A. Apr 29, 2017
    DJ
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    Great DJ
    Excellent
  • Eugene A. Apr 20, 2017
    DJ
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    Excellent
    Drake was a great addition to our event kept the party going and is a real professional
  • Amy G. Feb 15, 2017
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Awesome DJ!
    We hired DJ Drake for a corporate party. He was great to work with on all levels. Very professional, punctual and played an awesome selection of music. He had the floor packed. I would definitely recommend DJ Drake to anyone and I would hire him again.
  • Scott D. Jan 16, 2017
    DJ
    Verified Review
    DJ Drake is the best!
    Excellent. Great music, very personable.
  • Cory V. Oct 24, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Move - In Party At Buffalo Canyon
    DJ Drake was all about making our gig as enjoyable and upbeat as possible from the get go. Very professional is his quick and thorough communication. I never felt like I had to remind him about it! I would definitely recommend DJ Drake for any event, large or small!
  • Meredith C. Jul 17, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    DJ Drake made our party come to life. He definitely read the crowd and played music to match our style. I look forward to his performance at my husband's holiday party.
  • CHeryl H. Jun 26, 2016
    Top 40 DJ
    Verified Review
    We had a small gathering of 55 close friends and family of which 10 children/young adults. Dinner, drinks, games and of course music for listening through dinner and for dancing. DJ DRake was exceptional. Friendly, courteous, went out of his way to play all the music I hand requested. Took some requests on the spot. He arrived early, set up quickly..was nice to have some music while setting up and taking down. I got so many compliments...loved the music. I think my young grandson of 3 was his biggest fan!!
  • Cori R. Jun 26, 2016
    DJ
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    DJ Drake was awesome! He was able to read the crowd and provided a great experience for everyone! We even had guests from out of town who wanted to book him in another state :-)
  • Sarah E. Dec 14, 2015
    DJ
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    Drake DJ'd my company's holiday party for a group of about 150. Here's what really delighted me about working with Drake: 1) He truly enjoys his work, and that reflects back in the quality of it. 2) He can read a crowd, and get even the most reserved of groups dancing. 3) He is simply a nice, warm person who makes you feel at ease from the moment he arrives. I would highly recommend Drake to anyone. Thanks so much for all your help with the ZOLL Christmas party!
  • Josh B. Dec 12, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Great Job! Drake kept it moving all night and played our requests.
  • Megan R. Nov 13, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    We are a Harley Dealer and needed someone with the right amount of edge and professionalism, DJ Drake is just that, he is outgoing, and got the party rockin' I would recommend him for any event you are trying to spice up! DJ Drake came to our Monster Mashup and had great mixes. He has a cool system and we are always going to use him for all of our parties!
  • Sheri J. Oct 20, 2015
    Sweet 16 DJ
    Verified Review
    Dj Drake met us a week before the event to talk over plans for my stepdaughter's sweet 16 party! He showed up 2 hours early on the day of the event to set up on stage and check lighting and sound accoustics! He made sure everything ran smooth and that everyone had a great time! I would recommend him to anyone who was looking for a fun energetic dj! He was awesome! Thanks for advertising this great dj we all loved his friendly and energetic personality!
  • Dretsel J. Oct 7, 2015
    DJ
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    Drake is a professional in the first degree. Drake is a people person And wants to make sure At the end of the day you are satisfied with his Production.
  • Allison P. Oct 7, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Drake was a great DJ at our wedding! The music selection was perfect and he picked music that everyone could dance to! We had a little one get upset shortly before dinner and Drake played "let it go" from Frozen and her mood quickly changed =) He was on time, very professional and just great to work with! We would highly recommend to anyone!
  • Simon I. Aug 11, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Drake was great to work with, we would happily recommend him for your event.
  • Brooke R. Aug 6, 2015
    DJ
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    DJ Drake was great! He really listened to what my company was looking for and followed through in every way imaginable. He was punctual, super fun, gave lots of energy! Thanks again for being a part of our Tailgate Bash!
  • Fatina C. Jun 24, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Drake DJ'd for our 60 person wedding reception at Chief Hosa Lodge in Golden CO. He was outstanding and went above and beyond to provide a fun filled evening for toasts and dancing. His music transitions were flawless. He even threw in some 1920's slang in the announcements to add to our Jazz Age theme. DJ Drake was very attentive and organized which allowed everything to flow smoothly throughout the evening. We could not have asked for a better person to DJ!
  • Heidi D. Apr 20, 2015
    DJ
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    We used Drake for an 80's bash we were hosting! He was on-time. He looked totally radical in his 80's garb! He played some totally awesome tunes! What can I say, but we loved Drake and would highly recommend him!!!
  • Juliana M. Apr 5, 2015
    DJ
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    He did a great job! The music was perfect for the theme, and everyone was dancing the entire night. Definitely wouldn't have been the same without such a great DJ!
  • Tracy S. Mar 29, 2015
    DJ
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  • Martine W. Mar 3, 2015
    We hired Drake for a 13th birthday party with 40 kids. Before the event he chatted with me and the soon-to-be teenager to find out exactly what he wanted - lights and music. Drake turned up on time, with a big smile, and engaged with the kids as soon as he arrived and while he was setting up. He got the tone absolutely right - great music, cool lights, and the kids loved it! Lots of complimentary comments came back to me afterwards about 'the DJ'. Good energy and a pleasure to work with... I would highly recommend DJ Drake for any event :)
  • Amy J. Dec 21, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Great job!
  • Marcy M. Nov 13, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    DJ Drake did a great job entertaining a group of 13 year olds for a party. He was easy to work with, on time, helpful and even offered suggestions for dancers that could come and teach dances. His lighting was awesome too! đź‘Ť
  • Jennifer A. Sep 26, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    To start, Drake was very professional from the point of hire until his time was concluded. He was in constant contact and made sure to meet all of our needs. I was impressed with his kindness and patience with the students and the students loved him.
  • Anne P. Sep 1, 2014
    We hired Drake as the DJ for our wedding and are so happy we did! He made it a really fun event and our family and friends did not want to leave the dance floor. For non stop dancing and fun, definitely hire Drake!
  • Karen J. Aug 6, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Drake was early for the event, and stayed in close contact. He had a neat appearance and was dressed appropriate to the occasion. He was responsive to volume and music choice adjustments at the activity. He really helped with announcements and those silly reunion awards with music support. It made it more fun. He delivers announcements easily and accurately. I would recommend that you do take his advice and provide music groups and bands that you are interested in hearing. Directions for a decade were actually too broad and we adjusted at the event. He was receptive to suggestion. We are close to 60 and he was perfect, although I expect he is best at making an exciting dance occasion. Our group was too busy visiting.I would have no reservations recommending him to friends and family or hiring him again for another class reunion!
  • Veronica M. Jul 22, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    DJ Drake played at my birthday party in our backyard. He went above and beyond expectations. The music was great and he kept the party moving and people dancing. He even bought black lights special for my event which I really appreciated. The lighting and special effects was awesome, I would definitely hire him again!
  • Jennifer L. Jul 5, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Drake did an amazing job at our ceremony and reception. He was communicative throughout the whole process and I never even noticed him at the ceremony, although the music I asked to be played was and it was timed perfectly! The reception was wonderful! Our music style was captured and the crowd loved his energy. He even had to come out to show us how to do some line dancing and it was a great time. I would offer a recommendation for him at any time. Great job DJ Drake!
  • Katie B. Jun 5, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Drake was the DJ for our reception at the Ballroom at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center. He did a phenomenal job! Through the entire process he was very organized, professional, fun, and friendly. Our reception was on a Sunday afternoon so we were worried it would be hard to get people to dance but he kept our dance floor full the entire time and we didn't want to leave our reception it was so fun! I would hire him again in an instant. We got quotes from other DJs as well and Drake was the most reasonably price. Use him for your wedding or event! You won't regret it.
  • Kylie H. May 19, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Drake DJ'ed my wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception at The Pines at Genesee. Leading up to the wedding, he was always prompt in responding to phone calls and emails and was very helpful in working out our timeline and song choices. He came early to set up and test his equipment, he dressed very professionally, and he had a great music selection. He played all of our requested songs and none that we didn't want. Our guests were not much of a "party crowd" so it was a little harder to get them dancing but Drake managed to do it! They say you get what you pay for but with Drake I feel we got a lot more than we paid for! Amazing value! I have no complaints and would recommend him to anyone!
  • Patty A. May 10, 2014
    Drake offered excellent DJ service at the EGTC Student Fashion Show. He's great to work with and quickly responds. Highly recommend for any type of show or event you are doing.
  • Glenn R. Apr 26, 2014
    Drake was the DJ at a special birthday party I attended. He spun great music all night and got people on the dance floor moving. Drake knows how to bring people together, and is extremely professional and knowledgeable about his craft. He really knows how to create the perfect atmosphere for your party. The next party I have I'm going to hire DJ Drake - you should too!
  • Ginny B. Mar 20, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Drake was the DJ for a 50th birthday party. He was awesome. It was a very professional - great equipment (even a fog machine!) and he showed the younger crowd (teenagers) how his equipment worked. He took all requests and played our play list and added songs he could tell the crowd would like. Everyone loved him and he looked like he was having a great time as well. Made for a great party as everyone was dancing!
  • Raquel M. Dec 16, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    DJ Drake played a wide variety of music, just as we discussed. He kept people on the dance floor, and did a great job with the raffle. We were very happy with his service, and will use again!
  • Elizabeth P. Nov 1, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Drake was great as the DJ for our wedding reception. He was exceedingly professional, he listened to all our concerns, played everything we asked, and even went out of his way to make sure he had songs we wanted even if he didn't have them previously. He also continued throughout the reception to check in with us and be flexible and totally understanding with our timeline when we got off schedule early on. During dinner he created exactly the atmosphere we were looking for, and after dinner he played a great mix of songs to keep people on the dance floor the entire time. All our guests commented on what an amazing job he did. Thanks Drake!
  • Kiki P. Oct 30, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    DJ Drake came to my school for a school dance for 2 1/2 hours. I was impressed by the professionalism and promptness of his services. He was a hit with everyone! I would have liked to see more lights, but, as a small private school, that just wasn't in our budget. I also would have liked less rap music, but all in all, very good DJ!
  • Shari S. Oct 23, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Drake was an outstanding DJ and he exceeded our expectations. He is very professional and he gave my son a night to remember. He even allowed him to run his equipment. His cost was the most reasonable than any other DJ that bid for the job. We will hire him again.
  • Chandler L. Oct 17, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Drake was awesome and kept the energy going all night. He even took some time to show me how mixing works. He was very professional and showed up on time. Thank you. We will use him again!
  • Brian Q. Oct 14, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    DJ Drake was awesome---prior to the event we were unsure of how the crowd was going to be, so we had little info we could provide Drake on what kind of music to play. This was not a problem for him--he was able to assess the vibe of the crowd on the spot and even got them dancing much more than we would ever have imagined for an informal party. Drake has some great skills and is a major asset to any event situation. We will definitely be hiring him again and recommending him to others.
  • Jessica N. Sep 30, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    DJ Drake has now DJ'd 2 events for me. Each time he arrived early and was ready to go well before event start time. He was super friendly with all the adults and kids at my events! It was obvious that he enjoyed what he was doing, which made it fun! He was super accomodating with things I needed announced. I will definitely use him again!!
  • Bailee C. Sep 29, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    DJ drake played for 3 hours at my 16th birthday party. It was outdoors. He played great music and took song request. My friends all loved him. They thought is sound system was awesome and had fun talking to him towards the end of the party. He was so good he even has the guys dancing (getting any 16 year old boy to dance is an almost impossible task but with my friends itÂ’s a miracle). He danced along with the music and made the event fun for everyone. By the end of the night I was thanking my lucky stars that I picked him. My friends told me things like they felt he was good to have around, that he was cool, that he was fun to be around. He kept a smile on his face all day despite the bugs and the cold which made is easy for everyone else to ignore them as well. My Dad said he was really impressed by how many people were dancing. It was a great party thanks to DJ Drake.
  • Kit L. Sep 23, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Drake was very friendly. He showed up early and stayed late. Everyone loved his high energy and great playlist. He did a good job at varying the music according to the mood of the crowd. Would definitely hire him again!
  • Mimi L. Sep 4, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    It was a joy working with drake to provide music for our wedding reception. He was very kind and outgoing. Most importantly he was very professional, and worked very hard to accommodate our music requests. He even continued to graciously accommodate us during the reception and helped make our night a success. I would recommend drake to anybody.
  • Stephanie D. Aug 10, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Drake was reasonable, on time and the best DJ we have worked with in a long time. He was great at interacting with folks at a reunion we had. I would recommend him to anyone!
  • Cameron S. Jul 21, 2013
    I was the lead bartender @ the Blue Canyon in Golden for the last 7+ years, and Drake was by far the best DJ we ever had. Drake's mix of old and new got every-body out on the floor having a good time! The nights he was spinning were frequently some of our busiest, and best sales nights.
  • Andres G. Jul 10, 2013
    We hired Drake to DJ our wedding and he was a great DJ that played all our favorites. I especially liked how he would play whatever we asked and that he taylored the other music to fit into our style. Drake was easy to work with and affordable. Thanks for the awesome DJ.
  • Devi D. Jun 18, 2013
    Drake was a DJ for a local spinning event. His musical taste was perfect for the event. He was enthusiatic and professional. I would highly recommend him in the future!
  • Sarah T. Jun 7, 2013
    DJ
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  • Charlotte A. Jun 6, 2013
    Drake Djayed our corporate fitness Spinathon event and he did an amazing job! He properly adjusted the music tempo to the ride and kept the energy motivating and fun! He is well worth every penny and I would highly refer his services to anybody needing a DJ.
  • Katie H. Jun 5, 2013
    Drake is awesome!
  • Andrea S. Jun 3, 2013
    Drake Dawson is a DJ extraordinaire! Drake showed up for our Halloween party dressed as Michael Jackson and made sure that he followed the mood of the crowd with what he chose to play. He kept everyone dancing and honored the wishes of me, the hostess when asked to turn the music up or down and he even helped with the costume contest, helping to chose the best costumes. Drake is very personable and seems to have a big selection of music!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
People ask me how much do I charge per hour and I explain that each venue and client differs. Many factors that need to be addressed for an event like a wedding include: Location (how many floors does the venue have, what will it take to get my equipment to the dance floor, how many set-ups will I need?) Time of year, Day of the week (rates can drop considerably if an event is on a Mon, Tues, Wed), size of crowd ( more people means more sound), Lighting, and Travel. I always try to offer the best value I can to my clients and I want them to understand that when the job is done right, it's priceless.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Phone meeting. Note taking. proposal. Party!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes, I'm always networking with other professional DJ's to learn and share equipment and music methods. Through my inquisitive nature, I learned about Power Conditioners from a photo booth owner while at an event we both worked. Come to find out Power Conditioners look like a robust surge protector, but they will also filter any noises caused by electrical interference from the surrounding building you are plugged into. Think about what happens when a vacuum cleaner is running in one room and the "static" interference interrupts the TV playing in the next room. If you ever hear a buzzing noise through a speaker, it's the same concept and I can confidently know that I am bringing the "cleanest" purest sound to my clients at any venue with this device, despite how old the wiring may be.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
From the beginning of High School and through college, any party my friends and I attended, we made sure to bring our own "portable party" which included my first boom box, about 100 CD's, a small disco ball and a maglite flashlite to bounce the light from. Eventually I djayed a few friends and family members' weddings and got rave reviews then fell into a weekly gig as the resident DJ on College Night at Blue Canyon Grill. As soon as I could afford the best equipment I could get, I became completely mobile and ready for any event!
What types of customers have you worked with?
You name it and I've probably worked with them. I continue to challenge myself by mixing great music for all crowds. I like to surprise my guests, young and old with gems of music that reflect their story. Because this is my full time profession, I take the time to prepare for each event.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I most recently DJayed a high school's Winter Dance where the attendance to the dance had dropped significantly and the students were not excited about this event. I assured them that I would create a great party for them through several elements: Professionalism, Sound, Lighting and Energy. I asked them to send me a list of the most requested songs so I could have them in my current playlist and made sure I had the clean versions as to not offend the administration. Everything worked out great, the students were happy, the parents were happy and the administration was happy. This project was started at least 5 months prior to the event which was important to reserve my services. I worked with the coordinators on music, decor and even marketing. By the night of the event, the students got an explosive show with professional, concert-style lighting and sound that kept them talking about it for days after the dance.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I would advise the customer to schedule a brief phone call with me so that we can both get an instant feel and tone for each other's personality. We all have a pretty good sense of someone's demeanor and direction within a few minutes of talking to them and this will help determine if the job is a good match for both parties.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
When it comes to hiring a DJ for a private event or wedding, it is important to know the elements that go into a great production. The first element is organization: I make sure to meet with my wedding clients at least once before the event. I research and download all requested songs and continue to follow up with them until the big day. This process can be multiplied by 10-12 different customers and interspersed with weekly gigs or other jobs. It is hectic and fun all at the same time, but it even better when customers understand the value of time invested into their event. The second element is equipment: Quality DJ's work with thousands of dollars of hardware, music and software and are usually upgrading or adding more equipment all the time to offer a better experience for the client and crowd. This creates more flexibility for bigger and better jobs. For example, a wedding may have 2 different locations: Ceremony at one location and cocktail hour/reception/dinner/dancing at another. 2-3 sets of speakers are necessary since they cannot be moved around awkwardly while guests are waiting. Quality sound is obviously a requirement for a fun event, and depending on the crowd size, more speakers may be needed to address the dance floor properly. These are some of the details that are considered when building an accurate quote for each next event. The third element is creativity: Anyone can put a playlist together and press "play." I'm inspired by the crowd and, in essence, connect with them through the songs I see them respond to. I can complete this connection with my hosting skills on the microphone. I do my best to take requests and incorporate the songs into the night, even if they don't always fit the format. I'm not a music snob that sticks to a specific style of music as long as the crowd is willing and flexible. I am an entertainer and a DJ who will work hard to turn the crowd into a frenzy by the end of the night!