Disc Jockey Etc.

Atlanta, GA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I've been lucky enough to have been the DJ and master of ceremonies for nearly 100 weddings and countless other types of events. I LOVE weddings. And every wedding I do is special to me. It's special because I take the time to get to know my brides & grooms. I do that because it creates a feeling of comfort and familiarity for the bride & groom. That way, by the time wedding day comes, the DJ is the LAST thing on their mind. They are at ease with me and know that I've got things under control. Also, getting to know each other creates a feeling of having a friend DJ the wedding...not just some random guy from a big DJ company. I really believe it's what sets me apart from those bigger organizations. Knowing what you like (and dislike) is essential to the success of your wedding...and not just when it comes to the music.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I'm incredibly passionate about what I do, but I also understand the gravity of every wedding. I take it very seriously BUT have a great time doing it!
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Location

Atlanta, GA 30350

Background check

Complete

Years in business

12

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

21

Reviews

23 Reviews
  • Allison N. Dec 21, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Best DJ ever!
    Aaron did a fantastic job! Our dance floor was packed all night. Aaron comes with years of DJ experience and knew exactly what he was doing. The crowd loved him--young and old. He immediately put us at ease and he played all the music from our wish list.
  • Amanda M. Nov 8, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    Great DJ!!!
    What can I say about having Aaron as our DJ? He is so amazing! He did SUCH a wonderful job and we now are proud to call him a friend. He was very accepting to our not-so-normal circumstance as a same-sex couple having a Halloween themed wedding, and made us feel like we were just as beautiful and special as any other brides! Aaron really took the time to get to know us as people and it made our day that much more special. He kept the reception going strong with his fun jokes and amazing DJ skills. He also took the time to make us an absolutely beautiful wedding video which we did not even ask him to do. It was wonderful. Just save yourself the hassle and hire Aaron as your DJ!!!!! Love ya Aaron! :)
    Aaron E. Nov 8, 2016

    Thank you SO much for all of these amazingly kind words! Working with you was truly a highlight of my year! LOVE my girls! xoxo

  • Cari B. Oct 26, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    Couldn't be happier
    So, it turns out planning a wedding is a lot more work and a lot more stress than we ever could have imagined. People say, "It's so stressful" and you think you know but you don't. Nearly two years ago one of the first things we did was get a quote on a DJ through Thumbtack. We weren't sure where to even start and this seemed like a good place. After a single phone call with Aaron of Disc Jockey Etc. we were sold. He was bright, bubbly, and fun to talk to and my fiance and I were in total agreement that we'd found our DJ. As the time passed we would occasionally see posts from Aaron on Facebook talking about the weddings he was working, we'd see beautiful photos, read a positive message about how much fun he'd had or how excited he was for the next wedding and each time it'd remind us the wedding was a little closer and we'd get a little more excited. During the wedding itself Aaron was perfect. The timeline wasn't exact and Aaron didn't even get a copy of the timeline until halfway through the wedding but he rolled with the punches and kept the entire night running smoothly. He kept the energy of the night at just the right level and kept the crowd on the dance floor which, for such a small wedding, wasn't an easy task. Also, amazingly, he managed to get some great pictures and short videos of several of the best parts of the wedding which he then put together into a several minute video which we absolutely loved. Throughout the entire experience Aaron treated us like friends instead of clients and the personal experience was exactly what we were looking for. Aaron was a friend and a pillar in our wedding planning experience and if we ever need a DJ for anything again we'll call Aaron first.
    Aaron E. Nov 8, 2016

    Thank you SO much for this wonderfully heartfelt review! I am truly humbled an honored to have gotten to be a part of your wedding day!

  • Sarah R. Oct 26, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    A truly wonderful experience
    Aaron was amazing! He was friendly, personable, and accessible from the moment we hired him all the way through to our wedding day. His true passion for what he does shines through and it makes a huge impact. So many of our friends asked us "where did you find this guy? He's amazing!" There is no guess work and Aaron helps you through everything including the online planning forum. He played the music we wanted, got to know us as a couple, and kept everyone on the dance floor all night long! I can't recommend him highly enough!
  • Colleen S. Sep 12, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    The BEST DJ ever!!
    Aaron is THE BEST! He was very good with suggestions during the planning stages, and kept the party going during our wonderful celebration!! We partied like it was 1999!! ; )
  • Ernie S. Jul 21, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    Our wedding reception was unbelievable!!!! Aaron definitely knows how to keep the party going!!! He's very well organized and a true professional!
    Aaron E. Jul 21, 2016

    Thank you, Ernie!

  • Jacklyn D. Jun 28, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
  • Michael L. May 24, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Aaron was such a wonderful find for us! His musical repertoire is vast and his ability to apply that in a way that had our guests dancing all night was amazing!!! Aaron met with us before the wedding to get requests, discuss style and offer options for what we needed. When we were stuck with something to play for our processional, he seemed to listen to what we wanted it to feel like, and then showed us the perfect song! We asked for light jazz and soft music during the dinner part or our reception. Then we asked for club/dance music for the party after dinner. He was undaunted by our request and provided music that was fitting, fun, appropriate ... and adding a musical magic to every part of our wedding. During the dancing part, Aaron came out and interacted with the guests, took selfies and movies...which everyone loved! I cannot recommend Aaron enough. He is the cream of the crop as a person and a DJ! Thanks Aaron for being with us on our special day and giving us and our guests an event to remember!!
  • Amy H. Nov 19, 2015
    I couldn't have asked for a better emcee. Aaron read the audience, could tell when they were ready for a change, worked so well with our musical entertainment (an acapella group) and was able to fill on the spot when we had a slight delay in the schedule. Very easy to work with and offers great suggestions! Definitely looking forward to having him return as our emcee for next year and would recommend him to anyone!
  • Jonathan B. Oct 18, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Aaron was AMAZING!! We cannot say enough good things about his DJ skills! Our entire wedding was on the dance floor all night and had such a great time! I don't think there was one song that was played that everyone didn't know. He was very responsive to work with and extremely organized through the entire process. We would totally and completely recommend him for a wedding or any other event. So happy with our choice!!
    Aaron E. Oct 28, 2015

    Thank you SO much, Jon! It was an honor and pleasure to celebrate with you and Sara! SO much much!!

  • Paige M. Oct 15, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    My husband and I knew Aaron was spectacular after we met with him for a planning session a few weeks before the wedding. Incredibly thorough with the planning process and loads of FUN, we had no doubt that he would keep our wedding guests out on the dance floor. When our wedding day rolled around, Aaron did not disappoint! As he promised, the dance floor at our reception was full the entire night, and numerous guests commented on just how awesome our DJ was. I think the main reason is that Aaron LOVES what he does, and it shows! We wouldn't hesitate to recommend him for any event, and are truly hoping to work with him again in the future, because as he says, once you work with him, you become part of his DJ family... and it's true!
    Aaron E. Oct 28, 2015

    That's absolutely right... my brides and grooms are SO much more than just clients to me. We're like family! Thank you for giving me the honor of being a part of your day!

  • Tiffany K. Jun 29, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Aaron was such a wonderful choice for our wedding! He made the party!!! We can not thank him enough!!!
    Aaron E. Oct 28, 2015

    Thank you, Tiffany! It was a pleasure and an honor to be a part of your day!

  • Laura J. Jun 22, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Aaron is all class and all fun! Our 20 year high school reunion could not have been a success without his MC skills and ability to engage the hesitant guests. Just the right song, at just the right time. That's what separates the good DJs from the great. I highly recommend Aaron and will call upon him for any event o host!
    Aaron E. Oct 28, 2015

    Thank you, Laura! I had a blast helping your class reunite!

  • Azilee B. May 26, 2015
    Aaron was referred to us by a friend of mine and I am so glad we were able to use him. He was so fun to work with and really made my planning process so much easier than we had anticipated. He was full of ideas and suggestions that helped me tremendously. Everyone at my wedding really enjoyed the music selections and he did not miss a beat. He also helped get people on the floor and dance, which I expected to be difficult because my wedding was during the day. We danced and had a blast and I would highly recommend him to anyone.
    Aaron E. Oct 28, 2015

    Thank you, Azilee! It was SO great to celebrate with you and Anthony!

  • Jamey P. May 7, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    DJ. Aaron. Elya. If you know Aaron, then enough said. If you have yet to meet him, get ready to have a blast! He DJ'd our wedding on 4/25/15 and he was worth every single penny!!! From the moment we met him, my fiance & I were more than impressed! He's fun, passionate, and truly loves what he does. He's professional, patient and cares about the experience of the event. His communication is top notch...even his emails are fun! He does so much more than just "play music" - he carefully orchestrates the mood of the entire event from heartfelt and calm to unbridled crazy fun!!! So glad our paths crossed and we met him in time for our wedding. ~ C&J
    Aaron E. Oct 28, 2015

    Aww, thanks, Jamey! I was incredibly honored and blessed to be a part of your day. You guys are awesome!

  • Michelle D. Jan 14, 2015
    Aaron was referred to us by our venue and DJed our wedding on 11/1/14. My husband and I were VERY impressed with him. As stressful as wedding planning was, Aaron made this part a piece of cake for us. He was very professional and a whole lot of fun! All of our guests loved the music selection AND the entertainment Aaron brought to the dance floor! I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an event DJ!
  • Vivian M. Jan 14, 2015
    Aaron is a great DJ! I've seen him to events and he's now DJ'd my wedding. We couldn't have been happier with our decision. When Aaron called the day before the wedding and said he had bad news, I thought he was cancelling the gig BUT that wasn't the case. He had injured himself (the bad news) and was bringing another DJ and friend, Lou, to help him out. It was a blast! They both read crowds well and made it a great time for all.
  • Megan K. Jan 13, 2015
    Here it is!: -- We hired Aaron and disc jockey etc to DJ our wedding on October 25, 2014. He was the best DJ I have seen at a wedding. He was able to play songs that catered directly to who was on the dance floor and was able to entice people to dance. All of our guests had a great time and many complimented Aaron stating that it was the most fun wedding they had been to. I highly recommend him for any DJ job. He was also very professional and attentive to what we wanted! We would use him again for any event we have.
  • Brilee C. Jan 13, 2015
    My husband and I loved working with Aaron; planning music out was probably the easiest part of wedding planning for us. He was really flexible about meeting up with us before the wedding, and he showed up prepared and ready with suggestions for things that we weren't quite sure about. Aaron also did a great job of coordinating with our wedding planner on the day of the wedding, so we didn't have to worry about anything on the day of. Our reception was SO much fun; Aaron's music kept people on the dance floor all night. It's been almost three years, and family and friends still occasionally bring up how great our wedding was. I would definitely recommend him for any event that needs a DJ.
  • Daniel R. Jan 13, 2015
    Looking back, Aaron was the best decision Deborah and I made regarding our wedding. We had issues with just about every vender we worked with. Never once with Aaron. He was extremely professional and detail oriented from day one. Several people walked up to us during the wedding and made comments like: “Where did you find this DJ…he’s awesome!” and "Wow, you got lucky with your DJ…mine was lame!” Take it from someone who also plays music for a living and is type a…This guy is AWESOME. My wife even said after the wedding…”I kinda wish we had another party that he could host!”
  • Michael C. Jan 13, 2015
    Aaron is a true professional and comes highly recommended. He is punctual, highly organized and detailed. Aaron is a wedding DJ that you can TRUST and he will do what is best for your wedding ceremony and reception.
  • Kathryn M. Jan 13, 2015
    Aaron went above and beyond for our wedding. He made it simple to choose the perfect music selection for our ceremony and made it fun to personalize songs for our reception. He was also a major part in helping the reception run smoothly as a great MC. Not to mention he is just plain fun and kept the dance floor packed all night. We will recommend Disk Jockey Etc / Aaron Elya to anyone planning an upcoming event. Thank you again Aaron for being a major part of making our wedding night a blast!
  • Josh M. Jan 9, 2015
    Aaron DJed our wedding a couple weeks ago, and he was by far the best decision we made other than actually getting married. He was professional, helpful and went above and beyond what we expected. He was in short, awesome. Book Aaron and he'll make your wedding more fun and less stress. He is seriously the best DJ in Atlanta, and if you're even thinking about hiring a DJ this guy should be the first and only name on your list. HIRE HIM TODAY!

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have certification from the Atlanta Broadcast Institute and have a background in radio and voice over performance. I spent three of my five year in radio at the now defunct "929 dave fm" as a weekend and fill-in DJ and producer.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My pricing system is far from complicated. It's tailor-made for each individual client!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was basically born with a microphone in my hand. If you visit my Facebook page (facebook.com/discjockeyetc), you'll find a pictur of me from Christmas morning, 1979, playing with a newly opened Mr. Microphone!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I absolutely LOVE weddings! I also offer a private trivia game for your neighborhood, club, or church event.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Each wedding I do is extremely special to me... so I'm proud of EVERY job I do. :)
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
You really need to find someone you can connect with. So much of hiring a wedding DJ is about chemistry. With wedding DJ's, unless you've been to an event we've done before, you really have to take it on faith! You can taste the caterer's food, you can view a photographer's portfolio... but with a DJ, you're hiring a personality as much as you are trusting in their experience.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
If there's one thing I wish brides and grooms knew about mobile disc jockeys, it would be that they're NOT all the same. A professional and highly experienced DJ is NOT cheesy, NOT disrespectful, and IS going to show you and your guests a great time. A DJ hired from your family or from Craig's List is NOT going to give you the level of service on your wedding day that you deserve.